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GETRMR.COM IS THE NEW GO-TO RESOURCE FOR TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONALS LOOKING FOR EDUCATION AND SUPPORT ON RECURRING REVENUE AND MANAGED SERVICES

GetRMR.com, sponsored by ihiji, provides technology professionals with resources and an online community to assist with managed services and recurring revenue

AUSTIN, TX – October 21, 2014 – ihiji, global leader in remote network management solutions, announced today that it is sponsoring and launching a new industry resource, GetRMR.com. The online resource center is devoted to the pursuit of knowledge and education on recurring monthly revenue (RMR) and managed services.

“ihiji wanted to bring dealers, manufacturers and industry experts together to provide centralized resources and a support community for technology ihiji_GetRMR.com Home page screen shot_Oct2014professionals who are adding new recurring revenue services to their business,” says Michael Maniscalco, ihiji VP of technology. “As the industry continues to evolve it is clear that recurring revenue and managed services are very important to long term success.”

The GetRMR.com website will feature sales and marketing collateral, templates, expert advice and technical content from managed service trade professionals and industry bloggers, as well as educational white papers, success stories, and much more. Those visiting GetRMR.com can also access community discussion forums to obtain and share insight and best practices on the ever-expanding world of recurring revenue and managed services.

In addition to the new GetRMR.com initiative, ihiji has significantly reduced prices for the company’s invision remote network management tool by offering annual licenses versus tiered service plans, a move that simplifies and better supports the sale of recurring revenue services that drive recurring monthly revenue. Additionally, ihiji invision has been further enhanced with new features such as cross-VLAN network scanning and extended reporting capabilities that improve both network visibility and overall performance. Remote network management solutions such as ihiji invision provide the digital backbone that RMR programs need to succeed by delivering the intelligence and insight necessary to manage and maintain systems remotely, in the most effective and efficient manner possible.

Technology professionals interested in learning more about recurring monthly revenue, commonly accepted best practices, and proven methodologies are encouraged to visit GetRMR.com. For additional information about GetRMR.com or ihiji invision, please contact ihiji at info@ihiji.com, call (512) 538-0520, or view this video.

About ihiji
ihiji is the only zero-maintenance, cloud-based, remote network management solution for IT professionals and technology integrators. The award-winning ihiji invision solution is easy to set up, uses a low-cost, palm-sized appliance as the only onsite hardware, and gives service providers a centralized, web-based dashboard with visibility into multiple client networks at once. Subsequently, ihiji’s customers become more proactive and efficient, eliminating up to 50% of service calls while simultaneously increasing recurring revenue and protecting profits. A global solutions provider, the privately held company is based in Austin, Texas. To learn more, visit www.ihiji.com or follow ihiji on twitter @ihiji.

ihiji Media contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications Inc., (406) 446-1283Katye@KMBComm.com

 

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New Clear Series 2 HDMI Packaging from ICE Cable Systems Blends Retail Beauty with Custom AV Functionality

Los Angeles, CA – October 14, 2014 – ICE Cable logo_webICE Cable Systems, a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products, has begun shipping its Clear Series 2 HDMI cables in smart new packaging that makes a great first impression and benefits the installation process (storing, jobsite and client presentation phases).

”Most wire and cable companies in the custom channel ship their HDMI cables in clear bags which are either heat-sealed or zip-locked,” says ICE Cable Systems President Brian Rizzo.

”Integrators prefer bags because they can easily be stored in a work truck where space is a premium. The problem is that they look like sandwich baggies; this doesn’t make for a great presentation to your client.”

”We set out to design a bag that has an upscale feel while offering enhanced functionality,” furthers Rizzo. “We landed on a re-sealable package that with its lush artwork and glossy-coating captures the premium look-and-feel that ICE Cable Systems is recognized for, while also incorporating hang-holes for an impressive presentation at retail.”

”From a functionality perspective, we incorporated a really tough plastic exterior that can take a beating and protect against water damage too. All these features combined make for a bag that exceeds the daily demands of the integrator,” concludes Rizzo.

