Austin Engineering Company Embraces Digital Transformation and Says Goodbye to Paper Documents and Processes
With no document imaging solution in place, Austin Engineering was handling all business-critical documents manually on paper. The AP invoice process was not only time-consuming but, also resulted in errors, duplication of effort, manual tasks, and certain delays.
In addition to an antiquated invoicing workflow, labor information was collected manually from the field and entered by hand into eCMS for processing.
Further, the firm manually managed more than 122 pieces of equipment, including corresponding usage information, repair costs, depreciation, and job costing.
Evaluating Austin Engineering’s business processes quickly demonstrated that the firm needed to implement a construction software platform that could automate its business operations workflows, house its integrated project, employee and company data, and manage and distribute the firm’s information in real time and on demand.
Austin Engineering implemented eCMS v.4.1 and deployed several additional applications to its core accounting to bring new automation and enhanced fact-based decision-making, as well as standardization and basic innovation to the company.
The ERP Takes A Wrecking Ball To Construction Workflow Friction
Computer Guidance’s VP of Marketing, Victoria Satran, was interviewed about the role of ERP in today’s world in regard to integrations with third-party solutions and payment systems for the PYMNTS.com magazine this past month. Read the article
Tri-City Electrical Contractors Estimates Over $95K in Cost Savings By Migrating To The Cloud
Florida’s largest electrical contractor and recipients of ABC’s National 2020 Contractor of the Year Award, Tri-City Electrical Contractors are recognized by their peers, customers, and the industry for outstanding service and exponential growth. As such, the contractor faced a number of challenges that resulted in their decision to move their existing eCMS v.4.1 ERP solution to the Cloud.
Key driving forces included the need for greater risk management and automated disaster recovery solution, Covid-19 forcing remote IT infrastructure management, vulnerability to catastrophes residing in Florida, and significant time/effort spent by accounting and IT teams to manage the on-premise environment.
Tri-City Electrical Contractors worked with CGC ’s Technical Services team to review their Cloud environment requirements, create a test environment and scenario, coordinate the implementation and go live, and migrate their large eCMS v.4.1 ERP database to the Cloud.
The company placed the day-forward management of the Cloud-Based eCMS ERP solution with CGC so they could focus on functionality that would help solve business issues, increase productivity, eliminate paper-based workflows, and drive enterprise-wide efficiency.
“In Florida, as with any location with uncertain conditions, we were looking for enhanced ERP performance with greater reach, as well as the comfort and stability of knowing our data would be available to support our business decisions 24/7. Greater responsiveness from the system, a return on our investment, and a seamless transition supported by CGC is exactly what Tri-City Electrical was searching for when we set out to obtain more support of our growing business,” said Cindy Bargo, Controller, Tri-City Electrical Contractors.
Sterling Boiler is Reaping the Benefits of a Unified Approach to Accessing & Processing Big Data
Sterling Industrial, like many of Traylor Bros. companies, conducts joint-venture jobs, which can be difficult to manage without a single enterprise resource planning software supporting the people, processes, and infrastructure. Traylor needed to establish an enterprise-wide ERP platform to manage its joint ventures, supporting both its family of companies and any outside contractors working within the same joint venture.
Further complicating matters, Sterling Industrial comprises multiple divisions and performs various job types in high volumes (+2,500 jobs/year with hundreds of sub-jobs and job codes). Financial controls had to be implemented to efficiently manage payroll, accounting, time and material, job costing, and reporting. In addition, Sterling Industrial is also a union contractor, working with and reporting to +40 different union organizations.
Trying to accomplish all of this with more than 2,500 jobs per year, 500 average employees, and significantly more if including joint venture employees (who must be paid weekly) can create tremendous challenges for Sterling.
eCMS v.4.1 ERP delivered Sterling Boiler a comprehensive Payroll application that is customizable to meet unique needs and still adjust on the fly, robust union and financial reporting capability, integrated Time & Material Billing, Job Costing, and Human Resources applications on a stable, reliable and scalable software platform.
The organization automated numerous processes and established real-time access and processing of enterprise-wide big data. None of these accomplishments would have been realized with disparate systems and processes—these dramatic business results stem from the implementation of a single ERP platform spanning the Traylor Companies.
“The benefits of eCMS have not just been significant, they’ve been immediate, measurable and we expect them to be long-lasting. Not only have we turned our focus away from slow manual processes, we continue to make faster, fact-based decisions that lead to more jobs being completed more efficiently, and we’re enjoying the growth and benefits associated with true automation,” said Ken Wahl, Director of Finance, Sterling Industrial.
We are pleased to announce that Computer Guidance Corporation’s parent company, JDM Technology Group, is growing again through the acquisition of Maestro Technologies Inc., provider of maestro(R) ERP construction management software, in Varennes, Quebec, Canada.
Founded in 1989 Maestro Technologies is a leading provider of mission-critical ERP software to contractors in North America. Supporting customers in all sectors of the construction industry, Maestro’s innovative technology solutions help contractors optimize their financial and project management processes. Maestro’s software provides specialized accounting, job cost, estimating and bidding, project management, equipment, and mobile software required for contractors in Canada.
Acquiring Maestro further strengthens the JDM Technology Group’s position in the North American construction software market.