BlueDog Releases First Standardized Industry Hierarchy, Resi-Cat
BlueDog Group, formerly BlueDog Data Services and Audio Design, Inc., is a provider of comprehensive data management services supporting the tools, processes, and standards necessary for integrators to compete, grow and remain profitable. BlueDog is announcing the release of the first comprehensive, standardized industry hierarchy for organizing products and labor for residential systems integrators, aptly named Resi-Cat.
As a standards-based catalog hierarchy, Resi-Cat is currently used by dozens of BlueDog’s customers, representing decades of experience and best practices. Integrators implementing Resi-Cat have seen significant improvements across all departments in their business by allowing integrators to find products more easily for use in sales, proposal, engineering, properly accounting for all phases of their project lifecycle.
“Sharing Resi-Cat is our contribution to helping streamline business processes and increase efficiency and interoperability across our industry,” said Curt Hayes, a Managing Partner of BlueDog Group. “Standardization under a Creative Commons licensing model will ultimately help all of us do what we do better, faster, more easily and raise the level of capability and professionalism across the industry. We are publishing Resi-Cat for public access, enabling anyone to use and modify it, but we’re also requiring, per the Creative Commons licensing model, that they share their modifications with our industry so it truly reflects standardized practices.”
Until now, there has been no known unified industry standard catalog for integrators, manufacturers and distributors. Historically, companies have developed and used their own hierarchies—often many variations—making managing product and labor catalogs difficult and more costly than necessary.
Resi-Cat covers every functional area and step—from sales, to engineering, to accounting for inventory control, including both stock and non-inventory parts. This approach makes accurate financial reporting easier and minimizes errors such as overstating or underestimating the value of inventory, for instance.