D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that system integrator and custom installer Whole House Digital has increased net profits while reducing time and costs by using D-Tools System Integrator 4.5.
CONCORD, CA - MARCH 16, 2006 - D -Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that Whole House Digital (WHD), a system integrator and custom installer of high end audio/video and home automation systems has increased net profits while reducing time and costs by using D -Tools System Integrator 4.5.
"As a smaller business, we wear many hats. We were having trouble keeping up with all of the details associated with our projects, and needed a way to help us better manage the entire process," said Michael Hall, President and founder of Whole House Digital. "D -Tools System Integrator has allowed us to create a repeatable process to track and associate materials and labor - per project, per room, per job - and provided a methodology for us to better track our work. We now have much better visibility of how much time we're spending on each project and whether or not a particular project is truly profitable."
Whole House Digital is a system integration company specializing in high quality audio/video systems for the residential market. As a smaller shop, WHD was looking for a way to better manage their projects - with an eye towards tracking labor efficiency, profitability per project, and ultimately - increasing customer satisfaction. WHD required a solution that would enable their entire team to share project information and schedules to ensure that everyone was in -sync and on the same page. Whole House Digital looked to D -Tools System Integrator 4.5 Pro to provide real structure to their existing internal business processes. "We really didn't have a formalized process before working with D -Tools," said Hall. "We managed projects more informally, and we knew there was room for improvement. D -Tools forced us to bring better structure to our work habits and helped us create a manageable, repeatable process that fit our organization."
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, Whole House Digital 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.
SI 4.5's ability to tie graphic designs to actual product data enabled WHD to streamline the proposal and design processes and drastically reduce the amount of time needed to create a professional design and proposal to their customers. SI 4.5 leverages the strengths of AutoCAD and ease -of -use of Visio to generate floor plans, schematics, line diagrams, functional views, project lists and visually -rich proposals for commercial and residential projects. All graphics used in the design are tied to over 40 fields of detailed product data, including dimensions, pricing, time to install, etc. All of this information is available in the master SI project file, which is then used to generate accurate proposals, pick lists, and other internal and customer -facing reports. Because all of the information is tied to the master project file, any changes are automatically updated globally, ensuring that everyone involved in the project has the most up -to -date information.
Said Hall, "We now have a process that ensures that we can accurately account for all products, materials, and labor for all of our projects, and D -Tools has given us a way to better predict our revenues and expenditures to really help us get a clear picture of our business. The software is extremely powerful, and the accessories and packages features for example have helped us create incremental revenue opportunities while delivering added value to our clients."
Using D -Tools in a disciplined manner has helped Whole House Digital realize additional 15 - 20% revenue on any given project. Adds Hall, "Because we are able to actively track all products and associated labor costs, D -Tools also helps us drastically reduce our time and costs. Also, we always like to give additional value to the client - whether it's training, programming, or whatever - and D -Tools helps us efficiently track that process so we can still offer additional services while maintaining profitability. I may offer discounts, but now as a business owner I can better understand exactly what we're giving and why, helping us better manage our overall business."
About Whole House Digital
Whole House Digital is a Custom Systems Integration firm specializing in residential and commercial audio, video and lighting control systems. The company, founded in 2001 and based in Pleasant Hill, California, is a recognized market leader with a reputation for hands on customer service and unique design and control solutions engineered for ease of use and seamless aesthetics. Serving a broad scope of clientele, Whole House Digital holds a variety of specialized training certifications including Imaging Science Foundation, Home Acoustics Alliance and Lutron Preferred Systems. For more information, contact Whole House Digital at (925) 932 -6643 or e -mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.