D-Tools to Demo System Integrator (SI) Update at ISC West 2019 Booth 34045

D-Tools to Demo System Integrator (SI) Update at ISC West 2019 Booth 34045

Major Release of D-Tools SI Delivers Critical New Features – Workflow Management Rules, Project Notifications, and Calculated Items  

CONCORD, CA — March 21, 2019 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, today announced the company will demonstrate powerful new capabilities to its award-winning, estimation, design, and project management System Integrator (SI) software solution – System Integrator v12 – at ISC West 2019 in booth 34045. ISC West is the largest converged security industry trade show in the U.S., with over 30,000 security professionals expected to attend and with new products & technologies encompassing everything from access control to unmanned vehicles from over 1,000 exhibitors & brands.

Workflow Optimization Made Easy: D-Tools’ System Integrator Estimation, Design, and Project Management Software Solution

Available now, the award-winning SI v12 delivers critical new productivity features – workflow management rules that help business managers maintain control over operating standards and business processes, project notifications that ensure project stakeholders remain fully informed, and calculated items that provide a powerful new method for establishing pricing parameters.

New Workflow Management Rules

SI’s new workflow management rules enable managers to enforce standards and operating procedures by setting admissible thresholds by which employees must comply. Workflow rules provide the necessary checks and balances that ensure minimum profit margin requirements are being adhered to, large proposals and purchase orders are acknowledged and approved by management before issuance, necessary team members are notified in response to customer needs, and more. Workflows can be configured to trigger an action and/or send a notification based on user-set criteria.

New Project Notifications

SI users can set project notifications to inform internal and external team members of specific project- and sales-related activities such as when a proposal exceeds the stated budget or the profit margin falls below the acceptable minimum, when a contract is approved, when a project requires engineering drawings, when a change order has been created and is ready for review, when tasks have been assigned, and much more. Notifications ensure that project stakeholders remain informed so they can adapt, respond and stay on-task as project parameters change. Notifications can be sent to SI users in-app, as well as emailed to both internal and external stakeholders.

New Calculated Product Costs and Labor Items
Cost and sell prices can now be calculated based on user-defined pricing parameters. At the most basic level, this feature allows SI users to calculate a unit cost or sell price of a product or labor item based on some established value and formula. More importantly, system integrators can now use a project’s equipment total to calculate project labor, design fees, freight charges or a budget for installation materials. Additionally, the field labor total may be used to calculate a project management budget, or the project total can be used to calculate pricing for a service contract, and much more. In short, SI customers can now apply percentages, mark-ups, mark-downs and other functions to maintain accurate and consistent pricing across projects.

Free Demo and 30-Day Trial Offer

To see how D-Tools System Integrator can deliver profound visibility and results, sign up now for a free, personal online tour by visiting http://d-tools.com/live-demo-webinar/. A free 30-day trial of D-Tools can also be downloaded anytime at http://d-tools.com/hosted-free-trial-signup/.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate business software that caters to the unique and diverse needs of systems design and installation firms. The company’s on-premises software, System Integrator™ (SI), and new cloud-based platform, D-Tools Cloud, are robust solutions that help manage all aspects of an integrator’s business, including sales, comprehensive system design, project documentation, procurement, and project management. Today, more than 6,000 companies in over 80 countries use D-Tools’ award-winning software to streamline business processes, leading to improved operational efficiencies and increased profitability.

Find product updates and related information 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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Sonos Product Catalog and Dealer Specific Pricing Now Available in D-Tools Cloud

Sonos Product Catalog and Dealer Specific Pricing Now Available in D-Tools Cloud

New Availability Provides Critical Sonos Product Information to D-Tools Cloud Users, Improving Project Accuracy for CI Community

Concord, Calif. – (March 14, 2019) — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, announced today that Sonos has joined the D-Tools i3 (Industry Information & Insight) Program. One of the world’s leading sound experience brands, Sonos’ affiliation with D-Tools provides D-Tools Cloud users access to the company’s complete, detailed product specifications and access to dealer specific pricing, and related information for use in the sales, system design, documentation, and procurement of Sonos products for their client engagements.

“Our relationships with industry-leading companies such as Sonos are critical to facilitate the best experience for our growing D-Tools Cloud user base,” said Barrie McCorkle, Director of Supplier Programs at D-Tools.  “Having access to the Sonos catalog – along with their specific pricing, will make it easier for D-Tools Cloud users to specify Sonos products at the critical design stage of the project, and better facilitate ordering after the project is won.”


