PGT Teams with Catapult Systems to Deploy New Order System Based on Microsoft Silverlight

TAMPA, Florida – May 22, 2012 – Catapult Systems, a Microsoft IT consulting firm, today announced it has teamed with PGT, the nation’s leading manufacturer and supplier of residential impact-resistant windows and doors, to roll out a new online order system for its growing base of commercial customers. Together, the technical experts from PGT and Catapult Systems implemented the new solution, named Exoquote, using the Microsoft Silverlight platform.

To keep pace with customer expectations and the competition, PGT required a new order system that would enable customers to rapidly and easily make complex purchases online. With the new system, PGT customers can now quickly place orders with deep product customization using the Exoquote system’s intuitive and flexible interface. By using Microsoft Silverlight to power Exoquote, the technical experts also eliminated the need for customers to install a specialized application, thereby side-stepping the need for PGT to support a wide variety of customer hardware and software.
“In our industry, customers have a low tolerance for slow performing ordering systems,” said Terry Mitchell, IT director, PGT. “The goal of the new Exoquote solution was to give customers the performance they expect without compromising any of the advanced ordering features they needed.”
“The team at Catapult Systems challenged our paradigm and the end result was something we never would have come up with on our own,” said Sam Motes, Software Services lead at PGT. “Exoquote is the first of many customer-facing applications that will implement to improve our business.”
PGT’s technology experts Terry Mitchell and Sam Motes recently sat down for a video interview about their experiences with the new Exoquote system deployment. The two executives describe their innovative approach to designing their advanced system.
Catapult Systems is a widely-recognized IT consulting services firm with nearly 20 years experience delivering Microsoft-based technology solutions to enterprises of all sizes. A Microsoft National Systems Integrator (NSI), the company is ranked in the top 0.10% of Microsoft partners globally.
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