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Score 7.6 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Apttus

I would not recommend this product to anyone. This product is hard to manage, requires development in house which becomes expensive. The tool itself is extremely expensive for the features it delivers. And ultimately, the sales "bait and Switch" will occur on you, which will require you to buy more licenses or add-ins that were not planned on to get the desired feature set.
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Tacton

For design automation for SOLIDWORKS, I feel Tacton Design Automation is the best solution out there. It's simple to develop and implement for the design/engineering department. But can be implemented within the sales team as well with Tacton CPQ. When a company has products that are modular and/or have many sizing updates, this is where Tacton excels. If you have products that are completely customized, then Tacton or even design automation isn't the best suited for that.
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Feature Rating Comparison

CPQ

Apttus
5.6
Tacton
9.9
Quote sharing/sending
Apttus
6.1
Tacton
10.0
Product configuration
Apttus
5.3
Tacton
10.0
Configuration options
Apttus
6.1
Tacton
9.4
Pricing rules
Apttus
6.1
Tacton
10.0
Price adjustment
Apttus
5.4
Tacton
10.0
Purchase history and open contracts
Apttus
6.0
Tacton
Guided selling/Sales portal
Apttus
4.4
Tacton
CPQ reporting & analytics
Apttus
4.7
Tacton
CPQ-CRM integration
Apttus
7.5
Tacton
Attachments to quotes
Apttus
4.7
Tacton
10.0

Pros

Apttus

  • Apttus CPQ handles complex pricing rules with ease. We have tiered pricing, user based pricing, and quantity pricing discounts. Apttus CPQ allows us to easily provide correct pricing based on attributes of the sales rep, the customer and the product.
  • Apttus CPQ administration is easy compared to similar products. As a product available on the Force.com platform, we were able to cross train our Salesforce administrators and take on the additional administrative overhead without significantly increasing our sales operations team size.
  • Apttus CPQ is flexible. We are able to rapidly test and deploy new pricing models and offers using the Apttus model.
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Tacton

  • Tacton has a non-linear solver, meaning it can solve lots of equations without them being is a particular order. This enables the software to be incredibly flexible.
  • Tacton has a great interface to set up configurators for people to use. No knowledge of programming languages is required. The configurator uses equations similar to Excel equations to control what the users options are.
  • Tacton has the ability to easily add lists of data like product lists, beam or pipe sizes that because available for user selections or for calculations.
  • The Tacton configurator also automatically builds the user interface as you set up user inputs making it much easier to set up then competitor software.
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Cons

Apttus

  • As a SAAS solution with a large amount of R&D being invested, there is functionality that is becoming standard in the platform that previously would have required some customer customization. The incorporation of the standard functionality will require regression testing and migration off of custom code. In the long term this is a positive, but in the short term does create some overhead with testing.
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Tacton

  • Layout mode is probably the most lacking aspect of the software (within Tacon Design Automation Engineer). Something so powerful as having modular parts should be more heavily supported. Although, I've heard Tacton is focusing on updating this with better functionality.
  • The constraint editor does not display complex/lengthy constraints very well. I end up using Excel to visually break out in cells the different aspects of the constraint.
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Likelihood to Renew

Apttus

Apttus 9.9
Based on 9 answers
It is critical to our sales process. We are not satisfied with all aspects of the product and have gone through many tough experiences with their PS, support, and PD teams -- but we're not unhappy enough to re-build what we're already built
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Tacton

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Apttus

Apttus 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I cannot rate as I am not an end user.
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Tacton

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

Apttus

Apttus 10.0
Based on 2 answers
As a native Salesforce.com app, it's up as long as Salesforce.com is running.
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Tacton

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Apttus

Apttus 8.0
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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Tacton

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Apttus

Apttus 7.0
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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Tacton

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Apttus

Apttus 1.0
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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Tacton

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Apttus

At the time of selection, we assessed other configuration tools to include Selectica and Big Machine. We decided on Apttus because of it configuration flexibility and the fact that it was built on the Salesforce.com platform. That allowed us to configure and customize for our specific use case. It also gave us other capabilities such as integration to the CRM and ability to generate reports and dashboards
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Tacton

Drive Works is the main competitor for the TactonWorks module of Tacton. We actually discovered DriveWorks and purchased it before we discovered Tacton and started to use it. Once we discovered Tacton we liked it so much better we dropped using DriveWorks and switched to Tacton. I think you could accomplish what you need to in DriveWorks, but it is easier to setup in Tacton and Tacton has alot of features that really can make your product configurators nice
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Return on Investment

Apttus

  • I cannot speak to lead conversion because we used it solely for the CRM component. I did like the reporting functionality, which was very customizable, so if I wanted to know how many customers agreements were terminating 3 months out, I could run a report for that. This made our lives much better.
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Tacton

  • Time to produce submittals went from 1-2 weeks down to a couple of days. Then, once approved, normally to produce the fabrication drawings (70+ unique parts) it would take from 4-6 weeks. We can get it down to as little as a few days.
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Pricing Details

Apttus

General

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

Tacton

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?

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