News Category: CPQ

Tacton Annual Survey Reveals Trends in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Tight Alignment Between Sales, Product, and Fulfillment Processes Emerge as Game Changers to Meet Customer Expectations

Stockholm/Chicago, Illinois, March 21, 2019 – Tacton, a global leader in Configure Price Quote (CPQ) and design automation solutions for the manufacturing industry, today announced the results of a new survey on the state of manufacturing which shows how Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing trends are impacting businesses today and shaping future plans.

The survey findings, explained in Tacton’s annual report “The Current State of Manufacturing,” indicate a shift in mindsets and adoption of sales enablement and production technologies as manufacturers strive to embrace the digital revolution and leverage big data and AI to innovate faster and respond quickly to customer demands.

Based on responses from 100 large and mid-sized manufacturers worldwide with more than $250 million in revenue, the survey uncovers some of the largest challenges in implementing Smart Manufacturing strategies, explores how far manufacturers are along the Industry 4.0 adoption continuum, and offers a glimpse into how manufacturers are leveraging technology advances to reshape the industry.

Industry 4.0 Rising

The majority of manufacturers surveyed believe that Industry 4.0 is important, and want to implement strategies to remain competitive, but a lack of understanding and technical skills hinder adoption. 70 percent of respondents said that Industry 4.0/Smart Manufacturing is very important to companies. Yet, when asked how well industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing are understood in their organizations, 41 percent responded they are aware but not aware enough, 23 percent responded there is a decent level of awareness and understanding, and only 21 percent felt they have a very good understanding and already have a smart manufacturing strategy in place.

This gap between desire to implement and actual progress is further reflected in responses about progress toward smart manufacturing goals. Close to 60 percent of respondents said they’ve made average or decent progress toward their goals, but more than 30 percent said they’ve made limited progress and significant action is needed. 47 percent of organizations think there is a lack of knowledge on industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing.

These findings suggest that given the overall awareness of Industry 4.0 trends, most manufacturers still feel they are coming up short in creating and implementing a strategy. Manufacturers that are unable to catch up to the first movers risk facing strong competitive challenges that may impact business revenues and long-term business viability.

Technologies for Transformation

To help manufacturers turn interest into action, the report provides details on how manufacturers are starting to use various technologies to improve their businesses, and which technologies will be most important for future success.

  • Business intelligence and big data analysis are being used by firms to understand the market, forecast revenues, understand the customer buying process, and optimize pricing.
  • Sales enablement and production technologies are helping connect smart manufacturing to the front line and the top line. 60 percent of respondents have already started digitizing their sales processes to better facilitate individualized buying experiences. IoT and Big Data analytics were the technologies most often cited for success (50 percent), while production technologies such as machine to machine communication and advanced robotics dominated the next tier of responses.
  • In order to digitize the sales process, many manufacturers leverage Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) technologies. When asked to specify the most important capabilities CPQ brings to manufacturing organizations, the top three capabilities were ease of use for sales reps, partners and customers, rapid quote generation, and accuracy of configurations (zero order errors).

Looking Forward

So, what’s next? 56 percent of respondents surveyed believe that meeting customer demand for highly configured and customized products will drive the most value. 33 percent feel that increasing the speed of innovation and time to market will be extremely important. Both of these top answers are closely aligned with Industry 4.0/Smart Manufacturing trends. Perhaps more importantly, both require tight alignment between sales, product and fulfillment processes in order to meet customer expectations.

To learn more about the survey findings:

Download the report: The Current State of Manufacturing

Contact:
Rebecca Mettler
BOCA Communications for Tacton
tactonpr@bocacommunications.com
914-215-0113

Tacton joins Sweden’s “Digital Co-Lab Factory” at this year’s Hannover Messe

Stockholm/Karlsruhe, 5. February 2019 – Tacton, the world’s leading provider of software solutions for Configure, Price, Quote for manufacturing companies, will be part of the Swedish “Co-Lab Digital Factory” at the 2019 Hannover Messe.

