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Can We Intelligently Use Part Numbers to Configure and Order the Right Products?
In the industrial automation industry, an overlooked, fatal flaw of sales configurator solutions is their inability to simultaneously configure part numbers and

configure to order systems  someone has to manually configure these products and their catalog numbers, which is costly, time-consuming, and error-prone—a painful undertaking as a whole. Further, to overcome the problem of the lack of reverse configuration capability, companies have to somehow produce forecasts, and to that end, estimate which catalog numbers (from millions of possibilities) the companies believe (or hope) they are most likely to sell. The companies then painstakingly select thousands of SKUs, configure them and Read More...
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 generat...
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Concept by Configure One Is Now a TEC Certified Quote-to-Order Solution
TEC is pleased to announce that Concept by Configure One is now a TEC certified quote to order (Q2O) solution and is available for evaluation online in the

configure to order systems  announce that Concept by Configure One is now a TEC certified quote to order (Q2O) solution and is available for evaluation online in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Evaluation Centers. To achieve TEC Certification, Configure One completed TEC’s detailed questionnaire ( download sample Q2O RFI template ) and delivered a comprehensive product demonstration for the Concept product. During the demo, Configure One showed many of Concept’s features and Read More...
Top 10 Risks to a Configuration Project and How to Avoid Them
Companies producing and selling complex and configured products can achieve a major competitive edge by successfully implementing product configurator software

configure to order systems  ordered over the Internet. Configure-to-Order (CTO) - products based on consultative dialogue with the customer, through Web interface, to address specific requirements. The products have been predesigned in computer-aided-design (CAD) models or parameterized documents, but not predefined with specific part numbers, for example, products with dimensional and spatial requirements, such as hydraulic actuators, and windows and doors. Engineer-to-Order (ETO) the most complex products that during configuring Read More...
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

configure to order systems  Configuring For companies that configure products or systems, it is important to have a consistent production model accessible across multiple channels and functions. If you produce complex products, such as industrial machinery, you particularly need a multilevel product configuration tool that provides sales with an easy-to-use tool to generate preliminary bills of materials based on customer specifications and provides engineering with a power-user version to create a detailed configuration for the Read More...
Meeting Configure One at PlanetPTC Live 2011
My recent attendance of the PlanetPTC Live 2011 event was a great learning experience. Look for an article with my impressions on the conference and on PTC’s

configure to order systems  met one CPQ/Q2O vendor, Configure One , that claims to be an enterprise configurator (for both sales/front-office and engineering/manufacturing teams), whereas the offerings from BigMachines, Cameleon Software, FPX, Webcom, Cincom Acquire , and other CPQ/Q2O vendors are mostly sales configurators. To be fair, the latter vendors are not necessarily just sales configurators, however, the majority of their implementations focus on sales configuration. Founded in 2000, Configure One is a privately held Read More...
ERP Systems Buyer's Guide
In the ERP systems buyer's guide, you'll find out...

configure to order systems  Systems Buyer's Guide Entire libraries have been written about selecting enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, yet buyers still make bad choices . The best way to avoid problems is to have a clear mental picture of what an ERP solution is, how it works, the functionality your business requires—and the costs involved. In the ERP Systems Buyer's Guide , you'll find out how an ERP solution functions; how it can help your business grow; the ERP modules available to you; the costs involved in Read More...
Warehouse Management Systems: Pie in the Sky or Floating Bakery? Part One: Myths of the Warehouse Management Systems and Implementation
When searching for a warehouse management system (WMS), a number of myths surface.

configure to order systems  Management Systems: Pie in the Sky or Floating Bakery? Part One: Myths of the Warehouse Management Systems and Implementation Introduction I just returned from a week long conference and as one of the speakers/vendors there, I was not looking to receive the same thing that the attendees were looking to receive. I was looking for clients; however, I mostly found patients . I found most of my time was spent psychoanalyzing what people had been told by competitors and other logistics companies. Read More...
How to Get Closer to Your Best Customers
In the white paper Get Closer to Your Best Customers, you'll find a host of new ideas and proven best practices for dealing with customers more e...

