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  • Configura’s Niclas Tilly named 2015 OFDAxml committee chair

    Tilly hosts an OFDAxml planning meeting at Configura’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, office on April 13, 2015

     

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—March 24, 2015—Configura Strategic Development Manager Niclas Tilly has been named the 2015 OFDAxml committee chair.

    The purpose of the OFDAxml (extensible markup language) initiative is to establish a common platform for receiving and sending content in the commercial office furniture industry.

    “With his many years of industry knowledge, Tilly will make an excellent chair of the committee,” said Rod Manson, president, IOPFDA.

    Tilly has worked for Configura since 1998. The company creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the contract furniture, kitchen and bath, material handling, industrial machinery, and laboratory and healthcare industries. Configura’s software solutions include Configura, CET Designer and InstantPlanner.

    The OFDAxml industry standard provides a technology umbrella for sustained schema development and offers a unified way of communicating information throughout the entire order fulfillment process: from the publishing of manufacturer catalogs to the placing and shipping of customer orders.

    “Traditional formats such as SIF, CSV and EDI ended up being specific to particular accounts and having multiple versions, causing companies to spend time and resources reading and writing to various formats. The XML schemas allow for a standard platform that everyone can use while still accommodating specific usages to better integrate with individual requirements,” Tilly said.

    For example, a manufacturer may only read a portion of the elements available in the order entry schema, but those elements are still common to everyone. This standardization allows developers to provide industry-wide solutions to their customers, and assures companies that any integration with the schemas is sustainable over the life of their business. Online, interactive applications using the OFDAxml schemas become easier to integrate into business requirements, improving communication and providing the information required to properly communicate with customers for all of their business needs.

    “Dealers who represent many product brands can select the software applications that meet their needs and still do business with all of their suppliers with a single work-order process flow. For office product dealers, the days of only being able to integrate with primary suppliers should be in the past,” Manson said.

    To learn more about the OFDAxml standard, please visit http://iopfda.org/?page=OFDAXmlCatalog.

    Tilly will host an OFDAxml planning meeting at Configura’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, office on April 13, 2015. During the meeting, the committee will outline its scope of work for 2015 and beyond. Those interested in attending the planning meeting can contact IOPFDA Managing Director Paula Kreuzburg at paulak [at] clemonsmgmt [dot] com (paulak [at] clemonsmgmt [dot] com). Read more about the meeting at http://bit.ly/1xdmotv.  

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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, Industrial Machinery, and Laboratory and Healthcare 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 OFDA

    In January 1904, a group of 80 office product, equipment and furniture dealers gathered in Chicago to lay the groundwork for a national association, the National Association of Stationers and Manufacturers. The association grew over the years into what is now known as the Independent Office Products & Furniture Dealers Association (IOPFDA). Celebrating its 110th anniversary in 2014, IOPFDA offers two interactive divisions based on the dealers' primary offering: the National Office Products Alliance (NOPA) and the Office Furniture Dealers Alliance (OFDA). The association represents over 1,200 members including dealers, manufacturers, wholesalers, manufacturers representatives and industry service providers.

  • Configura announces free March CET Designer webinars

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Feb. 27, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free March webinars with CET Designer instructors:

    Getting Started with CET Designer
    March 5 at 4 p.m. ET
    March 5 at 9 p.m. ET
    March 16 at 4 p.m. ET
    March 18 at 10 p.m. ET
    March 24 at 10 p.m. ET

     

    Calculation View
    March 16 at 2 p.m. ET
    March 30 at 1 p.m. ET

     

    Reconfiguration Tool
    March 17 at 11 a.m. ET
    March 31 at 11 a.m. ET

     

    The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user, anywhere in the world. Please call 877-568-4106 and click on “Join Webinar Now” at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.

    Learn more about additional courses and opportunities at www.configura.com/cet/training.

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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 launches 24-hour global support for CET Designer

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Feb. 15, 2015—Configura has launched 24-hour live-chat global support for its space-planning software solution, CET Designer. The expanded support is in response to a growing user base and in preparation for continued growth on multiple continents.

    “Our users are increasing in every time zone. To better serve them wherever they are in the world, we’ve expanded our Support and Training team capabilities and capacity,” Configura Vice President of Global Customer Experience Tracy Lanning said.

    Live-chat support is provided around the clock, Monday through Friday. CET Designer support is included with each CET Designer license.

    “Helping users to adopt a new solution and advance in proficiency goes hand in hand with the software solution. In fact, we consider support to be an integral part of the solution,” Lanning said.

    Configura has full-time Support and Training team members who have backgrounds in contract furniture, interior design and space-planning technologies.

    “Providing real people who really know the office furniture industry, and can offer hands-on technical and design support, is a point of quality that sets Configura apart from other software companies. We pride ourselves on having the best support in the space-planning industry,” Lanning said.

