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Success Keys for Proposal Automation


Proposal writing has become a common requirement throughout the entire business world. And for many sales people, they are a necessary evil. If you're thinking about automating your proposal process, there are ten critical success keys to a successful implementation.

proposal  Keys for Proposal Automation In today''s economy, sales people have to write more proposals, and better proposals, than ever before. As the industry has become more competitive and complex, customers have become both more confused and more demanding. As a result, they are likely to listen to a presentation, nod their heads, and mutter those dreaded words, Sounds good! Why don''t you put that in writing for me? Why Do Customers Want Proposals? Writing proposals is about as much fun as having your Read More

Vendors Beware! It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It.


A study from Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering suggests that the format and organization of a proposal can significantly affect a vendor’s chance of winning a contract. And we thought those university professors didn’t know much about the real world!

proposal  the writer of a proposal is attempting to communicate ideas to the reader, and most readers are pretty much the same. For example, a study that was reported more than two decades ago showed that readers of technical manuals preferred writing at a 5th grade level, regardless of whether they were administrative assistants with high school diplomas or scientists with Ph.D.s. So we''d advise vendors to look closely at these results, which we summarize in the next section. If you''re unsure, you could do your Read More

Focus on Corporate Governance Requires a Business-Oriented Selling Approach


If you are selling products or services that are critical to your prospect’s success or for that matter, their very survival, your proposal will likely be elevated to the board of directors level for final approval. How do you sell at the board level?

proposal  their very survival, your proposal will likely be elevated to the board of directors level for final approval. Why is that? Government, shareholder and press focus on corporate governance has put boards on notice that they are being held accountable for their oversight responsibilities. Those often include investments in strategic technology. And those boards are listening. I know. I sit on the board of a public company. We are getting involved in product and service acquisitions and zooming into details Read More

Configure Price Quote (CPQ)


Configure Price Quote (CPQ) by CallidusCloud does more than automate the quote and proposal process. Data is what makes CPQ work for you.  CPQ provides you with pricing behavior intelligence to help determine pricing trends, manager approval behavior, and sales discounting frequency.  See what products are selling most, to whom, when, and at what price.   Requiring only a browser, CPQ by CallidusCloud allows you to quickly configure, price, quote, propose and sell your offerings from any device. Whether direct business to business or through ecommerce, you can respond to your customer on their timeline.  CPQ guides users to select the correct combination of products and services.  Users are presented with the optimum mix of up-sell and cross-sell offers as well as special pricing promotions. Margins are protected with pricing guardrails and approval workflows. Configuring a solution, quoting, and preparing a proposal shouldn’t be a time consuming process for sales.  When your customer is ready to buy, it is vital sales executes quickly to the customer’s needs and timeline.  CPQ by CallidusCloud guides sales through the quoting process, maximizing the deal size, accelerating the sales cycle, and protecting margin.  Even from a mobile device, all in minutes.    

proposal  automate the quote and proposal process. Data is what makes CPQ work for you.  CPQ provides you with pricing behavior intelligence to help determine pricing trends, manager approval behavior, and sales discounting frequency.  See what products are selling most, to whom, when, and at what price.   Requiring only a browser, CPQ by CallidusCloud allows you to quickly configure, price, quote, propose and sell your offerings from any device. Whether direct business to business or through ecommerce, you can Read More

Instead of Discounting, Back Some Value Out of Your Proposal


Last minute discounting has become so prevalent that many companies have come to depend on it as their default sales strategy. Employing a go-to-market strategy of being the lowest cost provider is one thing, but dramatic, tactical discounting on every deal will erode your company's margins and leave you digging a deeper and deeper hole in which your company will ultimately bury itself.

proposal  Value Out of Your Proposal Introduction Last minute discounting has become so prevalent that many companies have come to depend on it as their default sales strategy. Employing a go-to-market strategy of being the lowest cost provider is one thing, but dramatic, tactical discounting on every deal will erode your company''s margins and leave you digging a deeper and deeper hole in which your company will ultimately bury itself. I don''t want to give you the impression that discounting is never appropriate. Read More

