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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D-Tools 2017 Design Awards Contest Open for Entries

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D-Tools 2017 Design Awards Contest Open for Entries

 Worldwide users of the D-Tools System Integrator software platform are invited to promote their companies and enter projects for consideration; winners to be announced during CEDIA 2017

 CONCORD, Calif. (July 2017) — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, is seeking entries for its annual contest, the Design Awards. D-Tools is pursuing System Integrator (SI) software users’ success stories and project designs that display how the software was used and how it has positively affected their business and ROI. Winning success stories will be selected from a diverse group of D-Tools users. The contest is open now to those using the D-Tools software platform for residential and commercial projects of any size. Winners will be announced in September, during CEDIA in San Diego, CA.

Contest categories include Best Residential, Best Commercial, Most Unique, and Best Overall Winners which will be selected by both the D-Tools product team and select D-Tools Certified Partners. The winning entries will be judged on a number of criteria, including originality, deep use of D-Tools’ software, overall system design and which entries best communicate and demonstrate the system designer’s knowledge of the software.

Winners will receive valuable prizes from the contest sponsors and D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partners, including KanexPro, IC Realtime, Leon Speakers, Atlona, and Terra Speakers. A reception celebrating the D-Tools Design Awards will take place during CEDIA in D-Tools booth #3035.

The deadline for submitting projects is August 11, 2017. D-Tools customers can submit their entries by visiting http://d-tools.com/design-awards-2017/ or by sending an email to Josh Carlson at JoshC@d-tools.com.

 Those interested in learning more about D-Tools and the company’s award-winning System Integrator software platform are also encouraged to sign up for a free demo by visiting http://d-tools.com/live-demo-webinar/ or for a free 30-day trial, which can be downloaded by following this link 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.

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

MVP Program Contact
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

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D-Tools Launches New Customer Portal as part of SI 2017 Update for Increased Client Engagement and Collaboration for Today’s Mobile Workforce

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D-Tools Launches New Customer Portal as part of SI 2017 Update for Increased Client Engagement and Collaboration for Today’s Mobile Workforce

 D-Tools Customer Portal enables users to share client-facing documentation via the web for more interactive communications anytime and from anywhere

CONCORD, CA — July 13, 2017 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, today announced a major new release of its award-winning System Integrator 2017 (SI 2017) software platform. Available immediately worldwide, D-Tools has enhanced its robust Cloud infrastructure by adding significant new capabilities and performance improvements including a new Customer Portal, which enables D-Tools users to publish project documents to the web for client comment, acceptance and e-signature approval – from any Internet-enabled device.

Increase Client Engagement through D-Tools’ Customer Portal

The increasingly mobile workforce demands easy access to documents from anywhere and at any time. Built on the D-Tools Cloud infrastructure, the new Customer Portal facilitates collaboration and increases client engagement, even across time zones and mobile platforms. Users can share proposals, contracts, change orders, drawings, cut sheets, user manuals and other client-facing documents via the web. To review, comment, and accept (or reject) the documents presented, clients simply click on the emailed link and login to a secure web portal. This new web-enabled, device-agnostic capability expedites client communication and approvals, to keep projects moving forward and ensure that timelines and budgets are met.

“Our latest release includes many efficiency-minded enhancements, two of which I am particularly excited about—the new Customer Portal and the Quick Quote tool.  Like with D-Tools’ Purchasing Portal that allows users to issue POs to vendors and for vendors to comment and accept or reject the PO, the Customer Portal extends that cloud infrastructure by enabling users to share any document created or stored in D-Tools with their clients (and others) for comment and approval. This is a significant leap forward for those who seek direct and efficient communication channels in an increasingly mobile world,” said D-Tools CEO Randy Stearns. “The new Quick Quote feature is perfect for upgrades, add-ons and/or product-only (i.e. retail) sales to existing (or new) clients. Built as a generic report, it can be easily modified for use as a Change Order, Sales Order, Service Work Order or any transaction that doesn’t warrant an in-depth proposal, detailed scope of work, and formal contract agreement. It is my hope that these two new features will streamline the project workflow process for D-Tools customers worldwide.”

Additional new features included in the SI 2017 update include:

  • Quick Quote Report – New report that combines client, project, and contract details, such as scope of work, pricing, and payment terms, into a single, easy-to-read document – ideal for smaller jobs.
  • New Report Theme Editor – Enables the creation of custom report themes, builds on the new report themes introduced as part of SI 2017, and enables customization of colors for report objects such as headers, footers, and fonts.

To demonstrate the benefits of SI 2017 and the new Customer Portal, D-Tools will host a webinar on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. PST. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7065202619164707330.

