A business intelligence (BI) tool to organize your data more effectively.

Aktion Analytics for Sage 300 Construction & Real Estate offers best-in-class data analytics to Sage users. Improve your  margins, streamline your processes with a BI tool to organize your data more effectively. Learn how to boost margins and increase profits with this handy Aktion Analytics for Construction product sheet.

Join us for a free webinar to see Aktion Analytics for Construction. Discover how Sage users like you can quickly access key data, empowering them to make better decisions for their construction business.

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A business intelligence (BI) tool to organize your data more effectively.

Aktion Analytics for Sage 100 Contractor offers best-in-class data analytics to Sage users. Improve your  margins, streamline your processes with a BI tool to organize your data more effectively. Learn how to boost margins and increase profits with this handy Aktion Analytics for Construction product sheet.

Join us for a free webinar to see Aktion Analytics for Construction. Discover how Sage users like you can quickly access key data, empowering them to make better decisions for their construction business.

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GCPay is an automated solution for managing the application process. Join us for a demo to learn more about the way that GCPay integrates with your Sage solution.

When you register, you’ll also get lunch on GCPay! If you’re an Aktion Sage 100 Contractor or Sage 300 CRE customer, you’ll be sent a digital $15 Grubhub voucher after the webinar ends – good up to a week afterwards.

Here’s the general overview agenda for the GCPay event:

• What is GCPay?
• Common Pay App Issues
• How GCPay Solves These Issues
• *Live Demo*
• Q&A
• Free lunch!

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Credit Card Reconciliation and Expense Reports

Now you can submit and reconcile expenses from anywhere.

Get the CC Reconciliation Infographic here and register below for a live demo. A software expert will be presenting and ready to answer any questions you have.

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Streamline document management with Sage Paperless Construction.

Sage Paperless is a document management tool that integrates with your current Sage solution. Documents are stored electronically so workflow automation and document distribution is easy and fast. With less paperwork. you spend less time looking for important paperwork and more time on developing customer relationships.

Join us to see how Sage Paperless simplifies your construction document management across the board.

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Jack of All Trades: Overcome the Skills Gap with Technology

Well-trained employees make for safer construction sites. Targeted, comprehensive training is key to helping employees better understand the risks and the steps to take to protect themselves and their co-workers from hazards on the job site. Where do you start? Make safety part of performance. Now is a good time to evaluate what it is you need, identify who might be able to fill in that gap, and begin the process of reskilling and upskilling.

In this webinar Arcoro will some of the specifics of construction workplaces and how to leverage technology to:

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Can’t make it at this time? Register anyway and we’ll send you a recording of the session.

See how Liberty Reports transforms Excel.

During this online presentation of Liberty Reports, learn how Excel can be transformed into an intuitive and powerful report designer for Sage 100 Contractor. Learn how to produce reports such as Job Cost Cash Flow with 12 Month Trend, Job Summary Report by Phase, Cost Code, and Type, Project Manager Weekly Job Summary, Work in Progress, Job Cost Forecast by Cost Code, Financials And More!

Register below or read more about Liberty Reports for Sage 100 Contractor users here.

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Business Intelligence (BI) software provides a fact-based, real-time, singular version of the truth, empowering construction companies to build and maintain a competitive edge. Project managers who use BI have immediate access to critical information about their projects such as labor, scheduling, suppliers and detailed financials. BI software aggregates information from multiple data sources, transforming it into actionable insights that project managers can use to steer their projects towards success.

Below are five ways that project managers are using BI to make better business decisions.

 

1: Self-service data analysis and reporting

Time is critical to the success of construction projects, and delays usually translate into dollars. Project managers can use BI software to quickly analyze data and develop reports that lead to more strategic decisions. In the past, the analysis and reporting was likely managed by an IT department that was likely focused on more IT-centric needs of the business. The IT department can be a bottleneck and cause delays to the field, leaving project managers to make decisions on gut-feel or intuition rather than true intelligence. Intuitive BI puts the onus of data analysis and reporting into the hands of those in the field who need the data the most, and want to make quick decisions based on fact. Project managers use BI to decide how to prioritize project workflows, allocate labor, schedule equipment and supply deliveries, and manage costs and risks.  The ability to use data and manage reporting for their areas of responsibility has tremendous impact on whether current and future projects are successful

2: Better managing labor

Labor can be one of the biggest variables for construction projects. The better it can be managed and anticipated, the better chance project managers have of controlling their costs and turning a profit. The jobsite is traditionally a wide array of activity with contractors and subcontractors, and materials and equipment coming and going. Data is coming from all parts of the operations, and by aggregating and analyzing the information, project managers can quickly identify areas where labor can be reduced and or allocated to increase efficiencies, improve productivity and or drive completion. Project managers can also monitor the effectiveness of labor, whether it’s his or her own staff or contractors and subcontractors. Keeping and comparing labor with project timelines, supply and waste and other aspects of the jobsite can help project managers identify sources of labor that they will want to use on future projects.