configure to order systems  to Get Closer to Your Best Customers If this tough business climate is forcing you to find new ways of doing business , you're not alone. Many businesses are searching for new strategies to help them prosper. Customer attitudes and spending patterns have changed as well. In the white paper Get Closer to Your Best Customers , you'll find a host of new ideas and proven best practices for dealing with customers more effectively. You'll learn the four key things you can do to get close to your customers, Read More...
Managed Services: How to Adapt to the Channel Model of the Future
Low margins, a boom in the managed services sector, and a decreasing reliance on client–server-based infrastructures are drastically changing the business

configure to order systems  Services: How to Adapt to the Channel Model of the Future Low margins, a boom in the managed services sector, and a decreasing reliance on client–server-based infrastructures are drastically changing the business landscape for many traditional IT channel players. This paper assesses the challenges facing the IT channel and describes how IT resellers can transform the growing demand for managed services from a threat into a key opportunity for future business success. Read More...
Guide to Business Intelligence for Small to Midsized Businesses
You'll find it in Focus Experts Briefing: BI Overview, Key Issuesand Trends.

configure to order systems  to Business Intelligence for Small to Midsized Businesses Want the lowdown on business intelligence (BI) for small to midsized businesses (SMBs)? You'll find it in Focus Experts Briefing: BI Overview, Key Issues and Trends . This handy, plain-language guide will quickly get you up to speed on features and benefits of BI for SMBs BI deployment options the 13 capabilities every BI solution should deliver how to avoid BI project failure BI trends to watch for You'll even discover five BI best practices Read More...
How to Use Technology to Redefine Today’s Economy
Daniel Burrus examines how using technology can not only help organizations lower costs and become more efficient, but also redefine today’s economy. Learn the

configure to order systems  to Use Technology to Redefine Today’s Economy Today we’re in an era of technology-driven transformation. That means you can attain higher profits when you use technology to redefine your products, your services, and/or how the industry in general works. Unfortunately, most companies are using technology only one way—to lower costs and become more efficient. They view technology as a way to “do more with less,” “streamline the workflow,” and “trim expenses.” Sound familiar? While this Read More...
8 Questions to Ask to Successfully Negotiate a Phone System Deal
The process of determining which phone system is best for your organization’s needs can be a time-consuming process. Yet, it demands your due diligence because

configure to order systems  Questions to Ask to Successfully Negotiate a Phone System Deal The process of determining which phone system is best for your organization’s needs can be a time-consuming process. Yet, it demands your due diligence because if you choose the wrong system, it can be not only a costly mistake, but also one with long term consequences if your team is stuck with a system that doesn’t fulfill your business needs. Here are eight questions to ask phone system vendors before you agree to purchase. Read More...
How to Adapt to Changing Consumer Behaviors
Agile commerce means engaging with your customers in a consistent and relevant way, over whatever device or touch point your customer wants to engage with you

configure to order systems  to Adapt to Changing Consumer Behaviors Agile commerce means engaging with your customers in a consistent and relevant way, over whatever device or touch point your customer wants to engage with you. This white paper explores what agile commerce is all about, the benefits of an agile commerce strategy, as well as the steps organizations should take to shape an agile commerce environment. Read More...
How To Conquer the Challenge of Delivering E-mail to 100,000+ Recipients
In the beginning, e-mail marketing was easy. But as e-mail lists have grown, so have Internet service provider (ISP) restrictions. Today, delivering your e-mail

configure to order systems  To Conquer the Challenge of Delivering E-mail to 100,000+ Recipients In the beginning, e-mail marketing was easy. But as e-mail lists have grown, so have Internet service provider (ISP) restrictions. Today, delivering your e-mail newsletter can be a real challenge, especially with a list of over 10,000 recipients. Instead of adopting one of several seductive but outdated solutions, a better alternative may be to use an e-mail service provider. Read More...
End-to-End Monitoring Is Critical to Meeting End User Expectations Today and Tomorrow
To function as a business partner, IT must deliver service at predictable levels—and also contribute to enterprise strategy, by planning for services that

configure to order systems  to-End Monitoring Is Critical to Meeting End User Expectations Today and Tomorrow To function as a business partner, IT must deliver service at predictable levels—and also contribute to enterprise strategy, by planning for services that enable growth. That’s why IT needs end-to-end infrastructure views that reveal issues as they happen, and track trends that predict future needs. But how can IT create unified views of the environment without draining critical resources? Read More...

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