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Ever wondered what CPQ integration looks like?

March 2, 2016

channelcentral CPQ Ecosystem

For those that are new to Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) tools it can be hard to understand what an integration could look like and how it can work for your business.

The following diagram shows a typical CPQ integration for one of our customers. channelcentral offer the Software as a Service (SAAS) to their customer (CPQ Host) so they can make their sales processes more efficient. For those customers that would like to gain maximum efficiencies, the service is extended to their customers (CPQ Consumer) through webstore integrations. The CPQ tool suddenly becomes very powerful as it has B2B and B2C functionality to open up your market and provide real-time reporting. Whichever CPQ Service and level of integration is required, you can be assured of on-going channelcentral support and lifecycle management as part of your SAAS contract.

channelcentral CPQ Ecosystem

If you would like to learn more about how a CPQ tool could help you grow your business, contact us.

www.channelcentral.net/cpq

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Why work with channelcentral?

February 24, 2016

New Video Release.

There is an increasing amount of ‘noise’ about CPQ (Configure, Price, Quote)Software as industries start to appreciate the value of such powerful tools. When there is so much noise it can be difficult to decide which software provider will work best for your needs.

channelcentral has made the decision a little bit easier since we are 100% focussed on the IT Channel. So if you have complex products to sell that you want to sell more of and your business either Manufactures or Distributes IT products you should read on!

Understanding your business needs by specialising in one industry is great but there are lots of other reasons to both consider CPQ Software and channelcentral. We have created this short video to efficiently explain why you should work with us – there are many more services on offer than you may think…

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If you think that channelcentral has a service you may be looking for then get in touch by email at interested@channelcentral.net for an informal discussion.

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A Buyers Guide for CPQ Software

November 3, 2015

A way to make the right decisions.

Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) Software is well established in certain industries, but to the IT Channel it is only really just starting to get recognised. CPQ Software has many benefits to the IT Channel including increased quote value, shorter quote-to-order cycles, reduction in returns and of course a boost in customer satisfaction.

While those job roles that are tasked with growing their Channel may be well aware of these CPQ Software benefits, it could be that your colleagues who are in charge of budgets, or IT projects, have never even heard of CPQ Software. As such, channelcentral has produced a CPQ Buyers Guide which acts as a template for potential customers to use, manipulate and present to their colleagues.

The CPQ Buyers Guide is available for download from the channelcentral website and should give customers a good starting block for embarking on a CPQ Software project. If you have any questions or need any assistance in completing the document then please contact us, as we would be delighted to assign you to one of our Channel Experts who can complete it with you.

If you would like to learn a bit more about CPQ Software generally and what it could do for your business then why not download our Whitepaper ‘Increasing Revenue and Reducing Workload with a CPQ Tool’?

As established developers of bespoke and off-the-shelf CPQ Software, channelcentral is ideally placed to provide guidance on the best CPQ Software solution for your organisation.

channelcentral CPQ Buyer Guide

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channelcentral Undergraduate Programme

June 15, 2015

Providing essential skills.

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Student or youth unemployment has been a common headline in recent years and while some of this is largely due to the economy, it is well known that employers are looking for experienced staff and not just a degree. As such, providing graduates with a placement year is becoming increasingly important so they can develop skills in the work place and really stand out in a crowd of job candidates.

channelcentral is pleased to be working with the University of Gloucestershire, offering a Placement Programme for 2nd year Computing and Technology undergraduates. The University has a well-regarded computing faculty including Computer Science, Web Technologies, Web Design, Programming and Software disciplines, building skills which lend themselves to our Software as a Service business. channelcentral’s Undergraduate Programme provides up to two students with a valuable, paid, mentored, full-time role for up to 12 months, working with our multi-national customer organisations alongside our full time development team. Our placements provide essential work experience to give our students a vital head start in the IT Industry, working on & developing our flagship CPQ (Configure/ Price/ Quote) tools. Successful students will be well placed to secure permanent roles at channelcentral as they arise.

Don’t just take our word for it though. Rob Sanins is currently here at channelcentral on the Undergraduate Programme as a Web Developer. Let’s see what he has to say:

“I decided to apply for a placement to gain valuable experience in the work place. Being at channelcentral I believe, will help me develop my skill set and also gain a strong foothold in the job market. Placements are a great idea for students as there’s a chance of a firm offer of employment once you finish University. Also, the experience of teamwork and development of interpersonal skills. In addition, for me personally it’s given me great awareness of the current developments in the sector I study.”

channelcentral is a high growth company which is recruiting so we are delighted to be able to work with the University of Gloucestershire and support its students in this way. Graham Smith, CIO of channelcentral, commented:

“As a senior management team we’re committed to identifying and developing great talent to drive our business forward, and has enjoyed great success with post-graduate and apprenticeship schemes. Motivated by the proximity of the University of Gloucestershire’s very well-regarded Computing and Technology faculty, we approached the University with a proposal to create and support two 12-month Undergraduate placements for second-year Computer Science students.

The University proved an excellent partner, supporting us and their Student applicants through the process. We were very impressed with the quality of candidates – had we the scope and funding we would have been happy to offer placements to all four shortlisted applicants! We have high expectations of two students that we have selected for 2015/16, and look forward to seeing their skills and confidence grow over the year. I’d like to wish them all success in their time with us and for their future careers.”

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Undergraduate placements also bring many benefits to the University. Simon Dove, Head of Placements at the University of Gloucestershire shared his thoughts:

We are delighted to work with channelcentral this year on their placement programme and I am really pleased that they have selected our students and offer such a comprehensive support package.

At the University of Gloucestershire the School of Computing and Technology have been strong advocates of the 12 month placement scheme for undergraduates for many years and over the years we have seen a large number of students who have successfully completed their placement move onto excellent graduate roles or set up their own businesses. The impact of placement is really significant for both the employers and for the student.

For employers recruiting students this provides the opportunity to select and nurture talent into their organisations with the possibility of identifying talented graduates in the longer term.

For students the opportunity to work on live projects, to real deadlines usually within project teams has a significant impact on the technical and personal skills development. By the final year we see a significant enhancement in student’s confidence in their own abilities, drive and determination as well as increased commercial awareness and well-developed technical skills.”

To keep up to date with the latest news on our Undergraduate Programme or to look for career opportunities with channelcentral visit the Careers page on our website.