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

Virtual tabulation

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.

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