3: Improving project efficiencies

BI can help project managers to identify problem areas and opportunities and make decisions that will refine their projects’ efficiencies. For example, nothing slows a project down faster than if the crews run out of supplies or if shipments are delayed. Project managers can use the data analytics to better understand when and how much materials need to be ordered and when to ask suppliers to deliver them. Ordering too much product can impact project budgets, while also creating challenges for how and where to store any excess. With better visibility into project data and workflows, a project manager can make better decisions on what suppliers to work with to keep things moving forward. Knowing supply ordering and delivering patterns, along with the best times, prices, and quantities to buy, also allows project managers to negotiate the best pricing tiers to increase profit margins and capitalize on every opportunity.

4: Keeping executives informed

Executives can use BI to make decisions based on statistical facts. These facts can guide choices about future growth by evaluating a long-term view of the market and competition. Executives can use the data to help decide where to focus growth, how to streamline processes, identify productivity levels among staff and suppliers, monitor cash flow and project profitability, among other ways. While managers can use the actionable insights to determine the most effective strategies to improve individual projects, BI allows Executives to see the bigger picture, funneling all of the facts from across the portfolio of projects to make crucial operational decisions.

5: Managing financial success 

Business Intelligence offers a real-time picture of a project’s financial risk, cost variance, cash position, change orders, AR retainage, AP aging and profitability of the job. Top-notch BI allows project managers to drill all the way down to individual transactions to get instant answers to money-saving opportunities and cost concerns. By examining incoming and outgoing finances of the present and past, construction companies can make decisions based on future financial status. Breaking down costs by job give project managers the information that is relative to them. Customizing the BI dashboard allows project managers to track key performance indicators (KPIs) that enable effective financial oversight and management.

Aktion Analytics business intelligence for construction professionals makes it easier for project managers to access the information they need to better understand their project’s past and present performance in order to make the right decisions to increase the chances of success in the future. Companies will be better positioned to make successful strategic decisions when they analyze data and monitor critical business operations from a single source of truth.

To learn more about the value of business intelligence for your construction business, download this white paper.

More and more, construction companies are turning towards technology to streamline their operations instead of away from it. But being able to find the right fit for your needs requires a strategic approach to effectively implement and use that technology.

Here are three key tips for evaluating and selecting the kind of solutions that will meet and even exceed your construction company’s needs.

 

Designate a team

Identifying needs and wants takes a broad amount of participation across different departments and different levels. But you’ll also want to select a designated team that can systematically evaluate your options. These people will be charged with ensuring your technology investment is a good fit and will be embraced by the entire company as an effective and useful tool.

 

Make a “needs” list

The pain points are often well known amongst your team members but making a clear list of what you need is very important. Company leadership may want to get employee feedback to help develop this list, allowing them to feel a part of the process. It might sound simple, but clear goals make a significant difference in identifying what kind of technology you need. Instead of broad complaints, turn the pain points into specific objectives that can be achieved. Below you’ll find a few examples of ways to hone your pain points into needs for a legitimate solution.

Pain Point: Sharing reports with different people in my construction company is difficult to do.

Need: We need a way to quickly and easily share reports with multiple people in the company so that people have information needed to do their jobs.

Pain Point: The data I need is not available to people in the field.

Need: A mobile solution that can be used from anywhere would allow better collaboration among different departments.

 

Participate actively in the implementation

After your designated team makes recommendations and a decision is made, you still need to remain involved. Getting a solution implemented requires active participation. You will want to stay in close contact with the people at the solution provider you selected. There will be timelines, training and possibly occasions to adjust as needed when any roadblocks come up.

Strong planning leads to success, so approach this strategically. Once you’ve selected the solution or solutions needed, gone through training and implementation, your patience and hard will be apparent. Aktion supports a wide variety of technology options for the construction industry. When you’re ready to look at those choices, please reach out to us.

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Accounts Payable Automation

Make it easy to manage construction documents and automate AP invoice processing with TimberScan 100 all while staying connected to your Sage 100 Contractor system.

Content management and invoice routing is made simple using a browser-based application that’s user-friendly and ready-to-go. With TimberScan 100, your construction business can:

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