One of the most significant features of D-Tools SI 2015 is the remote functionality providing by Mobile Install D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, will showcase the availability of the newest version of its award winning System Integrator™ software platform, SI 2015, at ISC East 2015, being held at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, November 18-19. Mobile Install feature A recent recipient of 2015 New Product of the Year and MVP Awards from Security Sales & Integration and Security Products magazines, the D-Tools SI 2015 software platform provides critical workflow-enhancing components security and low voltage systems integration firms can easily utilise to boost their team’s efficiency as well as their company’s bottom-line profitability. This version of the System Integrator platform also includes the new Mobile Install feature as well as deeper integration and enhanced cross-functionality with QuickBooks, AutoCAD, Visio, and more. “We’re excited to demonstrate the award-winning D-Tools System Integrator (SI) software platform at ISC East 2015,” says Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “D-Tools users frequently note improved workflow efficiencies, enhanced performance, and increased profitability, which equates to tangible, meaningful results. SI 2015—with its Mobile Install and Mobile Quote features, and newly enhanced QuickBooks integration—delivers incredible functionality and an unrivalled toolset. Whether you are a business owner, sales professional, project manager, designer, engineer or installer, the D-Tools System Integrator platform will have a dramatic impact on your business efficiency, efficacy, and profitability.” Enhanced integration with QuickBook One of the most significant features of D-Tools SI 2015 is the remote functionality providing by Mobile Install. Building on the architecture of D-Tools Cloud infrastructure, Mobile Install (MI) is a feature within SI 2015 that enables users to publish Install Tasks and Service Orders to a cloud-based portal, which can then be accessed by technicians in the field from any smartphone or tablet. SI 2015 users can send and receive device-level notifications, schedule installs and make updates to a centralised calendar, then broadcast those appointments and changes to their team in real-time using Mobile Install. These adjustments and updates automatically synchronise with the SI 2015 platform for accurate time and installation tracking. SI 2015’s enhanced integration with QuickBooks allows those using the platform to track inventory and order status, sync vendors, and more. AutoCAD (including AutoCAD 2015) and Visio-based drawings and industry standard shapes provide visual clarity and more concise communications between team members and consultants for more effective project management. This provides the basis for more accurate bookkeeping, enhanced efficiencies, and increased effectiveness in the office, field, and throughout all aspects of a firm’s operation.
Randy Stearns will focus on driving the company’s corporate strategy to fuel future growth D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software recently announced the appointment of industry veteran Randy Stearns as CEO. Mr. Stearns will focus on driving the company’s corporate strategy to fuel future growth and deliver the next generation of D-Tools’ award-winning system integration software and data solutions. Background Mr. Stearns brings over 20 years of executive leadership to his role at D-Tools. He was the Founder and President of Engineered Environments, one of the nation’s largest and best reputed custom residential systems integration firms. He subsequently led an industry consolidation that merged Engineered Environments with six other industry leaders to form VIA International, Inc. Through 2014, Mr. Stearns acted as CEO of VIA which operates in 8 western states with 350 employees and $70M+ in revenues. Mr. Stearns has been an active volunteer for CEDIA, the custom electronics industry trade association, and served on the CEDIA Board of Directors for eight years including a term as Chairman. Randy has his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of Southern California. Developing new and innovative solutions “We are pleased to welcome Randy to our executive team in this critical leadership role. This key executive appointment represents D-Tools’ commitment to driving the future of its business and completing its transition to a true SaaS and enterprise software company,” said Adam Stone, Founder of D-Tools. "Randy is the perfect addition to our executive team. His experience, energy, vision, and commitment to being the best will guide us to the next phase of our company growth and create opportunities for us to provide new and innovative solutions to the market built on the D-Tools platform.” Mr. Stearns has a long history with D-Tools, dating back to the company’s formation. “As its second paying customer way back in 1998, D-Tools played a vital role in the growth and success of Engineered Environments. Transitioning from software user to software provider affords me the opportunity to help other system integrators benefit from this best in class software solution. My experience as a systems integrator brings a critical perspective to D-Tools in its continuing quest to enhance the feature set and increase the value of its software platform” said Randy Stearns, CEO for D-Tools. “I am encouraged by the current condition and future potential of D-Tools. My assessment of the business found D-Tools to be an incredibly well-run company – financially strong, with a universally accepted product, dominant market position and well-established leadership and development team. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to lead D-Tools through its next phase of growth and product evolution.” Security industry accolades The D-Tools System Integrator software platform continues to win industry awards. The most recent accolades include Security Sales & Integration (SSI) MVP, Sound & Video Contractor’s InfoComm Best of Show, and Commercial Integrator BEST awards. A number of significant features were added to the most recent release, including Mobile Install (MI), which exploits D-Tools Cloud infrastructure to give users the power to publish Installation Tasks and Service Orders to a portal that can be accessed by technicians in the field from any smartphone or tablet, as well as to send and receive device-level notifications. Furthermore, D-Tools has enhanced its integration with QuickBooks to allow integrators to efficiently view QuickBooks inventory and order status, sync vendors, and more. Highly effective AutoCAD (now includes support for AutoCAD 2015) and Visio-based drawings, complete with industry standard shapes and blocks, provide visual clarity and more concise communications between team members and with outside consultants for more effective project management.
