D-Tools System Integrator Software Helps Southtown AV Create Immersive Experiences

Creative technology applications inspire youthful exploration at Buffalo’s new Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum

Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum – Moving Water exhibit 

Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum at Canalside represents the next stage in the City of Buffalo’s continued revitalization. The 43,000-square-foot, four-story immersive adventure also presented an opportunity for Hamburg, New York-based integration firm, Southtown AV (SAV) to stretch its wings into what SAV president Heather Sidorowicz calls her “favorite segment of AV.”

“Museums—or specifically, what we call immersive technologies—is a newer area for us. There’s more creativity behind it,” Sidorowicz said. “And for us to do this locally has been amazing. To say we did this children’s museum that everybody in our region has heard of adds credence to our abilities. That has been great for us.”

As with SAV’s other multiroom six-figure-plus projects, Sidorowicz said Explore & More was intensive, requiring extensive project management and detailed design and engineering. “It could not have been completed without D-Tools,” she said, adding, “we couldn’t have created this project from beginning to end without a major cost loss. D-Tools made the difference between being able to do this project and not being able to do it.”

As SAV has grown from a small, residential-focused company to a mid-size commercial AV integrator with eight employees and $1.4 million in annual revenue, D-Tools has played an instrumental role.

Growing into Commercial AV with Help from D-Tools

SAV’s revenue is split between 85% large-scale commercial projects, including healthcare, retail, and entertainment projects like the Explore & More children’s museum, and 15% of what Sidorowicz dubbed “relationship residential.” These are existing residential customers, or new commercial customers, who want to incorporate technology in their house and know they can trust SAV to do it.

SAV started transitioning into commercial AV from primarily residential work in 2013, a process Sidorowicz chronicled in an earlier interview focused on her experience as a new D-Tools user.

Since then, SAV has increased its commercial focus by another 15%, taking on bigger and more complicated projects bolstered by D-Tools’ robust and comprehensive estimation, design, and project management software solution – System Integrator (SI). 

But the leap into larger commercial projects wasn’t one the integrator took lightly.

“You need to be able to function as a company before you can go after commercial work,” she said. “Cash flow is going to play a big part in that story, but you also have to be able to present yourself as a professional firm. D-Tools has a simple contract built in, so if you start there, you have that behind you.”

She noted that SAV’s professionally produced, D-Tools-based proposal was one factor that secured the bid for Explore & More. “Our professionalism and the ability to send a quote via D-Tools SI helped prove our competency,” she said.

Delivering the Client’s Vision through D-Tools

In the Explore & More Museum, the client had a concept for each of the seven main exhibits but did not have an AV consultant to help them see what was possible and how it could be executed. D-Tools SI gave SAV the ability to make drawings of each space and present what each room would do,  clearly outlining the scope of each exhibit.  

The museum explores the region’s rich past, industry and commerce, architecture, and culture, with a focus on agriculture, the city’s waterways, and local sports teams. Each exhibit features hands-on activities to engage and educate children, who don’t realize they are learning as they play. 

Crestron control throughout the building makes it easy for the client to turn the audio, video, and lighting systems off and on. BrightSign digital signage systems connect to the Crestron CP3N 3-Series control system to deliver preprogrammed content where and as it is needed, often responding to motion sensors to trigger specific audio or video clips.

For instance, one exhibit simulates a boat traveling through the Erie Canal. When a child moves an oar to steer, a sensor detects the direction, and the BrightSign digital signage player delivers the appropriate content to the screen, so it feels like the boat is moving.

A cupboard inside the canal boat holds a loudspeaker that delivers a pre-recorded story—also hosted on the BrightSign server—when a child opens the door. “BrightSign provides the ability to have pre-scheduled video or audio content. We can also make changes to the programming as time goes on to keep it fresh for repeat visitors,” Sidorowicz said.  

D-Tools Saves the Day Through the Design Phase and Multiple Revisions

The $180,000 project spanned two years, making it one of the longest-running—although not the largest—project SAV has accomplished to date.

Using the copy-and-paste function within D-Tools SI reduced time during the design phase since several exhibits used similar components for audio, video, or control. 

Having parts tied to labor in D-Tools is also a time-saver when it comes to complex designs. Being able to edit those parameters helped SAV keep billing straight even for client-provided components. This proved especially helpful when an outside sponsor provided the equipment for one exhibit. “We were able to go into D-Tools and mark when the equipment was furnished by the client, so we didn’t have to change the pricing in our template,” Sidorowicz said.

The ability to add products that aren’t in the D-Tools catalog, including custom SAV-branded equipment, also came in handy. “If a product doesn’t exist in their portfolio, we can create it, assign it to a phase, assign a labor code to it, and then it will be there when we create drawings to share with the client,” she said.

