D-Tools’ December Online Training Sessions Bring Expert Course Instruction to SI Users Wherever They Are

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Live, instructor-led online courses help SI users better understand and maximize their use of the platform 

CONCORD, CA (December 2017) D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, announces the addition of December Online Training sessions for D-Tools users, giving residential and commercial AV systems integrators the knowledge to use even more tools to help them maximize their investment in the System Integrator (SI) platform. Being held December 12 – 14, 2017, this live, instructor-led series of courses brings comprehensive D-Tools training via the web using GotoMeeting, enabling clients to take advantage of in-depth training from anywhere, through any internet-enabled device.

Based on D-Tools’ Regional Training Curriculum developed by the award-winning D-Tools Professional Services Group (PSG), D-Tools online training sessions are available as single-day or individual half-day online courses. These powerful training courses are designed to facilitate a broader use and deeper understanding of the full feature set of D-Tools platform and enable those using the software to become proficient, efficient, and effective.

Upcoming Online Training sessions cover processes and best practices within D-Tools for Sales, Design, and Operations and include:

  • Getting Started with D-Tools | December 12, 2017 – 8:00 am – 11:30 am PDT
  • Selling with D-Tools | December 12, 2017 – 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm PDT
  • Setup and Sales Training Full Day | December 12, 2017 – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT
  • Design and Documentation Training | December 13, 2017 – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT
  • Purchasing and Item Tracking with D-Tools | December 14, 2017 – 8:00 am – 11:30 am PDT
  • Project and Field Management with D-Tools | December 14, 2017 – 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm PDT
  • Setup and Sales Training Full Day | December 14, 2017 – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT

Delivering D-Tools PSG expert instruction straight to users’ desks or smartphones, without the added expense of travel or the hassle of spending time out of the office for training, the live, interactive format facilitates greater understanding of and ability to use D-Tools, while the GoToMeeting interface makes it easy for attendees to join in from any internet-enabled device.

Classes will take place December 12 – 14, 2017 and require pre-registration and payment, which can be managed online by visiting http://d-tools.com/online-training-december-2017.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, Inc., founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low voltage electronic systems. More than 5,500 leading companies in 87 countries currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

Media Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com

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D-Tools Introduces Mobile Quote 2.0 iPad® App

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D-Tools System Integrator (SI) users can now generate project scope and budget in real-time and gain customer approval right in the initial client meeting

CONCORD, CA — December 05, 2017 — D-Tools, Inc. the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced the release of Mobile Quote 2.0, a native iPad® companion app for the D-Tools System Integrator (SI) platform. Redesigned for a more intuitive, expedient, and visually impactful experience, Mobile Quote 2.0 makes it easy for industry salespeople to seamlessly generate a project scope and pricing estimate for client review and approval during the initial client meeting. The data collected is then instantaneously transferred into D-Tools SI for further design development and project management, eliminating the need to transfer handwritten notes into instructions for system designers just to have that same data re-entered into a D-Tools proposal.

“Simply stated, Mobile Quote 2.0 shortens the sales cycle, cuts the proposal creation time in half, reduces the likelihood of multiple proposal revisions, and eliminates the competition by having the client sign off on a scope and budget, and even pay a design retainer, in the very first client meeting,” says Randy Stearns, CEO of D-Tools.  “Ultimately, the goal of Mobile Quote 2.0 is to drastically improve the sales success rate and production capacity of salespeople, while at the same time increasing the throughput for system designers.”

The flexibility of Mobile Quote 2.0 enables industry salespeople to be as general or specific as they desire. If the objective is to quickly capture what device types are required in which rooms and get a ballpark price, the iPad app can simply pull a price allowance from the list of items in the appropriate sub-category in the D-Tools product catalog based on a global or item-specific good/better/best selection. On the other hand, if a more precise design and pricing is required, Mobile Quote 2.0 leverages project templates and packages from the D-Tools’ product catalog to complete an accurate system design and price, by room and by system, in literally minutes. If details regarding item placement, product preferences, owner furnished equipment, and the like are desired, the app enables the entry of room notes, system notes, item notes and even images snapped right from the iPad. Users can also make pricing and labor adjustments on the fly.