The D-Tools i3 Program helps improve communication between manufacturers and dealers by providing access to accurate, up-to-date product specifications that are available to all D-Tools software users. As a D-Tools i3 partner, Sonos can help their dealers become more efficient through the use of D-Tools software while making it easy for their dealers to present their clients with the most complete information on Sonos products. With the addition of Sonos, D-Tools provides the largest aggregated product database available for system integrators, installers, and technology professionals worldwide.

Building on 20 years of experience in providing tools and resources that help integrators become more successful, D-Tools Cloud intuitively guides users from managing sales prospects, through quoting, system design, and procurement. This award-winning Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application features sales pipeline and opportunity management, in-app collaboration, workflow management and guidance, ordering, browser-based drawings, critical business analytics, and interactive multimedia proposals accessible from any web-enabled Mac, PC or tablet.

To learn more about D-Tools Cloud, a free 30-day trial can be downloaded by visiting https://d-tools.com/cloud/.

A deep-dive into D-Tools Cloud can be obtained through live webinars hosted every Tuesday and Thursday by registering online at https://d-tools.com/d-tools-cloud-webinars/.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, Inc. is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate business software that caters to the unique and diverse needs of systems design and installation firms. The company’s on-premises software, System Integrator™ (SI), and new cloud-based platform, D-Tools Cloud, are robust solutions that help manage all aspects of an integrator’s business, including sales, comprehensive system design, project documentation, procurement, and project management. Today, more than 6,000 companies in over 80 countries use D-Tools’ award-winning software to streamline business processes, leading to improved operational efficiencies and increased profitability.

Find product updates and related information by following D-Tools on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

D-Tools Press 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,www.kmbcomm.com

D-Tools i3 Program Contact

Barrie McCorkle, D-Tools, Inc. (970) 379-4342, barriem@d-tools.com

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D-Tools Named an Authorized NSCA Business Accelerator Partner

D-Tools and NSCA will work together to educate commercial electronic system integrators and technology managers on opportunities to standardize and streamline business processes

CONCORD, CA — February 27, 2019 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, has joined the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) Business Accelerator program. As an authorized partner, D-Tools will serve as an official business solutions provider and offer its flagship estimation, system design, and project management software – System Integrator (SI) – to NSCA members. D-Tools and NSCA will work together to educate NSCA members on how to best utilize D-Tools’ award-winning solution to standardize processes and improve operational efficiency.

The NSCA Business Accelerator program provides NSCA members with a suite of professional services and other offerings that help integrators conduct business cost-effectively and efficiently.

“The goal of NSCA Business Accelerator program is to help members solve key business issues that keep them up at night. D-Tools shares a common goal – to help members identify and establish best practices and to provide key data for designing and quoting projects, which ultimately leads to increased profitability,” said Mike Abernathy, NSCA Director of Business Resources.


Used by more than 6,000 businesses around the world, D-Tools SI is specifically designed to fulfill the diverse needs of system design and installation firms. SI ties project workflow together into a singular, data-driven, connected process that streamlines business processes for improved operational efficiency. D-Tools enables electronic system contractors to establish best practices and standards across their sales, engineering and operations departments, ultimately increasing throughput and bottom line results.

For more information about NSCA’s Business Accelerators, please visit https://www.nsca.org/member-advantages/.

To see how D-Tools System Integrator can deliver profound visibility and results, sign up now for a free, personal online tour by visiting http://d-tools.com/live-demo-webinar/. A free 30-day trial of D-Tools can also be downloaded anytime at http://d-tools.com/hosted-free-trial-signup/.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, Inc. is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate business software that caters to the unique and diverse needs of systems design and installation firms. The company’s on-premises software, System Integrator™ (SI), and new cloud-based platform, D-Tools Cloud, are robust solutions that help manage all aspects of an integrator’s business, including sales, comprehensive system design, project documentation, procurement, and project management. Today, more than 6,000 companies in over 80 countries use D-Tools’ award-winning software to streamline business processes, leading to improved operational efficiencies and increased profitability.

Find product updates and related information by following D-Tools on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

About NSCA
NSCA is the leading not-for-profit association representing the commercial electronic systems industry. The National Systems Contractors Association is a powerful advocate of all who work within the low-voltage industry, including systems contractors/integrators, product manufacturers, consultants, sales representatives, architects, specifying engineers and other allied professionals. Please visit https://www.nsca.org/.

