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The CEO, CFO, and TCO
Total cost of ownership (TCO) is a key component of the

tco costs  generate a positive ROI. TCO includes a number of different costs. External costs include checks written for software, hardware, and external services. However, while most companies understand these external costs, the internal costs are often not fully understood. The internal costs are often buried in a general information technology (IT) budget, and considered as the cost of doing business. A Meta Group study decomposed the elements of TCO. The study found that internal costs, made up of staff

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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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