For system integrators that collect a design retainer, Mobile Quote 2.0 has a built-in design retainer calculator based on a percentage of the estimated contract total, a dollar amount per square foot, or a designated fixed amount. Not only that, the app requests client approval via e-signature and allows D-Tools customers to collect the design retainer, or even contract deposit, on the spot using their preferred mobile payments solution (i.e. Square). Collecting a design retainer up front instantly locks out the competition and, importantly, compensates system integrators for their design efforts during the sales process, a cost often borne by the system integrator as a sales expense.

Lastly, Mobile Quote 2.0 supports iOS gesture controls and input methodologies—swipe left to delete a room or system, drag to reorder items, and even take advantage of talk-to-text functionality to enter the scope of work or room notes.

Mobile Quote 2.0 is available for download via the Apple app store here and can be installed for free. However, every customer must purchase Mobile Quote 2.0 licenses in order to fully use Mobile Quote. Device licenses are priced at $25.00 per iPad device per month, and available exclusively via the SI 2017 application. For more information on purchasing Mobile Quote 2.0, please click here.

Click here for a brief video introduction to Mobile Quote 2.0, or for a more in-depth video demonstration, click here.

For more information on Mobile Quote 2.0, visit http://d-tools.com/mobile-quote/.

Download Mobile Quote 2.0 from the Apple App Store here.

Additional information on the D-Tools SI platform can be obtained by signing up for a free personal tour by visiting http://d-tools.com/live-demo-webinar/ or for a free 30-day trial, which can be downloaded by visiting http://d-tools.com/30-day-free-trial/.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, Inc., founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low voltage electronic systems. More than 5,500 leading companies in 87 countries currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

Media Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com

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D-Tools Invites CEDIA Attendees to Preview the Company’s Cloud-based Platform    

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D-Tools Invites CEDIA Attendees to Preview the Company’s Cloud-based Platform                                      

Sponsored by D-Tools MVP partner Totem Acoustic, the preview and celebration reception takes place Friday, September 8 at 3 pm in D-Tools Booth 3035

CONCORD, CA (August 18, 2017) — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, invites CEDIA 2017 attendees to an exclusive preview of D-Tools’ Cloud-based platform, which will debut early next year.

D-Tools will host a reception in booth #3035 on Friday, September 8, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. to celebrate its recent successes and show attendees a sneak preview of what’s coming in 2018 and beyond. New D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partner Totem Acoustic will sponsor the event and the D-Tools team will be available to show off new features and enhancements to the D-Tools platform. Attendees who RSVP are automatically entered into a drawing for a free iPad Pro. Admission is free to all CEDIA attendees. Beverages will be provided.

“The D-Tools Cloud-based platform will debut early next year, and we invite CEDIA attendees to view a sneak peek in advance of its 2018 launch,” says Randy Stearns, CEO of D-Tools. “Over the years, D-Tools has evolved into the industry’s most widely-adopted software solution and we’re proud of our heritage. That said, our team is even more excited about the future and look forward to sharing what’s next, as D-Tools continues to innovate.”

Attendees can RSVP for a chance to win an iPad Pro by visiting http://go.d-tools.com/RVSP-D-Tools-CEDIA-2017-Booth-Event.html.

For more information about D-Tools and the company’s award-winning System Integrator software platform, sign up for a personal online tour by visiting http://d-tools.com/live-demo-webinar/ or for a free 30-day trial, which can be downloaded by visiting http://d-tools.com/30-day-free-trial/.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low voltage electronic systems. More than 5,500 leading companies in 87 countries currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

D-Tools Media Contacts 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com

About Totem Acoustics
Created in 1987 and celebrating our 30th anniversary, Totem’s mission is to develop loudspeakers capable of reproducing a truly involving performance. Our goal is to provide designs that are affordable, cosmetically timeless, and invoke an emotional response.  Music, movies, TV, and video games are accurately rendered with a powerful focus that is yet soul stirring.  Discover yours today.

