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Importance of the Right Pricing Strategy
Pricing initiatives are complex and difficult to implement, and need a thorough understanding of cost and related data. Most organizations turn to external

strategy initiatives  of the Right Pricing Strategy Pricing initiatives are complex and difficult to implement, and need a thorough understanding of cost and related data. Most organizations turn to external pricing strategy consultants who, more often than not, steer them in the wrong direction. Rather than turning to these external consultants, organizations can follow certain steps to keep the task of pricing in-house. Find out what they are.

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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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Infor ION-izes its Open SOA Strategy - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series started by analyzing a certain change of the guard and a related product strategy shift at Infor. Two late June 2010 news announcements, which were entitled “Infor Simplifies Connectivity and Data Sharing with Infor ION(tm)” and “Infor Selects Microsoft as Preferred Technology and Tools Provider for Infor Software," were then demystified in an

strategy initiatives  reporting.   From the strategy perspective, Infor continues to believe in the need to deliver new functionality and add innovation to current applications for new and existing customers. Infor also recognizes the need for a common ground, i.e. a common set of services to make Infor, partner, and non-Infor applications work together. However, we have made a conscious decision not to build all of them but leverage more out-of-the-box services and toolsets from Microsoft. Infor’s focus is building applica Read More

6 Steps for Linking Corporate Strategy to the Budget


Ask any three people in an organization why they budget and you’ll get three different answers. But no one says they budget in order to direct the way in which their organization will achieve its strategic goals—the intended purpose of the budget. For budgeting to become the relevant process it was meant to be, this gap must be fixed.

strategy initiatives  in the book The Strategy Gap, eight planning best practices of high-performance organizations present themselves: Good plans answer key directional questions. Some are, Where are we going?, How are we going to get there?, and What happens if things do not turn out as planned? High-performing organizations do not assume that Plan A will always work. Instead, they prepare alternatives in case they are needed. Good plans typically address three activities. They are (1) how the organization will maintai Read More

Six Keys to Exceeding Expectations with Inventory Optimization Initiatives


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Project Management Office: Framework Strategy


IT initiatives driven within silos, where each department maintain its own project management office, inhibits the overall cohesiveness and effectiveness of corporate strategy. This document outlines best practices to centralize and deliver a scalable and robust project management framework strategy.

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A CRM System Needs A Data Strategy


A customer relationship management (CRM) system is inherently valuable for supporting customer acquisition and retention by gathering data from each contact with customers and prospects. Collecting data, however, cannot be isolated from a strategy for actually using that data. Here is an overview of how to evolve the focus of a data strategy to specifically suit both the acquisition and retention phases.

strategy initiatives  System Needs A Data Strategy Introduction An underutilized customer relationship management (CRM) system - or one that cannot match its owner's expectations - will reflect poorly on both the vendor who sold it and the IT manager who authorized the purchase and installed it. Both, however, can help successfully manage such expectations (and add value to their respective roles) by wisely counseling about the strategic context into which a CRM system must function. Simply put, the market includes plenty of Read More

TDWI Vegas: How to Build an Enterprise Data Strategy


It takes a lot of commitment, preparation, and time to fully embrace a successful enterprise data strategy. Managing data within a corporation has reached an all-new level of importance. Data is being collected from extremely diverse sources and fully dissected; as the subject of increasingly complex processes, data quality must be maintained. In addition, data management and manipulation must

strategy initiatives  Build an Enterprise Data Strategy It takes a lot of commitment, preparation, and time to fully embrace a successful enterprise data strategy. Managing data within a corporation has reached an all-new level of importance. Data is being collected from extremely diverse sources and fully dissected; as the subject of increasingly complex processes, data quality must be maintained. In addition, data management and manipulation must comply with several types of regulations. Data is now an extremely significant Read More

Workforce Analytics: Key to Aligning People Business Strategy


This research brief examines the use of workforce analytics tools as well as the way best-in-class organizations align workforce strategies with business objectives. It looks at existing technologies and makes recommendations to enable organizations to address workforce optimization, talent plans, and human resources (HR) service delivery. Read it and discover how your company can achieve best-in-class performance.

strategy initiatives  to Aligning People Business Strategy This research brief examines the use of workforce analytics tools as well as the way best-in-class organizations align workforce strategies with business objectives. It looks at existing technologies and makes recommendations to enable organizations to address workforce optimization, talent plans, and human resources (HR) service delivery. Read it and discover how your company can achieve best-in-class performance. Read More

