Propelling Your Digital Transformation

At Propel, we’re building modern cloud Product Lifecycle Management, Product Information Management and Quality Management software to help propel your digital transformation. Whether you’re at an established company dealing with potentially more nimble competitors, or you’re ramping a young startup and scaling your business, Propel’s cloud software can help.

Propel for the future

Disrupt or be disrupted

Digital transformation isn’t just a high-level concept to debate in a boardroom, it can directly impact your company, your product success and your job security. Researchers at the MIT Sloan School of Management have found that companies who fail to address digital transformation experience 30% lower revenue and 25% lower earnings. And other research shows that digital disruption may wipe out 40% of Fortune 500 firms in the next 10 years. Embracing a digital transformation strategy can help you avoid going the way of the dinosaur.

  • When they’re ready to buy, customers expect salespeople, distributors and channels to have the latest and most accurate product and pricing information.
  • And finally, when they have issues, customers expect companies to respond quickly with immediate resolutions as well as long-term design enhancements.

Lack of customer involvement and transparency can have disastrous results, including 75% lower lifetime revenue, 26% lower profits and 270% higher customer attrition.

4 Principles for Digital Transformation

To succeed with digital transformation, experts say that companies need to address four key principles:

  • Focus on customer experience: companies need to look beyond the physical product that comes out of R&D and consider the entire customer experience. For example, instead of thinking about making a car, BMW’s DriveNow service reimagines urban mobility. Making a car is part of the solution, but there are also mobile apps, driver recruiting, marketing strategies, parking, pricing and more.
  • Support for new business models: companies need to think past the sale of a physical product and consider complementary services or markets. For example, IoT startup Samsara not only sells an IoT device for fleet management, but also complementary services like remote monitoring and WiFi hotspots for driver productivity.
  • Rapid responsiveness: customer responsiveness and transparency are critical for digital transformation. For example, a large American food company was frequently losing deals to more nimble competitors because it had a hard time coordinating sales, engineering and operations respond to customers with timely quotes for new food ideas.
  • Openness to new partners: customer experience and new business models mean that you often have to collaborate with all types of companies. For example, the Verily Smart Lens is a collaboration between Novartis and Google – two companies that would have never crossed paths just a few years ago.

Cloud Software for Digital Transformation

That’s why we built Propel. We’re a cloud Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Product Information Management (PIM) and Quality Management Software (QMS) provider that can propel your digital transformation.

Unlike departmental systems that focus solely on mechanical designs, marketing data or quality issues, Propel looks at the bigger picture of concept to customer – taking a product from a simple idea to commercialization in the marketplace to your customers engaging with your product. We’re the only company that places your customer and product information in one place, so you can understand everything that your customers care about – including requirements, pricing, marketing assets, quality issues and design updates.

  • Propel is built on a modern cloud, the Salesforce App Cloud, which Gartner calls a cloud platform leader. The platform is super scalable and reliable, so we can integrate with any app and grow with your business.
  • Collaboration is built into Propel, so you can work with all your employees, partners, channels and customers. And multiple layers of security always keep your data safe.
  • And Propel is extremely flexible, so you can easily configure Propel to suit your changing business and customer needs. Custom fields, categories and approval processes – they’re all under your control.
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  • Create, revise and compare product updates in one system.
  • Collaborate on product requests with customers, engineering, sales, partners and channels.
  • Integrate product data with opportunities, service cases, tasks and more.

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