Joint collaboration establishes standards for Data Management and Categorization for manufacturers, distributors and integrators – future integration of respective software solutions to streamline workflow for AV integrators
D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, and SupplyStream, the leading web based product catalog and industry purchasing platform today announced the formation of a strategic partnership that will establish new standards for product specification gathering, categorization, management, and publishing to help streamline data management for manufacturers, distributors and integrators of audio video systems. The partnership will also focus on the integration of data and workflow for future versions of the D-Tools System Integrator software platform and SupplyStream’s online catalog and purchasing platform.
The management and publishing process for manufacturer product information is often manually executed and time-consuming, riddled with duplicate efforts and void of any set standards for nomenclature, categories, and sub-categories. One of the primary goals for the D-Tools and SupplyStream partnership is to establish a set of standards that can be used by both industry manufacturers and the dealers and integrators who ultimately utilize this information to specify, purchase, and resell products to their clients.
Furthermore, the integration of this product information into the D-Tools and SupplyStream solutions will ultimately benefit both manufacturers and dealers, as it will provide the basis for an end-to-end process for effective research, specification, design, procurement, and installation of low-voltage audio video systems.
“We’re pleased to work with the team at SupplyStream and are confident that this collaborative effort will make it easier for everyone in the industry to manage, categorize and publish product data,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “As pioneers of the data management process we understand the challenges manufacturers, distributors, and integrators face with regard to standardized management and communication of ever-changing product information.”
In addition to standards for data management, the strategic partnership will pursue ways to integrate the two industry-first software platforms in ways that users of both will benefit from. The goal of integration will be to further streamline AV integrator workflow, making it easier for integrators to manage their data and run their businesses. Stone explains, “Our software platform has facilitated a more efficient process for thousands of integrators over the years and we look forward to working with the team at SupplyStream as we discuss how to further improve the industry data and integration company processes moving forward.”
“It makes so much sense for us to partner with D-Tools and work collectively to make dealers’ lives easier. Our visions and dedication to the dealer experience are perfectly aligned. Not only will we work together with manufacturers to make industry data cleaner and more consistent, but we are also discussing how best to share our technologies so the dealer experience can extend across both of our platforms,” says SupplyStream Founder and CEO, Kirk Chisholm.
D-Tools will be previewing the latest version of its award-winning solution, System Integrator 2015 at CEDIA (booth #526), featuring new Mobile installation functionality. D-Tools will also be announcing the winners of the 2014 D-Tools Design Awards at the booth on Friday, September 12th @ 3:00 pm. Dealers can register to win an iPad Mini and $500 towards D-Tools software.
SupplyStream will officially launch their web based dealer purchasing platform out of beta at CEDIA (Booth #1264). Dealers who stop by the booth can get a personal, live demonstration of the SupplyStream powered product catalog and industry purchasing platform.
SupplyStream is a complete, web based industry-specific product catalog that allows AV installers to find product information and make wholesale purchases from all of their suppliers in one place. SupplyStream collects and organizes product data by category, including pricing, availability, specifications, videos, and more, then presents it in a comprehensive yet intuitive web catalog, making it easier for resellers to ﬁnd what they need and purchase wholesale on the web.
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 4,500 leading companies 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 and on Facebook.
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