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what is rfx  so that users know what the critical constraints are (e.g., they may get a better price if they relax the due date). The software aim is at helping users understand their trade-offs, which might be a valuable piece of information. The Standard and Advanced Reverse Auction module enables real time online competitive bidding. The Contract Management module is a summation of the terms and conditions that were analyzed in the Decision Support module. The rules engine prompts users to address important issues

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