Author: Josh Carlson

D-Tools Helps Millennium Systems Design Save Time and Money on Multi-room Installation

When a high-profile athlete needs a whole-home distributed AV and control system, MSD scores a touchdown. Tackling a multi-room installation project that includes a whole home control system, distributed audio and video throughout, and a dedicated home theater with Dolby Atmos 3D surround sound is never easy, as home technology professionals know. Some of the key challenges that come standard with nearly every large project: Forgetting to include certain accessories (such as wiring and cables) in the initial bid, reducing profitability Underestimating labor involved, which increases project timelines and reduces profitability Leaving small but important parts back at the warehouse due to incomplete pick lists, leading to added mileage, wasted time, and (once again!) reduced profits Of course, each of these errors also comes with the added cost of potentially upsetting the customer by delaying the project and presenting your firm as less than professional. Fortunately, the opposite is also true. Get all the details right, and the customer will invite you back. That’s exactly what happened to Millennium Systems Design when the Orlando, FL-based custom integrator was called to install an extensive Elan g! Control system in the Winter Garden, Florida, home of a high-profile athlete. Streamlined Business Process Equals Repeat Customers “The client used Millennium Systems Design at their last home,” says Mauricio Barrientos, Director of Operations for Millennium Systems Design. “Due to the success of that...

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Take Advantage of Visual Reporting and the Business Intelligence Engine in D-Tools

The new visual reporting system added in SI 2017 will prove a valuable addition for business managers who seek to analyze trends across projects, vendors, products and their own team. Our Business Intelligence (BI) engine drives these capabilities and elevates SI 2017 to new heights. Out of the box this new reporting capability will begin to highlight key indicators within your business. For companies with a history of projects built in SI, the visual reporting adds a layer of analysis capabilities not previously available. For newer users, it may take several months of creating proposals and working on projects in SI before the full value begins to be clear. Project Progresses are a key component to defining visual reports. Project Progresses are assigned to projects and help you and your team to understand the status of each project. Is a project in “Estimating” or has it been “Approved”? Or was the proposal “Rejected”? By default, SI ships with a simple list of five Project Progresses to assign to your projects. The default progresses are: Estimating Approved Engineering Completed Rejected While these progresses are a good start at helping us understand the state of our projects, maybe some additional information will prove useful. Adding a handful of progresses to fill in a few gaps will begin to shed light on information previously difficult to determine. Let us make some modifications....

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D-Tools to Showcase SI 2017 at Essential Install Live! 2017

            D-Tools will demo the latest version of its award-winning platform at Essential Install Live! 2017, emphasizing greater productivity and workflow efficiency for system integrators worldwide.  CONCORD, CA — April 19, 2017 (Stand #105) — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, announced today that the company will showcase the latest release of its award-winning platform, System Integrator 2017 (SI 2017) for the international market at Essential Install Live! 2017 stand 105, being held May 10 – 11, in Sandown Park, Surrey. For nearly 20 years, the D-Tools System Integrator (SI) software solution has helped increase productivity and efficiency by bringing together estimation, system design, and project management into a single data-driven process. At Essential Install Live! 2017, D-Tools will showcase the new release of its award-winning platform, System Integrator 2017 (SI 2017). New features include a Business Intelligence engine with Dashboards to visualize and track business operations, the ability to publish Proposals and other client documentation to the Web, and a number of other productivity enhancements. Featuring 3rd party integrations that improve and enhance workflow operations, D-Tools delivers a complete end-to-end solution that enables data to flow seamlessly throughout the project lifecycle—from initial client contact through the ongoing service relationship. Along with a comprehensive library of manufacturer products, D-Tools is a powerful yet easy to use solution that provides a positive impact any business. Those...

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D-Tools to Sponsor Bravas Summit May 24 -25, 2017

Invite-only trade event targets mid-size custom integration firms, offers opportunity to develop new ways of optimizing businesses CONCORD, Calif. — April 18, 2017 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, announced today that the company will be a sponsor of the upcoming Bravas Summit, being held at the Kimpton Hotel in Chicago, March 24-25, 2017.  The Bravas Summit is a two-day invite-only trade event that targets mid-size custom integration firms and offers them the opportunity to discover and develop new ways of optimizing their businesses. The event is designed to function as an intensive work group that offers attendees extensive one-on-one time with industry experts. More than 20 independent custom integration companies will attend the Bravas Summit from the U.S. and Canada. There, attendees and sponsors will work together in an intimate, work-oriented environment to formulate personalized plans aimed at helping each Bravas Group member reach peak performance in the coming year. The Summit, is sponsored by the leading brands in the CI industry. The Bravas Group is a luxury segment focused set of dealers who benefit from comparative benchmarking, collaboration and business coaching. At the event, D-Tools will discussion the issues the industry faces, determine new opportunities, and explain how a highly functional, collaborative solution can help technology professionals advance by improving their overall offerings through streamlined operations, automated business processes, and enhanced workflows. In addition, D-Tools recently announced the...

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Above and BEYOND: Beyond Home Theater Uses D-Tools to nail every design, every time.

When it comes to creating happy clients every time, Beyond Home Theater, located in Santa Monica, California, knows what it’s doing. In fact, that’s why this particular client is on his third high-tech abode with Beyond Home Theater, who he contracted this time to remodel a top-floor office into a state-of-the-art home theater. The client had worked with Beyond Home Theater’s president Terry Mulholland (shown), extensively in the past, so he knew the drill. Yet for this home, he wanted to take performance to a new level. In fact, Mulholland and his team had just signed on Meridian to fill a hole in its speaker range, and this was to be its first Meridian project. From a technology standpoint, the home was updated throughout, complete with six new TVs, a new network with Wi-Fi, and more. But it’s the stately home cinema that is the home’s crown jewel. The former study was a traditional room, with exquisite cherry wood cabinetry. Mulholland and the client agreed that they wanted to keep as much of that cabinetry as possible, paring it back slightly to accommodate the technology. “We kept the side theater wall with the fireplace, but redid the cabinetry to hide a 7-foot-tall equipment rack,” says Mulholland. The front screen wall itself is an exercise in creative and on-the-fly engineering with an innovative false wall that elegantly hides the screens...

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