This integration enables integrators to create a project, generate detailed proposals, system designs D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software and SBS Group, Inc., a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and Master VAR of consulting and IT solutions recently announced the formation of a strategic partnership and the subsequent development of an integrated software solution that combines the power of both the D-Tools System Integrator and Microsoft Dynamics SL ERP platforms. This integrated software platform will provide an enhanced end-to-end business process for tech managers, systems integrators, technology consultants, advisors, and others that manage, specify, or integrate AV products and the partnership serves to deliver this integrated solution to the Commercial Audio/Video and Security markets. Easy management of projects “Accurate quoting, efficient engineering, and effective project management are paramount to a systems integrator’s long-term success,” said James Bowman, President and CEO of SBS Group. “By integrating D-Tools with our Microsoft Dynamics-based solution for the AV industry, we boost the capabilities provided by both software applications to best serve the needs of the Commercial Audio/Video integration community.” The integration of D-Tools System Integrator and Microsoft SBS Group AV System Integrator Software provides project management teams with a complete estimation, design, and project management workflow. This integration enables integrators to create a project, generate detailed proposals, system designs, and other project documentation from within D-Tools System Integrator, and then pushes that project and product data into Microsoft Dynamics SL for order & contract management, invoicing, inventory management, and subsequent project management. The SBS AV Application makes sure that purchased materials get to the job when they are needed and includes Mobile Apps for virtually any device providing anywhere access to all key areas of functionality. Project Managers have up-to-date project reports and full change control. With this powerful new platform Commercial Audio/Video integrators can more efficiently manage projects across the organisation. “Our new alliance with SBS Group enables D-Tools to provide Commercial AV and Security integrators with a complete software platform," says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools “Our new alliance with SBS Group enables D-Tools to provide Commercial AV and Security integrators with a complete software platform that enables them to more effectively manage projects as part of their core operational structure,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. ”As a longtime Microsoft certified partner, we are pleased to team up with SBS Group to both provide new and innovative solutions built on the D-Tools and Microsoft platforms as well as to create new opportunities.” Commercial AV integrators interested in learning more about the new D-Tools and Microsoft SBS Group partnership, D-Tools System Integrator software, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined estimation, design, and project management solution should visit D-Tools during InfoComm15 in booth #3331.
The partnership enhances the MVP program by providing LILIN's product library to D-Tools system integrator users D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, announced recently that LILIN North America has officially joined the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. LILIN is a global manufacturer of IP video cameras, recording devices, and software. Now, D-Tools SIX users will be able to utilise immediate, free access to the entire database of all LILIN network surveillance solutions, enabling D-Tools System Integrator™ users to better specify all LILIN products. LILIN is a global manufacturer of IP video cameras, recording devices and software, and a company that adheres to a time-tested philosophy of Creativity, Progress, & Excellence. The most recent addition to the D-Tools MVP program, LILIN joins the ranks of 150+ other MVP Program vendors in what is now the largest aggregated software-based product database available for the system integrator. With the addition of LILIN to D-Tools’ MVP program, integrators, installers, sales professionals, and retailers who use D-Tools System Integrator™ for system design, proposal, and estimation will have immediate access to detailed information on all LILIN’s product offerings. This includes the company’s IP video cameras, recording devices, and associated software. “LILIN is focused on assisting the AV integration market with video surveillance solutions matched to the end-client’s needs, providing both Analog and IP Video surveillance solutions with drivers available for leading automation manufacturers enabling deeper integration which simplifies installations,” says Joe Cook Vice President North America, LILIN USA Corp. “Now, as part of the D-Tools MVP program, LILIN’s flexible product offerings including 4ch to 108ch recorders, 360-degree view panoramic cameras, 4K Ultra HD cameras, License Plate Recognition, Retail POS Solutions, PoE+ Ethernet switches and accessories will be available for specification via the D-Tools System Integrator platform.” "LILIN is focused onassisting the AV integrationmarket with videosurveillance solutionsmatched to the end-client’sneeds" The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers the most up-to-date and detailed partner product information available, in a format that can be utilised in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, more than 4,500 MVP users are now streamlining the design process by using the D-Tools Global System Integrator platform. Users of Global System Integrator receive all MVP product data free, along with current stats from MVP partners on the latest product updates and special offers. This gives integrators updated current pricing and product info in real time, as it happens. In turn, the MVP program gives manufacturer partners a direct connection with the D-Tools user database, building customer loyalty by ensuring that existing dealers have the important information they need to recommend, specify, and install its products. It also makes it clear to any MVP program members’ dealers that they are committed to the very best in customer support. “Homeowners and businesses alike are increasingly relying on IP video cameras and recording devices to ensure their property and people are safe and secure,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “With LILIN as a new MVP partner, D-Tools users now have the tools, stats, pricing, and promotional information they need to specify LILIN products from within the D-Tools software platform. We’re excited about the opportunities this provides our dealers and integration community at large.”