The Swedish Pavilion offers visitors an amazing opportunity to find out first-hand about a range of forward-looking concepts for smart industry, automation, digitisation, IoT and AI. Tacton will be joined in the Co-Lab by Swedish industrial powerhouses TetraPak, SKF, ABB, Ericsson and Piab. With many of the country’s most innovative start-ups also present, this promises to be a really exciting event. In addition to company-specific solution presentations, the “Co-Lab” partners will also perform a series of joint demonstrations where visitors will see how real value is added in productive use.

Tacton will show how the right CPQ solution can be used to implement enterprise-wide digital strategies. With Tacton, companies can increase the efficiency of their sales processes and take customer satisfaction to the next level. At the core of Tacton’s offer is a cloud-based solution for the Configure Price Quote process, which simplifies sales of complex products. The solution includes design automation, 3D visualization and Augmented Reality.

Tacton is a proven solution and features in the current issue of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Configure, Price and Quote Applications. Gartner’s analysts particularly recognize Tacton’s completeness of vision and ability to execute.

Frederic Laziou, CEO of Tacton will be at the Messe, “Tacton is supporting numerous Swedish, German and other leading global manufacturing companies in their digital transformation efforts. Being part of the Swedish presence at the Hannover Messe is a great way to promote our vision and DNA and we’re excited to be presenting in collaboration with other Swedish innovators. I’m especially looking forward to the Co-Lab Digital Factory, where we will jointly show how the use of innovative digital technologies can prepare manufacturers for the future.”

Meet us at Hannover Messe

About Tacton

Tacton’s manufacturing software solutions connect customer with product and factory for smarter business. By putting customers at the heart of the process, we focus on their needs, enabling better sales and more efficient operations. Drawing upon 20 years of AI research, our constraints-based configurator goes beyond CPQ, transforming the way you do business – letting your customers build relationships with their clients, not just products. With global manufacturing expertise, we work with partners such as ABB, Bosch, Caterpillar Propulsion, Daimler, MAN, Mitsubishi, Siemens, Toshiba and Yaskawa. Tacton is headquartered in Stockholm with additional offices in Chicago Karlsruhe, Germany, Warsaw and Tokyo. Learn more at www.tacton.com.

Wilo SE selects Tacton as collaborative partner for configure-price-quote and guided selling solutions

Stockholm, Sweden – April 11, 2017 – Tacton Systems, global supplier of Configure Price Quote (CPQ) solutions, today announced that Wilo SE has gone live with their Wilo Solution Finder based on Tacton’s CPQ solution.

Wilo is a world-leading manufacturer of pumps and pump systems for heating, cooling and air-conditioning technology as well as for water supply and sewage disposal. The company stands at the forefront of bringing digitalization to the pump and HVAC industries and making a lasting contribution to so-called Industry 4.0. Its award-winning “smart pumps” feature the latest sensor technology and innovative control functions such as bidirectional connectivity via Bluetooth for remote monitoring, setting of operating conditions and system optimization.

The company is seeing a shift not only in the growing digitalization of the industry, but in the way business customers want to interact during the decision-making and buying processes. To meet these needs, Wilo decided to enhance its website with more interactive, customer-centric tools to improve the customer experience – while streamlining workflow processes and shortening quote-to-order times.

Wilo turned to Tacton to help develop its Wilo Solution Finder, part of an interconnected solution that provides guided selling, product and service configuration, and quotation and document creation. Wilo launched a prototype of its new solution at the 2017 ISH Frankfurt, the world’s leading trade fair for bathroom, building, energy and air-conditioning technologies and renewable energies.

“The Wilo Solution Finder customizes our dialogue with customers in a far more personalized way and allow us to digitally provide customers with optimum levels of consultation – online and 24/7,” says Bernd Strübig, program manager for digital marketing at Wilo. “Our collaboration with Tacton will enable us to bring new levels of personalization, visualization and ease of use to our customers. By combining advanced product configuration and consulting services online, we intend to create the most innovative pump consultancy tool in the business,” he concludes.

