Cincom Socrates Software Helps Complex Manufacturers Create Effective Sales Configuration

Cincom Socrates 8.3 provides deeper integration with SAP solutions

Sydney, Australia —Worldwide software provider, Cincom Systems, announces that its Cincom Socrates® version 8.3 has added deeper integration with SAP® solutions for companies that provide complex products and services. Cincom Socrates is a knowledge-based modeling system that supports SAP solutions and extends business value by providing guided-selling, product-configuration, and proposal-management capabilities for configure-to-order and engineer-to-order manufacturers.

The sales process in configure-to-order and engineer-to-order businesses requires information collaboration over and above standard sales cycles. In order to win deals and drive revenue, today’s information worker must have real-time access to structured and unstructured data at all points of the guided-selling and proposal-management process. Cincom Socrates also works the other way. Text and custom fields from Socrates can easily be inserted into a quote generated within an SAP solution.

"Cincom’s additional business connectors (APIs) have been designed to address some very specific needs for complex manufacturers," said Ken Noll, SAP Practice Manager for Cincom. "Complex sales proposals often evolve as knowledge is gained in the sales process. By maintaining a connection to the company's investment in SAP solutions, Cincom helps companies guarantee they are building customer solutions based on proven company capabilities."

Manufacturers with engineer-to-order or configure-to-order products have successfully streamlined sales, design, and proposal processes by using Cincom to deliver critical product and sales knowledge to the point of sale and reduce "quote-to-cash" time significantly. Cincom has helped manufacturers reduce proposal generation time from five days to 15 minutes, decrease time to close a sale by 80 percent, and cut lead times from 14 weeks to six weeks.

Today's announcement was made at the SAPPHIRE® 2008 Orlando conference. For more information about Cincom's products and solutions for complex manufacturers, visit Cincom Manufacturing.