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How To Write a Winning Proposal
Your proposal should prove your case, and motivate the client to buy your services or applications. But all too often, reading a proposal is almost as painfully

writing a proposal  Proposal? Your objective in writing a proposal is to provide your client with enough information—persuasively presented information—to prove your case and motivate the client to buy your services or applications. That sounds pretty straightforward. So why do the vast majority of proposals start out with the vendor's company history? Does the author believe there is something so fundamentally compelling about their origins that clients will immediately be persuaded to buy? And why do a huge number of Read More...
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Vendors Beware! It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It.
A study from Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering suggests that the format and organization of a proposal can significantly

writing a proposal  of technical manuals preferred writing at a 5th grade level, regardless of whether they were administrative assistants with high school diplomas or scientists with Ph.D.s. So we'd advise vendors to look closely at these results, which we summarize in the next section. If you're unsure, you could do your own internal study. Or, why not contribute some funding to help Professor Berleant move his results into the commercial arena? Couldn't hurt. Research Results Professor Berleant looked at the formatting Read More...
Success Keys for Proposal Automation
Proposal writing has become a common requirement throughout the entire business world. And for many sales people, they are a necessary evil. If you're thinking

writing a proposal  sales people don't enjoy writing and a lot of them don't do it very well. A good proposal automation tool should eliminate as much writing as possible. Even in a proposal center, minimizing the labor-intensive task of searching and retrieving reusable content so that proposal specialists can spend more time editing and positioning the content will deliver a big win. 5. Must incorporate sound sales and marketing methodology in the proposal itself Garbage in, garbage out. We've all heard that clich. It's Read More...
4 Essential Components for Successful Sales
Most companies are aware that the buying processes of the world and its buyers are changing, but many have yet to recognize the need to make changes within

writing a proposal  a sales professional integrates writing a sales proposal with the sales activities of your company's consultative sales process Sales Proposals Integration with Consultative Sales Process 3 Buyer-focused proposals but with minimal connection to a consultative sales process 5 Buyer-focused proposals that confirm results of a consultative sales process 1 Boilerplate Proposals 3 Proposals incorporate a minimal amount of the buyer information gathered during a consultative sales process Amount Customized for Read More...
Reducing the Cost of Systems Operations
Disintermediation is the process of removing redundant intermediaries from a systems management infrastructure. Once vital to systems monitoring, proprietary

writing a proposal  at the time of writing this paper, JMX is not quite as ubiquitous as one would hope; nonetheless, it is an important standard and worth keeping in mind. WBEM Although Microsoft has been quick to come to market with their WMI implementation of WBEM, they are not alone in supporting this standard. Sun Microsystems also supplies a Java implementation of WBEM for their Solaris platform, called Solaris WBEM Services. This implementation has also been submitted to WBEMsource to be made more widely available as Read More...
Business Agility for Communication Service Providers: A Few Simple Steps Are a Great Way to Start
In today’s market, customers have no patience for companies that let their size and complex product lines slow them down. The challenge for communication

writing a proposal  to create models by writing code and rules that could be interpreted by the configuration engine. IT involvement was imperative, which reduced a company's agility and increased costs by moving processes further away from the customer. Companies believed the development costs and loss of agility would be acceptable tradeoffs once the configurator was put into production. This was not always the case, however, and the delays frequently had a negative impact on customer responsiveness and service. In the Read More...
Extending COBOL to SOA, Web Services, and Beyond: A Look at the Architecture with a Mainframe Perspective
In the rush to explore the “next big thing” in software technology, it’s easy to forget the huge investment you’ve already made in mainframe assets. These

writing a proposal  COBOL to SOA, Web Services, and Beyond: A Look at the Architecture with a Mainframe Perspective In the rush to explore the “next big thing” in software technology, it’s easy to forget the huge investment you’ve already made in mainframe assets. These assets have performed the business functions that they were designed for, but it’s OK to remain open to new solutions too. By leveraging existing assets while moving to a service-based architecture, you can extend your existing business reso Read More...
A Veteran Enterprise Resource Planning Vendor Makes a SaaS-y Statement
Glovia International has launched the first full-fledged and versatile, manufacturing-oriented solution that is an on-demand, enterprise resource planning