Frederic Laziou, CEO of Tacton Systems, says, “We are thrilled that Wilo SE has chosen us as their CPQ partner. This is a great opportunity to help Wilo take its sales and customer experience ambitions to the next level, and we are looking forward to a long and successful relationship.”

 

For more information: 

Frederic Laziou, CEO Tacton Systems AB
Phone: +46 709 56 43 12
Email: frederic.laziou@tacton.com

 

About Wilo SE
Wilo SE is one of the world’s leading premium providers of pumps and pump systems for the building technology, water and industrial sectors. As a supplier, our focus is increasingly shifting from components to systems, and we aim to set a benchmark for high tech in the pump segment as a leading innovator at the international level. With smart solutions that connect people, products and services, the Wilo Group aims to be a digital pioneer in the sector by 2020. The company has close to 7,400 employees at more than 60 subsidiaries worldwide. www.wilo.com.

Tacton Systems Announces Tacton Extension for Salesforce CPQ on the Salesforce AppExchange, the World’s Leading Enterprise Apps Marketplace

Tacton’s customers can now easily tackle complex sales and product configuration challenges – all within Salesforce Lightning

Stockholm, January 10, 2017 – Tacton Systems today announced it has launched Tacton Extension for Salesforce CPQ on the Salesforce AppExchange, empowering manufacturing businesses to connect with their customers, partners and employees in entirely new ways. The app helps manufacturers drive higher close rates and revenue growth by making it simpler to sell complex solutions, while dramatically reducing order errors. Tacton Extension for Salesforce CPQ includes impressive 3D visualization and optimization capabilities, and offers deep CAD/CAM and ERP integrations.

Built on the Salesforce App Cloud, Tacton Extension for Salesforce CPQ is currently available on the AppExchange at https://appexchange.salesforce.com/listingDetail?listingId=a0N30000003IeNUEA0.

Tacton Extension for Salesforce CPQ Key Features
Tacton Extension for Salesforce CPQ works with Salesforce to provide powerful services that help sales teams configure products and produce high-quality sales quotes including technical documentation, 3D drawings, pricing, and bills of material, all from within Salesforce.

Tacton Extension for Salesforce CPQ is built and hosted on the Salesforce App Cloud and extends existing Salesforce processes. Business users will feel right at home as they simply continue working with the user interface and applications they already use to track and manage leads and opportunities.

Leveraging the power of Salesforce, Tacton Extension for Salesforce CPQ enables its users to continue to rely on Salesforce for data, workflow, and cloud security management as well as mobile functionality.

Comments on the News
“We are very happy that, together with Salesforce, we can offer manufacturers a robust CPQ solution that fully addresses the most complex sales and product configuration challenges. Leveraging the power of the Salesforce App Cloud, Tacton Extension for Salesforce CPQ will streamline the sales process. The solution enables new levels of connectivity, flexibility and speed, and is an exciting move towards smart manufacturing,” said Frederic Laziou, CEO of Tacton.

“Companies are looking to transform the way they connect with customers, partners and employees to thrive in the age of the customer,” said Kori O’Brien, SVP, App Innovation Partner Sales, Salesforce. “By leveraging the power of the Salesforce App Cloud, Tacton provides customers with an exciting new way for manufacturers to focus on customer needs rather than a complex sales process.”

About Salesforce AppExchange
Salesforce AppExchange is the world’s leading enterprise apps marketplace that empowers companies to sell, service, market and engage in entirely new ways. With 3,000 partner apps and more than 4 million customer installs, it is the most comprehensive source of cloud, mobile, social, IoT and data science technologies for businesses.

Additional Resources

Salesforce, App Cloud, AppExchange, Salesforce CPQ and others are among the trademarks of salesforce.com, inc.

