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Optimizing the Lead-to-order Process
A superior lead-to-order (LTO) process is essential in today@s environment of mass customization. Companies striving to build and maintain market share require

designing configure to order process  process, which spans the designing and selling of complex products in a Mass Customization strategy, consists of the following steps to ensure the highest level of customer service. Lead Management assigning the initial sales contact, qualifying the prospect and needs, and acting upon the results. The desired goal is to keep qualified prospects in the sales pipeline, while at the same time passing on only high-quality leads to the best qualified sales person. This means assigning prospects to either

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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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