Totem Media Contacts
Lucy Lentini, Vice President of Sales and Marketing,lucy@totemacoustic.com
Joe de Jesus, Director of Global Sales, joe@totemacoustic.com

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D-Tools and ProjX360 Integration Adds CRM and additional Project Management Capabilities to the System Integrator Platform

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D-Tools and ProjX360 Integration Adds CRM and additional Project Management Capabilities to the System Integrator Platform

CONCORD, CA — July 28, 2017 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, and ProjX360 today announced the official integration between the two platforms. This integration offers system integrators the ability to seamlessly use ProjX360’s Sales CRM and Project Management software with D-Tools’ System Integrator (SI) platform for proposals and drawings without the need for double entry of information. Available now, this integration provides system integrators with the advantage of utilizing these powerful software tools together, and ensuring that critical project information flows seamlessly throughout the project lifecycle.

The combination of D-Tools’ award-winning estimation, design and documentation capabilities, along with ProjX360s’ robust sales and project management tools provides integrators with a complete solution to manage their projects from initial client contact through project completion and service.

Starting the process in ProjX360’s Sales CRM, users can manage their leads from prospect, to opportunity, while keeping appointments, notes, and all associated information organized within ProjX360s’ Sales CRM. When ready to create a proposal and design systems, users simply execute a single click to push the client information through to D-Tools, which eliminates the need to re-enter that information while ensuring data integrity.

Once the D-Tools proposal has been approved, ProjX360 users can then pull the project information, such as product, pricing, and labor by phase, directly from D-Tools and into the ProjX360 for managing the project. This includes the ability to quickly create POs from products in the proposal, as well as generate pick lists and work orders, manage field techs, track install time, and more.

The API integration between D-Tools and ProjX360 helps those in the electronic systems integration industry streamline operations, standardize processes, reduce redundancies and ensure data integrity throughout the process. Users of this integrated solution will be able to more effectively manage every aspect of a project from initial client contact through estimation, system design, installation, and post-install service.

To introduce and share details of the new API integration, a webinar is being offered on TuesdayAugust 8, 2017, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST. The session, “Improve Operational Efficiency with D-Tools and ProjX360” will teach participants how to execute a seamless workflow from the initial proposal through the install. Space is limited; register here to reserve your spot here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1030918978689571330.

Those interested in learning more about the new D-Tools and ProjX360 API integration should visit http://www.d-tools.com/projx360. To learn more about ProjX360 and the company’s cloud-based management solution for the CI industry, visit https://projx360.com/ or sign up for a free demonstration of the software https://projx360.com/schedule-one-on-one-demo.

For more information about D-Tools and the company’s award-winning System Integrator software platform are also encouraged to sign up for a free online guided tour by visiting http://d-tools.com/live-demo-webinar/ or for a free 30-day trial, which can be downloaded by visiting http://d-tools.com/30-day-free-trial/.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk®AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low voltage electronic systems. More than 5,500 leading companies in 87 countries currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

About ProjX360
ProjX360 management solution software was developed for the Custom Integration Industry by a veteran integrator with over 20 years of experience in the industry. With ProjX360 you can manage every aspect of your project from the sales process through the project management and into service after the project is complete. Our mobile friendly interface allows all your employees easy access to our cloud based software from anywhere, anytime and on any device. ProjX360 also has apps for Apple and Android for quick easy access to the software and time tracking. Stay up to date with what is happening with ProjX360 by following us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Media Contacts 
D-Tools: Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.com
D-Tools: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, Inc., (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com
ProjX360: Doug Greenwald, ProjX360 (480) 659-1297doug@projx360.com 

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D-Tools Announces New Online Training, Bringing Expert Course Instruction to SI Users Wherever They Are

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 D-Tools Announces New Online Training, Bringing Expert Course Instruction to SI Users Wherever They Are

Instructor-led online courses help SI users better understand and maximize their use of the platform

CONCORD, CA (July 20, 2017) D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, announces the launch of new Online Training sessions for D-Tools users, giving residential and commercial AV systems integrators the knowledge to use even more tools to help them maximize their investment in the System Integrator (SI) platform. This live, instructor-led series of courses brings comprehensive D-Tools training via the web using GotoMeeting, enabling clients to take advantage of in-depth training from anywhere, through any internet-enabled device.