 

About Tacton
Tacton Systems is a world leader in advanced product configuration. Tacton’s technology redefines how product configuration is managed, making it radically simpler to configure, design and sell complex products. Tacton’s solutions integrate easily with surrounding systems and have standard integrations for many leading e-commerce, ERP, CRM, PDM, PLM, and CAD systems. Tacton is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with customers and resellers across the globe. Customers currently using Tacton’s solutions include ABB, Siemens, GE Healthcare, Yaskawa and Caterpillar Propulsion. Read more at www.tacton.com.

Media Contact:
Frederic Laziou
Tacton Systems AB
+46 8 690 0750
info@tacton.com

Tacton Systems launches Tacton CPQ for iOS mobile devices

Stockholm, Sweden – December 13, 2016 – Tacton Systems, global supplier of Configure Price Quote (CPQ) and Design Automation solutions, today announced the launch of its first versions of Tacton CPQ for iOS mobile devices.

For the first time, Tacton’s flagship CPQ solution is now available in two apps that run on multiple mobile devices. The Tacton CPQ app for iPad® provides the same robust features and functionality as the web-based solution, and the Tacton CPQ Approvals app brings the CPQ approval workflow to the fingertips – and wrists – of sales reps in the field and other stakeholders on the go.

The Tacton CPQ app for iPad is built on Tacton’s powerful product configurator, which can handle even the most complex of product structures, and is always in sync with Tacton CPQ. It transforms the way companies create offers and close deals by ensuring a continuous data flow between the front and the back office. This way, sales teams, dealers and channel partners can gain access to the latest product and pricing information, and can produce accurate, high-quality quotes in a fraction of the time it usually takes – anywhere, any time.

The app can be configured to support face-to-face meetings with each individual customer to ensure that sales reps present just the right configuration options and other information to the customer and hide any sensitive or unnecessary information.

The Tacton CPQ Approvals app streamlines and automates the CPQ approval process, making it dramatically simpler to approve configured and customized products from supported iOS mobile devices. Enabled for iPhone® and even the Apple Watch®, this easy-to-use app helps speed the approval workflow by allowing users to send emails and review and respond to notifications instantly with a simple tap or swipe.

“For many businesses, the approval process represents a major bottleneck in responding to requests for quotes and prices,” says Nils Olsson, SVP of Product Development at Tacton. “With Tacton CPQ Approvals, we’ve responded to this challenge by creating apps for mobile devices that reflect the way our customers and other users communicate and do business today. This app and our CPQ app for the iPad bring collaboration to a whole new level and ultimately help our customers close deals faster.”

Tacton CPQ for iOS apps requires a running installation of Tacton CPQ. The apps can be used on iPhones and iPads released in 2012 or later.

Read more about Tacton CPQ for iOS 

For more information:
Tacton Systems AB
Nils Olsson, SVP Product Development
Phone: +46 8 690 0750
Email: nils.olsson@tacton.com

About Tacton Systems
Tacton Systems is a world leader in advanced product configuration. Tacton’s technology redefines how product configuration is managed, making it radically simpler to configure, design and sell complex products. Tacton’s solutions integrate easily with surrounding systems and have standard integrations for many leading e-commerce, ERP, CRM, PDM, PLM, and CAD systems. Tacton is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with customers and resellers across the globe. Customers currently using Tacton’s solutions include ABB, Siemens, GE Healthcare, Yaskawa and Caterpillar Propulsion. Read more at www.tacton.com.

Tacton Systems partners with Birlasoft to deliver world-class CPQ Solutions

Strategic partnership to expand and strengthen offerings around CPQ solutions across Verticals

Stockholm – December 1, 2016 – Birlasoft (India) Limited and Tacton Systems, a leader in advanced sales and product configuration, today announced a new strategic partnership to deliver world-class Configure-Price-Quote (CPQ) solutions to clients across the manufacturing industry. The partnership combines Birlasoft’s global delivery and market access capabilities with Tacton’s CPQ’s offerings to enable clients to improve customer responsiveness, boost revenues while reducing operational costs and risks.