Bruce Silver Associates


Bruce Silver Associates focuses on content management technology and business process management. The company provides technology architecture planning, request for proposal development, and vendor selection assistance.

proposal  architecture planning, request for proposal development, and vendor selection assistance. Read More

TurtleSpice ERP! (Week 2)


The story so far: Mike Chelonia, TurtleSpice’s comptroller, has been tasked to select an ERP system by his CFO. When we asked you what you thought Mike should do next, you voted overwhelmingly in favor of this option: Start learning more about ERP solutions, success stories, failures, and organizational requirements for deploying an ERP solution. Thanks to the (anonymous) reader who

proposal  execs to outline his proposal for the creation of a project team and starts to head off home. In the parking lot, Mike bumps into Derek from HR. Derek’s an amiable and fast-talking ex-surfer from the west coast who has a preternatural talent for sniffing out behind-the-scenes information . “Dude, heard about the ERP thing. Hate to see that land on your plate, man. Saw something like that the last company I worked. You gotta prepare a one-year budget for all business transactions, I mean everything , Read More

Japanese Decision-making Processes Can Influence Enterprise Content Management Functionality


Traditional Japanese Decision-making, or Ringi The decision-making process in North American companies operates within a centralized system, and generally takes a top-down approach. In Japanese companies, however, the approach to making decisions is the opposite: it is bottom-up. This traditional and formal decision-making process, which is even now employed in Japanese governmental offices as

proposal  the decision-making process, a proposal document is first created by a lower-level manager as a paper document with a written statement of proposal. This is then passed on to the manager of the next higher level of the company’s hierarchy, asking for approval of the proposal. In a typical Japanese proposal document, several spaces, often in squares, along with the titles of those that are required to make approval, are provided at the top or bottom edge of the document. These spaces are for the Read More

Tacton CPQ


Tacton’s Configure Price Quote (CPQ) product – TCsite streamlines and automates the CPQ process – making it dramatically simpler to configure and sell customized products.   The solution is built on Tacton’s powerful product configurator which can handle even the most complex of product structures. With Tacton’s CPQ your sales team, dealers and channel partners will always have access to the latest product and pricing information. And will be able to produce accurate, high-quality quotes in a fraction of the time it usually takes. Tacton’s CPQ solution simplifies the complex job of configuring, designing and selling customized products.   The solution is an easy-to-use, web-based application which runs both online and offline. The product supports multiple languages and currencies. It integrates easily with surrounding platforms, facilitating data exchange with your ERP, CRM, CAD and PLM systems.    The quoting solution bridges the gap between your customers’ requirements and your products. Tacton’s powerful constraint-based configurator removes the need for detailed product knowledge and ensures that your sales team always proposes the best possible solution, at the right price – for your customer and for you. With guided selling and automated quote, proposal and document generation – your team will close more business, faster, and your customers will have a better buying experience.   With Tacton CPQ you will: • close more business, faster • increase average deal size • sell your complete product range • radically reduce average quotation time • reduce quotation errors • produce complex quotes without product experts

proposal  selling and automated quote, proposal and document generation – your team will close more business, faster, and your customers will have a better buying experience.   With Tacton CPQ you will: • close more business, faster • increase average deal size • sell your complete product range • radically reduce average quotation time • reduce quotation errors • produce complex quotes without product experts Read More

Reconnecting with Cincom Systems


Cincom executives lay out some facts, and Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic discovers that Cincom Acquire isn't the old-school client-server sales product configurator he thought it was. Since about 2005, Cincom Acquire has been Web-enabled and functionally expanded to instill knowledge into sales processes (not only into engineering processes).

proposal  knowledge-based pricing, quotation management, proposal generation, product catalog, and reporting. The product can work in connected, offline, and mobile modes. Cincom provides SPC integration adapters for SAP ERP , Microsoft Dynamics CRM , and Salesforce.com ''s Sales Cloud 2 . Cincom Acquire Enterprise Sales Portal (ESP)—is a collaborative selling system that automates the selling of complex products and services. Cincom Acquire ESP fully integrates with the renowned enterprise portal platform, Read More