The courses are based on D-Tools’ Regional Training Curriculum developed by the award-winning D-Tools Professional Services Group (PSG).  Available as single-day or individual half-day sessions, the live, online training courses are designed to facilitate a broader use and deeper understanding of the full feature set of D-Tools platform and enable those using the software to become proficient, efficient, and effective. The sessions cover three major areas of D-Tools: Sales, Design, and Operations.

The courses bring the D-Tools PSG expert instruction straight to users’ desks or smartphones, without the added expense of travel or the hassle of spending time out of the office for training. The live, interactive format facilitates greater understanding of and ability to use D-Tools, while the GoToMeeting interface makes it easy for attendees to join in from any internet-enabled device.

“Our Professional Services Group is always looking for ways to help our customers gain a deeper understanding of the D-Tools platform in order to maximize their investment. These online courses help D-Tools users fit training into their busy schedules, yet gain all the benefits of expert instruction in a live setting,” says D-Tools Chief Marketing Officer, Tim Bigoness.

Course times are optimized to accommodate those in different time zones, with schedules catering to those on the West Coast (classes begin at 8:00 a.m. PDT) to be held July 25 – 27, and September 12 – 14. Classes beginning 8:00 a.m. EDT will take place August 15 – 17. Of course, users can register for any training session that fits their schedule. Courses can be purchased online by visiting http://d-tools.com/online-training-main/. Times and dates listed represent the initial sessions; more dates and additional sessions will be announced in the coming weeks.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, Inc., founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 5,500 leading companies in 87 countries currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

 All products, product names, trademarks and registrations mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

 Media Contact
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications, Inc.
(425) 328-8640 | katye@kmbcomm.com | www.kmbcomm.com

 

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D-Tools and BlueDog Data Services Partnership Provides SI Users with a Turnkey Solution for Data Management

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D-Tools and BlueDog Data Services Partnership Provides SI Users with a Turnkey Solution for Data Management

CONCORD, CA — July 24, 2017 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, and BlueDog Data Services, provider of comprehensive data management services, today announced the formation of a strategic partnership. The partnership provides D-Tools users with access to BlueDog’s pre-engineered, curated and managed product catalog designed to help fast-track success on the System Integrator (SI) platform.

Building a product catalog can be time-consuming, and often interferes with day-to-day activities. To kick-start this process, D-Tools users can opt to install a BlueDog Data Services sample product catalog that features hundreds of popular manufacturers’ products, each containing labor estimates by phase, associated accessories, product images, and more – all geared toward producing quality proposals and drawings in the shortest amount of time.

BlueDog Data Services also provides a turnkey data management solution that helps D-Tools users experience productivity gains by eliminating the need for in-house resources to build, manage, and update their D-Tools product catalog.  For a fixed low monthly fee, BlueDog Data Services will add and accessorize products, update pricing, and ensure their D-Tools product catalog is accurate, consistent, and complete – enabling them to focus on their business and finishing more projects.

The combination of D-Tools’ award-winning design and documentation capabilities with BlueDog Data Services’ accurate, consistent, and complete data management provides SI users with a scalable and repeatable process to build, perfect, and maintain an end-to-end workflow that dramatically improves efficiency across all areas of their business.

For additional information on the new sample catalog and BlueDog Data Services, visit http://d-tools.com/blue-dog-data-services/

Additional information on the D-Tools SI platform can be obtained by signing up for a personal guided tour by visiting http://d-tools.com/live-demo-webinar/ or for a free 30-day trial, which can be downloaded by visiting http://d-tools.com/30-day-free-trial/.

About BlueDig Data Services
BlueDog Data was formed by several CEDIA/CES professionals with extensive and diverse experience. The diverse backgrounds that make up BlueDog include 27 years in custom electronic control and system design for the luxury residential marketplace, 20 years in the IP device-services now IoT (Internet of Things) marketplace and over 60 years in luxury smart home system design marketplace. For more information please visit www.bluedogdata.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, Inc., founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low voltage electronic systems. More than 5,500 leading companies in 87 countries currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

All products, product names, trademarks and registrations mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

Media Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com
 Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, Inc., (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com

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