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Apttus

Top Rated
39 Ratings

Apttus

Top Rated
39 Ratings
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Score 7.4 out of 101

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

37 Ratings
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Score 8.2 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Apttus

We use the Apttus CPQ primarily to configure complex engineered products. We are able to manage numerous technologies and install new technologies quickly. This is a key advantage as new products do not require an additional software build, but a simple data load of the validation rules. This tool has transformed our customer engagement process, and it allows us to enable customers to enter their requirements for us to review. This is much better than interviewing customers and entering data on behalf of the customers
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Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

I think this took works really well for most RFPs that people will respond to. If the RFPs you receive are not able to be produced with boilerplate answers, and are answered differently each time, it might not be the tool for you. From my experience in RFPs, I can't say I've seen many of those, though
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Feature Rating Comparison

CPQ

Apttus
6.5
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
Quote sharing/sending
Apttus
7.1
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
Product configuration
Apttus
6.7
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
Configuration options
Apttus
7.1
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
Pricing rules
Apttus
7.1
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
Price adjustment
Apttus
6.9
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
Purchase history and open contracts
Apttus
6.1
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
Guided selling/Sales portal
Apttus
5.2
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
CPQ reporting & analytics
Apttus
5.7
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
CPQ-CRM integration
Apttus
7.6
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
Attachments to quotes
Apttus
5.9
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

Proposal Creation & Organization

Apttus
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Proposal branding
Apttus
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Proposal templates
Apttus
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Proposal content library updates
Apttus
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Guided proposal creation
Apttus
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Searchable proposal database
Apttus
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0

Proposal Collaboration & Workflow

Apttus
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
RFP management & response
Apttus
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Proposal collaboration & approval
Apttus
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
User permissions/proposal editing controls
Apttus
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Sales proposal workflow
Apttus
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Proposal automation user interface
Apttus
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0

Pros

  • Their solution completely solved our problems
  • They have an incredible team
  • Very easy to work with
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  • I confess we do not yet use Qvidian to its full potential, but one thing I really love about the system is our ease of access to our SalesEdge Rep, who has always been more than available to train our staff, address our questions, jump onto a call or webinar to train us or help solve our problems, or show us work-arounds for issues we are having. Every system has it's pros and cons; service is really what matters the most, in my opinion.
  • The Qvidian plug-in in Word has never failed me. I really do like the feature they created to apply brand-standard styles (via the use of Templates) into the process of uploading responses into the library. When exporting those responses and using them in RFIs, it saves a lot of time in having to go through the document and constantly re-format each response.
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Cons

  • Change management: Pricing changes are difficult to deploy, no regression testing for existing configurations.
  • Administrator usability: Very easy to create problems with price list items firing unintentionally which leads to price list item sprawl. No holistic testing tools to make sure you've set up pricing / rules the way you intended.
  • X-Author has limited capabilities to include related objects - our Quote header object has several hundred fields that serve no purpose but to make form generation more stable / faster.
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  • This is a weird one but when adding content to the 'Q' the tab in word sometimes disappears. Not sure why that happens and we haven't really tried to trouble shoot yet. My solution at the moment is just closing it and re-opening it. Sometimes it works and sometimes I have to do it a few times.
  • While being a great place to keep content for our team to access, there is always the thought of whether the information is still accurate. Especially when comes to statistics and facts. We at times get so used to just using what is in our boilerplate that we forget to question whether information is accurate or not. This is more of an observation for users rather than an issue with 'Q' however the information is only as good as it's accuracy.
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Likelihood to Renew

Apttus10.0
Based on 9 answers
Implementation is hard no matter what software you use, so depending on the employee bandwidth at the time of renewal, I would consider transitioning if another software that was drastically better came along.
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Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation8.0
Based on 32 answers
Qvidian seems to constantly improve their proposal software offering. The proposal and content management with the Qvidian tool set are intuitive and fairly easy to understand which will provide tremendous benefits for most companies both large and small in some aspect of their proposal process - they can just use the Pro Search if they need a better content library or they can use the entire Qvidian suite, the choice and flexibility is excellent.
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Usability

Apttus8.0
Based on 1 answer
I cannot rate as I am not an end user.
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Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation9.0
Based on 8 answers
because it isn't easy and requires some training
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Reliability and Availability

Apttus10.0
Based on 2 answers
I have not heard of any issue
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Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation10.0
Based on 1 answer
Qvidian system maintenance is performed on weekends, usually at odd hours, and advanced notice is given so that teams can plan accordingly.
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Performance

Apttus10.0
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.
No score
No answers yet
Remote or VPN employees seem to have somewhat slower access time. Server maintenance has improved performance.

Finding occasional recurring prompts to update settings in Microsoft (Explorer, Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
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Support

Apttus8.0
Based on 2 answers
Tier1/tier 2 support can only handle native functionality. Customizations have to be escalated to developers which aren’t included in the support program.

I go ahead and copy the people I directly worked with on implementation for assistance. I would rate them an 8 for support assistance.
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Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation10.0
Based on 6 answers
They are very much in support of great customer service. They respond quickly with emails and in some cases phone calls to resolve any issues and often times user questions in the past when I could not figure something out.
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In-Person Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation6.0
Based on 1 answer
Live instructor training is expensive, though we have had instructors come to our offices for a ‘refresher’ before. The refresher was more of a “let us fix that for you” than a training on how to do it ourselves.
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Online Training

Apttus7.0
Based on 1 answer
We attended 5 hours worth of webinars early on.

We had to understand how objects worked to figure out how to structure our data.

I would have liked more in-depth training but it would have been an additional cost
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Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation9.0
Based on 2 answers
Online training is limited in my opinion.
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Implementation

Apttus1.0
Based on 3 answers
Be iterative. Take the opportunity to build a catalog based on how Apttus works well. Learn the tool yourself or use an SI. Take the time to build a configuration / pricing migration tool with X-Author for Excel or roll your own. Stick with OOTB Apttus as any customization will cost you every time a new version is released
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Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation10.0
Based on 4 answers
IT works great. UPgrades are handled automatically. I was not involved in setup but I know they are there when we need them
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Alternatives Considered

X-Author is simply more powerful. I truly believe my biggest hurdle is my own imagination
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It's harder to get content into Qvidian, but it's much, much easier to retrieve content.
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Return on Investment

  • Generated more than 12,000 quotes since we installed 3 years ago. Related to >164MM in deal bookings.
  • Training is not straight-forward as each instance is different. So, having a tools ops person to understand the deep offering is important.
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  • Employee efficiency has been increased significantly with the tool.
  • We now have one place to go to find responses for RFP's and Sole Source solicitations.
  • Updating content has been streamlined.
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Pricing Details

Apttus

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details
Please contact Qvidian for pricing details.