By David Sims
David at firstcoffee d*t biz
The news as of the second cup of coffee this morning, and the music is one of the prettiest, most finely-wrought and most subtly sung songs from '60s folk, Simon & Garfunkel's Bleecker Street
BigMachines has announced that Carestream Health has deployed BigMachines' Configuration, Pricing, Proposal product.
The CPP implementation, led by eLogic Group, has streamlined the front-end selling process and is integrated with Carestream Health's sales management platform, according to the BigMachinists.
The CPP application, coupled with eLogic Group's process expertise, lets Carestream consolidate its medical products product lines in a single tool used to configure product, price and generate proposals for sales opportunity management.
Carestream Health sells medical and dental imaging and information technology products, molecular imaging systems, and non-destructive testing products.
"BigMachines' sales automation product, coupled with eLogic's implementation expertise, enables us to go from inquiry to order," said Rick Gary, Director of Worldwide Operations and Business Systems, Carestream Health. "We have a product that generates quotes and proposals, offering us much more capability than we had before."
BigMachines sells on-demand configuration and proposal software. Its CPP software is integrated with customer information systems to provide a single view of customer data, in addition to automatically updating sales forecasts as quotes and orders are created and changed. BigMachines can also integrate with SAP
"Carestream Health provided challenges with their aggressive schedule, requirement to combine two businesses in a single product, and the worldwide representation during the requirements definition phase," said Tom Erdle, principal and co-founder of eLogic.
DataDirect Technologies, a vendor of data connectivity and mainframe integration and an operating company of Progress Software, has announced that StreamServe, an enterprise provider of document composition, management and delivery products, has embedded the DataDirect Connect for ODBC and DataDirect Connect for JDBC database drivers into the latest version of StreamServe Persuasion.
The agreement provides StreamServe Persuasion users with "database connectivity to relational databases including Microsoft
SQL Server, Oracle
DB2 running on any platform," according to the DataDirecticians.
StreamServe Persuasion lets companies get information from enterprise applications such as ERP, CRM, SCM and legacy systems and use it customer correspondence and cross-sell, upsell campaigns.
With "an emphasis on enterprise customers and an open architecture," company officials say, StreamServe Persuasion is "designed to run on all established operating systems including UNIX platforms, Windows, and Linux." StreamServe officials say they realized its proprietary database architecture could not properly scale or meet the data connectivity and performance requirements of a heterogeneous environment.
Moreover, company officials say, they "didn't want the performance of StreamServe Persuasion to be dependent on the vagaries of whatever ODBC and JDBC drivers may be available in its customers' environments."
By embedding the DataDirect Connect for ODBC and DataDirect Connect for JDBC product suites into the latest version of StreamServe Persuasion software, the product can support Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server databases.