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Connecting Your Executives to the CRM Effort: Becoming (and Remaining) a Data-driven Organization
When businesses commit to implementing customer relationship management (CRM), they commit to realigning their entire organizations around the customer. More

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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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A Well-designed Solution for Sourcing: Its Technological Foundation and How It Works


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A SaaS Start-up Cautionary Tale: The Makana Experience (Or: How You Can Create a Great Product and Still Hit the Wall)


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The 1 Percent Solution: How to Drive Your Financial Performance


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7 Ways Service Culture Can Drive Revenue


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Dynamic Simulation and Supply Chain Management


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Using Nimble BPM to Drive Business Change


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