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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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Measuring the Business Value of IT


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estimate costs it  investments, we can only estimate the benefits. These estimates are the result of a number of assumptions, so the accuracy of the calculated measure is only as good as the underlying assumptions. They ofen fail to account for intangible benefits. IT investments typically provide both direct (tangible) and intangible benefits. Intangible benefits, like improved customer satisfaction are ofen diffcult to measure so, they are ignored completely. They don''t account for future opportunities. Sometimes IT Read More

Project Failure-The Numbers, Why, and What It Means


IT projects fail regularly—considerably missing expectations, drastically overrunning budgets, significantly missing deadlines, and far too often having to be abandoned entirely. Research shows us that this is the rule, not the exception. Research also tells us why.

estimate costs it  percent of their original estimates. The cost of these failures and overruns are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The lost opportunity costs are not measurable, but could easily be in the trillions of dollars. For successful projects, the proportion of projects that are completed on time and on budget is only 16.2 percent. And, even when these projects are completed, many are no more than a mere shadow of their original specified requirements. Projects completed by the largest American companies Read More

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In going through a business decision process for complex technology selections, more and more use is being made of technologically driven processes using Decision support tools and captured knowledge. The use of these systems and the capability to drive a solution from them assumes an ability to accurately express business requirements and business value within these tools. In this article, we explore the marriage of knowledge management and decision support in forming knowledge based selection systems and procedures that can assist in reducing the current appalling record of IT project failures. This is illustrated by the process to select a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA).

estimate costs it  navigate through it and estimate each solution''s value and risk in the context of stakeholder requirements. Intrinsic processes within the evaluation engine must enable at least five things: Enable the inclusion of the value proposition to the end user Enable a narrowing down to a few solutions with high probability of delivering core technology Highlight the differences among the lead solutions to better understand the business tradeoffs that may have to be made Enable a better and deeper understanding Read More

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estimate costs it  allows an employer to estimate its “pay” costs (cost of penalties) or “play” costs (cost of benefits) with its current number of employees, as well as input potential scenarios based on projected changes to the FTE/PTE classification under the ACA. The factors are easy to adjust, allowing organizations to explore how various scenarios will impact their proposed compliance strategy and budgeting. Estimates do not include the cost of insurance for an employer who chooses to pay the $2,000 penalty Read More

RedPrairie and JDA Software Merger, Part Two: How Will it Work and What Should we Think?


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estimate costs it  in global markets. Some estimate that the hefty $1.9 billion price of the JDA-RedPrairie merger means that the combined company will likely need to borrow somewhere around $1.5 billion to complete the transaction. The interest payment on this $1.5 billion debt will likely be about $150 million per year, and I suspect research and development (R&D), sales, marketing, and other costs will have to be trimmed down to service the debt. Think about what this means in terms of innovation. These acquisitive Read More

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estimate costs it  dollar savings will be estimated and used to justify the project. Let''s assume that the payback period for the investment is projected to be 3 years. If all the conditions that are in place today remain static for 3 years, the company will be able to measure if the project met the cash flow/financial projections. But if the number of SKU''s shipped from the warehouse change or shipping volume goes up or down the cash flow impact will be skewed. The company could develop KPI''s that are associated with but Read More

IT Service Delivery: From Basic Automation through to Managed Services


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