As the budget and specs changed, as it is bound to on a project of this size, D-Tools made it possible to track all revisions. “We had seven revisions on the original project, and then three add-ons of new exhibits,” Sidorowicz said. “D-Tools helped us keep all that organized.”

For instance, one exhibit was cut in an early draft, and then new exhibits were added when SAV received the purchase order. D-Tools made it easy to keep billing in alignment with the changes.

On-the-Fly Changes

D-Tools’ capabilities also helped in another marquee area of the museum: the Playing Together exhibit. The area features a replica scoreboard composed of four 65-inch Sony Bravia 4K HDR professional displays and a small “ice rink” designed for sock skating. Children take off their shoes and pretend to ice skate on the smooth surface, while the screens above them display content provided by the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. 

Along with delivering content to the screens, the BrightSign player is also connected to cameras located throughout the museum, which capture images of children playing in other areas of the building and then broadcast them on the screen. “A kid might see themselves on the scoreboard, just like if you were at a game,” Sidorowicz described. “It’s great fun and gives the exhibit this “Buffalo feel” thanks to the emphasis on—and support from—our local pro football and hockey teams.”

One challenge to this exhibit was finding spots to place the cameras where they would be unobtrusive while capturing the desired images. “This wasn’t something we were able to plan out ahead of time,” Sidorowicz said. “Things changed on the fly, but D-Tools SI enabled us to make those quick changes, keep the client happy, and stay within budget.”

D-Tools Enables Continued Growth for SAV

The success of the Explore & More project solidified SAV’s relationship with D-Tools, proving that these size and types of projects are not possible for SAV without the software. It also opened doors to additional opportunities for the integrator. Sidorowicz says the company has several proposals out for other museum and entertainment experiences.

“I think we’re perfectly aligned for museums,” she said. “You have to have the commercial acumen to put together a project like this, but we’ve been doing unique and creative installations on the residential side forever. D-Tools helps us bring it all together and track big, multi-room projects so we can keep things on time and within budget.”

SAV currently D-Tools System Integrator SI 2019 V12 but the company keeps expanding the ways it uses the software and the number of employees who are trained on the platform. The integrator recently on-boarded a new project manager who had never used D-Tools, and Sidorowicz said she was pleased with how quickly her new employee picked it up. “In a matter of days, he was creating his own projects,” she observed. 

But Sidorowicz knows she has only tapped into a fraction of D-Tools SI’s capabilities. She plans to keep taking advantage of the training available, while also exploring the software on her own to learn about additional features to streamline workflow and enhance profitability. 

 

“We’re still only using the tip of the iceberg,” Sidorowicz said. “And it’s made projects like the children’s museum possible. We’re ready and eager to learn, to embrace new capabilities, and continue to grow with D-Tools.” 

D-Tools Collaborates with ADI to Offer Fully Integrated Real-time Product and Pricing Information to Streamline Proposal Generation for the AV Industry

D-Tools Collaborates with ADI to Offer Fully Integrated Real-time Product and Pricing Information to Streamline Proposal Generation for the AV Industry

D-Tools’ new integration with ADI’s backend product catalog and pricing engine delivers instantaneous, accurate, and real-time product information including dealer-specific pricing to simplify and expedite the proposal and procurement process

CONCORD, CA – (September 10, 2019) – D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, today announced that ADI Global Distribution (ADI), a Resideo company and industry-leading distributor of security, AV, and other low-voltage products,  will provide real-time dealer pricing from the D-Tools Cloud environment.

Building on 20 years’ experience in providing tools and resources that help integrators be more efficient and effective, D-Tools Cloud is an easy-to-deploy web-based SaaS application that intelligently guides users through managing sales prospects, quoting, system design, and procurement. The integration of ADI’s vast online product catalog and pricing into D-Tools Cloud allows integrators to deliver quick and accurate quotes to clients. Additionally, D-Tools Cloud users can generate multimedia proposals that enable a level of unprecedented client engagement.

The integration with D-Tools and ADI provides the following valuable benefits to ADI’s customers:

  • Instantaneously and significantly expands the quantity of products with dealer cost available to D-Tools Cloud users
  • Direct connection to ADI for access to real-time, dealer-specific pricing through the D-Tools Cloud library
  • A friction-free and highly efficient sales process – real-time proposal generation, e-sign capabilities, mobile payment processing

ADI dealers interested in learning how to streamline workflows, improve communications, and increase sales can register for a free trial of D-Tools Cloud by visiting www.d-tools.com/cloud.