    Configura’s Support and Training team members are based at Configura’s three main locations: headquarters in Linköping, Sweden; in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA; and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    All Configura locations are expanding. Configura is especially growing its customer base in Asia. The company recently hired two new support team members for the Kuala Lumpur office.

    “Creating a Support and Training team in Malaysia is an obvious requirement to best serve new customers in this growing region,” Lanning said.

    Although each team primarily serves a particular region – the Sweden-based team handles European customers, the USA-based team handles the Americas, and the Malaysia-based team handles the Asia-Pacific region – team members have been cross-trained to provide support from any location.

    The Configura team also provides extensive in-person and virtual training opportunities – including webinars, videos, regional classes and an international user conference.

    More than 10,000 end-users across the globe now use Configura’s software solutions.

    The core solution, CET Designer, is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies the specifying and selling of complex, configurable products such as office furniture. The complete solution quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process.

    Such contract-furniture manufacturers as Steelcase, Haworth, Teknion, KI, Inscape, Bisley and others have invested in their own “smart” CET Designer Extensions to help their dealers easily specify their products.

    More manufacturers are investing in Configura’s solutions so their dealers also have an all-in-one tool for space planning.

    Configura’s expanded support also reflects changing work patterns: People are no longer limiting their work hours to the traditional nine-to-five workday.

    “With 24-hour support, we serve our users whenever and wherever they happen to be working,” Lanning said.

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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 announces free February CET Designer webinars

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Jan. 30, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free February webinars:

    Tools for Working in CET Designer: Favorites, Blocks and Alternatives

    Feb. 3 – 11 a.m. ET
    Feb. 12 – 4 p.m. ET

    Photo Lab and Rendering

    Feb. 4 – 2 p.m. ET
    Feb. 25 – 2 p.m. ET

    Getting Started with CET Designer

    Feb. 18 – 4 p.m. ET
    Feb. 24 – 11 a.m. ET

    The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user. Please call 877-568-4106 and use code 671-407-662 and join by clicking on “Join Webinar Now” at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura directly with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.

    Learn more about additional courses and opportunities at www.configura.com.

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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 releases CET Developer, platform to create CET Designer Extensions

    New development environment provides complete control – from a project’s beginning to the release and maintenance of an Extension

    LINKÖPING, SWEDEN—January 15, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces the release of its new programming environment: CET Developer. CET Developer is a complete development environment with all of the necessary tools that programmers and developers need to create their own CET Designer Extensions.

    What makes the CET Developer environment unique is it enables manufacturers to have complete control over all of their content, from the beginning of the project to the release and maintenance of the finalized Extension. Customers can now publish their Extension independently of Configura or still choose to work with Configura for developing and publishing the Extension.

    “With CET Developer, we empower not only our internal developers but also future and current independent partners to develop, publish and make a profit with their own Extensions,” Configura CEO Johan Lyreborn said. “Our business model is based on partnering with others, and the strength of CET Developer is that it enables them to handle the entire process, from start to finish, without having to rely on our internal developers. This opens up new possibilities for external manufacturers and developers who want to partner with Configura and invest in CET Designer.”

    CET Designer is Configura’s all-in-one space planning software that simplifies the specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. An Extension adds products or functionality to the program. Furniture manufacturers such as Steelcase and Haworth are currently entering their products into CET Designer through their Extensions.

    CET Developer simplifies the previous process of creating an Extension by collecting all necessary programs and tools into the same environment. It will enable developers to spend less time on administration, and more time creating features, as programmers have instant access to everything needed to create and publish an Extension.

    “CET Developer will enable developers and testers to focus on what they do best, which is to create great software,” Configura Chief Product Officer Nicklas Dagersten said. “It ties together the development environment for CET Designer developers and automates many of the tasks that were previously performed manually.”

    Through the cloud-based Developer Center, which is a part of the CET Developer package, developers and manufacturers can access the developer documentation and handle all billing information, user permissions, release notes and Marketplace information for their Extension, from anywhere in the world. This gives the owner full control over who can access the entire Extension or, for example, just region-specific parts of the Extension.

    Dagersten explained: “The sophisticated system controls more than permissions to each Extension. A global company uses, for example, different pricelists in different countries. Our system allows them to develop one Extension for all and then easily change and distribute access to the different pricelists through the cloud-based Developer Center. It’s a really powerful tool.”

    In conjunction with CET Developer, Configura also releases premium support for developers. Premium support for developers is an additional support service that includes immediate chat and phone support, access to the CET Developer Briefcase and discounts on CET Developer Conference and CET Designer User Conference.

    CET Developer was released on January 1, 2015, at configura.com/developer. It can be purchased at www.configura.com/marketplace.

    Read the recent blog post on CET Developer here: http://bit.ly/17LNdtd.

    Configura also recently announced that it will hold its annual Developer Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on March 10.

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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.