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World's Leading Provider of Large Screen LED Video Display Systems Selects Configure One's Software

Configure One™, a leading provider of web-based product configurator software, today announced that Daktronics Inc. (Nasdaq-DAKT)-- the world's leading provider of large screen LED video display systems--selected Configure One's Concept Enterprise Product Configurator® to help streamline its quote-to-order process.

Daktronics has strong leadership positions in, and is the world's largest supplier of, large screen video displays, electronic scoreboards, computer-programmable displays, digital billboards, and control systems. The company excels in the control of large display systems, including those that require integration of multiple complex displays showing real-time information, graphics, animation and video. Daktronics designs, manufactures, markets, and services display systems for customers around the world, in sport, business, and transportation applications.

Due to the complex nature its products, Daktronics was looking to streamline its quote-to-order process. The company's legacy system was too expensive and time-consuming to maintain, and no longer met their needs. "We were looking for a way to streamline our quote-to-order process by eliminating manual steps, and free up our internal resources to spend more time on value-added work," said Brad Wiemann, vice president, Commercial Business Unit, Transportation Business Unit of Daktronics.

Daktronics plans include integrating Concept with their existing ERP software. "When fully implemented, Concept will replace our home-grown quoting application as well as the configurator that is currently part of our ERP software," added Wiemann.

According to Wiemann, Configure One demonstrated the best solution for handling Daktronics' complex visual display requirements through a successful Proof-of-Concept (POC) and customer references. "During the POC phase, Configure One was very professional and they proved to us that they have extensive experience in the product configurator market."

Concept will be deployed in several phases. First, for use by inside sales, followed by field sales and resellers, and finally directly by customers. "We are expecting a dramatic reduction in the time needed to create a quotation, as well as eliminating configuration errors during the order entry process. In addition, we anticipate that our training time will be reduced for new employees," said Wiemann.

"We are pleased that Daktronics chose Configure One as its enterprise product configurator partner," said Jim Letterer, director of central region for Configure One. "Daktronics conducted an extensive, year-long evaluation that included virtually every configurator solution on the market today. Their evaluation team represented almost every department of the company, and was as well organized as any group we've ever worked with."

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Configure One is a leading provider of web-based product configurator and electronic catalog software. Configure One's Concept Enterprise Product Configurator®, Concept E-Catalog®, and Concept E-Commerce® products are enterprise applications that enable companies to efficiently sell and process orders for configurable, multi-option, and customizable products and services. Configure One's customers are able to increase revenues while reducing costs by automating much of the sales, order entry, and engineering processes. Customers include industry leaders such as ABB, Emerson Electric, British Telecom, Danaher, Dover Corporation, Stryker Medical, Sumitomo, and Thomas & Betts.

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