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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 generat...
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Know Thy Market Segment''s Price Response
Since no variable can influence margins as much as pricing, almost all companies need to approach the management of selling prices, discretionary discounts, and

price realization  of Pricing . A price rise of 1 percent, at constant volumes of sale and costs, should generate an 8 percent increase in operating profits, which is 50 percent greater than the impact of a decrease of 1 percent in variable costs (that is, materials and direct labor), and more than 3 times greater than the impact of a 1 percent increase in sales volume (even if one forgets that increased production typically increases costs) Thus, while there are many determinants of a companys success, no variable can Read More
It Isn''t the Fall, It''s the Sudden Stop
Skillful management of transitions is essential for IT professionals. It is not simple and it not recognized when it is done right, but when done wrong, the

price realization  share, the company''s share price increased by more than twenty percent. With all of this diligence, how could it be that one year later, customer service measures are at an all time low, profitability is only marginal and almost none of the critical employees of the acquired company remain?  On the other hand, the nation''s foremost multinational Call Center Company made a decision to reinvent itself to become the foremost eCare Company leveraging its essential capabilities and building a completely new, Read More
Getting a More Exact Picture of, well, Exact Software Americas - Part 2
Part 1 of this series talked about my long-standing coverage of Exact Holding, and in particular about my recent update briefing with the Exact Americas

price realization  competitors’ ability to wage price wars of sorts (via aggressive discounting). In spite of some perhaps self-inflicting moves a few years back, Exact still can claim low customer attrition and high-touch relationships with its 12 customer advocates (dedicated employees). The vendor strongly believes to know its place in the small to medium enterprise (SME) world, especially in the “smaller” end of the market, where it has established itself as a trusted advisor. Dear readers, what are your views, Read More
Lawson Means Business with HCM (But Wait, There''s More...)
Lawson Software (NASDAQ: LWSN), headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, the United States (US), and with offices around the world, provides software and service

price realization  hefty premium over the asking price). Therefore, Lawson''t motivation here is simple and clear, since it has a number of healthcare organizations (about 400 organizations, with over 7,000 hospitals) running on Lawson HR applications.  All these customers have scheduling needs, and VasTech 24/7  is a healthcare specific scheduling product (nurse shift bidding, for example).  All things being equal, these hospitals will likely buy this application from Lawson and not other providers (e.g., API , Kronos, Read More
Retailing Trends-Shopping Anyway and Everywhere
Multichannel retailers have to flawlessly execute a full range of services to engage, transact, and fulfill orders placed via Internet. Thus, they either have

price realization  service selection, and reasonable price incentives. Unless, of course, rising gasoline prices significantly changes the profit-loss equations of global versus local sourcing and deliveries. Read More
Margin Squeeze and Globalization in the Food and Beverage Industry
In the food and beverage industry, the channel master makes final volume decisions and mostly controls the unit price, with the manufacturer having limited

price realization  highly dynamic, affected by price changes, promotions, seasonality, and many external factors. Effective demand planning is necessary to optimize manufacturing and distribution asset utilization; reduce the cost of finished goods inventory; and promote high customer service levels by minimizing stock-outs. Globalization The food industry long thought it was safe from the impacts of globalization. It reasoned that the barriers of transportation cost, shelf life, and consumer taste would protect its local Read More
How One Vendor Parlays Price Variation into Profit Improvement Opportunities
Rather than sticking to such outdated and speculative pricing practices as

price realization  One Vendor Parlays Price Variation into Profit Improvement Opportunities Zilliant is a data-driven price management software provider that aims to help business-to-business (B2B) companies maximize revenue and margins using advanced price segmentation, optimization, and execution capabilities. To learn more, please see part one of this series What if Companies Could Use Science to Align Prices to Market and Maximize Margins? The Pricing Challenges that B2B Participants Face In narrowing down the key Read More
The Path to Realization: Predictive Service Execution for Professional Firms
The lifeblood by which executives in professional services organizations (PSO) manage their businesses has traditionally centered on the concept of realization,

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User Recommendations for Pricing Management
Price management might improve revenue (by a few percent) and gross margin (even by an umpteen percent), but the truly amazing benefits should only come when

price realization  growing demands of the price management market, SAP has entered another partnership, this time with Vendavo . The benefits SAP will gain from this partnership are similar to those previously held by SAP—which have often resulted SAP acquiring its partner. Past partnerships-turned-acquisition have included TopTier and TopManage for a portal and small business applications, respectively (see SAP Acquires TopTier to Further Broaden Its Horizons ); A2i for product content management (PCM) and master data Read More
Business-to-business Price Segmentation-Outlined and Explained
The central premise of price segmentation, especially in business-to-business environments, is that pricing should be consistent for similar deals. The process

price realization  to-business Price Segmentation-Outlined and Explained All companies— business-to-business (B2B) enterprises in particular—need a better way to align prices to different segments in the market to achieve their revenue and margin goals. Data-driven price segmentation, a science-based approach to price setting, could be the solution. To learn more, please see Know Thy Market Segment''s Price Response and Advancing the Art of Pricing with Science . The process of price segmentation naturally starts Read More
Market Landscape Report: Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) Solutions
In today’s era of increasingly complex product configurations, configure, price, and quote (CPQ) solutions do more than create accurate and professional sales

price realization  Landscape Report: Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) Solutions In today’s era of increasingly complex product configurations, configure, price, and quote (CPQ) solutions do more than create accurate and professional sales quotes: they can open the door to significantly increased sales and revenues. Learn more about CPQ, including CPQ basics, benefits, functionality, market trends, and vendor landscape. Read More
What''s Your Global Market Price?
Thoughts on global trade, outsourcing, and your pay--how we can stop the downward pressure on wages and salaries.

price realization  their markets to global price levels. Many of the developing nations are having a hard time with this concept. But let''s take it a bit closer to home. Home Depot announces the creation of ten thousand jobs—great news—with starting salaries at $7.00 to $20.00 an hour. The same basic price for workers in India and China—except that they are doing manufacturing to computer programming at those prices. If you make $14, 560 a year from Wal-Mart or Home Depot, you are considered at the poverty level in Read More
Mastering Complex CPQ for Dynamic Businesses
Complex configure, price, quote (CPQ) practices are becoming more important to enterprises seeking decisive business advantages. This white paper defines the

price realization  Dynamic Businesses Complex configure, price, quote (CPQ) practices are becoming more important to enterprises seeking decisive business advantages. This white paper defines the concept of complex CPQ and summarizes the major trends driving interest in such business practices and enabling technologies. It provides a framework on three main aspects of complex CPQ and reviews the key capabilities of world-class CPQ software to drive sales efficiency with complex sales. Read More
The Rise of Price Management
New analytical software tools have recently emerged to combine and condense a wealth of information that should give the salesperson a more definitive

price realization  Rise of Price Management The Rise of Price Management The previous note, The Case for Price Management , dealt with explaining the inadequacy of glorified price and discount list capabilities coming from traditional enterprise resource planning (ERP) and accounting back-office systems. Given the prospective upsurge of pricing solutions demand, and the fact that an increased focus on change management often leads to better results, many professional services firms have begun to focus on price Read More

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