KBMax Blog

Novus CPQ Podcast Series - Oracle confirms KBMax' Value Add for CPQ Cloud

Posted by Thomas Plocher on 8/25/17 5:42 PM
Frank Sohn at Novus CPQ Consulting just kicked off a podcast series solely focused on the CPQ space. His most recent interview was with Oracle's Vinesh Vis, AVP Sales, North America for CPQ Cloud. 
As a highly regarded and experienced professional Vinesh shares his excitement and insights about the CPQ market, the tremendous value a CPQ solution can offer, and the vision, which comes from CPQ. Further, he shares the future of CPQ and speaks about the convergence of the two: CPQ and E-Commerce, which our customers are starting to expereience, today.
“Visualization is not just about CAD, which was the initial way people thought about this innovation. It is also about 3D rendering, which we have a fantastic partner here with KBMax...” VINESH VIS, AVP SALES, CPQ CLOUD 
Also, stay tuned for the upcoming podcast with our CTO Kevin Bennett, which will be available in early September.
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Topics: CPQ, Configurator

KBMax Team visited the Chicago Salesforce Office

Posted by Thomas Plocher on 8/18/17 2:35 PM
We had a great time meeting with the Salesforce CPQ sales team in Chicago. Many thanks to their management team and Seamus Eagan who helped us coordinating the meetings and logistics, and  setting up the agenda with us to ensure the SE and AE teams are getting the "most out of it" such as  understanding the value and the feature set KBMax provides.
Our Salesforce partnership have come a long way. We first demonstrated our Salesforce integration during last year's Dreamforce '16 and received great reviews since then. Over the last six months, we worked very hard to formalize our partnership and integration with Salesforce CPQ. We achieved ISV status in mid March and have our Salesforce CPQ integration package listed on the AppExchange since July this year.
Thus, the timing to meet with the Salesforce CPQ team was ideal. As we are already engaged in some accounts supplementing Salesforce CPQ with complex configuration capabilities, 3D visualization and CAD automation, we identified a number of short and long term oppotunities, and markets we can capitalize upon.
“KBMax 3D and Snap are the two sexiest technologies at Dreamforce in years.” GODARD ABEL, SVP SALESFORCE
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Topics: CPQ, Configurator

The Benefits of KBMax 3D CPQ

Posted by Thomas Plocher on 8/4/17 3:10 PM
Early adopters of 3D technology in manufacturing, fashion or furniture just to name a few,  have gained great experience and now realize the competitive advantage of 3D visualization. 3D has matured in the last few years with greatly improved performance, user experience and simulation of materials.
Today, 3D solutions are now deliver significant value for companies, enabling them to reduce cycle times and ultimately create more value from innovation. However, these benefits only matter if they are translated into long lasting business results.
KBMax can be integrated with any CRM system like Salesforce, Oracle or MS Dynamics, PLUS it can be embedded into any external web site giving customers, dealers and distributors access to the product configurator.
With the additional dimension, 3D product configurators provides users with enhanced interaction with their customized products, which in return translates into major benefits for your business:
  • Leveraging existing 3D models. If 3D models of products already exist, or a design team is in place to create them, a 3D product configurator is a natural fit.
  • Getting a product configurator set up is very simple within KBMax due to our clean, integrated software and our fully integrated admin panel.
  • The three dimensional model allows the user to view their product from all angles, ensuring the product meets requirements, shape and size. 
  • A 3D product configurator brings products to life and impresses customers with beautiful and accurate renderings and eliminates any apprehension they may have.
  • And finally, its sets you apart from the competition. While product configurators are becoming mainstream, 3D visualization is not as common and very view CPQ vendors have the out-of-the-box technology offering a great competitive advantage.
KBMax offers the fastest 3D Visualization technology, today.
Use 3D visuals to guide the configuration process where dynamic updates to sizes, colors, components and features give a real time product tour. Users visually configure products in 3D and share interactive links and images with their customers for increased conversion rates. The mobile responsive design supports all devices. Today, 3D is a tremendous competitive advantage to help products stand out and sell more, faster.
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Topics: CPQ, Configurator

Selecting the Right CPQ Configurator Vendor

Posted by Kris Goldhair on 6/17/15 11:53 AM

There is a big increase in the number of CPQ & Product Configurator vendors lately.  A current google search will turn up dozens of results, when there might have been a dozen not long ago. 


