Orlando, FL (Vocus) November 12, 2008 -- Aspire Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of sales quoting software solutions for the global small and midmarkets, today announced that it has teamed with iMerge BV, the Netherlands based publisher of product data, to provide real-time product data via iMerge's Open ICEcat.biz web service, to its QuoteWerks user base.
QuoteWerks, which has over 50,000 users in 101 countries, provides sales quoting solutions for companies of all sizes and industries. For several years, QuoteWerks has been offering real-time price and availability data on products distributed to the IT channel through industry focused distributors D&H, Ingram Micro, Synnex, and Tech Data. Earlier this year, the company announced it was expanding its real-time price and availability offering to businesses in all industries through the launch of the QuoteWerks Real-time Server application. The latest offering, which was released today with Build 43 for QuoteWerks version 4.0, extends the real-time data to include product content including customer-centric product descriptions, product data sheets, and product images for approximately 160 brands including 3M, Canon, HP, IBM, Kodak, Lexmark, LG, Samsung, Sony, Vodafone, and Western Digital. A complete list of participating brands can be found at: http://icecat.biz/en/menu/partners/index.htm.
Users who have the QuoteWerks Real-time module will be able to view real-time product content for items from the nearly 160 brands participating in the Open ICEcat.biz program, simply by right clicking on the product to view the product content. With products in native QuoteWerks databases, the user can opt to update the product with the real-time content, including spec sheets and images, thus ensuring the enhanced data is available for future use within QuoteWerks.
"Finding useful product descriptions, spec sheets, and pictures for the products our customers are quoting often takes longer than it takes to actually the create the quote itself," explains Brian Laufer, Vice President of Operations for Aspire Technologies, Inc. "The fundamental benefit of QuoteWerks is the speed in which a quote can be created. Using the new ICEcat integration, the overall quoting time will be reduced even further."
"Manufacturers have long struggled with effectively providing product data to their channels for many years. Aggregating and publishing product data in a real-time environment and in a uniformed format that is customer-centric, benefits not only the manufacturer, but the entire supply chain as customer conversions and sales cycle times improve when the customer is able to obtain complete, easy to understand product data in a timely fashion," explains Martijn Hoogeveen of iMerge BV. "QuoteWerks and its 50,000 users provide greater exposure for our
brand partners and will benefit all parties involved right down to the end consumer of our supported brands."
The real-time product content feature is currently shipping to new users. Existing customers, who wish to obtain this feature, must download and install Build 43 for QuoteWerks 4.0. All users wishing to utilize real-time product content must also sign-up for a free account with ICEcat.biz and have the QuoteWerks Real-time module. To sign-up with ICEcat.biz, users should visit http://icecat.biz/en/menu/register/index.htm. To purchase the QuoteWerks Real-time module users should contact their local QuoteWerks reseller or Aspire Technologies directly.
ICEcat.biz, an activity of iMerge BV, is an independent European publisher of product data. Currently, more than 500,000 products of 3000 brands are extensively described in twenty languages. The data-sheets are already being used in 1000s of websites: shop sites, ERP systems, comparison sites and others. ICEcat.biz has become a world standard. Open ICEcat is the part of the database (about 250,000 data-sheets), that is sponsored by over 150 brands and is distributed for free under the Open Content License Agreement (OPL).