Alternative Launches Configure, Price, Quote Solution for Manufacturers at Dreamforce '13

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ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Nov. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alternative Technology Solutions, the leading ERP and service provider for mid-sized manufacturers and distributors, today announced that it will unveil iQ, a unique configure, price, quote (CPQ) solution designed explicitly for manufacturers and distributors at Dreamforce '13.

Although iQ is a new offering, Alternative has a deep history in the CPQ space, with nearly a decade spent developing advanced quoting solutions in both ERP and CRM applications. As a full-service ERP and CRM service provider, Alternative not only delivers a product that meets the complex configuration needs of manufacturers and distributors, it also ensures the product is tightly integrates with Salesforce and ERP business process workflows.

Built entirely on the platform, iQ streamlines the often complex inquiry-to-order process faced by manufacturers and distributors. iQ provides an intuitive interface that simplifies the user experience by automatically dealing with multiple discounting dimensions, highly configurable products, core 'kitting' requirements, up-sell/cross-sell rules, and important margin calculations. iQ also leverages Chatter to expedite approvals, maintain visibility, and connect departments, vendors, and customers.

Vivian Keena, Alternative's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Quoting is a common problem among manufactures and distributors. Many companies are quoting within their ERP or using complex spreadsheets that fall short from a performance, usability, and accuracy standpoint. Quoting is such a critical piece of the puzzle; manufacturers need to get it right. iQ helps salespeople be more efficient and nimble by allowing them to configure, price, and quote without ever leaving their CRM interface."

Keena continued, "iQ has four key components that make it ideal for manufacturers and distributors: It's fast to deploy, it's able to add insight to quoting data, it's able to streamline complex quoting processes, and it's social. With these in mind, iQ is intelligent enough to guide salespeople to the right solution, even with the most complex manufacturing and distribution business requirements."

Learn more about Alternative iQ at Dreamforce '13. The Alternative Technology Solutions iQ Kiosk will be in the Small & Medium Business Zone at the Moscone Center West, third floor from Monday, November 18 - Thursday, November 21, 2013.

Alternative is a Silver Cloud Services Partner of For more information, visit or the Alternative iQ page on the AppExchange at:

About Alternative Technology Solutions

Alternative Technology Solutions, Inc. is the leading independent full-service provider specializing in delivering on-premise and cloud-based Salesforce and ERP solutions for mid-sized manufacturing and distributors. Headquartered in Aliso Viejo, CA, the company also has offices in Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Indianapolis, and Monterrey, Mexico. Alternative was named an Inc. 500 company in 2013, was highlighted as a fast-growing company and best place to work for 2012 and 2013 by the Orange County Business Journal, and was a Silver Stevie Award Honoree in 2012. For more information, visit

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