i2 Trade Service, San Diego, has expanded its partnership with ConEst Software Systems, Londonderry, N.H., as part of its current initiative to provide more of its pricing and product data to software companies serving the electrical contracting business.

The ConEst partnership is intended to build stronger synergies between i2 Trade Service's content and ConEst's estimating software. In addition to its expanded relationship with ConEst, i2 Trade Service has formed partnerships with Accubid, Concord, Ontario; Estimation Inc., Linthicum Heights, Md.; ComputerEase Software Inc., Cincinnati; and Computer Pundits Corp., Bloomington, Minn.

John Henry, i2's director of corporate communications, said that over the past six months, i2 has worked with major end-user software companies to help them develop accessibility to i2's Tra-ser product and pricing program so users can use it in conjunction with their estimating applications.

“We're coming out with a new version of Tra-ser, and we want to make sure that we engage these folks on a much more regular basis,” he said. “It used to be on an ad-hoc basis. Now we're setting up regular dialogue so we can address product issues, customer issues, business issues, relationship issues, and make sure we stay on track meeting our goals and objectives. It's just better to do it in a more formalized way.”