D-Tools Media Contacts

Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com

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

Major Release of D-Tools System Integrator Delivers Critical New Features – Workflow Management Rules, Project Notifications, and Calculated items

SI version 12 provides electronic system integrators with a powerful, flexible software solution for improved operational efficiency

CONCORD, CA — January 31, 2019 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, today announced powerful new capabilities to its award-winning, on-premises estimation, design, and project management System Integrator (SI) software solution – System Integrator v12.

Available February 4, 2019, SI v12 delivers critical new productivity features – workflow management rules that help business managers maintain control over operating standards and business processes, project notifications that ensure project stakeholders remain fully informed, and calculated items that provide a powerful new method for establishing pricing parameters.

“The advancements provided through this release represent a quantum leap forward in the areas of pricing, team communications and workflow management,” said Randy Stearns, CEO of D-Tools. “Each of the three key features adds flexibility and the potential for new and creative ways to run your business using System integrator.”

Workflow Management Rules

SI’s new workflow management rules enable managers to enforce standards and operating procedures by setting admissible thresholds by which employees must comply. Workflow rules provide the necessary checks and balances that ensure minimum profit margin requirements are being adhered to, large proposals and purchase orders are acknowledged and approved by management before issuance, necessary team members are notified in response to customer needs, and more. Workflows can be configured to trigger an action and/or send a notification based on user-set criteria.

Project Notifications

SI users can set project notifications to inform internal and external team members of specific project- and sales-related activities such as when a proposal exceeds the stated budget or the profit margin falls below the acceptable minimum, when a contract is approved, when a project requires engineering drawings, when a change order has been created and is ready for review, when tasks have been assigned, and much more. Notifications ensure that project stakeholders remain informed so they can adapt, respond and stay on-task as project parameters change. Notifications can be sent to SI users in-app, as well as emailed to both internal and external stakeholders.

Calculated Product Costs and Labor Items
Cost and sell prices can now be calculated based on user-defined pricing parameters. At the most basic level, this feature allows SI users to calculate a unit cost or sell price of a product or labor item based on some established value and formula. More importantly, system integrators can now use a project’s equipment total to calculate project labor, design fees, freight charges or a budget for installation materials. Additionally, the field labor total may be used to calculate a project management budget, or the project total can be used to calculate pricing for a service contract, and much more. In short, SI customers can now apply percentages, mark-ups, mark-downs and other functions to maintain accurate and consistent pricing across projects.

D-Tools to Host “What’s New in SI” Webinar

D-Tools will also host a webinar titled “What’s New in SI” that will detail the latest enhancements and capabilities of this new major release, designed to help streamline the business process for electronic system integrators. The session will take place on Wednesday, February 13 from 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. PST, and is free to all attendees.

Registration is now open here: https://bit.ly/2G18ELv.

To discover how D-Tools can deliver profound visibility, insights, and results, sign up now for a free, personal online tour by visiting http://d-tools.com/live-demo-webinar/. A free 30-day trial of D-Tools can also be downloaded anytime at https://d-tools.com/hosted-free-trial-signup/.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate business software that caters to the unique and diverse needs of systems design and installation firms. The company’s on-premises software, System Integrator™ (SI), and new cloud-based platform, D-Tools Cloud, are robust solutions that help manage all aspects of an integrator’s business, including sales, comprehensive system design, project documentation, procurement, and project management. Today, more than 6,000 companies in over 80 countries use D-Tools’ award-winning software to streamline business processes, leading to improved operational efficiencies and increased profitability.

Find product updates and related information 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

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

D-Tools SI 2018 Adds CRM via Salesforce Connector by Ennube Solutions

Ennube Solutions

D-Tools and Salesforce integration seamlessly ties client and project workflow together from sales lead and opportunity management through proposal, installation, and ongoing service.

CONCORD, CA (August 2018)D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software has announced that it has completed an integration with Salesforce through the D-Tools Connector powered by Ennube Solutions. Now, commercial AV and IT professionals will be able to use the combined features of Salesforce and D-Tools System Integrator (SI) in a seamless workflow from initial lead tracking and opportunity management – via D-Tools’ SI Connector powered by Ennube – through project proposal, design, installation, and on-going service management.

