It’s possible for custom manufacturers to get by for years using just Excel or homegrown solutions for product configuration. But when you start getting more quote requests than your team can handle, or you lose deals due to long quote times, then you should consider upgrading your processes. That’s where configure, price, quote (CPQ) software like Configure One Cloud or Tacton comes in.
CPQ eliminates all of the manual processes involved in configuration and quote generation to create an effortless experience for both customers and sales teams. First, the software provides a product catalog and configuration portal that allows customers to select items at their own convenience, and then select different attributes and accessories to customize orders to their specific needs. The software automatically calculates prices and provides a quote without any risk of human error.
This software has the capability to not only transform your sales department, but your entire business. However, not all solutions are created the same. Configure One Cloud from Revalize and Tacton are two of the most well-respected standalone CPQs in the market, but each has its own pros and cons.
Configure One Cloud was one of the earliest CPQ software programs to enter the market, pioneering many of the features and capabilities that now define CPQ. Over the last 20 years, developers steadily expanded and refined the platform’s capabilities to make it the most advanced and robust, purpose-built CPQ in the industry.
The latest Configure One Cloud update packages all of the original’s capabilities in an online app, with enhancements to the advanced configuration rules engine, more seamless integration with other software, and 3D visualization so customers can better understand what they’re ordering.
Tacton was developed in Sweden around the same time as Configure One Cloud, focusing heavily on serving the industrial manufacturing and technology sectors. Since then, the platform has expanded to serve a number of niche industries with a deeply customizable configuration rules engine. Even though it’s a standalone CPQ, it integrates well with other platforms like Salesforce, SAP, and PTC Creo for frictionless data transfer between systems.
Configure One Cloud from Revalize is built from the ground up for effortless deployment, without limiting customization and its ability to meet customer needs — but it may not be right for your company.
As you evaluate your options, it’s important to consider the following advantages and disadvantages of the platform:
Tacton excels at enabling the most granular configurations necessary, but may be more complex (and costly) than necessary for your company. Here are the pros and cons of the platform:
Both Configure One Cloud and Tacton offer some of the most advanced CPQ capabilities in the industry. Which one is right for your company ultimately depends on your industry and your needs. Tacton leverages advanced constraint-solving algorithms that can accommodate complex dependencies and interactions to configure products, allowing for more flexible and dynamic customization. However, this is far more complicated than necessary for most companies, and will draw out the quote cycle time longer than necessary.
On the other hand, Configure One Cloud’s rules-based configuration approach makes it easy for sales and engineers to quickly set up their product catalog and start generating quotes in a fraction of the time. Configure One Cloud has a broader market reach compared to Tacton, making it a versatile choice for businesses with diverse product portfolios or those requiring high flexibility. With new 3D visualization capabilities, the platform also now offers an industry-leading customer experience.
Taking the leap to invest in a CPQ is a major decision that will affect your business for years to come. Configure One Cloud from Revalize is a versatile and budget-friendly solution designed for easy adoption and unlimited growth. Want to see what Revalize can do for you?