"By having their products' pricing featured in an exclusive and prominent position on this dealer operating platform, these vendors will gain a powerful competitive advantage, greater sales increases, unmatched analytic information for sharper forecasting, and customer loyalty for their brands," said Keith Tobias, CEO of operateIT. Added co-founder Ken Peterson, CKD, "Leveraging the Good-Better-Best (GBB) interactive budgeting system, embedded as the crown jewel of this software, will enable dealers to get retained on projects much faster than their competition, increasing their annual sales capacity by 3-5 times."
The company developed this groundbreaking technology in concert with the SEN Design Group whose members have been gaining traction this year with a private-label version known as Network Management System (NMS). The product will be made available industry-wide under the name of CompuTool Connect in early 2017.
Dan Luck of Madison, WI is one SEN member who has worked with the NMS software and sees its potential. In encouraging his favorite vendors to get on board with the platform, he stated: "I long for the day, when we can sit confidently side-by-side with a client, make all the product selections, generate an estimate and go into contract, all in the same visit, no additional appointments needed. NMS has that capability today. However, the biggest obstacle in completing that dream is getting the pricing and product selections into the system. If that’s accomplished, game on. And, NMS, will be the ultimate game-changer for our industry."
Commented Ken Anderson CKD, president of Task Lighting and the first committed MMPP Charter Partner: "We are paving the way for a new breed of kitchen and bath professionals, and looking for market leaders to lock arms with to produce industry-wide positive change."
Based in Long Island, NY, operateIT is an industry-specific technology services company that is also 98%-owned by businesspeople who make their living in the kitchen/bath industry. Its flagship, cloud-based application suite, CompuTool Connect, is designed for the trades, instills best business practices, and provides a familiar work flow from inquiry to ordering, creating an effective operating system for a kitchen and bath business. The application suite is full-cycle, which replaces a multitude of legacy, single-focus tools; it also offers 3rd party integrations such as 20-20 on the front-end and Quickbooks on the back-end. Vendor catalogs, mounted on the platform, make it easy for products to be specified and priced into projects. White Glove Implementation Services (WGIS) and training in a variety of formats are available to kitchen/bath dealers and designers. The company is headed by CEO Keith Tobias who has been providing residential construction trade software solutions for over 22 years. Ken Peterson CKD, a 48-year kitchen/bath industry veteran, serves as a strategic consultant and Chairman of the Board.