Commercial AV and IT professionals face a multitude of challenges associated with properly managing leads and opportunities, quickly and accurately guiding them through budgeting and estimation, sales, system design, purchasing, and project management. Poor or ineffective communication, along with missing or incomplete information, can often mean the difference between success and failure. To avoid such risks, D-Tools and Ennube Solutions have partnered to develop a Salesforce integration to ensure that client, product, and project information is efficiently, seamlessly, and accurately managed from the initial lead capturing and client opportunity through purchase, design, installation, and ongoing service.

Through this integrated workflow, D-Tools’ System Integrator connected with Salesforce helps streamline operations, standardize processes, and improve operating efficiencies. Not only does this provide effective visibility and accountability, it allows project managers to better manage budgets, sales teams to improve opportunity wins, and financial teams to more accurately track revenue and expenses – all using powerfully integrated applications.

Those interested in learning how to simplify communications, streamline workflows, and ensure data integrity throughout the project lifecycle should visit http://d-tools.com/salesforce-integration/.

Get additional information on the D-Tools System Integrator platform by signing up for a free personal tour by visiting http://d-tools.com/live-demo-webinar/ or download a free 30-day trial by visiting http://d-tools.com/hosted-free-trial-signup/.

About Ennube Solutions
Ennube Solutions is a partnership of technologists and consultants trusted by start-ups and enterprises alike to help align business process to software and drive insights from data. We take a personal approach to each customer and make ourselves available and informed on what matters most to our clients. Find out more by contacting us via email.

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 6,000 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.

 

D-Tools System Integrator 2018 Delivers Enterprise-level Functionality for Commercial Integrators and Technology Managers

The latest update to System Integrator offers Change Order, Project, Catalog, and Security improvements to help integrators and technology managers improve system design accuracy and operational efficiency


CONCORD, CA — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, announced today the availability of its newest version of the award-winning System Integrator™ (SI) software – SI 2018.

D-Tools is the most widely-used and comprehensive software solution available for estimation and budgeting, system design, and project management. Specifically designed to fulfill the diverse needs of system integrators and technology managers, System Integrator 2018 ties project workflows together into a singular, data-driven, connected process that improves operational efficiency while reducing time and costs.

Acknowledging rampant growth in primary commercial integration sectors, the enhancements to D-Tools SI 2018 accommodates the needs of growth-oriented commercial AV, IT and security integrators, as well as technology managers in higher education and other institutions.

Revised Change Order Process

Accommodating an essential component of virtually all projects, D-Tools has re-engineered its Change Order process to enable the creation of multiple and persistent Change Orders, allow users to differentiate between internal and external change orders, enhance change order tracking and accuracy, and facilitate the change order approval process.

Expanded Security Industry Support
D-Tools significantly increases its appeal to commercial security integrators by integrating all PSA vendor partner product data and pricing into the D-Tools Data Library. PSA members can now sign-in to download and update product information complete with member-specific pricing, making it easier to specify products with the most current information available.

GDPR Compliance

To comply with Europe’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), D-Tools has enhanced its password rules and enforcement settings to ensure the security of customer data in accordance with the new regulations. Compliance includes forced temporary password resets, increased password strength requirements, scheduled prompts for password resets, and additional system logging for improved individual user activity tracking.

Use Tax

SI 2018 provides users the option to accommodate use tax in their catalog and project pricing. Now, taxes can be applied to the unit cost of products. Margins and markups can include or exclude use tax, providing greater pricing accuracy and flexibility for users in regions where use taxes are levied.

AutoCAD Integration

Improvements made to D-Tools’ AutoCAD integration include support for AutoCAD 2019 and the ability to assign color properties to wires and schematic blocks, making it easier to represent and follow signal flow and connections. D-Tools’ AutoCAD integration leverages the industry standard engineering platform to tie project equipment lists to drawings as part of an integrated project workflow.

Timesaving Enhancements

Project and Catalog improvements allow D-Tools users to clone products and labor items when adding accessories or items to a package, further streamlining the proposal generation process. Service Orders can also now be created for archived projects. Lastly, Mobile Quote has been enhanced to allow multiple packages to be added at once to a project.

To see how D-Tools System Integrator 2018 can deliver profound visibility, insights, sign up now for a free, personal online tour by visiting http://d-tools.com/live-demo-webinar/. A free 30-day trial of D-Tools can also be downloaded anytime at http://d-tools.com/hosted-free-trial-signup/.

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 6,000 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

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

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