writing a proposal  Veteran Enterprise Resource Planning Vendor Makes a SaaS-y Statement The first complete and flexible, enterprise resource planning (ERP), software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that is geared to manufacturers has been unveiled by a veteran vendor that, despite its long history as a software solutions provider, has not received its due recognition. The vendor maintains a conservative marketing approach, which is likely the cause of its low-key presence in the global enterprise applications market. The fact Read More...
Deacom Certification at a Glance: A Prelude to the Certification Report
We recently certified Deacom Integrated Accounting and ERP Software v 10.4. Before sharing my impressions of Deacom’s product, I would like to briefly describe

writing a proposal  Certification at a Glance: A Prelude to the Certification Report We recently certified Deacom Integrated Accounting and ERP Software v 10.4 . Before sharing my impressions of Deacom’s product, I would like to briefly describe the certification process so you can better understand how it works. The Process : It all starts with a request for information (RFI) file, which is a hierarchical list of system features and functions that the vendor completes by rating each criterion as Supported, Not Read More...
6 Key Elements-A Guide to Delivering a Consistent Outstanding Customer Experience in the Contact Centre and Beyond
Customers are the lifeblood of any business, and receiving quality customer service is a major factor in their purchasing decisions. There are six key elements

writing a proposal  Key Elements-A Guide to Delivering a Consistent Outstanding Customer Experience in the Contact Centre and Beyond Six Key Elements to Delivering a Consistent Outstanding Customer Experience in the Contact Centre and Beyond If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Acquired by Consona Corporation in 2006, Onyx Software had always been a strong player in the CRM marketplace, consistently maintaining a vision around product quality Read More...
A Candid Conversation with a Field Service Workforce Management Leader
ClickSoftware, rooted in field service workforce scheduling and optimization, provides automated workforce management and optimization solutions, on-demand and

writing a proposal  Candid Conversation with a Field Service Workforce Management Leader TEC’s recent series of tutorial articles—“ Navigating Between Service Management Scylla & Charybdis ” and “ The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains ”—have drawn solid interest and valuable feedback, both publicly and privately. The series on general workforce management (WFM) systems (i.e., not necessarily only in field service), entitled “ Integrated Workforce Management (WFM) Platforms: Read More...
Q: Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Billionaire? A: Baan -- Foster Care for Its Orphans Needed As Well
Baan Co. interim chief executive Pierre Everaert said he could not rule out a takeover of the troubled Dutch business-management software group. We hereby

writing a proposal  Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Billionaire? A: Baan -- Foster Care for Its Orphans Needed As Well Event Summary On February 27, Baan Co. interim chief executive Pierre Everaert said he could not rule out a takeover of the troubled Dutch business-management software group. If someone comes along and offers a good price and can assure further growth at Baan, how can I say no?, Everaert said in an interview at the CeBIT trade fair in Hannover, Germany. Everaert took up his post after the departure in January Read More...
5 Simple Steps to Choosing a BRMS for a Loan Origination System
Today, 70 to 80 percent of costs for processing loan applications are people-related. From a mortgage company’s perspective, this results in increased costs and

writing a proposal  Simple Steps to Choosing a BRMS for a Loan Origination System Today, 70 to 80 percent of costs for processing loan applications are people-related. From a mortgage company’s perspective, this results in increased costs and decreased revenues. With ever-changing loan products, enterprises are forced to build or buy new loan origination systems periodically. And to meet these challenges, they’re choosing technology that focuses on solving business problems, not technical problems. Read More...
What Makes a Good IT White Paper Good… and a Bad IT White Paper Very, Very Bad…
A white paper is a document or “brief” (and yes, perhaps unfortunately, I mean “brief” in the sense of something that informs rather than something that is

writing a proposal  expert in white paper writing, says: white papers are “powerful marketing tools” (or, in a more hyperbolic moment on his blog, “atomic marketing weapons”). In spite of this underlying purpose, it is generally understood that a white paper—or at least a good one—shouldn’t be overtly “salesy.” Or, in other words, a white paper is not supposed to be an infomercial in silent portable document format. There are already a number of helpful online sources and books devoted to white paper Read More...

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