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The Manufacturing Skills Gap and Strategies to Overcome It 

Help Wanted: Strategies to Fill the Manufacturing Skills Gap

Manufacturing is a crucial component of the U.S. economy, accounting for 12.5 percent of GDP, but 80 percent of manufacturers struggle to find enough workers with the necessary skills. While a sales team is already out giving tailored quotes with a product configurator, managers don’t want their pipeline to slow down because they’re lacking enough tool and die makers behind the scenes. Companies with employee shortages may end up facing longer lag times for product delivery and risk losing business to the competition.

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CMTC and Axonom Partnership Delivers Powertrak To Southern California Manufacturers 

Southern California’s manufacturers receive an exclusive software and services package to stimulate innovation, productivity and growth
Posted by Michael Bauer 08/28/2014 Categories: 3D Product Configurator CPQ Software Microsoft Dynamics CRM Product Configurator

The Axonom and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting® (CMTC) program offers small and medium-size manufacturers (SMMs) in southern California with comprehensive implementation services, cloud-based CRM, and world-class Powertrak software such as sales quoting and ordering, interactive 2D/3D visual product configurations, customer/partner portals, and sales forecasting.

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5 Selling Tactics that Turn Quotes into Sales 

Henry Ford once said, “The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.” As your sales team configures quotes for customers, you want them to remember Ford’s quote. Your team should focus on pinpointing solutions to customers’ problems as cost effectively as possible.

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Powertrak CPQ Delivers A Superior Ordering Experience 

Visualization + Interactivity + Mobility + Accuracy = Powertrak CPQ

Now more than ever, I am hearing one common theme from businesses searching for or replacing Configure-Price-Quote (CPQ) products. “We need to improve the online ordering experience for our buyers.”

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Axonom Listed in Gartner 2014 CRM Vendor Guide for CPQ 

We continue to hear from our customers that an interactive, engaging, and educational quoting and ordering experience for distribution partners and end-customers is becoming strategic to their business. Powertrak CPQ does more than guided selling, it’s a platform for customers and partners to interactively configure 2D or 3D product designs. Kudos to our developers for building this cool, innovative, game-changing product feature!

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How to Remove the “First Things First” Screen in Dynamics CRM 2013 

Troubleshoot: Disabling the “First Things First” Screen

In Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013, there seems to be a bug with the First Things First pop-up window. After clicking the “don’t show me this again” checkbox, the window will appear the next time I log in. I have found that no matter how many times I check the box, the pop-up window continues to reappear.

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Troubleshooting The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Error: ID1073 

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Error – sitting behind a hardware load balancer
Posted by Michael Bauer 06/19/2014 Categories: How Tos Microsoft Dynamics CRM

ID1073: A CryptographicException occurred when attempting to decrypt the cookie using the ProtectedData API (see inner exception for details). If you are using IIS 7.5, this could be due to the loadUserProfile setting on the Application Pool being set to false.

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