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Quote-to-order: One Big, Lean Machine Adds High Tech to Its Mix
BigMachines differentiates itself in the quote-to-order (Q2O) sphere due to its solutions’ lean end-to-end, inquiry-to-order focus. Although there are other

how to submit a proposal  developments, as well as how software providers are rising to the challenge of meeting their customers' Q2O needs. The second part, Quote-to-order: Newcomer Causes a Stir in the Market began an in-depth analysis of how the vendor BigMachines has been claiming a space for itself, serving clients in the high tech industry with its Q2O solutions. BigMachines' Differentiation BigMachines' differentiation from its competitors, especially from the old-guard (with client/server on-premise technologies), comes

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