Select Audio Video has increased net profits 25% while reducing time and costs by using System Integrator 4.5. Select Audio Video specializes in custom installation of high end audio/video and automation systems for the residential market.
Select Audio Video implemented D -Tools System Integrator 4.5 (SI 4.5) Pro to improve the quality of their documentation and project management process. "As an engineer, I design and specify all equipment and layouts for any given project," said Dave Lewis of Select Audio Video. "D -Tools gives me the ability to document and track every single aspect of any given project. By utilizing the schematics and plan layouts, we've started to look at our projects in a whole new way. We can now completely engineer the systems in -house - before sending someone on -site, which is helping us cut our labor time in half."
Select Audio Video started in1979 and built its business on installing audio/video systems for the high end residential market. The company didn't have a formalized process to track projects. They were utilizing a combination of Excel, Visio and Word, but this proved to be inefficient since all project elements had to be tracked separately. Select Audio Video needed a system that would tie everything together, and looked to D -Tools System Integrator™ to create a repeatable process for designing, proposing and managing their projects.
D -Tools System Integrator 4.5 (SI 4.5) enables systems integrators and custom installation professionals to create detailed projects managed with automated proposals, scheduling, pick lists, purchase orders, drawings and additional documents that streamline the integrated installation of audio and video products. By using a single, shared project file, Select Audio Vdeo can download free product information from D -Tools' comprehensive database of tens of thousands of products and their accessories, giving them the distinct advantage of designing systems using the most current product information, while saving hours of product research time.
The addition of D -Tools SI 4.5 Pro also helped Select Audio Video better predict timelines and scheduling. They can more appropriately manage how they approach each project, by providing a method to track all materials, labor, time, and the work status of each project phase. Before the addition of D -Tools, tracking was difficult and simple items were often left out of the project, cutting into project profitability. "D -Tools provided us with an easy way to track common accessories such as cables, plates, and connectors," said Lewis. "Since we were able to accurately account for these simple items, we've noticed a significant improvement in our accounting for installs and labor - helping us increase our margins per project."
Select Audio Video is experiencing a 25% increase in project profitability while reducing labor by as much as 50% as a result of implementing D -Tools SI 4.5 across their business. "D -Tools has positively impacted our profitability, bottom line. Because our time is more accurately tracked, we've seen higher profitability on each job. We've cut our labor time by at least 50%", said Lewis.
D -Tools also enabled Select Audio Video to streamline their business processes and provided a methodology to better track their work. "One of the keys to our success was that D -Tools helped us bring everything together into a single, repeatable process", said Lewis. "By the second or third project, we started to see a significant improvement and understanding of our own internal processes, which will ultimately help us become more profitable," said Lewis.
"With D -Tools, our systems are completely engineered in -house and working before they even get to the customer site. The advantages of designing and managing our projects with D -tools are clear as daylight. It's like turning on a light switch."
About Select Audio Video
Select Audio Video opened in Vero Beach in 1979. From its inception, Select Audio Video has worked diligently to provide clients with the ideal balance of cutting edge technology and ease of operation. During the last 25 years, Select Audio Video has completed over 1,000 custom installations for more than 300 enthusiastic clients. As one of only two founding members of CEDIA (Consumer Electronic Dealer and Installer Association) in Florida, Select Audio Video's experience and expertise are recognized nationwide. For more information please call 772.231.6651 or visit www.selectaudiovideo.com.
About D -Tools, Inc.
D -Tools is a worldwide leader in easy -to -use, highly accurate system design software. The company, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, offers a wide range of products and services created to simplify the complicated design, engineering, documentation and estimating processes that accompany residential and commercial installation projects of any size. Over 2,000 leading companies use D -Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D -Tools is the recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association's Mark of Excellence Award (2004, 2005), National Systems Contractors Association and Sound and Video Contractor's Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award (2004, 2005) and CE Pro's High Impact Award for Design Software. For more information, contact D -Tools at (866) 386 -6571, e -mail at info@d -tools.com or visit D -Tools online at www.d -tools.com.