 

About ADI Global Distribution (ADI)
As the industry’s leading distributor of security, AV, and low-voltage products, ADI provides the service, solutions, and support needed to help your business grow. ADI represents hundreds of top industry manufacturers and offers thousands of items in stock every day on its website, mobile app, and in more than 100 North American branch locations. ADI’s superior product offering, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and extensive training opportunities can be relied upon to help expand your business. ADI’s value-added services, such as Systems Design, Project Registration, PAT (Pick up Anytime) Rooms, IP Programming, and 1-Hour Pickup, combined with the brands you want, at the prices you need, will help you deliver your projects. For more than 25 years, ADI has been an indispensable business partner by remaining committed to its customers and supplier partners and continuing the tradition of building and maintaining long-lasting relationships. ADI’s complete line of solutions includes Video Surveillance, Residential & Pro AV, Communications, Enterprise Connectivity, Fire, Intrusion, Access Control, Central Vacuum, Smart Home, Networking, Power, Structured Wiring, Tools & Hardware, and Wire & Cable.

 

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.

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, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com

Laura Asendio, Resideo/ADI, Laura.Asendio@resideo.com 

D-Tools Cloud Expands Feature Set, Adds Innovative New Capabilities – Change Orders, Intelligent Browser-based Line Connection Drawings, Visual Drag and Drop Quoting, and more

D-Tools Cloud Expands Feature Set, Adds Innovative New Capabilities – Change Orders, Intelligent Browser-based Line Connection Drawings, Visual Drag and Drop Quoting, and more

D-Tools’ award-winning, web-based platform extends its collaborative workflow experience from sales pipeline management and proposal generation to change management, system design and procurement. 

CONCORD, CA — September 9, 2019 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, today announced valuable new capabilities to its award-winning, D-Tools Cloud platform – a powerful, yet easy-to-use multi-OS, web-based SaaS solution accessible from any Mac, PC or tablet. 

Building on 20 years of experience in providing tools and resources that help integrators become more successful, D-Tools Cloud is an easy-to-deploy web-based SaaS application that intelligently guides users from sales pipeline management to quoting, system design, and procurement. D-Tools will be revealing several critical new features at CEDIA Expo:

  • Enhanced Search Experience – Faceted navigation offers maximum flexibility in product retrieval. Entering a search term for a product’s category, brand, description or model number will instantly guide users to any related information and relevant results.
  • Plan Views / Drag and Drop Quoting – Browser-based design – upload floorplans and drag items (products, packages, allowances) into place to build a quote on-the-fly. System designs can be reviewed in realtime, providing a visually-rich experience for potential clients. 
  • Line Connections Browser-based line drawings enable visualization of the system layout by showing connections between components and devices, simplifying the integrator’s explanation of a system design to clients.
  • Drawing Synchronization – Users are offered the option to draw the system first and have the bill of materials auto-generate in the process.
  • Client Mode Create quotes and review them with clients in real-time while hiding sensitive information such as product cost and margin.
  • Mobile Responsive Experience the full capabilities of D-Tools Cloud from any iOS or Android web-enabled mobile device. 
  • Enhanced Proposal Options – Preview, edit and share interactive multi-media proposals featuring videos, photos, testimonials, drawings and more from a single, user-friendly interface.
  • Change Orders – Easily make changes to accepted proposals, create multiple persistent change orders, present them to clients for approval, and track pending and approved change orders – from initial contract through project completion.
  • Integrated, real-time pricing with ADI and Savant – Direct data feeds, initially from Savant and ADI, provide access to real-time, dealer-specific product pricing from within the D-Tools Cloud environment for a fully integrated and streamlined proposal generation and purchase order creation experience.

For additional information and pricing on D-Tools Cloud, and to sign up for a free trial, visit www.d-tools.com/cloud.

CEDIA Expo 2019 attendees are encouraged to visit D-Tools in booth #1343 for a live demonstration of D-Tools Cloud.

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.

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 Puts the Spotlight on New Capabilities of its Award-winning Software Platforms at CEDIA Expo

D-Tools Puts the Spotlight on New Capabilities of its Award-winning Software Platforms at CEDIA Expo

D-Tools brings significant new capabilities to D-Tools Cloud and System Integrator solutions, offers training, and invites attendees to a fun-filled reception during this year’s show. 

