Columbus, OH (PRWEB) September 19, 2011
TDCI Inc. (TDCI), the leading provider of configurator-based software, announced today that the company’s Perspectives 2011 Customer Forum held September 12-14 in Columbus, Ohio had record attendance from users of the company’s BuyDesign® Guided Selling and Product Configurator software – over twice as many attendees as TDCI’s conference a year ago. Including users of TDCI’s BuyDesign and MAC-PAC XE™ software and others, the conference attracted nearly 200 people from 70 companies.
“I especially liked the BuyDesign user panel sessions and networking opportunities where we were able to hear what other BuyDesign users are doing with the product,” said Greg Frye, IT Director at Basco Manufacturing Company, a leading provider of custom bath enclosures.
“As a company just starting implementation of BuyDesign, it was great for us to have access to so many TDCI people in one place to help us get answers to all our questions,” said Nicole Kaufman, General Manager at Tex Visions, a leading manufacturer of custom flags, banners, and advertising displays.
Conference attendees gathered from across the United States, Canada, and as far away as Australia. BuyDesign users represented companies that manufacture and sell a wide range of industrial and agricultural equipment; industrial components; pumps and valves; building products such as windows, doors, window shades, cabinets, countertops, shower enclosures, lighting, and HVAC systems; specialty vehicles such as boats and yachts, fire equipment, and RV components; Custom printed packaging and signage; technology products; and more. Companies attending use BuyDesign with a wide range of ERP and CRM systems including Microsoft Dynamics AX, NAV, GP, and CRM; Infor10 ERP SyteLine, XA, and SXe; Oracle; Friedman Frontier; JD Edwards, Agility; and others.
Rhonda DeMuth, TDCI CEO, shared TDCI’s vision and recapped some of TDCI’s important achievements over the past year, including recognition as a Microsoft Manufacturing Partner of the Year Finalist, an expanded Infor relationship, a positive review by Gartner, and record revenues. In addition, the conference featured a keynote “chat” with Bob Irwin, successful entrepreneur, CEO of MaxID, and former CEO of Sterling Commerce. In addition to product updates for both BuyDesign and MAC-PAC XE, the conference agenda included a BuyDesign business track focused on strategies for effective deployment of configure-price-quote (CPQ) solutions for direct, dealer/distributor, and e-commerce sales channels, and for increasing sales effectiveness in those channels. It also featured a technical track with guidelines and tips for configuration model designers and IT support teams. MAC-PAC XE users followed a unique program called “a day in the life…” which followed the complete flow of activity throughout a company from order to delivery. Interactive user panels, customer input sessions, an active solution center, and numerous networking activities rounded out the program.
Companies with representatives participating in user panels included: Atrium Companies, Draper Industries, Eggers Industries, Fluid Components, Great Plains Manufacturing, Lippert Industries, Quaker Windows & Doors, SELUX, Seneca, and VT Industries.
“The growth of our annual user conference and the BuyDesign community in general is a reflection of both the increasing use of configurator technology across multiple industries as well as the increasing market enthusiasm for our BuyDesign product.” said Dan DeMuth, TDCI President. “We’re seeing companies that have been using configurators for years beginning to upgrade to more modern technology such as BuyDesign, but we’re also seeing many companies starting to use configuration to manage sales and manufacturing of customized products for the first time. That is a wonderful trend from our perspective!”
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 product configurator and guided selling 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 with a powerful product configurator, BuyDesign provides modular applications for guided product selection and configuration, product visualization, quoting and ordering, drawing and data generation, and more.