Additional information 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 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 are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

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

D-Tools Announces New Multi-Day Regional Training Sessions

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D-Tools Announces New Multi-Day Regional Training Sessions

As part of the company’s 2017 enhanced training initiative, D-Tools system integrators and tech professionals across the US have more opportunities to attend regional training thanks to comprehensive three-day hands-on D-Tools training courses designed to help users get the most out of their software investment

CONCORD, CA—June 2017— D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, announces additional SI 2017 Regional Training Dates. These three-day, comprehensive, hands-on training courses will be held in Austin at the Screen Innovations Headquarters, July 19–21 and Irvine at the Savant Training Center, August 22–24.

Taught by Seth Enos and Kevin Frye, tenured members of the D-Tools Professional Services Group, the regional training events are designed to facilitate a broader use and deeper understanding of the full feature set of D-Tools System Integrator (SI) software and enable those using the platform to become proficient, efficient, and effective.

D-Tools System Integrator 2017Three Days of Comprehensive, Hands-on Training for New and Advanced Users
Throughout the three-day, comprehensive, hands-on training sessions, Frye will walk attendees through the entire D-Tools feature set, including the proper implementation and management of product catalogs, leveraging packages and project templates to increase operational efficiency, and leveraging project data across the entire project lifecycle, from proposal and engineering through project and installation management. The course will also cover extensive tips, best practices, and market-proven techniques to help users maximize their investment in and use of the SI platform.

  • Day One will serve as an introduction to the D-Tools System Integrator platform. Users will learn how to custom-configure the software package to best suit the needs of their company; how to build and manage their product database; manage revisions and change orders; better understand how to exploit the D-Tools reporting engine; be introduced to tips and best practices; and gain hands-on experience creating winning proposals.
  • Day Two is a deep dive into product documentation. Trainees will get valuable hands-on experience creating comprehensive D-Tools documentation, including Microsoft Visio Introduction, Line Diagrams, Floor Plans, Elevations, Schematics, and Installation Reports, as well as revision management and change orders.
  • Day Three will take users through advanced skills and management processes, and an introduction to Mobile Install, which gives users the power to publish Install Tasks and Service Orders to a portal powered by the D-Tools Cloud that can be accessed anywhere and can be used to send and receive device-level notifications.

System Integrators and Technology Professionals Can Register Online Now
Dealers can register for any of these three-day trainings and book rooms online at http://d-tools.com/regional-training/.

D-Tools Training and Demos Always Available Online
Further emphasizing its commitment to customer education, service, and support, D-Tools will continue hosting instructional webinars and providing online support for users all over the world.

Integrators can always obtain a free demo of the latest System Integrator release by visiting http://d-tools.com/live-demo-webinar/ or download a free 30-day trial at 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.

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 | www.kmbcomm.com |

MVP Contact
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105, joshc@d-tools.com

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D-Tools to Host Training Sessions at InfoComm 2017

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D-Tools to Host Training Sessions at InfoComm 2017

Session teaches attendees how to harness the power of D-Tools System Integrator software to maximize workflows and operational efficiencies

CONCORD, CA — May 31, 2017 (InfoComm booth #3515) — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, today announced today it will hold a training session during InfoComm in Orlando, FL on Friday June 15, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT. The session “Create a Project in System Integrator (SI)” will detail the process of starting a project with D-Tools’ award winning software platform, SI 2017, in order to streamline a commercial AV integrator’s business processes and increase profitability. SI 2017 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions of a commercial AV integrator’s business—estimation, system design, and project management—through a connected data-driven process. Featuring 3rd party integrations that improve and enhance workflow efficiencies, D-Tools delivers a complete end-to-end solution, enabling data to flow seamlessly throughout the project lifecycle – from initial client contact through the ongoing service relationship.

D-Tools System Integrator 2017The D-Tools InfoComm Training session will take place during InfoComm in Orlando on Friday June 16 at 1:00 p.m. in room # W311B. All attendees of InfoComm 2017 are invited, and upon completion, will be rewarded with .50 CTS credits. Registration is now open here: https://registration.experientevent.com/SHOWINF171/FLOW/ATTENDEE/?UP=290ff8b8-516c-4c28-8ece-264a00527ace#/registrant//ShowItemGE/

Those interested in learning more about the award-winning platform are encouraged to see a live demo of SI 2017 at D-Tools’ InfoComm booth #3515.

Additional information can be obtained by signing up for a free demo by visiting http://d-tools.com/live-demo-webinar/ or a free 30-day trial, which can be downloaded by following this link 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 5,000 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.

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 | www.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105, joshc@d-tools.com

 

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