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The Basics of Quote-to-order Systems
Global competition means more choice for consumers and increasing customer demands. Manufacturers and distributors must develop a better understanding of what

request a quote  typically starts with the request for quote (RFQ), gets back the official proposal from the seller, eventually places the purchase order (PO), and receives the product and accompanying documentation (customer data pack). The marketing department captures the requirements and validates the configuration, then generates a proposal, prepares the order entry form to enter the order, and prepares the customer data pack. After this, the manufacturing planners have to plan the order based on the factory load and Read More...
Configure Price Quote (CPQ)
Configure, price, and quote (CPQ) solutions (sometimes known as quote-to-order, or Q2O, systems) help drive sales effectiveness by supporting configuration and pricing activities and the generat...
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Latest Developments for a Vendor-neutral Third Party Support and Maintenance Provider
Rimini Street is not trying to be a software vendor. Rather, the third party support and maintenance provider is a focused system implementation and consulting

request a quote  to be added by request to USi client service agreements. The offering is thereby designed to seamlessly integrate USi's client support model with Rimini Street's back end software maintenance. USi has a strong history of implementation and support of hosted Oracle products. The company delivers application outsourcing, remote management, professional services, software as a service (SaaS) enablement, and e-business development and hosting services to more than 150 world-class organizations in over 30 Read More...
Logistics.com Solutions Target A Grand Scale
The new Logistics.com expects to become the leading provider of information technology and e-commerce solutions for the transportation and logistics industries.

request a quote  vendors. Users should also request client references from among Logistics' client partners and inquire about the company's services it employs in conjunction with its applications as these form a large part of its business and are integral to its solutions delivery model. Prospective users should also ask to see solutions of interest demonstrated together so that they understand the extent to which the applications have been integrated, an activity that Logistics' concedes is a work in progress. BEGINLYX$ Read More...
A Well-designed Solution for Sourcing: Its Technological Foundation and How It Works
TradeStone has developed an application that can be quickly configured to shift data in and out of traditional enterprise planning systems. Organizations can

request a quote  selling, such as the request for quote (RFQ) pre-buy process, ongoing order management, sourcing logistics, track-and-trace visibility, government-related compliance processes, and payment processing. It also provides underlying event management and alerting. It works across currencies, languages, and countries, without necessarily invoking the need to train users, even if they have lower levels of computer literacy. Part Two of the series Collaborative Sourcing Solution Vendor Leaves No Stone Unturned . Read More...
Siebel Enters Smaller Markets in a Big Way
Siebel is making a big push into the mid-market with the introduction of eBusiness 2000 MidMarket Edition. This product promises mid-size businesses a more

request a quote  a product configurator, service request tracking tools, and a quote generator. These tools can be used by marketers and managers without the assistance of IT professionals. There is also a Territory Management application that can support a direct sales force by routing all sales leads and other relevant information to the appropriate salesperson by geographical or other criteria. Partner Applications provide channel partners with sales and service information to bring customer data under one view across Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the genesis of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

request a quote  Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 4 Part 1 of this blog post series  followed the genesis of  Manhattan Associates  from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of an impeccable  supply chain management (SCM)  software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its product capabilities. Indeed, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors. But Read More...
The Benefits of Focusing on a Niche and Serving it Well: EcFood - A Dot-com Making It
ecFood is a strategic sourcing vendor focused on the industrial food market. Its recent financial results prove that being highly focused can bring value to

request a quote  Benefits of Focusing on a Niche and Serving it Well: EcFood - A Dot-com Making It Event Summary Food and beverage industry strategic sourcing vendor ecFood , recently announced exceptional results for 2001 with dramatic increases in revenue, gross margin, transaction volume, customer acquisition and services. The privately held company closed out the year with record-breaking performance, including an 815% increase in gross margin from 2000 and revenue of $37.6 million. ecFood also acquired a major Read More...
Leveraging Technology to Maintain a Competitive Edge During Tough Economic Times -- A Panel Discussion Analyzed Part Three: Applications Hosting
Mid-market enterprises might benefit from objectively evaluating the value propositions represented in successful next-generation applications service providers

