D-Tools Extends Data Services by Providing Access to AV-iQ Product Database for System Integrator™ Users

D-Tools Extends Data Services by Providing Access to AV-iQ Product Database for System Integrator™ Users

ONCORD, CA & ORLANDO, FL (June 12, 2019) D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, and AV-iQ, the world’s largest database of AV products, have completed a software integration that will provide D-Tools System Integrator™ (SI) users with direct access to AV-iQ’s sponsor manufacturer product data for use in their client engagements.

D-Tools’ award-winning SI software utilizes product specifications from D-Tools’ comprehensive data library to drive estimation, system design, and project management of low voltage systems. Providing users with access to AV-iQ’s database of AV products will provide D-Tools SI users with another powerful resource to quickly and accurately find, select, and use that detailed information for their proposals and project documentation. Linking AV-iQ’s product database to project documentation through D-Tools software will result in a singular, connected process capable of producing more accurate proposals and estimates, while simultaneously reducing time and errors.

“AV-iQ’s strategic goal is to take the data we collect from brands throughout the audiovisual industry and find more ways to use it,” said AV-iQ general manager Mark Loftus. “AV-iQ provides a single point of entry for manufacturers to input their detailed product information, and then D-Tools enables us to deliver that information to resellers, integrators, and end-users through yet another popular platform, amplifying the visibility of the manufacturers in our program.”

 

“Our mission has always been to enable our users to be more efficient and effective through the use of our platform,” said Tim Bigoness, CMO of D-Tools. “Providing access to the AV-iQ catalog gives our users a powerful resource that will help them save time and ultimately deliver the right products for their client engagements.”   

Development of the D-Tools/AV-iQ integration is complete and will be demonstrated at the D-Tools booth (#2361) at InfoComm 2019 and is expected to be released in Q3 2019. In the coming weeks, D-Tools users will be able to access a growing library of detailed product information from AV-iQ’s database of sponsorship manufacturer members. Streamlining the transfer of product details while preserving data integrity will enable integrators to create more accurate proposals quickly, complete detailed system design drawings with the most up-to-date product information, and manage projects to completion on-time and on-budget.

InfoComm attendees are invited to visit D-Tools in Booth 2361 and AV-iQ in Booth L-4 to learn more about how this partnership will benefit integrators, designers, consultants, and other technology professionals.

To learn more about AV-iQ go to www.av-iq.com or contact sales@av-iq.com.

Additional information about D-Tools’ award-winning platform can be obtained by signing up for an online guided tour by visiting http://d-tools.com/live-demo-webinar/ or a free 30-day trial, which can be downloaded by visiting http://d-tools.com/30-day-free-trial/.


About AV-iQ

AV-iQ, owned by Future Plc, provides the largest, most comprehensive database of AV product information ever assembled and delivers that information with powerful search tools. AV installers, designers, architects, and sales professionals have come to trust AV-iQ as the fastest and best way to begin their projects. Get exclusive access to product news, industry updates, and tools by registering for MyiQ. For more information, visit www.av-iq.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 Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.



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Media Contacts

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

 

Mark Loftus, AV-iQ, (612-397-9281, mark.loftus@futurenet.com

 

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

D-Tools to Showcase Commercial-Focused Enhancements in Upcoming Major Release of System Integrator (SI) at InfoComm 2019

D-Tools to Showcase Commercial-Focused Enhancements in Upcoming Major Release of System Integrator (SI) at InfoComm 2019

InfoComm Booth #2361

SI v13 delivers critical new features including service plan sales and management, and enhancements to project management capabilities, drawings, and more.

CONCORD, CA — May 24, 2019 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, today announced the company will demonstrate powerful new capabilities of the forthcoming major release of its award-winning estimation, design, and project management System Integrator (SI) software solution – System Integrator v13 – at InfoComm 2019 in booth 2361.

 

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, with its enhancements, helps system integration firms, like never before, by improving operational efficiency for increased profitability, while reducing time, cost, and errors for a streamlined business process.

 

D-Tools to Offer Manufacturer Training Session During InfoComm 2019

 

D-Tools will also offer a Manufacturers Training (MFT) session at InfoComm 2019 titled “Create a Project in System Integrator (SI)” which will detail the process of starting and designing a project with D-Tools SI in a manner that streamlines business processes. The session will take place Thursday, June 13 from 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. in room W303A. All InfoComm attendees are invited and, upon completion, will be rewarded 0.75 CTS credits.

 

Registration is now open here.

 

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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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

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

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.