Dharmender Kapoor – Chief Operating Officer, Birlasoft said, “Building deeper customer relationships and personalizing every interaction are core to winning for businesses.  At Birlasoft, our ambition is to offer intelligent solutions optimized for modern business. Expanding our partnership with Tacton Systems enables us to deliver more innovative solutions to our customers at a faster pace. We are delighted to partner with Tacton Systems to deliver a seamless and comprehensive solution offering to our customers.”

“We are very happy to work together with Birlasoft. Thanks to Birlasoft’s extensive experience in implementing successful intelligent solutions, together with our leading CPQ technology, manufacturing companies can now drive revenue growth and profitability easier when selling complex solutions. This kind of solutions and partnerships enable new levels of connectivity, flexibility and speed, and is an exciting move towards smart manufacturing/Industry 4.0” said Frederic Laziou, CEO Tacton Systems

Benefits that customers will experience include:

  • End-end Configure Price quote solutions, seamlessly integrated to the world’s best sales automation tool (Salesforce)
  • Proven solution accelerators to address complex Configure to Order (CTO) use cases proven in leading Fortune 100 customers
  • A seamless partner/ global services model to ensure efficient implementation and managed services program for enterprise customers

About Birlasoft
Birlasoft, part of USD 1.6 billion diversified CK Birla Group, enables clients in Manufacturing, Banking and Financial Services, Insurance, and Healthcare industries become competitive in their business by providing value based information technology services: in onshore, offshore and near-shore models. Birlasoft’s portfolio of services includes Enterprise Application Services, Custom Application Services and Specialized services like Testing, Analytics and Mobility. Birlasoft’s robust delivery processes embrace digitized project management methodologies, embedded within proven practices of Six Sigma, SEI CMMI Level 5 and a secure services framework. Birlasoft has presence across US, UK, Europe, APAC including India. For further information, visit www.Birlasoft.com

About Tacton
Tacton Systems, a Salesforce Platinum Partner, is the world leader in advanced configuration. Tacton’s technology redefines how product configuration is managed, making it radically simpler to design, configure and sell complex products. Tacton’s solutions integrate easily with surrounding systems and have standard integrations for many leading e-commerce, ERP, CRM, PDM, PLM, and CAD systems. Customers currently using Tacton’s solutions include Meyn Food Processing, ABB, Siemens and Aker. Read more at www.tacton.com

For more information, please contact:
Frederic Laziou, CEO Tacton Systems: +46 709 56 43 12
Magnus Walldén SVP Operations, Tacton Systems: +46 73-661 49 90
Petra Lindgren, Marketing Communications Director: +46 736 61 49 68

Tacton Announces Acquisition of Lumo Graphics

Stockholm, Sweden – November 10, 2016 – Tacton Systems, a leading global supplier of Configure Price Quote (CPQ) and Design Automation solutions, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Lumo Graphics GmbH.

Lumo Graphics, based in Karlsruhe, Germany, provides software for 3D configuration visualization management and high-quality 3D visualization embedded in the CPQ tool. Its products LumoLogic and LumoVis enable users to instantly visualize the choices they make during product configuration and easily explore product variants. This delivers unique value to customers quickly and easily while helping to accelerate sales.

The integration of the former partner Lumo Graphics will provide additional opportunities to expand Tacton’s customer base, drive revenue growth and offers a one-stop-shopping of modern visual CPQ solutions.

“Lumo Graphics brings a very talented team to expand Tacton’s presence in Germany and an excellent industrial customer base in key European markets and the U.S.,” says Frederic Laziou, CEO of Tacton. “Our companies share a common view of integrated CPQ and visualization capabilities as key drivers of customer engagement. More and more, customers want to interact with their suppliers during a sales cycle. Visualization lets them see exactly what they will buy, and also helps reduce quoting errors and enhances communication between engineering, sales teams and customers.”