Creating a Business from a Project


Many software services companies are not able to turn their individual project successes into a line of business that brings in additional revenue streams. At the root of this is the simplistic assumption that "if you build, they will come."

proposal  every PeopleSoft request for proposal (RFP) (about seven over two years) received from the sales force, the project team had made no other effort to acquire new customers. This is not an isolated incident. There are many software services companies that are not able to replicate their success in an individual project to create a line of business (LOB) that brings in additional revenue streams. The root cause of this problem is the simplistic assumption that if you build, they will come. Even senior Read More

Case Study: Natural Gas Company Builds Quotes in 15 Minutes and Pushes Up Sales Throughput by 20%


A leading developer of compressed natural gas fueling infrastructure needed a better and faster way to build sales proposals. With the company’s homegrown system, it took hours to build proposals, finance lacked margin visibility, there was plenty of room for sales reps errors, and there were reporting and analysis limitations. The company also wanted a simplified learning experience for its customers. It chose CallidusCloud CPQ (Configure Price Quote).

proposal  way to build sales proposals. With the company’s homegrown system, it took hours to build proposals, finance lacked margin visibility, there was plenty of room for sales reps errors, and there were reporting and analysis limitations. The company also wanted a simplified learning experience for its customers. It chose CallidusCloud CPQ (Configure Price Quote). Read More

Deltek Remains the Master of Its Selected Few Domains Part Five: Deltek’s Major Product Lines


Within its marketing and proposal automation product, Deltek espouses an emerging CRM derivative known as client relationship management, which should help firms track client relationships in a more sophisticated manner than through methods such as referral or word-of-mouth, which were appropriate during their start-up phases.

proposal  Within its marketing and proposal automation product, Deltek has an emerging CRM derivative known as client relationship management, which should help firms (such as accounting practices and law offices), other professional service companies; technical services; and, project-based organizations track client relationships in a more sophisticated manner than referrals or word-of-mouth, which were appropriate during the start-up phases of such companies. Subsequently accessing a client''s record in Deltek Vis Read More

7 Things Every Executive Should Know About Telecom Expenses


Most enterprises waste millions of dollars annually by not managing their telecom spend in a standardized, centralized, more accurate way. Having ballooned up to being in the top four overall expenses of the entire company, telecom expense management (TEM) is something you should put on your radar—sooner than later. Find out why your telecom expenses are rising, and how you can work globally to reduce them.

proposal  , Telecom Request for Proposal , Management Methodologies , about Telecom Expenses , Streamline Telecom Expense Management , Peak versus Off Peak . Chapter 1: Telecom Expense Management is a Boardroom Issue   You''re wasting millions. The truth is that most enterprises waste millions of dollars annually by not managing their telecom spend in a standardized, centralized, more accurate way. Having ballooned up to a top four overall expense of the entire company, telecom is something that you, as CIO, Read More

TurtleSpice ERP! (Week 9)


Just wanted to thank all the readers who voted and gave us this shortlist of ERP vendors for TurtleSpice:Oracle (JD Edwards EnterpriseOne) Microsoft (Dynamics AX) CDC Software (Ross Enterprise) SAP (mySAP ERP) … and BigGun ERP The next steps of the TurtleSpice selection process: vendor demo on-site visits from vendors reference checks And you know what? Overall

proposal  process fit, the implementation proposal, and a TCO analysis. * although the disclaimer at the bottom of this post does give me some wriggle-room for a bald-faced lie or two. Now here’s where things get interesting. Following successful contract negotiations with BigGun ERP, TurtleSpice’s CEO leaves TurtleSpice—only to move to another CEO position… with VenisonBland. The new CEO of TurtleSpice? Well, Wade Sharkey, naturally. And all of a sudden he’s not so keen on the idea of VenisonBland Read More