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EDL Consulting Announces Strategic Alliance with BigMachines

This alliance will enhance BigMachines' and EDL Consulting's existing solutions

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EDL Consulting, a leading technology services firm specializing in the intelligent integration of eCommerce, CRM and business intelligence solutions, today announced a strategic alliance with BigMachines, the leading provider of on-demand quoting, configuration and proposal software.

This alliance will enhance BigMachines' and EDL Consulting's existing solutions. BigMachines enables sales teams, channel partners and resellers to quickly configure products, generate quotes and proposals, manage complex pricing, generate legal contracts, and submit and manage orders. This alliance will help EDL Consulting's clients sell more and sell faster with BigMachine's pricing and configuration options, expanded mobile approval capabilities, updated CRM integration, and additional administration controls.

"We understand each others businesses very well. The EDL Consulting and BigMachines alliance will bring tremendous value to our customers. Adding BigMachines software to our solution set provides our customers with significant opportunity to streamline business processes in the cloud. Specifically, this alliance enhances client guided selling, product configuration capabilities and overall sales process efficiency. We are confident that this partnership will lead to greater client success," says Bill Loumpouridis, EDL president and CEO.

EDL is also a Gold sponsor of BigMachine's annual BigIdeas customer and industry forum being held in Chicago beginning today.  There, EDL will be presenting a booth and co-hosting a breakout session with BigMachines to demonstrate its Cloud-based WirelessCraze eCommerce application.

"We are pleased to enhance EDL's solution set with the BigMachines configurator tool for pricing and proposals. Customers are demanding a better process, and this alliance can deliver that," said Matt Gorniak, senior vice president of sales and alliances at BigMachines.

Chicago-based EDL Consulting is a national technology services firm specializing in the intelligent integration of eCommerce, CRM and business intelligence solutions to improve business performance. EDL solves the complex systems integration issues behind state-of-the-art technology solutions to make organizations more successful. The solutions EDL builds generate revenue, result in cost savings, promote differentiation and make it easier for clients to do business with their customers. See www.cloud-craze.com and www.edlconsulting.com.

BigMachines is the global leader in on-demand sales configuration, quoting and proposal software, helping companies sell more and sell faster in the cloud. BigMachines solutions empower sales across customers' channels by streamlining their sales processes from opportunity to order. Using BigMachines software, sales teams and channels can quickly configure products, generate quotes and proposals, manage complex pricing, generate legal contracts, and manage orders. BigMachines offers extensive reporting capabilities and easily integrates to leading CRM and ERP systems, including those from salesforce.com, Oracle, and SAP. BigMachines' rapidly growing customer base includes global leaders such as Kodak's GCG, Siemens, Ingersoll Rand, and NTT Communications, as well as innovative growth companies such as ShoreTel and Voltaire Ltd. For more information, visit www.bigmachines.com.

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Mr. Loumpouridis serves as president and CEO for EDL Consulting, a leading eCommerce and Systems Integration firm serving a rich client base that includes manufacturing, media, and high tech clients. In his role at EDL, Bill is responsible for corporate strategy and marketing, ensuring that EDL’s capabilities and service offerings address his client’s most pressing needs. EDL’s solutions appeal to senior sales and marketing executives who face the challenges of selling complex products and services through multiple distribution channels. Mr. Loumpouridis is a serial entrepreneur and methodology wonk with several thriving start-up professional services organizations to his credit. He founded EDL in July 2001 as a response to the dot com implosion, bringing more than 20 years of professional services industry experience to the organization, in order to build a firm based on Excellence in Delivery Leadership (EDL) lacking in many misguided dot com projects. Prior to EDL, Mr. Loumpouridis served as Vice President of CRM at iXL, where he built a pioneering CRM practice that quickly established the company as a leader in the delivery of customer-centric eCommerce solutions. His prior leadership roles include four years at PricewaterhouseCoopers building a regional CRM practice, and founder of Strategic Technology Resources (STR), an early adopter of object-oriented programming in the early 1990’s. Some of Bill’s most memorable accomplishments date back to his executive management role at Lante Corporation, one of the first firms to define a consulting practice around what were known as “microcomputers” during the heady 1980’s. During this time Bill was also instrumental in developing go-to-market methodologies that were more nimble than traditional waterfall approaches in order to tap the power of the PC platform. Mr. Loumpouridis graduated in 1983 from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics.

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