As part of Tacton, Lumo Graphics’ existing customers can rest assured that Lumo Graphics’ products will be supported for many years to come and that Tacton will invest in expanding the capabilities of its products. Tacton’s acquisition of Lumo Graphics is an endorsement of the quality and viability of its solutions now and into the future. Lumo Graphics’ products are offered as standalone and as part of Tacton CPQ.

“We are very excited to join Tacton and together we form a very strong team. Lumo Graphics is a leader in the field of visualization and Tacton is a leader in CPQ. Our combined solution, 3D CPQ, helps to offer the best product to every customer through instant insight and graphical documentation,” says Marc Herling, CEO of Lumo Graphics.

 

 About Tacton Systems

Tacton Systems is a world leader in advanced product configuration. Tacton’s technology redefines how product configuration is managed, making it radically simpler to configure, design and sell complex products. Tacton’s solutions integrate easily with surrounding systems and have standard integrations for many leading e-commerce, ERP, CRM, PDM, PLM, and CAD systems. Tacton is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with customers and resellers across the globe. Customers currently using Tacton’s solutions include ABB, Siemens, GE Healthcare, Yaskawa and Caterpillar Propulsion. Read more at www.tacton.com.

About Lumo Graphics

Lumo Graphics is the solution leader in real-time 3D visualization for product configuration. Its software LumoLogic has set the standard to manage 3D visualization in combination with a CPQ

solution. Customers currently using Lumo Graphics’ solutions for their sales successes include Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Buses, Setra, Stryker, Karl Storz and many more. Read more at www.lumographics.com

 

For more information, please contact:

Frederic Laziou, CEO Tacton Systems: +46 709 56 43 12

Petra Lindgren, Marketing Communications Director: +46 736 61 49 68

Marc Herling, CEO Lumo Graphics: +49 721 35 05 29 10

Tacton Systems unveils its new flagship product – Tacton CPQ

Stockholm, 2 November 2016

Tacton Systems – a leading global supplier of Configure Price Quote (CPQ) software today announced the launch of a new product – Tacton CPQ.

The solution builds on 15 plus years of CPQ experience and delivers an unprecedented depth of functionality to provide manufacturers with an end-to-end CPQ solution.

Designed to support companies in their smart manufacturing (Industry 4.0) initiatives, Tacton CPQ brings sales in closer synchronization with engineering and production than ever before.

The product is built on a brand new technology platform and is initially available in two editions – Professional and Enterprise.

The Professional Edition is ready to use and features industry-specific workflows, templates and processes to meet the needs of customers looking for a standard solution.

For companies that require a more tailored approach, the Enterprise Edition can be configured to suit unique business requirements. This “configuration not customization” approach minimizes the need for modifications and speeds up implementation.

For example, administrators can configure the user interface with drag and drop functionality and update pricing models without touching a line of code, while end-users on the sales side can configure the quotation templates to suit the needs of the communication with the customer.

Frederic Laziou, CEO of Tacton Systems commented, “We are seeing a clear trend where customers are requesting standard solutions that can be easily configured to suit their needs – rather than solutions that require customization. This has been a key driver behind Tacton CPQ. We are really excited about the launch, and expect Tacton CPQ to attract strong interest from a broad range of manufacturers, including companies that have previously viewed CPQ solutions as being too difficult and costly to implement and maintain.”

Engineer-to-Order companies will benefit from the fully integrated CAD functionality which enables automation of the sales engineering process. Other key features include the visualization capabilities which allow sales reps to show customers a live 3D visualization of their product as it is being configured.

The product is delivered SaaS and will be available both as a cloud solution and on-premise, licensed under a subscription-based model.

Nils Olsson, head of Product Development at Tacton said of the solution, “The out-of-the-box functionality and powerful configuration capabilities in Tacton CPQ, coupled with a cloud subscription model, will reduce up-front investment and system maintenance, offering our customers a faster, more affordable route to the exceptional value that CPQ can deliver.”

