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Can We Intelligently Use Part Numbers to Configure and Order the Right Products?
In the industrial automation industry, an overlooked, fatal flaw of sales configurator solutions is their inability to simultaneously configure part numbers and

configure to order systems  someone has to manually configure these products and their catalog numbers, which is costly, time-consuming, and error-prone—a painful undertaking as a whole. Further, to overcome the problem of the lack of reverse configuration capability, companies have to somehow produce forecasts, and to that end, estimate which catalog numbers (from millions of possibilities) the companies believe (or hope) they are most likely to sell. The companies then painstakingly select thousands of SKUs, configure them and

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Configure Price Quote (CPQ)

Configure, price, and quote (CPQ) solutions (sometimes known as quote-to-order, or Q2O, systems) help drive sales effectiveness by supporting configuration and pricing activities and the generation of quotes that occure during the sales process. CPQ solutions create accurate and professional sales quotes for complex, custom-engineered or customizable products while streamlining core processes and lowering costs. Common features of CPQ software include product catalog and pricing functionality, product visualization, and support for channel sales.  

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configure to order systems  announce that Concept by Configure One is now a TEC certified quote to order (Q2O) solution and is available for evaluation online in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Evaluation Centers. To achieve TEC Certification, Configure One completed TEC’s detailed questionnaire ( download sample Q2O RFI template ) and delivered a comprehensive product demonstration for the Concept product. During the demo, Configure One showed many of Concept’s features and Read More

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configure to order systems  ordered over the Internet. Configure-to-Order (CTO) - products based on consultative dialogue with the customer, through Web interface, to address specific requirements. The products have been predesigned in computer-aided-design (CAD) models or parameterized documents, but not predefined with specific part numbers, for example, products with dimensional and spatial requirements, such as hydraulic actuators, and windows and doors. Engineer-to-Order (ETO) the most complex products that during configuring Read More

The Challenge to Achieve Perfect Order Management


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