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Thin, light and ready to work!

January 13, 2017

PROD_EBK745G4The newest HP EliteBook 725, 745 and 755 are the world’s thinnest and lightest notebooks in their class. Packed with collaboration features like Audio by Bang and Olufsen and Skype for Business, plus security features to help protect your investment.

Starting at just 18.9 mm, these HP EliteBooks come with VGA, Display Port, RJ-45 and enterprise docking capabilities. Users can be guaranteed of high performance featuring the new AMD PRO A12 APU with Radeon™ R7 graphics – exclusively for HP!

Displays range from 12.5” diagonal display through to 15.6” and are available in touch and non-touch models. Users can be sure of a truly elite experience with any one of these machines.

The HP EliteBook 725, 745 and 755 are now available in iQuote for the EMEA region with the following models:

725 G4:
Z2V81EA, Z2V96EA, Z2V97EA, Z2V98EA, Z2V99EA, Z2W00EA, Z9H09AW, Z9H11AW

745 G4:
Z2W01EA, Z2W02EA, Z2W03EA, Z2W04EA, Z2W05EA, Z2W06EA, Z2W07EA,, Z9G31AW, Z9G32AW

755 G4:
Z9G45AW, Z9G47AW, Z2W08EA, Z2W09EA, Z2W10EA, Z2W11EA, Z2W12EA, Z2W13EA, 1EM35EA

Login to iQuote today and take a look!

iQuote is Configure, Price, Quote Software developed for HP Inc. by channelcentral.net.

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The HP 205 G3 AiO is new to iQuote

December 23, 2016

As stylish as expected.

PROD_HP205G3AiOThe HP 205 G3 All in One PC is a new addition to iQuote for the AMS region. Manage workspaces efficiently. Enjoy a clear workspace and convenient features in one smart, sleek design.

With a 19.45” diagonal widescreen HD LED-backlight display tasks can be worked on with ease.

Key Features include:

  • AMD Processors
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Integrated webcam with dual microphone
  • Integrated HD audio card and stereo speakers
  • Up to 1TB hard drive
  • Optional HP Slim-Tray DVD=RW SATA 8X Optical Drive
  • 3-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • ENERGY STAR®
  • EPEAT® Silver certification
  • Protected by HP Services

The following SKUs are now available in iQuote for quoting:

Z2A76LT
Z2A75LT
Z8M58LT

Login to iQuote today and configure your HP 205 G3 AiO!

iQuote is Configure, Price, Quote Software developed for HP Inc. by www.channelcentral.net

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Introducing the HP Z2 Mini G3 Workstation

December 9, 2016

HP’s first mini workstation designed for CAD users.

PROD_HPZ2MiniG3Finally a revolutionary mini PC for CAD that delivers breakthrough power and versatility in a small, elegant design. Made by and for design professionals, the Z2 Mini gives both performance and reliability for the best CAD experience.

Get server-grade power in a remarkably small device. Intel® Xeon® processors and NVIDIA® Quadro® graphics keep up with the speed of creativity.

The Z2 Mini is tested for 368,000 hours and certified for the most popular CAD software. Users can feel confident using a workstation influenced by over 30 years of engineering and backed by a 3-year standard limited warranty.

Take a look in iQuote today. The following EMEA models are available:

1CC38EA
1CC39ET
1CC40ET
1CC41ET
1CC42ET
1CC43EA
1CC44EA
1CC45ET
1CC46EA
1CC47EA

iQuote is Configure, Price, Quote Software developed for HP Inc. by www.channelcentral.net

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Aruba 2540 Switch Series in iQuote

December 6, 2016

PROD_E2540Designed for the digital workplace, the Aruba 2540 Switch Series is optimized for mobile users. With advanced security and network management tools Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager and Aruba AirWave this Layer 2 access switch is easy to deploy and manage. With support from Aruba Central, you can quickly set up remote branch sites with little or no IT support.

A powerful Aruba ProVision ASIC delivers performance, robust feature support and value with flexible programmability for future applications.

The Aruba 2540 Switch Series provides a convenient and cost-effective wired access solution that can be quickly set up with Zero Touch Provisioning. PoE+ models deliver power across all access ports for wireless APs, security cameras and IoT devices. The 2540 has wire speed backhaul bandwidth capacity with built-in 10GbE uplinks, robust QoS, static & RIP routing, IPv6 and includes a limited lifetime warranty with no software licensing required.

Key Features

– Aruba Layer 2 switch series with Static and RIP routing, ACLs and robust QoS
– Advanced security and network management tools like Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager and Aruba Airwave
– Simple deployment with Zero Touch Provisioning and cloud-based Aruba Central support
– Convenient built-in 10GbE uplinks and up to 370W PoE+
– Limited Lifetime Warranty

The Aruba 2540 Switch Series is available to quote in iQuote with the following models:

JL354A
JL355A
JL356A
JL357A

Login to iQuote today and configure your next solution! iQuote is Configure, Price, Quote software developed for Hewlett Packard Enterprise by www.channelcentral.net

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How can you manage multiple Vendors and your entire Channel more efficiently?

November 30, 2016

email2_09Configuring, Pricing, and Quoting products from multiple Vendors can be a challenge for any Distributor or Reseller. Now you can manage them with a single tool and shorten your quote-to-order cycle, ensure quote accuracy and align your go-to-market strategies.

