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Configura launches a new blog about space planning for manufacturers of configurable products

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Dec. 4, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, has launched a new blog about space planning for manufacturers of configurable products.

“With the blog we’ll provide education and insight to industries that deal with the manufacturing and space planning of configurable products. We’ll talk about how software technology can streamline the specifying and selling of these products,” Configura Communications Manager Jon Lindholm said.

The blog is especially geared toward business leaders, IT professionals and software developers who work with configurable system products and want to learn about the latest in configuration technology and related business solutions.

“When we founded Configura over 20 years ago, no one was talking about configurators – essentially, software that guides a user through the configuration process. Today, the term ‘configurator’ seems to be all over the place, and there’s a lot of confusion out there – but our blog helps companies understand the fundamentals and benefits of a configurator,” Lindholm said.

Configura’s CET Designer space-planning software is a configurator built on Parametric Graphical Configuration (PGC), which is a technology and a business strategy developed by Configura that makes selling configurable and parametric system products simpler and more efficient. CET Designer supports and simplifies space planning for industries that manufacture:

  • • Commercial/office furniture
  • • Kitchen and bath cabinets
  • • Material handling and industrial machinery products
  • • Laboratory/healthcare fixtures
  • • Wall systems
  • “People who work in these industries will particularly benefit from the blog,” Lindholm said. “They’ll hear from peers in their industries who are taking the next step in modern space-planning processes.”
  • The blog is at http://www.configura.com/blog.
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    About the company

    Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling and Industrial Machinery industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

    About CET Designer®

    Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

Configura teams with Inscape and KiSP to create Inscape’s new F.I.R.E. solution

New integration with multiple software solutions will create a customer-centric experience unlike any other in the marketplace

 
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—October 29, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces a major technology collaboration with Inscape Corporation (TSX: INQ) and KiSP Inc. for the development of Inscape’s new F.I.R.E. (Fully Integrated Resource for Enterprise management) solution.
The collaboration will build on Inscape’s existing CET Designer Extension, and integrate new Configura and KiSP technologies, to create a customer-centric solution unlike any other. It will result in a single, seamless solution for dealers specifying Inscape products and will transform client engagement and enterprise management experiences.
 
“F.I.R.E. will position us at the forefront of the customer experience in our industry and greatly reduce redundancies. Our dealers will benefit from reduced errors, greater efficiencies and improved margins,” said Jim Stelter, CEO, Inscape.
Configura first collaborated with Inscape several years ago to create Inscape’s CET Designer Extension, which enables Inscape and its dealers to quickly and accurately specify and order Inscape’s Addwall product.
 
F.I.R.E. brings Inscape’s investment to the next level: It will incorporate not only Configura’s Parametric Graphical Configuration (PGC) technology but also its newest product, Catalogues, as well as KiSP’s KITS collaborator™ mobile platform, in order to create a total solution for client engagement and enterprise management.
 
“We’ll be working with KiSP to create a unique solution so the user can seamlessly get the benefits from both technologies,” said Tim Deemter, production team leader, Configura. “Our Catalogues technology will be the backbone of how this new Extension is implemented. The goal is that the results and successes of this project will be extended to other software platforms.”
 
The Configura project team will also work closely with Inscape and KiSP leaders to streamline procedures in the total selling process, from specification to ordering. It is an important opportunity to look at previous experiences in order to develop improved software solutions, according to company leaders.
CET Designer is Configura’s “core” PGC-based software platform; an Extension is an addition to the program with functionality that incorporates all of the rules, parts and pricingof a given manufacturer’s products. Manufacturers invest in proprietary CET Designer Extensions to make selling products easier and more accurate.
 
Configura’s Catalogues solution is another way for manufacturers to get products into CET Designer; it is a step before the full PGC-based solution. A Catalogue is a collection of a manufacturer’s products, stored in an online database managed by Configura and made available to thousands of CET Designer users around the world.
 
KiSP’s KITS Collaborator is a mobile concept ideation, budgeting and rendering tool that works with modern tablet devices such as the iPad. Designed specifically for the furniture sales professional, this powerful yet intuitive application provides instant access to help find, visualize and quote product solutions when working with customers.
 
“This collaboration takes the best of each partner’s capabilities to create efficiencies for our dealers, and it will help designers to visualize solutions quickly and without the encumbrance of existing processes,” said Phillip Damianidis, director of information technology, Inscape. “F.I.R.E. will help designers and dealers focus on the design solution and not worry about the technology or product rules – creating a true collaborative process that delivers a better result for everyone.”
 
Said Rob Kendal, managing director, KiSP, Inc.: “By partnering closely with our industry friends at Configura, we’re giving Inscape dealers and customers access to a seamless integration of these leading-edge technologies to dramatically reduce cycle times, error rates and duplication.”
F.I.R.E. will be available for Inscape’s product collection in June 2015.
 