The company’s Clear Series 2 HDMI cables in lengths from .5 to 30 meters are available in the new packaging at no additional up-charge.

ICE Cable Systems' new Clear Series 2 HDMI Packaging

ICE Cable Systems’ new Clear Series 2 HDMI Packaging

For more information please contact ICE Cable Systems at 310.444.1950.

About ICE Cable Systems
Founded in 2004 by president Brian Rizzo, ICE Cable Systems is a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products serving the Audio Video, Alarm and Security, Commercial, Electrical Contracting and Data Center channels. The company’s products are available to integrators both directly and through more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally. ICE Cable’s success is driven by ingenuity and its desire to make superior products that offer more value to installers. www.icecable.com

Burlington, MA – October 13, 2014 – Catalyst_AV_Logo_webCatalyst AV, a nationwide distribution network of specialty products serving more than 15,000 integrators from 15 regions in the US, today announced that all of its 11 member companies are now selling the Dropcam Pro. (https://www.dropcam.com/dropcam-pro)

DropCam-PRO_Front_72dpiDropcam is a cloud-based Wi-Fi video monitoring camera and cloud service. With free live streaming, intelligent alerts and mobile and web apps, Dropcam makes it easy to stay connected to places, people and pets no matter where you are. The Dropcam Pro delivers a 130-degree field-of-view, granting the ability to capture an entire room without the need to pan or zoom. Additional capabilities include 8X zoom and notification alerts. The unit has an MSRP of $199.

”Dropcam is a significant addition to our app-based assortment of control products,” says Wally Whinna, Catalyst AV board member and principal of Allnet Distributing. “These products offer integrators new security solutions that can be implemented in jobs where they would have had no sales opportunity with conventional products.”

Catalyst AV is currently comprised of 11 privately-owned distribution companies:
• Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Partners (www.custompartners.com) (Metro-NY)
• CustomPlus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (No. CA/ Pacific NW/ AK)
• Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest)
• Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
• HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (www.pmcav.co) (Plains States)
• SPD (www.soundproductdistributing.com) (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 11 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 15,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors consists of Mike Hench (Electronics Source Distributors); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

Annual New England Emerging Technologies & Home Awareness Expo Takes Place October 15th & 16th

Northeast Catalyst AV Network Member Easy Access Distribution Hosts Annual Emerging Technologies & Home Awareness Expo October 15th and 16th

Two action-packed days featuring the latest from 30 brands, a Dolby Atmos demo and trainings from Nest, Luxul, Sonance and Wilson Electronics

Location: Courtyard by Marriot in Billerica, Massachusetts

Burlington, MA – October 9, 2014 – Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) – the Northeast region member of the Catalyst AV distribution network – is hosting its annual Emerging Technologies & Home Awareness Expo at the Billerica, Massachusetts Courtyard by Marriot on October 15th and 16th.

30 manufacturers will participate in the dealer event. They are 2Gig, Alarm.com, APC, Atlona, Boston Acoustics, BrightSign, Catalyst AV Wire & Cable, Chief, ClearView CCTV, DaLite, Definitive Technology, Dropcam, Denon, Dynamat, enerG, EnGenius, Heos by Denon, IC Realtime, ICE Cable Systems, iPort, Launchport, Luxul, Marantz, Nest, Perfect Path, Pro Control, Raxxess by Chief, RTI, Russound, Sonance, TiVo, Vanco, Vivitek, and Wilson Electronics.

Specialized trainings offered include The Internet of Things is Here sponsored by Nest / Dropcam; It’s All About the Network sponsored by Luxul; The Home Theater Experience sponsored by Sonance and Boosting a Better Signal sponsored by Wilson Electronics.

A Dolby Atmos demonstration featuring Vivitek projectors, Definitive Technology, Denon and DaLite will be a main attraction as well.

Food and refreshments will be served throughout the two-day event.