The D-Tools MVP program provides system designers, integrators, and installers detailed partner product information D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, recently announced that Clare Controls has joined the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. With the addition of Clare Controls to D-Tools’ MVP program, integrators, installers, sales professionals, and retailers who use D-Tools for audio, video and security system design, proposal and estimation will have immediate access to detailed information about Clare Controls products via the D-Tools product database. By virtue of the MVP program, D-Tools System Integrator™ users worldwide are able to quickly and easily specify Clare Controls products. A leading provider of automation solutions for residences and businesses, Clare Controls is the first control system to run independently on an on-site controller while being managed entirely from the cloud. The company’s flagship ClareHome line streamlines the configuration, deployment and maintenance of powerful home automation applications, giving users simple and unified control over everything from HVAC to security to lighting to entertainment and more. Additionally, Clare Controls gives customers the power to create and deploy graphical user interfaces themselves on familiar devices, such as iOS® devices including the iPad®, and, most recently, Android® devices. Meanwhile, Clare Controls dealers and integrators can administer automation systems remotely via cloud-based technologies that maximise dealer efficiency and save both the client and installer valuable time, not to mention costly truck rolls. “By popular demand, we’ve added Clare Controls to the D-Tools MVP program,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Clare Controls helps to round out our control systems offerings and, with its addition, offers integrators one of the most unique automation products on the market. Our System Integrator software and its users benefit greatly with the addition of this innovative company’s product offerings, which are now readily available at their fingertips.” The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers the most up-to-date and detailed partner product information available, in a format that can be utilised in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, more than 4,500 MVP users are now streamlining the design process by using the D-Tools System Integrator platform. Users of D-Tools System Integrator receive all MVP product data free, along with current stats from MVP partners on the latest product updates and special offers. This gives integrators updated current pricing and product info in real time, as it happens. In turn, the MVP program gives manufacturer partners a direct connection with the D-Tools user database, building customer loyalty by ensuring that existing dealers have the important information they need to recommend, specify, and install its products. It also makes it clear to any MVP program members’ dealers that they are committed to the very best in customer support.
D-Tools SI 2015 will be demonstrated at CEDIA Expo 2014 in Denver, Colo., in booth #526 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, recently announced a major new release of its flagship software platform, System Integrator 2015. Being launched at CEDIA Expo 2014 and available in Q4, the new SI 2015 release adds valuable new productivity features and enhancements that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to both streamline business processes and increase profitability while simultaneously maximising efficiencies and reducing overhead. SI 2015 will be available as an upgrade for existing customers and will be provided at no cost for customers participating in the D-Tools Software Assurance program. Building upon new functionality within the architecture of the System Integrator platform including a robust D-Tools Cloud infrastructure, SI 2015 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions of an integrator’s business—estimation, system design, and project management. Moreover, SI 2015 offers improvements in virtually every functional area including inventory, data and project management, QuickBooks and third-party integrations, mobile connectivity, as well as a major upgrade in the software’s drawing capabilities. The application delivers a powerful yet easy to use solution that positively effects—and thereby improves—all areas of an integrator’s business. “This next iteration of the D-Tools System Integrator platform adds critical mobile workflow and installation management capabilities and for the first time, introduces an inventory management component facilitated through the platform’s QuickBooks integration,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “We work closely with our customers to consistently refine the D-Tools offering and are excited to be able to add these new features, functionality, and productivity enhancements that will help all our customers succeed in taking their business to the next level.” D-Tools SI 2015 will be demonstrated at CEDIA Expo 2014 in Denver, Colo., in booth #526. There, executives will showcase the comprehensive system integration software platform which will include the following new features and enhancements: Mobile Workflow & Installation Management Track status of install tasks from any mobile device (phone & tablet) Assign Mobile resources Adaptive formatting to work on any device Notifications for New, Revised, and Completed Tasks Enter install status, notes, serial numbers and actual install times Take photos Syncs field information back into SI 2015 QuickBooks Integration: Track inventory in QuickBooks Track order status in QuickBooks Group by Locations, Systems or Project Phases in QuickBooks Estimates Sync Vendors when creating Items in QuickBooks Product Catalogue: Review and rate products Add Alternates to Catalogue Products Enhanced search in Product and Labour Explorer Projects: Improved Project History Tracking Improved Project Editor functionality Drawing enhancements: Speed enhancements for stencil/block updates New filter options for Connected Wire and Disconnected Wire Shape Tree improvements Enhanced Shape and Block settings: multiple shapes and blocks can be selected, changed, and assigned Additional settings to paste shapes and blocks as New, Clone, or Alternate Support for AutoCAD 2015 The SI 2015 release comes on the heels of two product additions; the recently launched Mobile Quote native iOS application—which enables integrators and sales people to generate a quote and get to a budget number from any jobsite in the world and FreeTools PSL™, a new system design companion application that provides Microsoft® Visio users with multiple libraries of industry-specific plan view symbols and Visio drawing templates that make it easier to create system designs using universally accepted industry standards. SI 2015, Mobile Quote, FreeTools PSL, and other new enhancements will be shown in D-Tools’ booth #526 during CEDIA Expo 2014 in Denver, Colo.
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