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SignalDemand: Dealing with Supply- and Demand-side Pricing Matters - Part 1
In TEC's previous articles and blog posts about pricing management and optimization vendors like Zilliant, Vendavo, DemandTec, Servigistics or Revionics, the

v part 1  of crunching over 10,000 variables, billions of scenarios, and cycle times measured in seconds. Part 2 of this blog series will further explain SignalDemand’s pricing science. Your views, comments, opinions, etc. about the above-mentioned pricing conundrum for manufacturers and about the software category per se are welcome in the meantime. We would also be interested in hearing about your experiences with this nascent software category (if you are an existing user) or your general interest in evaluatin

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Software Test Tools

Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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