CONCORD, CA — August 2019 — D-Tools, Inc. will be demonstrating its award-winning business software solutions for system integrators at CEDIA Expo, booth #1343, September 12–14, in Denver. D-Tools Cloud— an easy to use platform that intuitively guides integrators from managing sales prospects through quoting, system design, and procurement— adds capabilities including intelligent system design features, while powerful new features have been added to its flagship, on-premises estimation, system design, project management System Integrator (SI) solution, D-Tools will also offer a D-Tools Cloud manufacturer product training for CTA credit, and invites attendees to a reception at its booth that is open to all attendees

D-Tools Cloud Update Enables Intelligent System Design, Productivity Enhancements, and Sales Improvements
New updates to the D-Tools Cloud platform center around intelligent system design. It starts with design tools, including D-Tools Cloud’s browser-based and data-driven drawing capabilities that remove the need for outside drawing applications such as Visio or AutoCAD. These design tools automatically create data-driven signal flow drawings (Line Diagrams) based on a quote’s bill of materials. Additionally, new Whiteboards allow users to sketch out and share ideas, collaborate on design, and help clients visualize the project, all in-app. Users can share these drawings in the proposal phase, providing a unique visual experience to potential customers. 

New productivity enhancements include updates to change orders, for better project management; easy-to-navigate Ordering UI for simplified procurement, powerful analytics for better business intelligence, and integrated ordering with Amazon Business. Finally, D-Tools Cloud improves the sales process with a smart, intuitive UI that provides automated sales management, including a built-in CRM to track opportunities, visual quoting and budgeting, and the ability to transform quotes into stunning multimedia presentations for improved client engagement. 

D-Tools Cloud Manufacturer Training Session
D-Tools will deliver a Manufacturers Training (MFT) session at CEDIA Expo 2019 open to all attendees, which will teach users how to take a potential new project from inception to proposal in D-Tools Cloud. This includes everything from managing sales prospects, through quoting, system design, and procurement. The session will take place Friday, September 13th from 10:00–11:30 a.m. in room 4C for 0.75 CEU credits. Registration is now open at https://cedia.a2zinc.net/CEDIA2019/Public/Sessions.aspx?Keyword=D-Tools&View=sessions&ID=18096. 

Major Release of D-Tools System Integrator, SI v13, Delivers Critical New Features – Supplier Pricing, Service Plans, 3rd Party Integrations, and More

The upcoming release of D-Tools’ award-winning, estimation, design, and project management System Integrator (SI) software solution – System Integrator v13 – delivers critical new features providing SI users with access to supplier pricing for the first time, providing complete, detailed product specifications, pricing, and related information for use in the sales, system design, documentation, for projects. SI users now have the ability to define, create, sell, and manage Service Plans for new and existing projects, extending the reach of SI. Now, users can manage projects in SI from the initial proposal through the on-going post-completion service relationship. Service Orders will be linked to Service Plans to accurately track estimated vs. actual results, both in terms of hours and dollars. In addition, D-Tools has announced an integration with AViQ’s comprehensive database of products to help companies further manage data throughout projects in SI from the initial contact through quoting, system design, procurement, installation, and service.

CEDIA Attendees Invited to Celebrate with D-Tools and Partners
Sponsored by D-Tools Industry Insight and (i3) partners AudioQuest, Klipsch, Sonos, and Sony, D-Tools will host a reception in booth #1343 on Friday, September 13th, at 3:00 p.m. where attendees can meet the D-Tools team and partners, and learn more about the company’s D-Tools Cloud platform. Admission is free and beverages will be provided. CEDIA Expo attendees can RSVP by visiting https://d-tools.com/cedia-2019-event-rsvp/.

To see how D-Tools Cloud can deliver profound visibility, insights, and results, CEDIA Expo 2019 attendees are encouraged to visit D-Tools in booth #1343.

A free D-Tools Cloud webinar can be attended by visiting https://d-tools.com/d-tools-cloud-webinars/, while a free 30-day trial of D-Tools Cloud can also be downloaded anytime at https://d-tools.com/cloud.

To discover how D-Tools SI 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, 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.

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.

Solutions360 Integration with D-Tools Adds Resource Planning and Financial Management with a Focus on Project Profitability for System Integrator™ Customers

Solutions360 Integration with D-Tools Adds Resource Planning and Financial Management with a Focus on Project Profitability for System Integrator™ Customers

New Integration Provides D-Tools SI Users with Immediate Access to Advanced Financial Planning and Management, Project Reporting and Related Information to Improve Business Decision Making and Performance

CONCORD, CA (August 2019) – D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software has announced an integration between the company’s award-winning estimation, system design, and project management solution – System Integrator (SI) – and Solutions360’s Q360 ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution. The two products combine to create a comprehensive, end-to-end software solution for electronic systems integrators that includes opportunity management, quoting, system design, procurement, inventory management, project planning, installation, service case management, invoicing, full accounting, and more. 

