CPQ: The ultimate sales enabler for Microsoft Dynamics users

There is a temptation to describe ERP as software that does everything. It's even understandable why people might think this is true. ERP has evolved and changed dramatically over the years, mainly increasing the scope of its footprint within the enterprise and assuming a larger role in the operational systems driving the organizational functions.

The reality of ERP is that it must be not just bigger, but also more flexible. Companies are doing more things and different things than they were 10 years ago. Consider something like 3D printing. It's a process manufacturing technique that makes discrete products. In short, you start with a recipe-based goo and turn it into a widget.

Another new world-order process is cloud-based services and particularly manufacturing as a service.  How does that fit in your shop floor, your supply chain or bill of materials?

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About Lou Washington
Lou Washington is a blogger and senior writer for Cincom Systems, a provider of CPQ, CCM and other business technology solutions. Lou draws on his combined 45 years of manufacturing and business technology experience to offer businesses insight into improving their most critical processes.

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