Tacton Configuration Engine

The patented engine that powers Tacton's configuration solutions

Tacton’s intelligent configuration engine ­– a model-based constraint solver ­– lets you configure sophisticated products in a flexible yet completely accurate way.

It allows sales users to guide customers by asking questions about their specific needs and then optimizing the criteria. Tacton’s configurator can then automatically generate fully priced, accurate sales quotes and BOMs containing many thousands of components – helping keep your business a well-oiled sales machine.

Configure sophisticated products – get simple answers

Traditional CPQ engines force salespeople to guide customers through configuration questions in a fixed order. But human logic takes twists and turns.

If a customer wants to change a question that’s already answered, or select an incompatible or invalid option, you’ll have to go back to square one and manually change the previous value. Not so with our constraint solver. It lets your customers answer needs-based questions that are relevant just for them, in any order they prefer. They can answer as many or as few questions as they like and will always get a valid configuration suggestion.

Optimize orders based on customer needs – and your sales targets

Tacton’s constraint solver considers all constraints at all times, no matter what question you start with, to ensure that at least one valid solution is proposed for any selection the user makes. No dead-ends, confusion, or wasted time.

This approach works wonders when configuring highly customizable products. You can meet your customers’ demands for a custom product and quote – and make the experience as quick and easy as possible. Unlike most other configuration engines on the market, our revolutionary constraint solver solves the complete solution space after each selection, minimizing the risk of order errors and speeding the entire sales process. And by optimizing, weighting and prioritizing different criteria, it finds the solution that promises the best chance of winning the deal.

Less maintenance, lower total cost of ownership

Tacton’s high-level constraints make it quick and easy to set up and maintain any part of the logic behind your product model, no matter how complex. When you make a change to your product, you won’t need to make exceptions or otherwise simplify your rules when using Tacton CPQ. And in a Tacton product model, you normally need fewer constraints to define your product – often on the order of several magnitudes.

Artificial intelligence a natural part of CPQ

Product and sales configuration represents a key application of automated reasoning in artificial intelligence (AI). Tacton has proved to be a forerunner in the successful application of this technology.

Today, AI is helping to power revenue flows efficiently and effectively through the opportunity-to-cash pipeline. Our constraint solver harnesses this power. So, what's in it for you? Correct and customized configurations, a superior customer experience, and maximized deals for your company.

Technology Comparision

Comparison of configuration technologies available on the market

Rule-based

Most legacy systems and quote-to-cash vendors

Constraint-based

Most conventional CPQ vendors

Table Compression

Some industry specific vendors

Constraint-solving

Tacton's configurator

  • Selections can be made in any sequence
Sometimes
Sometimes
  • Finding a solution based on incomplete input
  • Complete solution space awareness
  • Optimization
Difficult
  • Guidance of solution search
Sometimes
  • Conflict resolution
Sometimes
  • All kinds of dependencies can be represented as constraints
  • Definition of user interaction separated from constraints
Sometimes
Sometimes
  • All dependencies are represented in terms of features, separating logic and data
Sometimes
Sometimes
  • Variants can be introduced without changing the rules
  • Intuitive representation of complex product structures
  • Integrating calculations with constraints
Sometimes
  • Breaking problems down into a sequence of steps
Sometimes
Sometimes
  • Dynamic product model structures
  • Handling complex configuration problems
  • Generating reports of all possible solutions

Solutions using the Configuration Engine

CPQ

Sets a new standard for sales productivity and industrial excellence in manufacturing.

Design Automation

Configure, design and deliver custom products radically faster.

Product Configuration

State-of-the-art product configuration – the key to your success.

Watch the configuration engine in action

Watch the configuration engine being used in our products.

CUSTOMER STORIES

It’s always a challenge when you’re trying to roll out a new system. But the minute people started using Tacton, they could see the benefits and how it made life so much easier.

Marcel Goetzelmann

IT Application Consultant, Bürkert

The lion’s share of our sales comes from standard products, but it’s often our ability to offer customized solutions that wins us new business.

Mats Toftebrant

CIO, ELDON

Tacton is the most important sales tool we have. It is easy, fast and we can’t work without it!

Martin Björklund

Sales tools responsible, Swisslog

Tacton was the only solution we found that makes it possible to approach a configuration from different angles. Regardless of the customer’s starting point, the software always calculates the best solution by working with constraints on business rules instead of running down a decision tree.

Koen Boot

CIO, Vencomatic

I know many companies hesitate to introduce a configurator because they think – our products cannot be structured or streamlined in a good way or, our combinations are too complicated. We also heard these comments in our company. There were people who said it wouldn’t be possible, but it was. The configurator helped us overcome those concerns and even convinced the “experts” sitting on the product knowledge.

Dr Klos

General Manager, Yaskawa Europe Robotics Division

We quickly understood that a sequential, rule-based configurator would never meet our needs. We didn’t want to have to answer the same question over and over. We wanted to define a customer’s requirement and for that requirement to filter through to all areas it affected automatically. We also wanted to be able to start at any point in the configuration – if you don’t have an answer to a particular question, it doesn’t matter – the configurator should do the thinking for you. And that is exactly what Tacton provided us with.

Sicco Saft

Business Analyst, Meyn

The beauty of the Tacton Configurator is that it will guide the sales rep through the sale and get the configuration of the product and quotation correct each time. It now takes us only five minutes to generate a complete budget offer including pricing. This saves us tremendous amounts of time and money.

Jan Nilsson

Senior Engineer CRM Process & IT Development, Siemens

In the water treatment industry, lead-time is often more important than price. With the combined SolidWorks and TactonWorks solution, once our proposal is accepted, design goes through engineering in just a few days, then out to fabrication. This type of automation has been a key factor in our business growth.

Brian Bartholomew

Senior Project Engineer, ClearStream Environmental

“In the past, we did everything to the customer’s wishes. Today, the customer still has this perception, but we are in fact supplying a configured product based on carefully identified and standardized building blocks. This makes us faster and helps keep our stock levels down. It also ensures that products are already validated from a design and manufacturing point of view before an order is placed.”

Marcel Walvoort

Manager Product Configurator, Kramp

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