From a workflow perspective, sales opportunities are created in Q360 and passed over to D-Tools SI for quoting, detailed system design, and engineered drawings. The resulting project information (including locations, systems, product cost/price, and labor estimates) is returned to Q360 for resource planning, product procurement, project management, invoicing and reporting, helping drive project profitability and increasing efficiencies across the business.

“D-Tools is excited about this new software integration with Solutions360 in that it fills in virtually all the gaps in SI’s current offering, including CRM, sales forecasting, inventory management, resource planning, HR management, financial reporting, accounting and more,” said Randy Stearns, CEO of D-Tools. Stearns continues, “Q360 is a comprehensive and impressive product, design exclusively for system integrators. Combined, the two offerings offer an unbeatable solution for system integrators.”

Those interested in learning how more about this integration may visit https://d-tools.com/q360-integration.

To see how D-Tools System Integrator can deliver profound visibility and results, sign up now for a free, personal online tour by visiting https://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/.

To request a learn more about the benefits of Solutions360, register for a demo at https://www.solutions360.com/request-a-demo/.

About Solutions360
Solutions360 is the leading provider of Professional Services Automation software, creating One View of the Business™ for customers. The company’s software platform, Q360™, is a tightly integrated system that handles all aspects of a system integration company’s business from sales and proposals through to service and dispatch to invoicing and full accounting.

Solutions360’s ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software, Q360, is an innovative platform designed to manage business processes within a growing technology integration organization. A single system that is process-driven can give insight and control to manage critical business operations. Solutions360 understands that data is one of any company’s most valuable assets. Q360 has the power to unite all business processes and empower employees to find, share and exchange data, regardless of location or subject matter expertise. Find out more by visiting https://d-tools.com/360-integration/.

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.

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, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com

John Graham, Solutions 360, jgraham@solutions360.com, (905) 868-9901 x230

D-Tools Puts the Spotlight on New Capabilities of its Award-winning Software Platforms at CEDIA Expo

D-Tools Introduces System Integrator Enhancements to Australian Integrators at Integrate 2019 with Upcoming Major Release of SI v13

SI v13 delivers robust feature-set for residential and commercial integrators, with service plan and sales management plus enhancements to project management capabilities, drawings, and more

 

CONCORD, CA, USA — August 13, 2019 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, will introduce powerful new capabilities of the forthcoming release of its award-winning System Integrator (SI) software solution – System Integrator v13 – to the Australian audiovisual integration community in stand P14 at Integrate 2019, August 27-19, 2019.  The major release of D-Tools’ estimation, design, and project management software delivers a wealth of enhancements to help AV integrators boost productivity, streamline processes, and increase profitability.

 

SI v13 delivers critical new productivity features including:

 

  • Service Plans – the ability to define, create, sell, and manage Service Plans for new and existing projects, extending the reach of SI. Now, users can manage projects in SI from the initial proposal through the on-going post-completion service relationship. Service Orders will be linked to Service Plans to accurately track estimated vs. actual results, both in terms of hours and dollars.
  • Allowance Packages – SI users can now create “Allowance Packages” during the bidding process, and then replace those placeholders with actual products after the contract is signed without affecting the project price.
  • Bundled Wire/Cable Packages – a new Bundled Wire/Cable Package option eases specification and enables connections down to the individual conductor.
  • Payments Processing – the D-Tools Customer Portal now enables users to accept and process credit card and ACH payments from clients.
  • AVIQ Database Integration – a new integration between D-Tools and AV-iQ provides SI software users with access to a growing, comprehensive library of detailed product information from AV-iQ’s database of products, ensuring data integrity throughout any project’s workflow. When used together, this vital product and engineering data helps users quickly and accurately find, select, and use that detailed information for their proposals and project documentation.

 

The newest version of D-Tools SI emphasizes trends within the integration community, including a focus on service plans for recurring revenue and better service, plus easy payment processing via credit or ACH to help improve cash flow. Overall, the enhancements to SI v13 can improve operational efficiency for integrators, resulting in increased profitability, while reducing time, costs, and errors with a streamlined business process.

 

D-Tools to Offer RegionalTraining Event During Integrate 2019

 

Concurrent with the show, D-Tools will also offer a Regiona Training event at the nearby Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands. For beginners and experienced D-Tools SI users, alike, the two-day intensive training course provides practical, real-world guidance on building and maintaining a product catalog, leveraging packages and project templates to increase efficiency, sales training, plus tips and tricks from advanced SI users.

 

Registration is now open and those interested in attending can pre-register here: https://d-tools.com/australia-regional-training/.

 

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 Twitter, Facebook, 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.