Gaining a strong competitive advantage in distribution with configure-price-quote software

Configure-price-quote (CPQ) software is one of the main technologies helping distributors become more competitive. An integrated, rules-based CPQ solution can provide you with an interactive visual catalog that speeds complex orders, while capturing and codifying the insights and approaches of your organization’s top salespeople.

This software can also simplify the kitting and bundling of multi-product solutions and systems, while shortening lead times, enhancing revenues, and reducing costs.

Read to find out more about the 3 ways CPQ software creates a competitive advantage:

  • Simplify customer choices
  • Create a standardized body of knowledge
  • Diversify the business with new services
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Introducing Swiftype Enterprise Search

Swiftype Enterprise Search is an easy way for companies to index content across internal cloud data sources and make it accessible from anywhere, on any device. In a single search, your employees can pull any information relevant to the task at hand.

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Too Many Cloud Apps? Stop Wasting Time Hunting for Information

There’s no arguing that your business would run faster with the necessary cloud technologies. They each have a purpose and they each add value to your business. The challenge is in finding information (documents, files, conversations, or data) that’s scattered across these cloud-based systems. It turns a simple search for information into a time-consuming endeavor.

Stop wasting time hunting for information! Download this NEW eBook and learn how a single search experience platform can help increase productivity, gain visibility, and eliminate content duplication.

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How to boost sales team productivity

Customer relationship management (CRM) boosts both productivity and effectiveness, yet 22% of professionals don’t know what CRM is used for—and 40% still store customer data in a spreadsheet or email. Read this guide to learn the five ways that CRM can increase the productivity of your sales team.
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How Microsoft Got Performance Reviews Right

Microsoft, long known for using stack ranking and ratings eliminated both in 2013.

It’s new performance management is based on more timely feedback to align employee objectives with company goals.

In this resource, you’ll learn how Microsoft evolved its annual appraisals to better drive performance, and how you can adopt a modern performance system similar to Microsoft’s.

  • How Microsoft uses check-ins to develop employees
  • What the company uses to determine compensation now that ratings are eliminated
  • How you can implement a performance management system similar to what Microsoft uses
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Negotiate The Possibilities with SAP

Believe it or not, SAP wants you to be its customer. Moreover, SAP wants you to be a satisfied customer so that your company will purchase other SAP management solutions in the future. If you have always assumed that negotiating SAP contracts is impossible (as impossible as negotiating contracts with a bank, utility provider, cell phone operator), then assume again.
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5 Misconceptions about SAP Authorizations

The brief mentions some very naive statements we’ve heard during our experience in the field. The following quotes are definitely myths, and we highly suggest that you familiarize yourself with them in case you hear them too.
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Better Together: Managing Your Apple Devices as an Ecosystem

The reality is desktop operating systems — Windows, macOS and Chrome OS — have little in common. All have a unique workflow to provision, encrypt, deploy, secure, update and support devices. The same “uniqueness” also applies to the mobile platforms: iOS, Windows Mobile and Android.

So, you as an organization have to choose:

  • Manage your devices by platform type (i.e., desktop or mobile).
  • Attempt to manage your devices with a unified tool.
  • Manage your devices by ecosystem (Apple, Microsoft, Google).

Download this e-book for a break down of the choices facing you and your IT staff, and see how each impacts you and your users.

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What is Needed to Build Trusted Infrastructures?

As security models converge on perimeter-less infrastructure and the need to protect raw data, we must move beyond "STIG compliance," 2FA, and encrypting all data. This technical session will step through evolving thinking on trusted infrastructure: tokenization is a recent data protection method, but what is it and when can it be used? What work is being done on Trusted Platform Modules, and what is trusted boot? What are new cryptographic models, including quantum cryptography and blockchain? How does this fit into containerization and server-less computing? How is open source confronting these challenges?

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Digital Transformation: The Consumerization of Government IT

In a 2016 PricewaterhouseCoopers survey of over 1400 CIOs, 84% stated they needed to address wider stakeholder needs and 77% found that technology was one of “the top 3 influencers transforming stakeholder expectations for the business.” Hear how government agencies and system integrators are transforming their organizations using modern application development practices, tools, and platforms.

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Migrating Enterprise Applications to Microsoft Azure

Migrating applications is a subject that can strike fear into the heart of even the most seasoned IT professional. Stories of poorly executed migrations abound, and they often cost businesses dearly in terms of time and money. As organizations consider migrating applications out of their own data centers and into the cloud, the level of anxiety can grow exponentially.

However, moving an enterprise application to the cloud doesn’t have to be a nerve-wracking experience. By following some simple guidelines, you can easily determine the best strategy for migrating your applications and taking maximum advantage of the cloud.

This white paper examines the most common application migration issues and offers guidance on how to manage them.

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Master of Science in Information Systems

Prepare for a career in IT management with Northwestern’s MS in Information Systems program. Build your expertise and your network by learning from a professional faculty comprised of leading data science experts. Choose from online and evening on-campus courses.

Learn more about how you can advance your career with a Northwestern University Master of Science in Information Systems degree.

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Mobile Marketing Cookbook: Whip up the best push notification strategy

Users who download the app but never use it are duds and no profit is made. But users who come back time and time again, those are high-value users. They are the ones who help your app make money, by either in-app purchases or through ads served to them. But engagement isn’t simple. Master this part of the mobile marketing journey with a stellar push notification strategy.

There are millions of apps throughout several app stores. This means that now, more than ever, it’s vital to have a plan for not only building an app, but how to keep it alive and successfully gain revenue on it. These steps include creating an app, getting it into the app store, helping users find it, downloading it, and finally keeping them engaged with your app. The last step — engagement — is where the cash comes in.

We’ve whipped up a mobile marketing cookbook. Inside you’ll find steps to perfect your push notification recipe.

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Shopping the Best Mobile Marketing KPIs: The Most Important Metrics for Retail Apps

Mobile commerce now accounts for 34% of all e-Commerce transactions globally, and is growing more than 200% faster than traditional e-Commerce. But measuring success in mobile presents unique challenges for retailers, whether they’re mobile-first or brick-and-mortar stores gone mobile. Even if marketers could track everything, it’s challenging to understand which measurements are actually meaningful to a company’s bottom line. In this tip sheet, we break down which mobile marketing KPIs retailers should focus on to get the most bang for their buck.
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Deconstructing the Mobile Marketing Funnel

It is said that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Mobile marketing is still just marketing, with some shiny new toys. But there are some important differences you need to understand to be truly effective as a mobile marketer. In this white paper, you will gain an in-depth understanding of:

  • How the traditional marketing funnel and mobile marketing funnels compare
  • Each stage of the mobile marketing funnel and why they matter
  • Tactics and technology to optimize discovery, conversion, engagement, and retention
  • How major brands have improved their ROI using the strategies in this white paper
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