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Quote-to-Order (Q2O) Systems

Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming quoting and ordering processes, decrease unit costs, and lower sales costs. Q2O suites can further help enterprises increase sales effectiveness across all channels. These solutions help companies that sell complex products and services shift their focus to customer-facing sales and service issues. 

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erp lower maintenance costs  two selection criteria in ERP software decisions (Figure 4). While vendors have always emphasized lower TCO in selling to small and medium size businesses, Aberdeen found larger companies (those with revenues over $1 billion) were even more sensitive to this criterion. The choice between modules and extensions is heavily influenced by both the search for functionality and lower TCO. In fact many decisions come down to the trade-off between the two since both initial and ongoing integration efforts Read More

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erp lower maintenance costs  NetSuite versus an on-premise ERP application will find a different initial and ongoing cost structure. NetSuite rents its applications by the month, as opposed to selling them up front and collecting maintenance revenue thereafter. It also hosts and maintains them in its own data center, relieving customers of the costs of hardware, middleware, development, and power. Reduced license, implementation, and operational costs Because of low ongoing and initial costs, NetSuite has a lower total cost of Read More

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erp lower maintenance costs  information, see The Old ERP Dilemma— Should We Install the New Release? . Challenges of Licensing Contracts Therefore, while almost every major application provider has attempted to create the perfect bundle of features to attack the mid-market and tap into the billions in potential revenue (see Looking for Software— The Expectations of Small to Mid-Sized Enterprise ), the problem typically lies less with the product''s features and functions, but more often with the vendors'' licensing contracts, Read More

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erp lower maintenance costs  or project level. Where ERP software can tell you how much your company is spending on repair parts, a CMMS should tell you how much it costs to maintain a specific piece of equipment. With this information you can assess whether equipment is economically repairable or should be replaced. You can also determine if preventive maintenance is being performed within established standards, both in terms of parts and manpower. This concludes Part One of a two-part note. Part Two will detail the benefits of Read More

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erp lower maintenance costs  Discrete Vs ERP Process ERP Discrete vs. ERP Process People often ask what''s the difference between process and discrete ERP? Here''s a rough overview of the difference. A quick definition from APICS (The Association for Operations Management) describes discrete manufacturing as the production of distinct items such as automobiles, appliances, or computers, whereas process manufacturing covers production that adds value by mixing, separating, forming, and/or performing chemical reactions. It may be Read More

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