Porvene Doors Streamlines Operations with Product Configurator from TDCI

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Manufacturer of Industrial & Commercial Doors Using BuyDesign® Configurator with Microsoft Dynamics GP ERP System

TDCI, Inc. (TDCI), the leading provider of configurator-based software solutions, announced today that Porvene Doors, a leading California-based manufacturer of industrial and commercial doors, is now using TDCI's BuyDesign Configurator integrated with the company's Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains) Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to streamline order entry and manufacturing work order generation.

A component of TDCI's BuyDesign guided selling and configuration solution suite, BuyDesign Configurator is a flexible, intuitive product configurator that guides users through selection of available features, options and dimensions to specify orders for customizable products. It verifies that the combination of selected features is valid and manufacturable, calculates pricing, and generates configuration-specific manufacturing information such as bills of material and routings for the ordered product. In so doing, it helps companies increase sales by becoming 'easy to do business with' while at the same time helping them reduce order processing time, cost, and errors.

Porvene Door systems can be complex with a number of different options in terms of curtain materials, electric motors and sensors, vents, and install kits. Dimensions are also specified to fit a particular opening. BuyDesign Configurator is used during order entry to guide Customer Service Reps through selection of the ordered door size and options, validating the combination as it goes. It then prices the sales order, and generates the manufacturing order with a configuration-specific bill of material and routing. The manufacturing order is then passed to Microsoft Dynamics GP for production scheduling and execution.

"We've significantly changed the way we operate by incorporating BuyDesign Configurator into our new business system," says Stephen Bryan, Porvene Doors Controller. "With our old system, we maintained a full bill of material (BOM) for every size and variation of the doors we make. That added up to over 50,000 different part numbers and associated BOMs. The effort and cost to maintain all those parts and BOMs was onerous. Now we use the configurator to generate that information on the fly as products are ordered - eliminating the vast majority of that data maintenance. We could not have made this important change with Great Plains alone - it's the product configurator that makes it possible."

Bryan adds: "Another benefit of BuyDesign Configurator is that it's now much easier to train new Customer Services Reps. We're also looking forward to implementing BuyDesign Channel Sales to move product specification out to our dealers so they can enter their own orders on our web site. That's another thing we would never be able to do without the TDCI product configurator."

Implementation assistance for both BuyDesign and Microsoft Dynamics GP was provided by Integrated Systems Solutions (ISS) headquartered in Orange, California. A key component to the overall solution was the "bridge" developed by ISS using standard BuyDesign APIs and ISS's library of advanced web services. The bridge seamlessly connects BuyDesign Configurator to many Microsoft Dynamics GP functions including order entry, manufacturing and inventory.

About Porvene Doors
Porvene Doors is a leading manufacturer of industrial and commercial doors, including continuous sheet steel doors, heavy duty rolling steel slat doors, rolling grills, and steel backed insulated doors. Porvene Doors are sold throughout the Western United States through a network of independent dealers. In addition to the company's manufacturing plant in Moreno Valley, California, Porvene Doors operates a distribution center in Sacramento, California. Learn more at http://www.porvenedoors.com.

About Integrated Systems Solutions (ISS)
ISS (http://www.issusa.com) has been a leader in delivering high performance, high quality business systems solutions to the middle market for over 18 years. Focused on Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains), ISS specializes in the distribution and manufacturing of custom/configured products market space.

About TDCI and BuyDesign
TDCI (http://www.tdci.com) specializes in helping manufacturers and their distributors streamline the buying process for customized products. TDCI's BuyDesign® software is a comprehensive web-based guided selling and configuration solution developed to help companies increase sales by becoming 'easy to do business with' while improving profitability by reducing order processing time, cost, and errors. Built using a powerful product configurator, BuyDesign provides modular applications for guided product selection and configuration, product visualization, quoting and ordering, drawing and data generation, consumer interest creation, and more.


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