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Concept by Configure One Is Now a TEC Certified Quote-to-Order Solution

Written By: Raluca Druta
Published On: December 9 2013

TEC is pleased to 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 functions.
 
Within the next few weeks, the Configure One Certification Report will be available for download on the TEC Certification Reports page. The report will provide a detailed overview of the product, with a focus on its main abilities to support companies that rely on Q2O as part of their operations. The solution will be described following the structure of TEC’s Q2O software research model as seen in TEC Advisor.
 
In the meantime, this blog post takes a brief look at some of the key features and functions that Configure One demonstrated during the certification demo for its Q2O software solution.
 
Configure One is a software company based in Illinois, USA and with an office in the U.K. The company has had an offering on the market for about 14 years. Configure One customers come from a variety of geographical regions (North America, Europe, and Asia) but these customers have users in almost every country.
 
The vendor offers a single product within the quote to order/product configurator space—Concept—whose primary function is to configure, price, and quote products. The vendor targets primarily manufacturing companies or companies who make actual/tangible products that are configurable—for example: trucks, industrial machinery, doors and windows, tables and furniture, refrigerating systems, and air conditioning systems. The vendor’s software application is built around products to which buyers can choose between or apply different options (i.e. different colors, different shapes, different dimensions, different accessories available as attachments, etc.)
 
Concept allows users to design an interface based on a series of questions in order to properly configure and price a product. For example, a truck manufacturer can design a configurator (a series of questions) which a sales rep or a dealer can answer online. Upon the input of specific answers, the system automatically pulls the necessary data which allows the software to generate a price, a bill of materials, and drawings. These documents can then be attached to a quote that will be sent to a customer or to an ERP or CRM system. Users can access the system directly through their login or through other third party applications, such as salesforce.com.



Concept Product Configurator screenshot

During the certification demo I was able to view the product’s ability to allow users to design an interface based on a series of questions in order to properly configure and price a product. For example, a trucks manufacturer can design a configurator—that is, a series of questions—which a sales rep or a dealer can answer online. Upon the input of specific answers, the system automatically pulls the necessary data to generate a price, a bill of materials, and drawings.
 
In addition, Concept supports multilingual (document generation or screen display in various languages simultaneously) and multinational (different currencies, time zone preferences, and numeric entry format) functionality.
Please stay tuned for the certification report. In the meantime, you can interactively review Q2O via TEC Advisor.

 
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