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11
Dec

Ten years ago, concerns over security, access to data, and reliability of wide-area networks created barriers to accepting cloud solutions for core business functions. Over time, wide-area computing has become a reality of doing business and companies have come to realize that large cloud providers can secure data much more reliably than smaller companies whose core…

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2
Dec

Planning a successful year-end is made possible by successful month-end closes, meaning that the chances of having a successful year-end close go up dramatically when a month-end close is planned and executed well. However, even if a month-end close isn’t done well, you can still true it up to start out with a better 2015…

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3
Nov

“Help, Help, my server is slow!” These are common words that are uttered to me and my colleagues on a regular basis by any number of customers. This is probably the largest complaint by any end user or system administrator with any software or database application. Much like Malcolm Campbell, every IT administrator is looking…

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20
Feb

Last month we touched on the exponential value to manufacturers realize when they integrate their ERP and Salesforce solutions as well as implement an advanced quoting solution.  Most of the benefits listed were around process improvement.  The good news is that the benefits do not stop there. As mentioned last month, there is also massive…

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25
Sep

The most common phrase I hear when talking about ERP or CRM system success and failure is “garbage in, garbage out.” Project managers use this phrase to install a sense of urgency related to training. It drives home the point: your system is only as good as your data. This is a very valid axiom for…

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16
Sep

In previous blog entries we took a look at the top reasons why manufactures choose a CPQ solution. In this post we will focus on the top reason listed, “To increase sales effectiveness and spend more time selling”. Ultimately, how can manufacturers benefit and increase sales by implementing a configure price quote (CPQ) system like…

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9
Sep

Once in a while we like to share with our audience the experience that some of our customers have had in working with Alternative.  In light of our recent honor of being ranked the #166 fastest growing company in the country according to Inc. Magazine I am happy to share this customer story with you:   08/06/2013…

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12
Aug

Here are the three common roadblocks to increasing sales at your manufacturing company: 1) Your sales rep is driving to a prospect visit when he gets a call from the prospect saying that the meeting has been cancelled due to a last minute emergency.  His choices are to a) go home for the day or…

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29
Jun
27
Jun

One of our readers – Jeff – requested a follow up to the report performance post focused specifically on BAQs. I always appreciate reader feedback, so Jeff this one is for you (and of course anyone else with BAQ performance woes). BAQs (Business Activity Queries if you’re unfamiliar with the acronym) are our eyes into the…

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