The Universal Quote System is an application based on a powerful new technology which is patent pending and based on standards-based XML and Java technologies. The technology we have developed will allow us to easily and quickly place any manufacturer's product line into our standards-based system. In the future we will add the ability for any manufacturer to place their product line(s) within our system without the need of a software engineer; all that will be required will be a complete and thorough knowledge of the respective product line(s). The Universal Quote System has the following capabilities:
The technology developed in The Universal Quote System can be easily applied to industries other than the window and door/millwork industry.The Universal Quote System primarily consists of two parts:
The product line builder (currently under development) allows a manufacturer, without the need of a software engineer, to completely specify their product line(s) with all of its specifications as well as the business logic that enforces the manufacturing constraints and applies the various pricing formulas etc. and to maintain that product line information. Initially QuoteTech engineers will work with the manufacturers to enter the product line information and associated business logic into the Universal Quote System framework until the product line builder is available. The Universal Quote System will allow authorized manufacturing representatives to view their product line information (which includes the business logic enforcing the constraints, etc.) and to export this information as a report in HTML, RTF, or PDF formats.
The quote system itself which is used to quote the various products specified in the product line builder for any of the product lines from the various manufacturers. Ultimately the Universal Quote System will also include the ability to specify non-predetermined (i.e., ad-hoc) custom report formats for any of the selected and configured products resulting from the various available product lines.
Advantages for manufacturers who specify their product line(s) within the Universal Quote System framework are:
Reduce the maintenance costs, in lieu of a formal custom quote system for their product line(s), for years to come.
By obviating the cost of an IT department developing their custom quote system solution for their product line(s), the manufacturer can be more competitive.
The manufacturer has the benefit of the cutting edge technology that is an integral part of the Universal Quote System.
The manufacturer can easily leverage their product lines to overseas markets, since the Universal Quote System has the ability to specify the product line information in any number of arbitrary languages that can then be used to specify reports in the dealer’s native language as well as to send back the order form in the manufacturer’s "base" language.
Allows end customers to also easily quote products they wish to purchase from any manufacturers’ product line(s).
Advantages for dealers whose manufacturers have made their product lines available in the Universal Quote System are:
Dealers become more competitive by streamlining the quoting of products from any of the available product lines from many different manufacturers and then produce one integrated proposal which can then be presented to their customer.
Produce professional report(s), which can also be based in other languages and made available in de facto standard formats (e.g., HTML, RTF, and PDF).
Have the option of using any operating system platform of their choice.
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