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Planning at the Business Unit Level
Planning at the business unit level is most commonly done in spreadsheets, with cost center inputs gathered using workbook templates that are difficult to

unit cost  Planning at the business unit level is most commonly done in spreadsheets, with cost center inputs gathered using workbook templates that are difficult to format and consolidate. While business units can’t escape from “spreadsheet hell” using a corporate business performance management (BPM) system, they can streamline planning and analysis processes with the right software solution. Find out how.

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Quote-to-Order (Q2O) Systems

Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming quoting and ordering processes, decrease unit costs, and lower sales costs. Q2O suites can further help enterprises increase sales effectiveness across all channels. These solutions help companies that sell complex products and services shift their focus to customer-facing sales and service issues. 

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