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About Configura
Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling and Industrial Machinery industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.
 
About CET Designer®
Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.
 
About Inscape
Inscape makes smart workspaces – thoughtfully designed spaces that perform beyond expectations. For over a century, we have collaborated with our clients to provide customized solutions based on their individual needs. Our meticulously engineered system, storage and wall products provide unparalleled flexibility to create unique applications at a lower cost of ownership. Easy reconfiguration and seamless integration with other products means our smart applications will work today and tomorrow. And they look fabulous. Discover more at inscapesolutions.com.
 
About KiSP, Inc.

KiSP creates, develops and provides client-facing solutions to manufacturers, dealers, interior designers and customers in the office furniture industry. Founded in 1993, KiSP is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with additional offices in Costa Rica and Argentina. More at http://www.kisp.com/

 

Configura not affected by the Heartbleed bug

LINKOPING, SWEDEN – April 14, 2014 - There has recently been a widely publicized bug regarding OpenSSL known as "Heartbleed". Since we have gotten some questions regarding this, we at Configura wanted to inform you that we have not been affected, since we are not using any of the vulnerable versions of OpenSSL.

"We’re happy that we never were affected by this bug. We’re always working to ensure security, and the integrity of our users is most important to us,” Chief Information Officer Tobias Wester said.

What is Heartbleed?

In short, Heartbleed is a bug that enables anyone on the internet to extract a random chunk of memory - up to 64k - from a server, and without the server operator being able to detect it. This means that with enough time and effort, a hacker might extract passwords, private keys and pretty much anything else located in the memory of a server.

More information about the Heartbleed bug can be found here http://heartbleed.com/

NeoCon 2012

Configura’s trek to NeoCon ’12 started with a Crown Vic – a big boat of a car that’s anything but “cool” compared to the cute izzy+ Mini-Cooper that wedges between the semi-trucks lining “Merchandise Mart row” during NeoCon Week.

Programmed for Design

Configura software is photo realistic, so the office space looks like it will when built out, complete with the proper fabrics and finishes.

Configura Las Vegas

The company’s next release, CET Designer 2.6.3 will give users the ability to add watermarks and speed up rendering.

Article by Rob Kirkbride, MMQB
This article first appeared in the Oct 31, 2011 edition of MMQB.

This Week: Configura Conference

Article by Rob Kirkbride, MMQB
This article first appeared in the Oct 24, 2011 edition of MMQB.

A funny thing happened over the course of the last four years that Configura has held its CET Designer User Conference. The user conference was designed as a way for Configura to get feedback on its space planning software from users. Yet the conference has turned much more collaborative. Users are teaching each other best practices at the conference held annually in Las Vegas. And Configura executives couldn’t be happier.

Photo Realistic

Photo loab
Photo Lab produces renderings so realistic that the software eliminates the need for any other add-on-tool or outsourcing of the rendering function, according to the company.
 

By Rob Kirkbride

Configura's Roundtable

The folks at Configura, the Swedish space planning software company, feel the office furniture industry (and many other industries, for that matter) is too complicated. Office furniture has almost endless combinations and parts and its easy for even the most experienced industry veteran to mess up the plans or forget parts for an order.

Configura Turns 20

For Configura it isn’t a matter of coming up with a better product. It is simply a matter of getting its products in front of more potential clients to prove it.
By Rob Kirkbride (The Monday Morning Quarterback)

Configura signs Inscape for new Extension

CET solution for their dealers also include Steelcase, Haworth, Teknion, Spacefile, Mepal and, recently, KI.

Configura announces keynote speaker for CET Designer User Conference

Peter Shankman headlines 3rd annual event

Configura is pleased to announce internationally known speaker and social-media expert Peter Shankman as the keynote speaker for this year’s CET Designer® User Conference at The Venetian/Palazzo in Las Vegas.

Configura signs KI for new Extension

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—June 14, 2010—Configura Inc. announces its newest client on the CET Designer® software platform: Green Bay, Wis.-based KI has selected Configura to produce a CET Designer Extension for KI’s product lines.

Configura announces two NeoCon contests for free trips to Las Vegas

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—June 7, 2010—Configura, Inc. , maker of award-winning CET Designer® software used by Haworth, Spacefile, Steelcase, Teknion and soon Mepal dealers, announces two contests for free trips to the 3rd annual CET Designer User Conference (Sept. 29-30) at The Venetian/Palazzo in Las Vegas this fall.

Innovative services – customer service is important

Configura Training
Photo by MMQB

CET Designer training and support offered by Configura was part of a recent feature article in MMQB, a leading publication serving the contract furniture industry. Configura Training and Support Manager Tracy Prevost and others were cited in the article, which spoke to the importance of a software solution that offers educational opportunities such as user conferences, onsite and multi-city training, Webinars and more.

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