About This Constellation ShortList™

Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) software automates the sales-to-close process to ensure quote accuracy, delivery speed, and deal margin/profitability. CPQ solutions sit in between the Finance and Sales departments of an organization and need to have the robust financial calculation capabilities yet maintain ease of use for sales to quickly generate and manage quotes and proposals. CPQ can be a powerful solution to ensure compliance, maintain pricing consistency and some even manage the contracts process. Constellation clients have expressed how much they value guided selling paths in CPQ solutions, which have helped sellers decrease quote mistakes and increase product revenue by adding often forgotten complementary solutions to the quote. 

A new addition to list is SAP Sales Cloud, formerly CallidusCloud. Through the SAP C/4HANA suite combination, Sales Cloud includes a strong sales enablement component to augment CPQ. Also, of note for this update is the expanded partnership and integration of PROS with Microsoft Dynamics 365. Customers of Dynamics CRM have another solid option for CPQ. 

Constellation’s report on CPQ found that organizations had an average time savings of 300% by using CPQ solutions compared to manual quoting processes. With overall B2B sales cycles lengthening, organizations deploying CPQ have experienced improved sales cycles with faster quote delivery, improved quote accuracy, and increased average deal sizes. Based on the report’s findings, Constellation recommends organizations with global complexity, multiple distribution channels of 25 or more sellers consider investment in a CPQ solution.

For more information on the 10 benefits of CPQ and the insights from CPQ users, download the research report, The CRO’s Guide to Sales Acceleration with Configure Price Quote.

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • Ease of use, user interface
  • Deal optimization/profitability modeling capabilities
  • Integration into CRM systems
  • Broad geographical reach for multi-language/currency support 
  • Workflow management
  • Guided selling
  • Sales accessibility
  • Analytics and role-based reporting
  • Post-sales support and community

The Constellation ShortList™

Constellation evaluates over 20 solutions categorized in the Configure Price Quote market. This Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share, and internal research. Other considerations include vendor has broad geographical reach to support multi-currency/language considerations, and manage the complexity around multiple lines of business to support growth.

  • Apttus
  • Infor CPQ
  • Oracle CPQ Cloud 
  • PROS Smart CPQ 
  • Salesforce CPQ
  • SAP Sales Cloud CPQ

Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList evaluation will be updated every 180 days as needed.

Evaluation Services

Constellation clients may work with the analyst and research team to conduct a more thorough discussion of this ShortList. Constellation can also provide guidance in vendor selection and contract negotiation.

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