Kieffer & Co., Inc to Deploy BuyDesign® Configurator Software from TDCI

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Leading Manufacturer of Electrical Signs will use Product Configurator with Infor ERP SyteLine to Streamline Quoting & Ordering

TDCI Inc. (TDCI), the leading provider of configurator-based software solutions, announced today that Kieffer & Co., Inc. (Kieffer), one of the nation's leading sign manufacturers, has selected TDCI's BuyDesign Configurator software for use as the embedded product configurator in their Infor ERP SyteLine 7 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. BuyDesign Configurator will help Kieffer streamline quoting and ordering processes for the company's broad range of signage products manufactured for national companies such as Walgreens, Hilton Hotels, Holiday Inn, Payless Shoes, Borders, Staples, W.W. Grainger and others.

BuyDesign Configurator is a highly flexible product configurator that makes it easy to capture product knowledge in the form of product rules and constraints. It then guides users through product specification, calculates pricing, and optionally generates a wide range of configuration-specific outputs such as manufacturing information, drawings, CAD models, documents and more.

BuyDesign Configurator will replace Kieffer's in-house developed estimating tool. Embedded within SyteLine Estimating and Order Entry functions, BuyDesign will guide estimators through questions about sign type and size, as well as lettering size, lighting, and other options. Current raw material and manufacturing costs will be dynamically accessed in SyteLine to calculate order cost and apply a margin for the quoted price. Once accepted, the quote will be turned into an order within SyteLine for BOM/routing verification and production scheduling.

"BuyDesign Configurator gives us a much easier way to keep up with ever-changing raw material costs, continuous improvements in manufacturing methods, and other factors that are critical to the quoting process," says Stella Chaves, Kieffer Director of IT. "It will also make the quoting process more intuitive, enabling us to train new people more quickly."

Tight integration between BuyDesign and SyteLine was an important factor. According to Ms. Chaves: "The way BuyDesign Configurator is accessed within SyteLine makes it very convenient. And the ability to write rules that pull information directly from Syteline for calculating cost eliminates the need to maintain that information separately. We also like the idea that BuyDesign will easily go with us when we migrate to later releases of SyteLine."

About TDCI and BuyDesign
TDCI ( 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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