D-Tools Adds Timekeeping, Job Costing to System Integrator Software

Version 17 of the business software is said to enable systems integrators to better track labor utilization and project profitability.

CONCORD, Calif. — D-Tools, a provider of data-driven software for electronic systems contractors, announces the availability of System Integrator (SI), version 17, which adds functionality and reporting capabilities across the end-to-end solution.

New software enhancements are said to 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. With precise job costing, SI can auto-generate labor utilization reports, calculate revenue earned, and displays overall backlog,” says Randy Stearns, CEO of D-Tools. “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.”

Beyond tracking time associated with a given task, 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.

D-Tools says new views in Business Analytics based on approved timesheet entries provide 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.

Among other new feature sets, catalog enhancements are said to expedite product data management. Manufacturer Aliases match up data in cases where variants exist in a manufacturer’s name between an integrator’s product catalog, vendor price lists, the D-Tools Product Library and other data sources. This prevents errors and redundancies when updating catalogs, while 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.

To learn about more new software features and register for a free, personal online tour, go here.

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