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Apttus

Top Rated
39 Ratings

Tacton

3 Ratings

Apttus

Top Rated
39 Ratings
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Score 7.3 out of 101

Tacton

3 Ratings
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Score 8.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Apttus

Apttus is well suited to provide an SFDC integrated CPQ experience. It can handle complex configurations and multiple languages. As a company that was transitioning off of a legacy CPQ solution, the adoption by our users was seamless with training lasting less than 4 hours. The user experience between SFDC and Apttus is so smooth that I would have a hard time imagining using Apttus independent of SFDC. That being said, I have heard they are developing an integrated experience with other CRM/ERP platforms. You will be best served if you are integrating with a platform that Apttus supports.
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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
6.5
Tacton
9.9
Quote sharing/sending
Apttus
7.1
Tacton
10.0
Product configuration
Apttus
6.7
Tacton
10.0
Configuration options
Apttus
7.1
Tacton
9.5
Pricing rules
Apttus
7.1
Tacton
10.0
Price adjustment
Apttus
6.9
Tacton
10.0
Purchase history and open contracts
Apttus
6.1
Tacton
Guided selling/Sales portal
Apttus
5.2
Tacton
CPQ reporting & analytics
Apttus
5.7
Tacton
CPQ-CRM integration
Apttus
7.6
Tacton
Attachments to quotes
Apttus
5.9
Tacton
10.0

Pros

  • Fully integrated with Salesforce.com. Allows for the seamless update of all objects on the SFDC platform. As primary quotes are updated, so to are the opportunities.
  • Supports integration with Avalara for Sales Tax and Docusign for E-Signature.
  • Supports the quoting of product that requires customization that results in a dynamic cost, MSRP and customer price.
  • Significant amount of R&D is being invested in to the platform. Many of the items on our wish list have already been incorporated as a standard feature or on the near term roadmap.
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  • The interface for programming and running Tacton Design Automation is directly integrated into SOLIDWORKS. Residing in SOLIDWORKS it makes it very quick and simple to program and test your configurator models.
  • Creating the end GUI is streamlined. No time is wasted creating, sizing, aligning fields and other data entry interfaces. Tacton Design Automation compiles all types of fields into a uniform interface for the end user.
  • Another great advantage Tacton Design Automation has is its error handling/trapping capabilities. Because Tacton’s solver is a true configurator, constraints set forth in the program will be automatically checked against other constraints and ranges to ensure all choices set by the user are within parameters. If the user chooses something outside the parameter, Tacton Design Automation will automatically present options to change other previously set choices to resolve those conflicts.
  • Layout mode within Tacton Design Automation allows you to assemble many Tacton ready parts together within SOLIDWORKS and from there they will share common data between each other. This provides a way to be modular. To create and use models right away and add to as more models become available. You can pick the low hanging fruit first and go from there, not necessarily needing to encompass all parts at once.
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Cons

  • Apttus CPQ is a strong, enterprise grade tool
  • Invest early in training your Sales Operations team
  • Capitalize on their community as their are some great solutions there
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  • 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

Apttus10.0
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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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Usability

Apttus8.0
Based on 1 answer
I cannot rate as I am not an end user.
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Reliability and Availability

Apttus10.0
Based on 2 answers
I have not heard of any issue
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Support

Apttus8.0
Based on 2 answers
I am not an end user and have not used support
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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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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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Alternatives Considered

I cannot recall the names of one other CRM that we reviewed. Apttus won because Upside went to an enterprise model and we no longer met their standards. Selectica was priced high if I can recall correctly and I think they did not have the Salesforce component at the time.
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My company initially purchased DriveWorks and I was trained. However, a year later we found Tacton Design Automation. Based on the same points mentioned in this review we left DriveWorks for Tacton. Briefly those points are: Tacton, at the time, was the only design automation software integrated (meaning the interface for programming and running Tacton) within SOLIDWORKS; GUI creation is streamlined; automatic error handling is huge; layout mode; multi-unit support.
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Return on Investment

  • We definitely are able to more smoothly generate a professional quote and get it out the door. This is a big plus.
  • We have had push back from staff that used the worksheet because they don't like the rules that keep them from quoting things they shouldn't quote.
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  • 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
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Tacton

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