SalesDoc Architect has numerous capabilities that make it easy to configure, price and propose multi-quote solutions, including the ability to:
Generating and consolidating multi-site or multi-option quote files is a three-step process:
Step 1: Create/generate a quote file for each site or option
Creating a separate quote file for each site or option is the most accurate way to configure and quote multi-site or multi-option solutions, since each quote file calculates labor, peripheral products and other elements as if each is a stand-alone site or option. There are several ways to create multiple quote files:
When creating new quote files, make sure to fill in the Site Description field on the Base Info Module for each file, as that is used as the site or option name in all generated outputs.
Before importing the configuration file, open an SDA quote file and fill in the Base Info Module.
The information in the Base Info Module of the open SDA quote file will be used as the basis for the quote files that SDA auto-creates from the import file. If the Base Info Module has little data in it, then little data will be pushed to the new quote files that are auto-created.
Once the file is imported, SalesDoc Architect will parse the import data to determine the number and name of all the sites (or options) and present a dialog:
To auto-create the quote files, check Import selected elements to separate quote files and click OK.
If the company has set up an auto-file saving scheme (where files are automatically saved to designated folders with designated file names), no further user input is required; SalesDoc Architect will automatically create quote files for each site or option. If the company does not have an auto-file saving scheme set up, then browse for the save folder and then to enter the “root” save name of the files that will be auto-created. Using the example above, if you enter “Acme” as the root of the save filename, then SDA will create files named “Acme-Atlanta”, “Acme-Chicago”, “Acme-New York”, etc.
Step 2: Fine-tune the solution configuration
The second step in the process is to fine-tune each of the quote files as needed. Designate one of the quote files as the primary quote file. Usually, the primary quote file is associated with a company’s headquarters location. When consolidating multiple quote files to generate outputs (see step 3 below), SalesDoc Architect will prompt users to choose the primary quote file.
The data from the primary quote file will be listed first in the outputs (for example, the primary quote file’s schedule of equipment will appear before the schedules of equipment for all other quote files), and data variables from the primary quote file will take precedence over those from other quote files. Add information associated with the entire multi-quote solution (i.e., not associated with a site or option) into the primary quote file.
If listing a prospect’s needs and issues for the overall solution, add that information to the primary quote file so that the information can be used in outputs later generated. Also bring additional tabs into the primary quote file that summarize data across all sites (or options) or calculate financing.
Step 3: Consolidate the individual quote files
Once the solution configuration has been fine-tuned in each of the quote files, and all data related to the solution (needs, issues, financing, etc.) has been gathered, particularly in the primary quote files, SalesDoc Architect makes it extremely easy to consolidate all the quote files into consolidated outputs such as proposals, scopes of work and forms.
Consolidating multiple quote files into outputs is a three-step process:
All quote files to consolidate must reside in the same folder.
Building Multi-Quote Solutions: A Real-World Approach
Typically, configuring the solution (hardware, software and services) occurs later in the sales process. Prior to configuring the solution, discovery and assessment data is usually collected and used as the basis for configuring the solution. Use SalesDoc Architect to collect that information, and create memos and other outputs to confirm this data with the customer or prospect, by creating the primary quote file (usually for the headquarters location) at the beginning of the sales process. The primary quote file can be used as the repository for all qualification, discovery and assessment data that was collected and use as the basis for generating outputs that assist with the early stages of the sales process.
Once this stage of the sales process is complete and it’s time to configure the solution.
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