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The Challenge to Achieve Perfect Order Management
Superior order management can provide you with a competitive edge across the board. To move closer to order perfection and a truly loyal customer base, you must

build to order  leadership, Waters wanted to build a greater share of the customer by developing and supporting entire equipment and software systems. This required a far more granular understanding of its tens of thousands of customers and how to reach and serve them most effectively. In 1998 Waters's business leaders devised a plan for a single global information system that would integrate customer relationship management (CRM) , supply chain management, product life-cycle management, financial analysis, and human

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build to order  know if we can build the requested configuration ... I can't trust these outdated product catalogs ... Our spreadsheets don't match ... You're joking, they want it when? These types of complaints are symptomatic of an ineffective and inefficient sales process that results in lost revenue and excessive costs. Meanwhile, the competitive environment is rapidly changing. In some industries, mass production of identical products is no longer acceptable. Customers are demanding: I want it my way and I want Read More

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build to order  they had taken the build route. They start to source alternative packaged solutions or reconsider the build option with the intention of integrating the new solution to their existing system. Integration is, however, not always possible and often carries a heavy price tag especially when proprietary technologies, such as electronic data interchange (EDI), are involved. Integration also has the nasty side effect of increasing the costs of future upgrades, since changes in any part of a system may cause Read More

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build to order  are finding they must build project management capabilities in order to meet business challenges in the future. They also understand that project management processes should be implemented consistently across the organization, leading to efficiency and better, faster, cheaper project delivery. Given the need for consistent project management, the critical question is how best to implement this environment. Read More

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build to order  Ways to Improve Outbound Sales Performance: Best Practices to Increase Your Pipeline There’s a quality-based prospecting approach that is gaining traction among sales professionals these days. It’s not about finding someone willing to listen to you; instead, it’s about finding someone who wants to collaborate with you. The goal becomes about developing relationships that can yield ongoing results. By applying the strategies in this paper, you can transform the dynamic of outbound sales. Read More

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