Multi-Vendor Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) Software can manage all of your product data feeds, configuration rules, pricing and stock for all of your chosen Vendors’ product lines.

With Multi-Channel capability it can be used by your internal sales/technical/product teams, your customers and even your customers’ own customers!

Freebird CPQ Software, developed by channelcentral.net is a service which offers Multi-Vendor, Multi-Channel and multiple product types too.  Watch our latest video to learn more about Freebird.

To discuss Freebird, contact us today. CPQ solutions from channelcentral will save your company money on IT expenditure, whilst increasing the efficiency of your sales teams and your eCommerce reach with your customers.

Visit http://www.channelcentral.net/freebird.asp

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New to iQuote: OfficeConnect 1850 Switch Series

November 22, 2016

PROD_V1850HPE OfficeConnect 1850 Switch Series devices are basic smart-managed, fixed-configuration Gigabit plus 10 Gigabit Ethernet Layer 2 switches designed for small businesses looking for high performance in an easy-to-administer solution.

The series consists of five switch models. Four are Gigabit switches each with 10-Gigabit 10GBASE-T uplink ports. One is an 8-port 10-Gigabit aggregator switch. Together, you can build a high bandwidth network with Gigabit edge port switches interconnected at 10-Gigabit speeds. Non-PoE and PoE+ models are available.

OfficeConnect 1850 Switches support flexible installation options including mounting on wall, under table, or on a desktop. These Gigabit switches are plug-and-play out of the box, yet network operation can be fine-tuned through features available from a simple web browser-based GUI, if necessary.  All models include the latest energy-saving capabilities and include variable speed fans operating only at the speed necessary to maintain operating temperature to reduce excess noise and power consumption by the switch. HPE OfficeConnect 1850 Switches include a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

The following models are now available for quoting in iQuote:

JL169A
JL170A
JL171A
JL172A
JL173A

Visit iQuote today and look for the 1850 Switch Series. iQuote is a Configure, Price, Quote Software developed for Hewlett Packard Enterprise by channelcentral.net.

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You want to show stock in your Configurator. That must be easy right?

October 24, 2016

shutterstock_17837185For ex-stock sales showing stock (inventory) in a Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) tool offers a better chance of a “right first time” quotation. In Sales, how often has a solution been created but has to be re-worked and re-worked at great expense because it can’t be shipped in time?

Customer expectations are high and in some geographies same or next day deliveries are considered normal. One of the reasons factory configuration (aka configure to order) business models that were popular at the start of the millennium in the IT Channel are not as common anymore.

Surfacing stock should be easy. With our experience we know it’s not as easy as you’d think.

CPQ: a separate system
It’s very rare for an ERP system to be able to offer CPQ capabilities that exactly match the business or technical complexity. So stock has to be “fed” to the CPQ system. Today that almost certainly means a web service as even hourly text files can be out of date. A business turning over stock every two weeks in volume or value terms is shipping a lot of products per hour and it only takes 1 part from 10 to be sold to invalidate a configuration.

Web services are real-time and with the best programming techniques stock figures can cascade in once a page has loaded, to improve performance and handle complex configurations that have hundreds or even thousands of parts.

Pulling stock through in tandem with price makes sense so this is often a single process.

Stock is Stock
Well surprisingly not. At any stage a Manufacturer or Distributor may have orders placed on their suppliers so there’s what is in stock, plus what is on order. Then add in expected due dates so the user can accurately forecast when a configuration can be shipped. Sometimes products in constraint have “back orders” or “forward due date orders”. So the due quantity isn’t the amount on order it’s the amount after back/forward orders.

Imagine losing a sales opportunity today for 50 units when you have 5000 units arriving in the warehouse tomorrow.

Bundles
The concept of bundles is usually associated with promotional discounts so buy these 5 products together and get a better price. In addition, bundles also exist where “large deal” price lists are in place where all products must be ordered from one supplier on a single invoice. It doesn’t stop there though: for large geographies stock exists in multiple warehouses so to build a configuration, all the items have to be in the same location otherwise the shipping is a) more expensive b) slower. Lastly, some countries have complex tax laws and to pay the “correct” tax, products have to ship from specific locations.

Virtual Stock & Electronic Licenses
If you are a Reseller that carries some stock but can buy from multiple sources, you have the advantage of being able to show “aggregate” stock numbers but be careful not to fall foul to the Bundle rules that may be in play. Also some products are ALWAYS in stock as they are basically licenses or services delivered via an email. So your user interface needs to make it clear that they are ALWAYS available not ALWAYS out of stock.

Visual Aids
New word for the dictionary: shippability. Show products in the basket that can ship now in green and those that can’t in red. OK that makes sense. Especially if the “electronically” delivered parts are also green. The user can instantly see the entire configuration is shippable. You will also want your CPQ tool to update shippabillity in a quote that was created 2 weeks ago. If a product can’t be stock refreshed warn the user.

Still think showing stock is easy? Well it’s not impossible. All of channelcentral’s CPQ tools cope well with ALL of the complexities laid out here. If you are having issues managing stock for your Channel contact us to hear about the different CPQ tools that we can offer.