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BigIdeas 2011: Of BigMachines’ Quantum Leap - Part 1


rfp cloud top  renewals, request for proposal (RFP) automation, and so on. The major buzz at the conference was about the recently released E-Commerce platform that offers self-service directly to BigMachines’ customers. This is a major growth engine for the vendor, as its internal survey has shown that about 80 percent of its customers have already deployed or have plans to deploy the module. One can buy just about anything on the Web, and what about BigMachines customers’ products or services? B2B e-commerce

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CRM and BPM: “We Goes Together Like Peas and Carrots”


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