D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that August Systems has increased net profits by 30% while reducing time and costs by 85% using D-Tools System Integrator 4.5
August Systems Reduces Costs by 85% Utilizing D -Tools System Integrator™ Software
CONCORD, CA - MAY 10, 2006 - D -Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that August Systems has increased net profits by 30% while reducing time and costs by 85% using D -Tools System Integrator 4.5. August Systems is a full service home systems company specializing in designing, installing, and integrating structured wiring, lighting control, whole house audio systems, home theater, and security systems, primarily for the residential market.
August Systems started in1996 to offer guidance and innovative services for homeowners and builders. However, August Systems found that there was a lack of consistency in their proposals, documentation, and business processes, which led to wasted time and lost profit. Their custom design work was a jumble of software and a combination of disparate documents that didn't allow them to efficiently manage their business processes - which ultimately led to less than optimal performance and/or lost money.
They implemented D -Tools System Integrator 4.5 (SI 4.5) to improve the quality of their documentation and project management process. The addition of the software proved to save a significant amount of time on each project as well. Gary Miller, Director of Operations for August Systems said, "By creating system templates in D -Tools, we were able to slash our time spent creating proposals from days to hours, and for many systems, less than an hour. By creating boilerplate systems templates we were able to create great efficiency in our business while making more money and having happier clients."
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, August Systems 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 provided August Systems with a series of templates utilized for future custom systems. This increased efficiency and increased profitability per project. Said Miller, "D -Tools provided a 'wrapper' to write our business processes around, and it moved us away from the less profitable 'custom' model and towards a more predictable production model." D -Tools' reports enabled August Systems to streamline their business processes and increase productivity. "We have revamped our entire process around D -Tools reports. The drawings and check -sheets lead to far fewer installation mistakes," said Miller.
August Systems is experiencing a 30% increase in project profitability while reducing labor by 85% as a result of implementing D -Tools SI 4.5 across their business. However, one of the most important benefits cannot be summed up into quantitative data. "For me the biggest benefit can't be summed up in a number, the time this software saves me is time I get to be home with my wife and daughter," said Miller.
"Here is my bottom line regarding D -Tools. We generated much more accurate, impressive, profitable proposals, in less time. Pre -wires go much faster, with less direct management and fewer mistakes. Equipment is ordered as needed for jobs with much greater accuracy. Systems are completed much faster with predictable results."
About August Systems
August Systems, based out of Columbia, MO, started in 1996 specializing in designing, installing, and integrating structured wiring, lighting control, whole house audio systems, home theater, and security systems, primarily for the residential market. August Systems offers their clients a level of service that a retail store can not. They design electronic systems that are simple yet perfect for entertaining and relaxing. As their clients' needs vary, August Systems is continuing to grow to meet those changes. For more information, please visit www.augustsystems.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, 2006), 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