Middle Atlantic Products, a division of Legrand AV, replaces its legacy product quoting and ordering applications to strengthen its commitment to improving the ‘user experience’ for its large base of channel partners and customers.
The company now employs an interactive 2D rack configurator to give its partners and customers a 24/7 online solution to accurately design, quote and order configurable racks without the need for extensive product knowledge.
Replacing A Legacy Configurator
In 2013, Middle Atlantic Products replaced two separate configuration tools for a scalable, cloud-based configure-price-quote (CPQ) and portal solution with Salesforce.com integration. The company's legacy configuration applications were antiquated, required downloads, stand-alone, and not user-friendly.
Seeking to improve inefficiencies while avoiding a resource-draining path of custom development, the company conducted an extensive evaluation for a flexible and robust SaaS CPQ solution that combines complex guided configurations with visualization for spatial product orientation and positioning - all in a single tool.
"When we decided to replace our quoting and design apps, we placed a major emphasis on how to improve the user experience. Our next CPQ solution had to incorporate enhanced visualization, interactivity, mobility, and a user-friendly, intuitive interface," said Dan Tarkoff, VP Sales at Middle Atlantic Products.
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Racks and Technical Furniture Visual Configurator Features
Middle Atlantic Products turned to Axonom for its dynamic Powertrak 2D Product Configurator and portal solutions. It's hosted on NetPRM with integration into Salesforce.com.
Executive leaders at Middle Atlantic liked Powertrak's interactive drag-and-drop feature with the 2D product models. “Our evaluation team interviewed a number of configurator vendors but found that Axonom had a platform that would transform our digital catalog into a highly interactive selling tool,” said Tarkoff.
Powertrak 2D Product Configurator enriches the sales quoting and ordering experience for businesses that sell make-to-order, assemble-to-order, and configure-to-order products. "There’s no better way to enrich the ordering experience than to provide customers and partners with a comprehensive solution to custom-design a rack or enclosure from anywhere in the world, on any device," said Mike Belongie, COO at Axonom.
Notable Features Include:
- Quote My Customer: Users can easily add profit margin markup to quotes of saved projects. By simply entering the desired profit margin as a dollar value, percentage, or target growth for each component, the margin markup tool will automatically perform the calculations.
- Updated My Projects: Updated with an option for separating 'Draft' projects from 'Quoted' projects, the My Projects page allows for quick access and organization of each. Additional navigation features include auto sort by date and pagination.
- 17 Additional Rack Series: Nearly every rack series offered by the company is now available, with the update's addition of 17 Middle Atlantic racks. There are many options to create, personalize, and design an infrastructure system to fit almost every project need.
Middle Atlantic Products' customers and partners can now build their own rack by dragging-and-dropping BOM components (power, shelves, drawers) into the interactive 2D visual rendering, then freely reposition those components, monitor pricing, and change viewing angles for complete satisfaction prior to purchase – all in real-time.
"As an integrator and a Middle Atlantic customer, working with the Configurator simply makes my job easier. For example, instead of ordering a list of parts, I can now bundle my entire product list into one part number - streamlining the ordering process." - Hong Cheng, vice president of technical operations, Karcher Group
Powertrak helps Middle Atlantic Products manage its quote-to-cash cycle, streamline partner and customer interactions and transactions, and provide a superior ordering and configuration experience for its global buyers.
From anywhere in the world with internet access, on any browser-enabled device, Middle Atlantic Products’ loyal customers and partners can custom-design, quote and order a rack or enclosure with AV equipment, power, cooling, and cable management components.
Middle Atlantic Products has unveiled the second phase of its award-winning Web-based configuration tool. A key component of the middleatlantic.com customer portal, the next generation of the Configurator provides added functionality, an improved interface and overall enhanced website user experience - demonstrating Middle Atlantic's ongoing commitment to providing E-Tools that simplify users' jobs and allow them to build great systems.
Engineered to facilitate the easy selection, configuration, quote, and purchase process for customer projects, the revolutionary tool now holds 43,000 components and boasts more than 10,000 registered users since its launch one year ago.
In 2018, the 2D Rack Configurator was a Platinum Award winner for Best Design Services by Systems Contractor News readers and vetted by a panel of integrators and consultants.
"Projects purchased after being designed in our visual CPQ solution, powered by Powertrak, consistently have a much higher average order value and better product category mix vs. typical ecommerce / shopping cart orders." - Ryan Tilley, Project Delivery and Digital Experience Manager at Middle Atlantic
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