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O'Brien Steel Deploys Invera’s STRATIX ERP
O’Brien Steel, a carbon general line metals steel service center, has implemented STRATIX metal service center software from Invera, a metal industry enterprise

shipping quotes  of test certificates at shipping time. Other STRATIX capabilities included quotes, sales, metal price book, purchasing, receiving, inventory management, multi-step production, production scheduling, delivery and logistics planning, non-conformance reporting, invoicing, and financials.   Metal service centers have exacting needs . STRATIX provides features that allow sales to enter a quote or sales order and choose from a list of custom plate-burned shapes, making it easier and faster to enter the order.

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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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 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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