As the world continues its transition to a more technology-focused environment, ReMap is taking on the home improvement industry by simplifying the way businesses run through comprehensive, easy-to-use workflow optimization tools.
It all started when Ram Viswanathan noticed home improvement firms were purchasing expensive enterprise software, yet developing models and spreadsheets on office tools like Excel to run their businesses. And, they were facing the challenge of connecting physical products and labor to coordinate projects.
“This was an eye-opener for me,” Viswanathan told Dallas Innovates. “I thought: We need to simplify these models, especially in the services industry.”
And so Viswanathan began the long process of building a leading-edge solutions platform. Thus, ReMap was born—a cutting-edge end-to-end platform that uses AI and ML to address the needs of the home improvement industry.
How it works
ReMap works as a one-stop-shop for the home improvement industry.
Originally founded in 2002 under Nathan Research Inc., a niche enterprise software and technology firm, ReMap is a SaaS platform built over the past five years.
Viswanathan and his team have merged all the needs of remodelers into a single easy-to-use platform. It offers an extensive range of products, covering sales and operations, workflow automation, data analytics, and customer experience. Features include: marketing tools, leads and sales management, visualizer tools, job management, and more.
“Our platform allows you to handle everything from start to finish: The first touchpoint to the customer, understanding their needs and wishes, and then translating that into a project specification,” Viswanathan, the founder and CEO, says. “The process of managing the project from the time the sales contract is signed to the time the project is finished is all done from this platform.”
Viswanathan says the platform operates in an efficient way that is pleasing to the customer and profitable for the remodeler.
There’s three plans available—ReMAP Essentials, ReMAP Professional, and ReMAP Enterprise—each offering different tools and features based on a consumer’s specific needs.
The company’s newest release, ReMAP 4.0, offers several enhancements to the ReMAP suite, including AI technology to redesign homes in seconds.
Now, remodelers and designers can set up and present product lines, visualize spaces using stock photos or those of your own space, and select specific areas (like countertops and cabinets) to virtually redesign.
Homeowners can also use ReMAP 4.0 to visualize and save designs or look for remodelers nearby who can bring the ideas to life.
Revolutionizing the market
Viswanathan says in a trillion-dollar market that falls behind in terms of technology, ReMap is offering a service that leads. He wants to make the virtual experience for remodeling services possible—with few competitors, Viswanathan believes the market opportunity for his independently funded business is huge.
“Today, the millennial generation and younger generations want a virtual experience,” Viswanathan says. “You can buy books online, cars sight unseen, and homes sight unseen. So, the intriguing question that comes to mind is: Why can’t we get services bought in the same manner?”
Viswanathan believes that very few solutions offer a technology that addresses everything in the industry from start to finish. With ReMap’s use of workflow automation, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, the platform has the power to bring home improvement companies ahead of the curve.
“As you know, every industry is getting disrupted because of new technologies. This industry is not going to be an exception,” he says. “The industry is made of big players and a myriad of small companies all trying to figure out how to stay relevant and ahead of the curve.”
Following the recent release of ReMAP 4.0, Viswanathan hopes to build more features to make the consumer experience more efficient than it already is.
He thinks the digital experience of designing a space is only the start of his journey. The CEO plans to work with his team to find a way to automate ReMap to be able to measure spaces and give users more knowledge, like the amount of materials needed for a renovation.
“I have a roadmap for the product that runs pages long, and all of these little items are a part of it,” Viswanathan says. “We are slowly but aggressively taking each part of the roadmap and looking at it while problem-solving, analyzing, solving, and producing.
“Then repeating the process.”
Viswanathan is also interested in green building, especially as more consumers and companies look into using sustainabile materials and more efficient energy.
After the Texas Winter Storm in February, he believes there is a sense of urgency in implementing solutions that use the right methods and materials. He points to solar cells, microgrids, and technologies that deliver eco-friendly energy to leave a smaller carbon footprint.
Although the industry is in the early stages of these types of developments, Viswanathan has already met with companies in the industry. He hopes to use his software to merge the remodeling industry with manufacturers who specialize in green building, solar, or other types of materials.
“The installation practices and methods are a specialized set that brings all of these things together—using our software to enable the network of suppliers, installers, and eventually consumers,” he says. “To come together and have a greener Dallas, greener U.S., and greener world is another dream of mine. If we can even make a small dent in that, I will be so happy and proud.”
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