TDCI Announces BuyDesign® 5.0 Availability

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TDCI Inc, today announced immediate availability of release 5.0 of the company's BuyDesign software solution. BuyDesign is a comprehensive guided selling and configuration solution developed to streamline the sales process for customized products. BuyDesign helps companies that offer products with a wide range of features, options, and dimensions increase sales by becoming 'easy to do business with' while at the same time helping them improve profitability by reducing order processing time, cost, and errors.

TDCI Inc, a leading enterprise solution provider, today announced immediate availability of release 5.0 of the company's BuyDesign® software solution. BuyDesign is a comprehensive guided selling and configuration solution developed to streamline the sales process for customized products. BuyDesign helps companies that offer products with a wide range of features, options, and dimensions increase sales by becoming 'easy to do business with' while at the same time helping them improve profitability by reducing order processing time, cost, and errors.

BuyDesign Release 5.0 delivers numerous functional, technical, and ease-of-use enhancements driven largely by input from the growing community of BuyDesign users in the building products, equipment, machinery, and specialty vehicle markets.

Certainteed Corporation is among several companies already implementing BuyDesign 5.0. Tom Shaw, District Manager, stated: "We have been very impressed with the enhancements in release 5.0 of BuyDesign. We believe some of the new configuration capabilities make it one of the easiest and most productive quoting solutions in the fenestration industry today."

Dan DeMuth, TDCI President said: "Many of the enhancements in BuyDesign Release 5.0 are the result of listening to our growing customer base and working with them to apply technology in some innovative new ways. We're confident these new capabilities will drive further adoption of BuyDesign within our target markets."

New and enhanced features in BuyDesign 5.0 include:

BuyDesign Channel Sales
•New 'rapid configuration and quoting' capability. This new quote entry option dramatically simplifies entry of multiple line items that share configuration attributes.
•Streamlined quote/order screen. A re-designed line item area of the quoting screens adds clarity and ease of manipulation.
•Expanded deployment models. Using a single point of control for data update and synchronization, BuyDesign can now be deployed online via the Internet or company intranet; as a distributed desktop solution for individual users who need to produce quotes when not connected; or as a distributed workgroup solution for remote offices (e.g. dealers) where several people need to share local information about customers, quotes, etc.
•Expanded sales models. BuyDesign Channel Sales now supports an even broader range of multi-level sales channels, including: indirect channels such as dealers and distributors; direct channels such as a company's own field and phone sales personnel; and customer service representatives who place quotes and orders 'on behalf of' indirect channels.
•User Interface enhancements. BuyDesign's browser-based user interface has been enhanced to provide even more intuitive navigation and operation.

BuyDesign Configurator
•Enhanced manufacturing output capabilities. A new template-based approach makes it easier to develop manufacturing output rules, and to tailor those rules to the information needed by a company's particular manufacturing system.
•User Interface enhancements. The default configurator UI has been re-designed in a number of ways to further improve ease-of-use as well as tailoring.
•New rules capabilities. A number of new capabilities have been added to expand configurator display and control options, and simplify rules development. For instance: simplified constraint definition for 'rapid configuration'; ability to use BuyDesign Flex2D as a geometric constraint engine; and a new numeric control with ranges (e.g. min, max, and increment)

Technology and Architecture
•Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0. BuyDesign Channel Sales has been updated to .NET Framework 2.0, providing improved performance and other benefits.
•Enhanced load balancing and failover. Virtually unlimited scalability and very high availability across BuyDesign applications.
•Expanded user exits. New API points have been added, making it easy to integrate unique company-specific capabilities into BuyDesign without change to the software.

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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