The event takes place from 8:30 AM – 7 PM October 15th and 16th at the Courtyard by Marriot in Billerica, MA. Dealers interested in attending can register by calling 781.893.3999 or email info@easyaccessdistribution.com

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 12-independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 15,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors consists of Mike Hench (Electronics Source Distributors); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

D-Tools to Host Webinar with Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Partner Noble Fidelity

Free “Dealer Opportunities with Noble Fidelity” webinar October 21 will give prospective Noble Fidelity dealers insight and training on the company and its product offerings

CONCORD, CA – October 8, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that it will soon host a webinar for Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partner Noble Fidelity, maker of high-performance in-wall and in-ceiling speakers. The free webinar, “Dealer DTLOGO_basic logo for online use_245x109Opportunities with Noble Fidelity,” will take place Tuesday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PDT. Attendees will learn how partnering with Noble Fidelity can provide a protected, high-margin line of business for custom and luxury audio/video integrators, as well as insight on the company’s award-winning line of architectural speakers.

“We encourage custom integrators interested in selling top-tier quality products from companies that understand the challenges integrators face in today’s ‘get-it-anywhere’ marketplace, to attend this webinar,” says Tim Bigoness, VP Sales and Marketing for D-Tools.” “This training will show dealers how to increase profits while the selling superior sounding Noble Fidelity product line, and punctuate key points as to Noble Fidelity’s superior business plan and clearly communicate their dedication to high quality dealer relationships.”

Because Noble Fidelity is a D-Tools MVP Partner, dealers, specifiers, installers, and integrators have complete access to the most up-to-date and detailed Noble Fidelity product information available, along with current stats, pricing, and special offers in a format that can be utilized cross-functionally for maximum workflow efficiency. Users of D-Tools System Integrator receive updated MVP partner product data free of charge as part of the platform’s offering. The MVP program in turn gives manufacturer partners a direct connection with the D-Tools user database, building customer loyalty by ensuring that existing dealers have the important information they need to recommend, specify, and install its products. It also makes it clear to any MVP program participant’s dealers that they are committed to the very best in customer support. More than 4,500 MVP users are now streamlining the design process with the D-Tools System Integrator platform.

For more information on how to register for the webinar, please visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/74640862

About Noble Fidelity
Performance-wise, Noble Fidelity Loudspeakers are without peer in their dealer and consumer price ranges. The Noble Fidelity Business Model embodies the classic limited distribution business model. Only genuine, licensed, Installing Dealers of Audio/Video products are eligible for Authorized Dealership. Noble Fidelity products are not available through or left to the marketing practices of wholesale distributors. Noble Fidelity products are not sold online. Noble Fidelity will set Authorized Dealers apart from others. Dealers enjoy geographic territories free of profit-eroding conflicts. There are no “Show Rooming” perils with Noble Fidelity.

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.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com(866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Press Contacts: 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact: 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

 

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Middle Atlantic Sets New Standard for Compact Surge Protection

MAP Compact Surge
Fairfield, NJ––The new Series Protection™ and 2-Stage Compact Surge Devices from Middle Atlantic Products establish new industry standards for reduced size, rapid response time and comprehensive surge protection.

Offering the fastest responding technology in the most compact stand-alone surge protection device in the industry, the new Series Protection system is engineered with non-sacrificial and non-degrading protection to ensure system reliability by effectively absorbing surges without contaminating the system ground. It safeguards against both under and over voltage events with automatic recovery that does not require a hard reset after a surge event, minimizing system downtime.

The new MOV protected 2-Stage unit is the industry’s most compact stand-alone surge protection device that deflects surge events from line to neutral without contaminating the system ground. It safeguards against both over and under voltage events and its two-stage technology provides enhanced surge protection. Quality fire-protected components eliminate the risk of fire associated with surge events.

Both of these devices can power and protect displays, extenders, digital signage players and more, while their ultra compact size makes them ideal for installation behind flat panel displays, in furniture, within ceiling and wall boxes or in a traditional rack already filled with components.

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

IsoAcoustics Introduces Arista Isolation Stands for Studio Monitors and Speakers

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Los Angeles, CA (Sept 23, 2014) —At this year’s AES Show in Los Angeles, IsoAcoustics (booth #1651) is pleased to introduce Arista, a stylish and sleek new aluminum acoustic isolation stand for medium-sized professional studio monitors and bookshelf speakers for Home Entertainment and hi-fi applications.

