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Customer Process Management: The Real-time Enterprise Depends On the Merging of CPM and BPM
Customer-facing processes are challenging to manage because they are always changing. Conventional workflow automation and stand-alone business process

the effectiveness of the selection process  Business managers, measured on the effectiveness of their processes, have little involvement in the evolution of those processes. So departments develop a myopic view of their role the process ' they become isolated by their lack of understanding of the overall business and their isolated contribution. To control a static procedure, automation is sufficient. But to manage and optimize a dynamic process'to retain customers and adapt to change'continuous improvement is essential. Responsibility for

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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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