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.
Solutions using the Configuration Engine
Sets a new standard for sales productivity and industrial excellence in manufacturing.
Configure, design and deliver custom products radically faster.
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.
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.
In our previous system, we had thousands of business rules. Using Tacton's system, we now have just a few hundred and this has made system maintenance so much easier.
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.
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.
Our big idea is not only to use the configurator for preparing quotations, but also for forecasting our upcoming order intake. The quotation configurations include precise information about BOMs at a very early point in time. If we weight this information with an order probability, the configurator is the perfect tool to support our production and supply chain forecasting. This will help us to further optimise lead times for our customers and improve our margins.