TDCI Launches BuyDesign® OnDemand Quoting Solution for Small and Midsize Door and Window Manufacturers

TDCI Inc. of Columbus, Ohio, has introduced BuyDesign OnDemand for Windows and Doors, a web-based selling solution designed specifically for the needs of small to mid-size door and window manufacturers. The solution, offered as a managed service, provides all of the essential tools needed to help smaller door and window manufacturers become 'easy to do business with' while also being easy to deploy, manage and afford, according to the company.

It provides comprehensive quote and order creation, bid package generation and information export for sales analysis. The system can be made available on the web for 'self-service' use by dealers and distributors, as well as for use by in-house salespeople. As a hosted solution, no hardware, software or IT support staff is needed, according to the company. Predictable monthly usage fees are based on average quote volume and can be scaled to just about any size company. A library of pre-built door and window parametric models combined with templates for product and pricing information are included. TDCI says that until now, solutions with the capabilities offered in BuyDesign OnDemand have only been practical for larger companies that could install and manage such a system themselves, and who had the sales volume to justify the cost of an in-house IT staff.

BuyDesign OnDemand is based on TDCI's BuyDesign sales and configuration solution, and is used by companies such as Atrium, Certainteed, Kolbe & Kolbe, Quaker Windows, Therma-Tru Doors and others.

One of the first companies to sign up for BuyDesign OnDemand is Metal Window Corporation, a manufacturer of custom aluminum doors and windows in Inglewood, Calif. "We've recognized the value of automating our quoting and sales process for some time," says Dee Morris, Metal Window Corporation owner and president. "We evaluated solution options with a few of the major software companies, but found that there wasn't an affordable way for a company of our size to put this type of system in place until TDCI came up with this great concept. BuyDesign OnDemand gives us a practical way to put easy-to-use self-service quoting and ordering capabilities in the hands of our sales people and dealers while ensuring valid products and accurate pricing."

"BuyDesign OnDemand should help 'level the playing' field between the national brands and local/regional window and door manufacturers," says Mark Blanchat, principal with JIAN Group, an investment banking firm that advises buyers and sellers of middle-market companies in the building material and construction services industry. "As industry consolidation continues, it will be the companies that have invested time and energy in customer focused technology and systems, and that have established loyal dealer networks based on a 'service first' mentality that will do well."

TDCI is currently offering a series of free webcasts to introduce BuyDesign OnDemand to door and window manufacturers. Visit http://www.tdci.com/buydesign/OnDemand_webcast.htm for dates and times.


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