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