Why CPQ for Project-Based Manufacturers
Project-related activities in manufacturing can add great complexity to budgeting and costing. For example, many companies transport, install, and service their products on-site. Quoting these turnkey offerings involves more than assessing costs for the product itself. Let’s say you need to quote a machine. Along with product pricing, you need to quote costs and timelines for installation, transport, travel and lodging expenses for mechanics, customer training, even support and maintenance. You’ll want a CPQ tool that can calculate all these elements and incorporate them into a proposal or formal quote. You need an integrated, streamlined process that brings together all stakeholders and ensures that no elements fall through the cracks.
How e-Con CPQ benefits Project-Based Manufacturing
With e-Con, companies follow a unified process for configuring items, materials, hours, fees, management, installations, trade costs, and expenses. You can set quantities, costs, prices, discounts, project resources, and activities. Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) can be configured and created in Microsoft Dynamics ERP. Project engineers and calculators can build accurate project cost estimates that fit seamlessly into a customer-ready quote or proposal.