The natural tendency is to commoditize this growing field to make “apples to apples” comparisons. Issues arise because of major differences in vendor functionality, architecture, pricing, and services.   Buyers get fatigue compiling vendor checklists and are faced with an “apples to oranges” decision.


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Topics: Configurator, CAD Automation, product configurator, CPQ

High Tech Challenges for CPQ: Key Takeaways From Aberdeen Research

Posted by Kris Goldhair on 6/15/15 1:51 PM

Aberdeen recently published a great free report outlining how High Tech companies and CPQ.  High Tech can present unique challenges for CPQ due to increasing product complexity and interdepartmental silos that contain separate tribal knowledge.  Mass customization is growing and consequently product complexity is skyrocketing.  Both manual methods and many CPQ & configurator software can't keep up.  Many companies are painted into a corner with outdated processes that limit product offerings, and quote cycle time & bandwidth.   Expect this trend to continue as seen below:

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Topics: Configurator, product configurator, CPQ

Teledyne Cable Solutions Selects KBMax CPQ & CAD Automation

Posted by Kris Goldhair on 3/4/15 11:26 AM

KBMax is proud to announce that Teledyne Cable Solutions (Teledyne) has selected our CAD configurator  and Configure Price Quote software solution. Our services will improve the accuracy and speed of the design/quote process for custom over molded cable assemblies and harnesses.

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Topics: Configurator, SolidWorks, CAD Automation, product configurator, CPQ

KBMax Offsite 2014 - CPQ & Configurators Cajun Style

Posted by Kris Goldhair on 11/5/14 11:22 AM

The KBMax team recently met in New Orleans for our annual company wide meeting.  This year's themes were team building and customer success.   And of course there was plenty of sampling of local food and drink in the French Quarter.  Our virtual office model works well but we all look forward to spending some time together in person.  It fosters a strong corporate culture for old and new team members alike.  Plus we end up learning more about how to work more effectively together.

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Topics: Configurator, Company, product configurator, CPQ

CPQ by Aberdeen - Bigger, Faster Sales

Posted by Kris Goldhair on 10/29/14 11:18 AM

Taken from an excerpt from Aberdeen Research Report on Configure Price Quote. 

"What exactly is Configure Price Quote? Aberdeen defines it as “a technology enabler with which selling organizations manage their opportunity-to-order (or lead-to-win) methodology with automated tools that impact the speed and accuracy of developing quotes, proposals, contracts, and products.

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Topics: Configurator, product configurator, CPQ

KBMax is Oracle Gold Partner - Exhibiting CAD Automation & Visualization @ Open World

Posted by Kris Goldhair on 9/29/14 11:09 AM

KBMax is proud to announce its recent Oracle Gold Partnership and upcoming exhibition at Oracle Open World 2014. KBMax integrates with Oracle Cloud CPQ (formerly Big Machines) to provide CAD Automation, Visual User Interfaces, and more for Engineer to Order manufacturers. Generating dynamic models, drawings, and images, from Oracle will help these companies sell more faster.

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Topics: Configurator, CAD Automation, product configurator, CPQ, Oracle CPQ, Big Machines

Spacesaver Selects KBMax Configurator for CREO Automation

Posted by Kris Goldhair on 8/8/14 10:56 AM

KBMax is proud to announce that Spacesaver Corporation (Spacesaver) has selected our product configurator, CPQ, and CAD automation solution. Our software & services will improve the accuracy and speed of the design/quote process for Spacesaver’s Engineer to Order (ETO) and Configure to Order (CTO) storage product lines.

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Topics: Configurator, CREO Automation, CAD Automation, product configurator, CPQ