D-Tools, Inc., has announced the availability of System Integrator version 17, which adds long-awaited functionality and reporting capabilities across its end-to-end solution. New enhancements help businesses better track employee utilization, project performance, and key financial metrics.
“Expanding SI’s project time tracking capability to a comprehensive timekeeping module enables detailed and accurate job costing,” says Randy Stearns, CEO of D-Tools. “With precise job costing, SI can auto-generate labor utilization reports, calculate revenue earned, and displays overall backlog. At the request of customers, we’ve also made key improvements to catalog management, component ID naming conventions, and the Gantt chart, enhancements that will put a smile on the face of power users and new users alike.”
Product enhancements in System Integrator v17 include:
Timesheets Enable Key Business Metric Reporting
Beyond tracking time associated with a given task, D-Tools SI now offers comprehensive timekeeping functionality. Timesheet data can be exported for payroll purposes, but, more importantly, it can be used to track actual vs. budgeted labor hours and labor costs, which provides a number of downline benefits.
New views in Business Analytics based on approved timesheet entries provide an instant understanding of project status and team performance, while providing better tools for effective decision-making:
- Job Costing allows users to track actual project costs on labor and equipment for revenue recognition purposes, thereby providing visibility into whether a given project is under-, on-, or over-budget. Job cost analysis can be viewed by project and by phase.
- Labor Utilization Reports display billable vs. non-billable hours and can be viewed individually by employee or collectively by labor type in an effort to monitor and maximize team performance.
- Project Revenue – Calculates revenue earned on a project-by-project basis within a chosen date range.
- Backlog – Calculates the revenue yet to be earned for a given project, a group of projects, or across all active projects.
Catalog Enhancements Expedite Product Data Management
Manufacturer Aliases match up data in cases where variants exist in a manufacturer’s name between your product catalog, vendor price lists, the D-Tools Product Library, and other data sources, preventing errors and redundancies when updating your catalog, and making it substantially easier to merge data from multiple sources.
Similarly, default phases in the D-Tools Product Library can now be mapped to user-created phase names to avoid the need to overwrite them.
Component ID Overhaul Provides Flexibility
Now, with the ability to customize component IDs relative to the number and size of the parts and use of separators, SI users can develop labelling schema that meets their unique preferences, or as may be mandated by a project, specifier, or industry standard.
Every catalog entity including products, packages, labor items, and more can now have its own Component ID format.
Project Management Updates Streamline Processes
Improvements to Gantt chart functionality, including the ability to move or copy Planning Tasks, export to Excel to better enable sharing, and edit tasks and start/end dates in the Gantt View allows project managers to better map out project execution details. In addition, there is a new option to select the date when adding or inserting Planning Tasks.
New Scope of Work reports and instructions help improve communication of a project’s intent and requirements to technicians, project managers, and engineers.
Tap into Additional Resources with Custom Fields Enhancements
Hyperlink Custom Fields added to products, projects, tasks, service orders, and service plans allow users to add links to save time and gain immediate access to web pages, product information, or project documentation.
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