The beta customer for Tacton CPQ is Metso, a world leading industrial company. Metso has been live on Tacton CPQ for just over two months. Lasse Helin, Project Director at Metso comments, “We began building our Tacton CPQ solution in August 2015, and we have been happy with the speed of development and the co-operation with Tacton. We have piloted the solution for few months now in one of our sales offices and the feedback has been positive. We are now looking forward to rolling the solution out to our sales staff globally, and developing the solution further.”

Key points:

  • Completely new platform
  • Professional Edition features ready-to-use processes, workflows and templates
  • Enterprise Edition can be configured to meet unique business requirements minimizing the need for customization
  • Improved APIs enable easier enterprise integration
  • New tools make it easier and quicker for teams to collaborate on sales quotes
  • Improved Engineer-to-Order functionality with CAD integrations
  • A new intuitive user interface with responsive design
  • Enables order entry to the ERP system with feedback to the CPQ on status of the order
  • SaaS

For more information, please contact:

Frederic Laziou, CEO Tacton Systems: +46 709 56 43 12
Nils Olsson, SVP Products, Tacton Systems: +46 733 90 81 27

Petra Lindgren, Marketing Communications Director: +46 736 61 49 68

Lasse Helin, Program Director, Metso: +358 40 5427353

About Tacton Systems,

Tacton Systems is a world leader in advanced product configuration. Tacton’s technology redefines how product configuration is managed, making it radically simpler to configure, design and sell complex products. Tacton’s solutions integrate easily with surrounding systems and have standard integrations for many leading e-commerce, ERP, CRM, PDM, PLM, and CAD systems. Tacton is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with customers and resellers across the globe. Customers currently using Tacton’s solutions include ABB, Siemens, GE Healthcare, Yaskawa and Caterpillar Propulsion. Read more at www.tacton.com.

About Metso,

Metso is a world leading industrial company serving the mining, aggregates, recycling, oil, gas, pulp, paper and process industries. We help our customers improve their operational efficiency, reduce risks and increase profitability by using our unique knowledge, experienced people and innovative solutions to build new, sustainable ways of growing together.

Our products range from mining and aggregates processing equipment and systems to industrial valves and controls. Our customers are supported by a broad scope of services and a global network of over 80 service centers and about 6,400 services professionals. Metso has an uncompromising attitude towards safety.

Metso is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland, and had net sales of about EUR 2.9 billion in 2015. Metso employs over 12,000 persons in more than 50 countries. Read more www.metso.com,  www.twitter.com/metsogroup

 

CirrusCPQ and Tacton Systems Announce Partnership To Deliver Best in Class CPQ Solutions and Delivery

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – October 17, 2016

Full Story:
CirrusCPQ and Tacton Systems announce a new partnership to deliver CPQ solutions and delivery to customers in North America.  Swedish-based Tacton, a leader in advanced sales and product configuration, will partner with CirrusCPQ to provide delivery of CPQ solutions on the SalesforceCPQ platform. CirrusCPQ, based in San Francisco and comprised of many former CPQ and Billing Services Executives, has a long history of successful CPQ consulting expertise.  Combining CirrusCPQ experience with Tacton’s leading edge configurator will provide the capability for manufacturing and engineering firms to integrate their quote-to-cash with the CAD design and complex pricing tools they already use. This will streamline the sales process, reduce costly errors in ordering and ensure that the entire organization is focused on closing deals.

“The new Tacton SalesforceCPQ configurator, provides a unique opportunity for us to put the configure-price-quote process at the heart of the engineering and manufacturing selling process. It allows us to significantly reduce the time it takes to price and sell complex items that require industrial design. We look forward to bringing our years of knowledge and experience to this exciting new product.” Erich Rusch Founder and Managing Partner, CirrusCPQ.

