Design is global, therefore design management software should be too—at least that's the thought behind Ivy's latest move. The platform, which services more than 5,000 design firms in the U.S. and was acquired by Houzz last spring, announced this morning that it has launched versions for the U.K., Canada, and Australia.
The expansion comes as a response to designer demand in international markets, said Adi Tatarko, Houzz CEO and cofounder, in a statement. “Ivy is already the most-used business management software by design firms in the U.S., and we can now empower designers in the U.K., Australia, and Canada to run their businesses more efficiently and effectively.”
In addition to providing Ivy’s standard workflow tools, which span client billing, vendor purchasing, time tracking, and more, the targeted versions will feature the currency, spelling, date formats, and terminology specific to each region. International users will have access to both Ivy’s desktop and mobile apps (for iPhone, iPad, and Android) formats.
Ivy has hired local service representatives to assist in the rollout of the new editions, expanding its team beyond its current offices in Irvine, California; San Francisco; New York; Nashville; and Tel Aviv.
Along with expanded accessibility, Ivy is progressing its service capabilities as well. The platform recently unveiled Room Boards, a grouping tool that allows users to curate products, services, and budgets by room. The extension comes in handy at almost every stage of the design process, from sharing concepts with clients pre-proposal to receiving client feedback on product picks in real time to turning the approved products into tearsheets or an invoice.
“We’re always looking for new ways to help designers run an organized and profitable business,” said Lee Rotenberg, Ivy cofounder, in a statement. “Room Boards is a highly requested tool, and we’re thrilled to deliver it to our community, helping designers further streamline their workflows with both current and potential clients.” That’s a mission any designer can support—no matter where they call home.
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest