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 sap versus custom


Leveraging Technology to Maintain a Competitive Edge During Tough Economic Times -- A Panel Discussion Analyzed Part Six: Custom Development and Single-Vendor versus Multi-Vendor
As componentization and Web services mature, packaged software will be less rigid and easier to adjust to unique practices-- thereby gaining some of the benefit

sap versus custom  the corporate level. The SAP BusinessOne product, which SAP has delivered by acquiring a more suitable genuine product for the lower-end of the market, might be its new tacit conceding that pushing the unwieldy mySAP Business Suite into smaller divisions of corporations has not particularly worked so far. For more information, see the following recommended readings: Standardizing on One ERP System in a Multi-division Enterprise

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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 generation of quotes that occure during the sales process. CPQ solutions create accurate and professional sales quotes for complex, custom-engineered or customizable products while streamlining core processes and lowering costs. Common features of CPQ software include product catalog and pricing functionality, product visualization, and support for channel sales.  

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