“We are very happy to work together with CirrusCPQ. Thanks to extensive experience in implementing successful CPQ solutions together with our leading edge technology manufacturing companies will now be able to drive revenue growth and profitability by making it simpler and faster to sell complex solutions and at the same time dramatically reducing order errors.” Frederic Laziou, CEO Tacton Systems

Additional Resources:

  • www.cirruscpq.com and www.tacton.com
  • Connect with CirrusCPQ via @cirruscpq
  • John Pora, Managing Partner +1 404 295 7535
  • Jill Jacobs, jill.jacobs@cirruscpq.com,+1 512 656 2988
  • Connect with Tacton via @TactonSystems
  • Shane Anastasi, +1-512-426-5078, sanastasi@cirruscpq.com
  • Petra Lindgren,  +46 736 61 49 68, petra.lindgren@tacton.com

About CirrusCPQ
CirrusCPQ is professional services consulting firm dedicated to the practice of Configure-Price-Quote solutions in multiple ecosystems. With offices i
n San Francisco and Chicago and consultants across the USA, it delivers strategic consulting and systems integration services to companies looking to generate value from a faster quoting process in order to accelerate sales and improve sales margins. For more, please visit www.cirruscpq.com

About Tacton
Tacton Systems, a Salesforce Platinum Partner, is the world leader in advanced configuration. Tacton’s technology redefines how product configuration is managed, making it radically simpler to design, configure and sell complex products. Tacton’s solutions integrate easily with surrounding systems and have standard integrations for many leading e-commerce, ERP, CRM, PDM, PLM, and CAD systems. Customers currently using Tacton’s solutions include Meyn Food Processing, ABB, Siemens and Aker. Read more at www.tacton.comC

Alimak Group selects Tacton Systems as Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) solution partner

Stockholm – Oct 12, 2016 Tacton Systems today announced that Alimak Group, the world’s leading supplier of vertical access equipment, has selected Tacton to deliver a CPQ – Configure, Price Quote solution to upgrade and streamline their sales process.

Alimak supplies elevators, hoists and work platforms, primarily for the construction and industrial sectors. The company, known across the industry for its strong safety record and high quality products, has sales, services and distribution operations covering more than 90 countries.

“We are very happy that Alimak has selected Tacton to deliver its new CPQ solution and give us the opportunity to play a key role in further digitalizing their sales process. We are looking forward to a long and successful relationship,” said Frederic Laziou, CEO Tacton Systems AB.

Alimak needed to replace its existing CPQ solution as it was no longer supported by the vendor and provided less efficient support to the expanded global product portfolio. Following a comprehensive evaluation process, the company decided Tacton was the best fit for Alimak’s future business needs. The implementation is now underway and go-live is planned for the beginning of 2017.

For more information on Tacton’s CPQ solutions, please see the Tacton website.

Frederic Laziou, CEO, Tacton Systems AB, +46 709 56 43 12, frederic.laziou@tacton.com

Anders Ekman, Senior Vice President Marketing, Tacton Systems AB, +46 733202412, anders.ekman@tacton.com

About Tacton Systems

Tacton Systems is a world leader in advanced sales and product configuration. Tacton’s technology makes it dramatically simpler to configure, price and quote for products and services. Tacton’s solutions integrate easily with surrounding systems, and have standard integrations for many leading e-commerce, ERP, CRM, PDM, PLM, and CAD systems. Tacton is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with customers and resellers across the globe. Customers currently using Tacton’s CPQ solutions include ABB, Aker, Meyn and Siemens. Read more at www.tacton.com

About Alimak Group
Alimak is a global market leader and pioneer in supplying elevators, hoists and work platforms, primarily for the construction and industrial sectors. Alimak has a global sales, services and distribution reach across more than 90 countries, with a strong global market position. The Group has a well-established after sales business, and a large global installed base of ca. 22,000 units. Alimak was founded in 1948, is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden and employs about 1,200 people. The Group had revenues of SEK 2 billion in 2015.