ERP in Manufacturing 2011: Defining the ERP Strategy


Most manufacturing enterprises use enterprise resource planning (ERP) as their main business system. It has always been assumed is that companies strive to have one single ERP system to unify all their parts and processes, but a survey shows that the average manufacturing company has 1.9 separate and distinct systems. This paper looks at how overall ERP strategy relates to companies’ performance.

strategy initiatives  2011: Defining the ERP Strategy Most manufacturing enterprises use enterprise resource planning (ERP) as their main business system. It has always been assumed is that companies strive to have one single ERP system to unify all their parts and processes, but a survey shows that the average manufacturing company has 1.9 separate and distinct systems. This paper looks at how overall ERP strategy relates to companies’ performance. Read More

The Future of Supply Chain Strategy for Consumer Electronics


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strategy initiatives  Future of Supply Chain Strategy for Consumer Electronics To leverage opportunities presented by the explosion in consumer demand, consumer electronics manufacturers must tighten their forecasting, sourcing, distribution, and inventory management strategies. They must also bring a more refined approach to supply chain management. Find out what capabilities they need to build in order to respond to consumer needs—while retaining flexibility in production, distribution, and logistics. Read More

Strategy Companion


Founded in 2001 and now with over 1,600 customers, Strategy Companion is a privately-held Independent Software Vendor (ISV) and Microsoft Gold Certified Business Intelligence partner. Our global headquarters are located in Irvine, California and we have regional offices in China, Taiwan, and the UK. Our global partner network provides sales, service, and support for customers worldwide.

strategy initiatives  with over 1,600 customers, Strategy Companion is a privately-held Independent Software Vendor (ISV) and Microsoft Gold Certified Business Intelligence partner. Our global headquarters are located in Irvine, California and we have regional offices in China, Taiwan, and the UK. Our global partner network provides sales, service, and support for customers worldwide. Read More

Infor ION-izes its Open SOA Strategy - Part 1


2010 has certainly been an interesting (if not a crossroads) year for Infor. Namely, after a number of new high-profile hires at the beginning of the year, which signalled Infor’s intention to be taken seriously, the vendor then entered an eerily quieter period of several months. Except for the ongoing vocal marketing campaign entitled “Down with Big ERP” with witty

strategy initiatives  ION-izes its Open SOA Strategy - Part 1 2010 has certainly been an interesting (if not a crossroads) year for Infor . Namely, after a number of  new high-profile hires at the beginning of the year, which signalled Infor’s intention to be taken seriously , the vendor then entered an eerily quieter period of several months. Except for the ongoing  vocal marketing campaign entitled “Down with Big ERP” with witty cartoonish billboards and banners adorning major airports, magazines, web sites, and Read More

Management Strategy for Network Critical Physical Infrastructure


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strategy initiatives  Strategy for Network Critical Physical Infrastructure Management Strategy for Network Critical Physical Infrastructure If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Computer Rooms are the heart of many small/medium businesses. Often not originally or specifically designed to provide the ideal environment for IT equipment, special attention to Network Critical Physical Infrastructure (NCPI) when deploying racks of servers, Read More

Customers, Not Cars, Now Drive Auto Importer’s Strategy


This report reviews how one company made the strategic decision to replace the legacy systems built to support the old organizational structure with a new system that revolves around customers, not vehicles. The new system consists of fully integrated components, with a customer relationship management (CRM)-based frontend. The technology infrastructure was crucial to the overall success of the restructuring effort.

strategy initiatives  Now Drive Auto Importer’s Strategy This report reviews how one company made the strategic decision to replace the legacy systems built to support the old organizational structure with a new system that revolves around customers, not vehicles. The new system consists of fully integrated components, with a customer relationship management (CRM)-based frontend. The technology infrastructure was crucial to the overall success of the restructuring effort. Read More

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In business-to-business (B2B) software marketing, you'll get little debate about the importance of positioning. Yet few B2B software companies do it well, thus failing to set themselves apart from their competitors. There are many reasons for this void, and this column will help fill one big one by describing the business process of creating effective, compelling message strategies for your products or services.

strategy initiatives  Starts With A Message Strategy Introduction If positioning is one of the most misunderstood concepts in business-to-business (B2B) software marketing—which it is—part of the problem is that it can seem vague or difficult to develop and apply. Are we talking strategy or tactics? Who can dispute the importance of positioning in a strategic sense—communicating the unique benefit of your software product? In Crossing the Chasm , Geoffrey Moore writes, Positioning is the single largest influence on the Read More