request a quote  user input without sending requests to the Web server). This, in particular, has introduced a degree of interactivity to web-based applications that was simply not possible a few years ago when users were either forced to fill in and submit cumbersome HTML forms, or they had to run additional thin client software, such as Citrix MetaFrame , on their desktops. Neither of these approaches has been satisfactory and, while thin client software had seemingly promised a good solution, it still had a number of Read More...
Can a Mobile App Get You a Job Interview?
Serendipity, in addition to actual qualifications and experience, plays a major role in a job search. Indeed, scoring an interview increases one’s chances of

request a quote  are then able to request a meetup and the responding party is able to select one of three options—meet now, set up a future meeting, or say “no thanks.” This idea is certainly interesting, but could this be considered too invasive by employers and candidates? Or perhaps hiring managers would appreciate a potential employee taking the initiative? Two traits should be made clear: The JobProx app is an opt-in service, and is considerate of user privacy. Users of the app will not know who exactly (by Read More...
Vox Populi: What Does a Day in the Life of a Regular Business User Look Like?
Vox populi is Latin for “voice of the people”– in broadcasting and television, they use the

request a quote  Populi: What Does a Day in the Life of a Regular Business User Look Like? Vox populi is Latin for “voice of the people”– in broadcasting and television, they use the vox pop interview to get spontaneous opinions on a subject, from different, randomly selected people. My idea is to apply the concept to our blog—whenever you see a blog post starting with “Vox Populi,” it means we’re seeking your opinion. In broadcasting, only a few people are interviewed, and the answers are edited. On Read More...
Case Study: How a Midsized Company Saved over $870,000 on a $3 Million Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, in Less Than Three Weeks
In 2004, Microsoft offered a midwestern-US-based financial services corporation a range of options to renew and replace its existing enterprise agreement. But

request a quote  Study: How a Midsized Company Saved over $870,000 on a $3 Million Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, in Less Than Three Weeks In 2004, Microsoft offered a midwestern-US-based financial services corporation a range of options to renew and replace its existing enterprise agreement. But without the right negotiating skills, how could it be certain Microsoft’s offer was the most cost-saving approach? The company engaged an independent consulting firm, and in less than three weeks recognized savings of 28 Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1
Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of a well-managed supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms

request a quote  Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1 Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s,  Manhattan Associates  was the epitome of a well-managed  supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Simply stated, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors.  The Long Trail of Excellence The company was founded in 1990 in Manhattan Beach, California, Read More...
Get ERP Right the First Time: A Practical Guide to Selecting and Implementing a New ERP System
Every company faces different challenges and has different needs in regard to enterprise resource planning (ERP). Choosing the right ERP system can be difficult

request a quote  ERP Right the First Time: A Practical Guide to Selecting and Implementing a New ERP System Every company faces different challenges and has different needs in regard to enterprise resource planning (ERP). Choosing the right ERP system can be difficult because there is really no one-size-fits-all ERP solution. However, there are certain basic principles that apply to nearly every company’s situation. Find out what they are, and learn how you can increase your chances of a successful ERP implementation. Read More...
How to Survive a Software Selection Project When Your Boss Is a Sociopath
Is your boss the main reason you call in sick on Monday mornings? Do you need to “manage” your boss in order to get any work done? Do you find yourself in the

request a quote  to Survive a Software Selection Project When Your Boss Is a Sociopath Is your boss the main reason you call in sick on Monday mornings? Do you need to “manage” your boss in order to get any work done? Do you find yourself in the position of having to defend your boss when talking to colleagues? Hello , your boss might be a sociopath. This may or may not be news to you. Time for a quick quiz. I am going to refer to your boss as “he,” but sociopathic tendencies are an equal-opportunity Read More...
Facing A Selection? Try A Knowledge-Based Matchmaker Part 3: Comparing Three ERP Vendors
This part illustrates how selecting the right ERP product depends on each client's requirements. Epicor, QAD, and Ramco Systems' rank can change with different

request a quote  A Selection? Try A Knowledge-Based Matchmaker Part 3: Comparing Three ERP Vendors Executive Summary Selecting a piece of enterprise application software has never been an exact science. Vendors' hype, consultants' conflict of interest, users' doubts, tediously long selection processes, and unclear decisions rationale are some of the unfortunate watchwords for most selection practices. It is daunting for corporate IT buyers to discern the true capabilities, strengths and weaknesses of a given Read More...

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