In this article you will get an overview of the benefits and features of VariSuite, welcome aboard!
VariSuite is a unique offering management suite that combines product development, configure-price-quote (CPQ), order-to-manufacture and installed base (maintenance and service) processes and functionalities. In other words, VariSuite helps you to manage your company’s data, solutions, and processes, all in one system.
VariSuite utilizes a single source of data to improve your products and offerings in all the process phases: sales, engineering, production, and maintenance. VariSuite enables collaboration and data usage between people and processes, inside and outside the company.
One of the main benefits of VariSuite is that you can generate a smooth product data flow across your processes, enabling your people to collaborate and boost your business.
With VariSuite’s user management and access management capabilities you ensure that your company’s data is secured, also when you provide access to your product data to external collaborators, customers, suppliers, and partners.
VariSuite adapts to the needs of any business with dynamic data and a product model which supports maintainability. VariSuite supports all the processes involved in the configurable product offering lifecycle and optimizes idea-to-product and offer-order-manufacture-deliver service processes.
VariSuite consists of a flexible, modular design which supports your company’s exact needs. You can work with just one module independently, or take advantage of all the modules, using them together in the same database and sharing a common Framework and open Application Programming Interface (API).
The VariSuite Framework is a common platform for all VariSuite modules: VariSales, VariPDM, VariProd and VariTrace. It allows you to maintain your data model, access management and product model definitions, and contains generic features and functions with a dynamic data model.
VariSuite supports different business processes which work seamlessly together thanks to its modular design, which allows you to work in one unified database. This common platform is called the VariSuite Framework. The VariSuite Framework refers to the main platform which is made up of four main modules:
There are several benefits of having a unified VariSuite framework, for example:
Let’s take a look at the different modules of VariSuite next!
VariSales is an easy-to-use and easy-to-manage sales configurator and quoting tool. It’s a Configure-Price-Quote (CPQ) tool that speeds up sales and the quoting process while providing the most recent information to the customer. There’s no sales configuration model that you can’t model or create with VariSales.
You can track quotes easily, it’s fast to implement in your business and it makes communication easy. VariSales provides guided selling, which helps salespeople by improving their everyday work. The system handles the widest needs for advanced sales configuration and offering tasks. VariSales can be used as a sales configurator on your company’s website to increase inbound offer requests.
You can manage even complex product or pricing rules yourself and easily create and manage customer information, assign tasks, and synchronize data with your Outlook calendar.
By using VariSales to create your offers you will ensure that the offer templates, visual design, and company branding are presented in a unified way. VariSales also supports visualized quotes, multilingual and multi-currency offer letters and product specifications.
Some great features of VariSales include:
VariPDM is the Product Data Management system in the VariSuite framework. It is designed as a modular and flexible PDM backbone, the underlying software on which Variantum has built its solutions.
VariPDM supports product modeling during the product design phase, and you can easily share product data inside and outside of your organization. With VariPDM you can turn your product architecture into a configurable product model.
VariPDM includes version-controlled items, variant management, item structures and multilingual document management. It also offers change management processes and a user interface for advanced and admin users. The data model is changeable with the dynamic modeler.
Below you can see some key features of VariPDM:
VariProd is a production configurator designed to speed up and automate individual product structures to ERP/MRP from customer-specific configurable product orders. VariProd helps companies to manage order-to-manufacture automation and product configurations for manufacturing purposes.
With VariProd you can automate the creation of your production documentation and production configurations (for production CTO and ETO processes), and it helps you to manage test results.
VariProd can be used to generate a variant of a configurable product according to pre-defined parameter values, which can come from VariSales or a third-party sales configurator. If your product is simple and you are familiar with the parameters, you can also enter parameter values directly into VariProd.
VariProd can also improve the way you manage your manufacturing BOM configurations for production and how you share manufacturing information with your suppliers. Manufacturing information can be shared with suppliers flexibly, allowing access only to needed information.
Some of the key benefits of VariProd include the following:
VariTrace is an installed base that manages product individuals after delivery. It’s a solution designed to manage individual product technical information during the whole product’s lifetime. Thanks to VariTrace’s state-of-the-art product traceability, your company can increase profitability and customer retention through maintenance. Your after-sales and maintenance operations will work more smoothly and cohesively.
VariTrace collects complete information of product individuals from design to delivery and during their entire lifecycle. Individual products and components with identification are generated to support service information: service structures, active spare-parts with categories, field letters and any product updates or changes. VariTrace is also extendable with analytics API to provide product information to enterprise analytics tools.
Some of VariTrace’s key benefits and features include:
Congratulations, now you have learned the basics about the VariSuite Framework!
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