Product Configurator Software: Understanding the differences

Many companies are striving for a robust mass customization strategy - providing customers specifically configured products to meet their unique requirements. Product configurator software is essential to allow customers to accurately select and order from among hundreds of product options.  Companies with design and engineering content in configured products, however, require more than simple selection capabilities.  Now there are a myriad of software choices spanning the complete range of the To-Order mass customization spectrum. Assigning end-item part numbers and defining a Bill of Material (BoM) for each product sold, created massive and unwieldy product databases - often riddled with errors - requiring extraordinary maintenance efforts.  The burden often fell on engineering personnel, counterproductive to the goals of Product Lifecycle Management, such as reducing product development time and expense ...

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