Mainstay Software Announced as Exclusive Provider of Catalyst Data’s RapidBOM Telecommunications Network Estimating Tool

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Mainstay Software Corporation (Mainstay) today announced the completion of its partnership with Athens, Alabama, based, Catalyst Data as the exclusive provider for RapidBOM, a complete ISP and OSP telecommunications network development system, product and support.

Mainstay Software Corporation (Mainstay) today announced the completion of its partnership with Athens, Alabama, based, Catalyst Data as the exclusive provider for RapidBOM, a complete ISP and OSP telecommunications network development system, product and support, and Mainstay could not be more pleased.

“We are very excited to have RapidBOM as the newest member of Mainstay’s suite of proposal pricing, source selection and estimating software,” said Dan Walkovitz, president of Mainstay. “We have been working with Catalyst Data for a number of years now to further develop and refine this excellent tool and its market positioning, and we are excited to reintroduce it to the commercial and government markets.”

Despite the recent economic slowdown, Government agencies have approximately $8 billion to spend annually for infrastructure improvements, including telecommunications networks.

With Mainstay’s established presence in the Government market due to widespread use of its PPAS Pricing Proposal and Analysis System software, the company intends to focus its distribution efforts on Government agencies and their contractors.

As an added attraction for this market, RapidBOM integrates naturally with PPAS to facilitate completion of sophisticated Government proposals. However, Mainstay will continue to aggressively expand RapidBOM’s presence to commercial contractors and the telecommunications products manufacturing community.

According to a Computer Reseller News research survey, 31% of small businesses are going to upgrade their existing networks and 41% of small businesses without a network are going to be installing a network.

According to the SBA, there are 50,000 small businesses started each month in the United States and there are currently thousands of companies that engineer network infrastructures.

“The time is right for RapidBOM,” said Dan Walkovitz, president of Mainstay Software Corporation. “The traditional manual spreadsheet process encumbered by flipping through hundreds of paper catalogs or accessing manufacturers’ Web sites one at a time to find the product you need is an option of the past. RapidBOM users will be hooked in short order as they begin to produce more accurate designs faster without the traditional tedious and time-consuming process of product search and validation.”

RapidBOM is a complete telecommunications network estimating system that automatically creates a Bill of Materials (BOM), including both material and labor costs, needed to totally design a network from the faceplate to the router. RapidBOM contains a regularly updated database of key product information from cabling manufacturers as well as NECA labor rates and standards. In all, more than 100,000 products from in excess of 130 telecommunications manufacturers are represented in the database.

“RapidBOM is an invaluable telecommunications estimating product with the most comprehensive database of telecommunications-specific products ever created and made available commercially,” Walkovitz said. “It was developed by telecommunications professionals for telecommunications professionals.”

RapidBOM has a proven ability to enable telecommunications network designers and estimators to produce higher quality estimates much more quickly than the traditional manual process, and to do this as part of the design process. Current users of RapidBOM have found the tool to reduce their design and estimating time by as much as 90 percent.

RapidBOM also boasts internal artificial intelligence that checks the design against BICSI and other industry standards, thus limiting errors in the design process by preventing an estimator from creating a substandard design. RapidBOM ensures that all of the parts of a network build have been accounted for so that bids are fully priced and no time is lost on site for lack of appropriate materials.

“RapidBOM allowed me to generate two estimates in less than 30 minutes. The same task being accomplished via the 'spreadsheet' estimating method would have easily taken 3-4 hours, said Lomac Information Systems, Inc., Federal Account Manager John Lomac. “I had confidence that every jack in every room was accounted for. I also feel that I have a much better handle on the overall project when I am estimating with RapidBOM.”

Other current RapidBOM customers include: Avaya Communications, General Dynamics, Raytheon, SI International and a handful of government agencies, including the Unites States Army.

Mainstay Software Corporation was founded in June 1983 in Colorado. The company was established to continue developing and marketing Mainstay’s one-of-a-kind OLAP (On-Line Analytical Processing) database, MAINSTAY, which was developed in the early 1980s at Corporate Management Systems, Inc., a decision support consulting company.

From 1984 to 1986, Mainstay was successful in developing and marketing several versions of the MAINSTAY product. In 1986, Mainstay Software began to focus its attention on the aerospace/defense industry. PPAS (Proposal Pricing & Analysis System), the company’s flagship product was developed using MAINSTAY and was introduced in 1989. Today, it is used by many government contractors for preparation, analysis and presentation of proposals, as well as for the analysis and evaluation of proposals by government agencies themselves.

RapidBOM is a registered trademark of Catalyst Data.

For more information, please contact Rob McCallum (303) 220-8780

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