TDCI Expands BuyDesign® Sales and Configuration Software Solution

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TDCI Inc today announced a significant expansion of the company’s popular BuyDesign® Internet-based sales and configuration software solution. BuyDesign now provides support for the full ‘interest-to-order’ cycle for highly configurable products sold through both indirect and direct sales channels.

TDCI Inc, a leading enterprise solution provider, today announced a significant expansion of the company’s popular BuyDesign® Internet-based sales and configuration software solution. With new applications for ‘interest capture’ and ‘requirements capture’ to complement existing applications for multi-level sales channel quote and order management and self-service end-customer sales, BuyDesign now provides support for the full ‘interest-to-order’ cycle for highly configurable products sold through both indirect and direct sales channels. New capabilities for dynamic generation of 2D CAD, 3D CAD, and rendered images further automate and streamline the sales process. In addition, a new distributed implementation capability allows companies to deploy BuyDesign with a combination of integrated online, workgroup, and desktop applications that support all channels with a centrally managed repository of product and pricing data. With these innovative new capabilities, BuyDesign has become the most comprehensive selling solution available today.

Initially introduced less than two years ago, BuyDesign is already being deployed by leading manufacturers of a wide range of products, including: windows, doors, heating systems, pumps, construction equipment, pleasure boats, audio visual components, consumer products, and more.

With the addition of new applications, BuyDesign now consists of the following components:

  • Quote and Order Management: BuyDesign Channel Sales and BuyDesign Storefront
  • Interest Capture: BuyDesign Build-Your-Own and BuyDesign Virtual Catalog
  • Requirements Capture: BuyDesign Spec-In, AutoCAD edition
  • Product Configuration: BuyDesign Configurator
  • Product Visualization: BuyDesign Flex2D, BuyDesign Flex3D, and BuyDesign FlexRender
  • Distributed System Management: BuyDesign InTouch
  • Enterprise Integration: BuyDesign Integrator and BuyDesign Web Services

“Manufacturers of highly configurable products are looking for more ways to generate end-customer preference for their products, and for better ways to serve everyone in their demand chain,” states Mike Wilson, TDCI VP of Product Management and Marketing. “A lot of different people can be involved in the buying and selling process; from the end consumer, through the designers and architects that often specify products, to the company’s network of dealers, distributors, and direct sales people who quote and sell those products. We’re hearing more and more companies tell us they want to focus on simplifying each phase of the selling process to become ‘easy to do business with’ at all levels. And they’re starting to deploy multi-faceted solutions like BuyDesign to help do that.”

BuyDesign’s innovative Internet-centric design enables a manufacturer to offer any combination of 24x7 online access and distributed, synchronized applications to best support all levels of their demand chain, including dealers and distributors, direct sales people, ‘specifiers’ such as architects and designers, and end customers - B2C and B2B.

All of these capabilities are integrated with each other, and share common underlying tools for product configuration and visualization. And they all work with a single centrally managed product and pricing information repository. Distributed data and software are kept continually synchronized with automatic updates via the Internet.

One company already deploying the expanded solution is Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co., Inc. (Kolbe), a custom manufacturer of high quality windows and doors, located in Wausau, Wisconsin. Kolbe is using the distributed version of BuyDesign Channel Sales to provide dealers and distributors with a comprehensive desktop quoting capability (branded Kolbe ProQuote™), and will use BuyDesign Spec-In (branded Kolbe ProDesign™) to provide architects with the ability to select, specify, and insert AutoCAD design blocks for Kolbe products directly into their AutoCAD home designs. Product schedules from the architect system can be fed directly into the dealer system to speed quotation turn-around, and orders from the dealer system are sent directly to Kolbe to further speed the entire specification-to-delivery process.

“Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for everyone involved in the process to specify and buy Kolbe products,” stated Mike Salsieder, President. “We’re working to become as recognized for being ‘easy to do business with’ as we are for the quality of our windows and doors.”

“BuyDesign gives us the tools we need to simplify the buying process,” said Hank Hosler, Kolbe Director of IT. “It guides designers through product selection and specification, and guides our dealers and distributors through configuration, pricing, and ordering. And with BuyDesign’s distributed approach, we have the ability to centrally manage all of our product information while making it easy to keep dealers, distributors, and architects continually up to date. Our products are constantly evolving to meet market needs, so that’s very important.”

Kolbe plans to move the majority of their distributors to the new BuyDesign solution by the end of 2006. The BuyDesign solution will be used to replace over 1800 copies of their existing quoting system throughout 2007.

About TDCI    

TDCI is an enterprise solution provider that specializes in helping manufacturers and their distributors streamline the buying process for customized products. TDCI’s BuyDesign® software is a comprehensive sales and configuration solution developed to help companies increase sales by becoming ‘easy to do business with’ and improve profitability by reducing order processing time, cost, and errors. BuyDesign provides modular components for guided product selection and configuration, product visualization, quoting and ordering, drawing generation, and status inquiry. It also includes applications for front-end specification capture from within popular design products such as AutoCAD and others. For more information about TDCI and BuyDesign, visit http://www.tdci.com.

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