The new Arista stands provide an aesthetically pleasing and cost-effective means to markedly enhance the sound clarity of speakers, using the patented “floating design” that this award-winning company has become known for.

The new IsoAcoustics Arista stands feature a unique integrated tilt adjustment that enables the user to dial-in the optimum tilt angle. With an overall size of 6”(w) x 7.5”(d), the Arista stands are designed for medium size studio monitors and speakers weighing up to 35 lbs.

“IsoAcoustics is very pleased to introduce the Arista stand, which offers a handsome and cost-effective isolation solution for the pro studio and hi-fi market,” says Dave Morrison, CEO of IsoAcoustics.
The Arista stand will be available in black and aluminum in December 2014.

See the new Arista and IsoAcoustics entire line of award-winning acoustic isolation stands at booth 1651 the AES Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center, October 10-12, 2014.

About IsoAcoustics Inc.
IsoAcoustics stands provide superior acoustic isolation and enhance the sound clarity of virtually all speakers and amplification systems, including monitors for the professional studio and sound reinforcement, home theatre systems, musical instrument amplifiers, subwoofers and large monitors. AlI IsoAcoustics stands are built with a unique, patented isolation technology that allows speakers to float in free space, resulting in authentic, clear uncolored sound.

For more information, visit www.isoacoustics.com.

New Configurator Aims to Redefine Middle Atlantic Customer Experience


Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products is unveiling a new web-based configuration tool that enables customers to easily select, configure, quote and purchase the precise infrastructure system to fit their project needs. Based on extensive research and feedback from the company’s integration partners, the platform was developed to improve nearly every facet of the customer experience.

Available in October, this new tool will allow users to create a personalized design with the right products and accessories for any type of system along with a priced materials list. Further enhancing the company’s website, which was redesigned earlier this year, this new configuration tool will be accessible from anywhere in the world with internet access, on any browser-enabled device.

Designed for anyone from beginner to expert, users can be guided through the configuration process or they can choose to build a system at their own pace.
With built-in intelligence to ensure that only components that fit can be selected and smart recommendations along the way, the Configurator helps users build the most effective and reliable system.

Commenting on the new configuration tool, Middle Atlantic VP of Sales Dan Tarkoff said, “We wanted to build a solution that would radically improve the ease with which customers do business with us. We have the broadest range of products in the industry and wanted a way to simplify the process of finding the right fit for every project. The Configurator gives them the freedom to design configure, customize and order reliable systems whenever they want.”

The Configurator enables users to export CAD and other design documents to be easily integrated into their standard design process. It enables 24/7 access to a stored history of user projects, the ability to create new projects, and convenient direct online ordering.

Users interested in being the first to be notified when the tool goes live can sign up at http://www.middleatlantic.com/config.

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

Torus Power Delivers Premier Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioning Lineup for improved audio-video performance; Showcased at CEDIA Expo 2014

TORONTO, ON, CANADA & DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO BOOTH #1066) SEPT. 10, 2014 – Torus Power, maker of uncompromising isolation transformer-based power components and a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing, will be showcasing a variety of its popular and versatile power conditioners at CEDIA Expo 2014, including the premier AVR2 Series and the popular entry-level TOT Series. Torus Power’s line of reliable, affordable toroidal isolation power conditioners provide clean, protected power to custom audio video installations of nearly any size or configuration, whether it is a large home theater or commercial venue, significantly improving sound and video quality and performance. Shelf, rack, and wall-mount configurations are available throughout the line for added flexibility, offering a solution for most custom installation scenarios. 

The AVR Series is Torus Power’s top-end toroidal isolation power conditioning and surge suppression line. Designed for large-scale custom installations like home theater, automation, and audio installations, the AVR2 Series features two (2) models: the AVR2 8 CE and AVR2 16 CE. Both provide enhanced Ethernet (IP) control and monitoring functionality in addition to automatic voltage regulation, automatic reboots, versatile scheduling options, and individually addressable outlet zones. These models come in 3U and 4U chassis sizes with 5 or 8 outlets and 8A or 16A Output Current Ratings respectively, with either 220V or 240V Input Voltages, all of which readily accommodates a wide range of residential and commercial audio-video applications—an attractive feature set considering the ever-merging worlds of commercial and residential integration.

