Month: April 2009

Capitol Sales and CEDIA Team Up for Learning Institute Regional Outreach

Regional training event brings over 80 classes to dealers – all classes offer CEDIA University continuing education units (CEUs). Capitol Sales education events have been highly rated among attending dealers because the focus is on practical applications of the products covered. The next Capitol Sales Learning Institute event is scheduled for May 3-5 in San Franscisco, CA. The Capitol Sales Learning Institute provides over 23 hours of training over 3 days with plenty of time to catch up on other business. Over 80 classes from such leading manufacturers as D-Tools and D-Tools MVP partners Chief, Furman, HAI, Monster, Panamax, Russound, URC, Xantech and more will be offered with CEDIA CEU credits available for each class. CSLI Regional Outreach Dates: May 3-5, 2009 San Francisco, CA May 17-19, 2009 Dallas, TX June 7-9, 2009 Philadelphia, PA July 12-14, 2009 Chicago, IL Nov. 15-17, 2009 Tampa, FL For more information or to register please visit...

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BitWise Controls Joins D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point Program

MVP Membership puts detailed product specifications into the D-Tools database CONCORD, CA – APRIL 28, 2009 – D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that BitWise Controls, a leading provider of residential and commercial IP-enabled control systems has joined the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program, making its detailed product specifications directly available to users of D-Tools System IntegratorTM software for use in their client engagements. “We are pleased to join the D-Tools MVP program and make our powerful, flexible control solutions more widely available to a large collection of the most successful integrators in the industry,” said Lance Beck, CEO of BitWise Controls. “We look forward to working with the D-Tools team to help facilitate better communication about how our products can be utilized by the integrator community.” The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program is designed to help provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information to over 2,500 companies using D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process and making it easier for system integrators and installers to provide accurate proposals to their clients. “We are pleased to welcome BitWise Controls to the D-Tools MVP Program,” said Adam Stone, President of D-Tools. “Our manufacturer partners provide the data that helps drive our software and enables our community of users do their jobs more...

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Ethereal Home Theater Joins D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point Program

D-Tools MVP membership makes detailed product information directly available to users of System IntegratorTM software CONCORD, CA – APRIL 21, 2009 – D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that Ethereal Home Theater, a leading manufacturer of premium cables and accessories for Home Theater and Automation systems has joined the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program, making its detailed product specifications directly available to users of D-Tools System IntegratorTM software for use in their client engagements. “We look forward to working with D-Tools to make our products more easily accessible to their user base of AV integrators and custom installers,” said Bill Fornino, COO for Ethereal Home Theater. “We see the D-Tools MVP program as an additional channel for us to extend our market reach, and help make it easier for custom installers to specify our high performance, user-friendly cables and accessories.” “We’re proud to announce Ethereal Home Theater as our newest MVP member,” said Adam Stone, President of D-Tools. “We are pleased to welcome them to what I believe is the most outstanding group of companies in the industry. Our manufacturer partners provide a critical service to the custom install industry by providing the data that helps drive our software and enables our community of users do their jobs more efficiently and profitably.” D-Tools System Integrator software enables systems integrators and custom installation professionals...

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The Beauty of Automation

OK, I have to admit it. I’m still catching on to the whole twitter thing. I get it, and see the value, but I’m having trouble determining what is interesting enough in my daily routine to be deemed “tweetable” or if anyone really cares. But that’s not why I’m writing this post. I want to talk about automation and how it can change your daily work habits. First of all I want to admit that I am not a stranger to automation by any means. In fact I have a career paved with streamlining processes for creative professionals. I was previously the Vp of Marketing for a software company called Equilibrium, who’s tag line was “The art of automation”, and pioneered the software category “image servers” which automated the way that images are processed for multi-media and Internet delivery. So I am well versed on how automation helps on both a theoretical and execution level. But how is automation currently helping me in my daily work? A number of ways, and I’d like to share a couple of them. We had recently re-engineered our communication strategy, as I wrote about in Re-engineering the D-Tools Communication Strategy. As part of us moving to a more structured method of communicating – from our blog to our news and PR, we started incorporating more Web 2.0 technologies into our communication mix (The...

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