We were surprised by how fast the pledges were coming in
Ronkonkoma, NY (PRWEB) September 30, 2015
operateIT announced today that it has launched an industry-owned technology services firm co-founded by Ken Peterson CKD and Keith Tobias. "Nearly two dozen kitchen and bath professionals felt that our management software was so critical to improving the efficiency, growth, and profitability of their dealer operations that they each made substantial investments to become equity partners in this venture," said Peterson.
The comprehensive management software was originally developed collaboratively over the last several years for the SEN Design Group by a team that Tobias headed. Early last fall, the Network Management System (NMS) debuted exclusively with the SEN membership as a private-label product. A generic version, CompuTool Connect, is being made available to the entire kitchen/bath and remodeling industries effective in early 2016.
Peterson and Tobias assembled a consortium of kitchen and bath owners who pledged enough in funds over the summer to complete an outright acquisition of the CompuTool Connect intellectual property. "We were surprised by how fast the pledges were coming in," commented Tobias. "Clearly, these professionals wanted greater automation to run their operations, and witnessed firsthand how well the initial CompuTool Connect software offering satisfied that need." operateIT plans this fall to add some additional modules, including project scheduling and management, as well as offer white glove implementation services to make it quick and easy for dealers to gain the many benefits of automation.
The platform is uniquely designed so all parties in the industry's eco-system - dealers, distributors, and manufacturers - can participate and speed up their respective revenue growth. Indeed, the co-founders have already lined up a number of manufacturer marketing partners to commence advertising on the software platform. These early adopters "rent" a product category where their product occupies a premier position just at a time when dealers and designers are either budgeting, estimating, or making selections. Additional key benefits include unmatched analytics for forecasting purposes and direct messaging to customers for such things as product specials or new introductions.
The inclusion of a major channel partner, forecasted for the first half of 2016, will make this ground-breaking management system available to several thousand more dealer/designers. "It's been more than 30 years since CAD was introduced to speed up the design of kitchens," commented Peterson. "Now there is CompuTool Connect to speed up the sale, ordering, scheduling, and production of kitchens and baths, a program that the entire industry should be able to rally behind in support."
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 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. Owners will be able to manage their operations from anywhere in the world where there is internet connectivity. Vendor catalogs, mounted on the platform, make it easy for products to be specified and priced into projects. 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.