The TOT Series, now offered in two models, the TOT Mini (3A and 7A) and the TOT Max (15A), expands the Torus Power lineup to include an affordable entry-level price point that also delivers highly effective power conditioning. Employing Plitron toroidal isolation transformers and NBT noise filtering technology, the TOT Series restores incoming power to its clean original state and protects valuable systems from voltage sags, brownouts and surges. TOT also provides very low source impedance to connected devices, enabling highcurrent delivery—up to the rated current limit—on an instantaneous basis; ensuring dynamic components are never starved for power. TOT Mini is suitable for providing Torus isolated power to components such as digital projectors, TVs, powered speakers, media or source players, processors, and network devices. TOT Max features a larger capacity toroidal transformer and can be used with most mid-level audio-video systems and power amplifiers.

Torus Power Hour + at CEDIA Expo 2014
Torus Power VP of Sales & Marketing Kevin Main and Changing Velocity CEO David Rodarte will present the Torus Power Hour + Panel Session and Training Course at CEDIA Expo on September 12, 2014 from 3–4:30 PM (room 605 at time of press). The CEDIA Expo MFT course provides .75 CEU and will provide the audience stimulating insight into proper grounding and power techniques for high-end, high-performance installations, covering everything integrators need to know to properly power, protect, and preserve electronics. All-star panelists on-deck to present at the Torus Power Hour + include Dennis Erskine, Anthony Grimani, Dr. Henry Pajooman, Ph.D., and Arthur Kelm, who will share field-tested tips, tricks, best practices and resources, followed by an in-depth technology overview and deep dive into key success factors. To register for the Torus Power Hour + (CEDIA course MPTTP001-1), visit https://events.itnint.com/CEDIA14/RegOnline/RegLogin.aspx?stream=attendee.

 Torus Power is a Crestron Integrated Partner and a member of Savant’s Partner in Excellence Program, which enables seamless integration across platforms. More information about Torus Power can be obtained by visiting www.toruspower.com, calling (800) 754-8766, writing to tech@toruspower.com and by following @TorusPower on twitter.

To schedule a media booth tour at CEDIA Expo, contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640,katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregor, or stop by booth #1066 during the show.

About Torus Power
Torus Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioners are the world’s finest clean power source for audio, video, and control systems. Built to an uncompromising standard of quality, performance and reliability, Torus Power Conditioners are engineered to perform and protect like no other.

Utilizing Plitron’s patented NBT technology and toroidal isolation transformers, Torus Power products restore incoming power to its clean original state, eliminate virtually all power line noise artifacts, and protect connected equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events, including severe lightning strikes and brownouts, thereby increasing system reliability and extending product life. Providing high levels of clean, instantaneous current, Torus Power products ensure that dynamic components—such as high power amplifiers—are never starved for power.

Precision engineered by Plitron Manufacturing Inc., a much sought-after OEM supplier of toroidal transformers and toroidal-based products for many of the audio/video industry’s leading amplifier brands as well as medical, broadcast, telecommunications, computer, power conditioning, UPS, energy, and other industrial sectors, Torus Power is manufactured to rigorous standards under Plitron’s ISO 9001 medical-level quality control system in Toronto, Canada. More information can be found online at www.toruspower.com. Follow Torus Power on Twitter @TorusPower.

Torus Power Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregor,www.kmbcomm.com/press.

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D-Tools and SupplyStream Form Strategic Partnership

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

CONCORD, CA and DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 — 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 at 3:00 P.M. MT. 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 Expo (Booth #1264). Dealers who stop by the booth can get a personal, live demonstration of the SupplyStream powered product catalog and industry purchasing platform.

About SupplyStream
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.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com(866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Press Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact  
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

 

 


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