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WennSoft® Evolution Re-Defines Operational Solutions for Asset-Centric Organizations

WennSoft announces the availability of WennSoft Evolution – a complete operational solution for organizations focused on work order management, asset management, installation, field service and maintenance. The solution is designed for equipment or asset centric organizations in the energy, construction, communications, and manufacturing and distribution industries.

Built on the Microsoft xRM framework, Evolution delivers asset management, maintenance agreements, simple and segmented work orders, field service, advanced dispatching and scheduling, mobile solutions for field technicians, quotes, purchasing and invoicing, and includes Microsoft Dynamics® CRM.  It can operate as a stand-alone solution; it can be integrated with Microsoft Dynamics ERP products; and it can be integrated with other business application software and services.

“Evolution has been designed to help organizations who want more – market leaders who know that keeping the customer at the center of your business sets you apart. They need the complete solution delivered how and when it fits their plans, with the flexibility that allows their organizations to grow untethered,” says Julie West, President and COO of WennSoft.

Relationships First

Evolution provides users the information they need to build and maintain long term relationships with customers, suppliers and vendors, and to accurately track all tools, equipment and assets. Strong cross-department cooperation is supported by roles based access to information and the workflow to drive timely action. The ability to collaborate through the use of mobile and portal solutions ensures customers and technicians are informed. Sales and service are aligned and customers’ expectations are met.

Access and Accountability

Evolution enables accountability by providing access to all information — whenever it’s needed, from any location, and from multiple devices. Access to information drives action – dispatch can graphically drag and drop activities and appointments to ensure SLAs are met. Technicians, tools and equipment can be scheduled on work orders reducing trips to the office. Marketing can track warranties and ensure clear communications and follow up offers are delivered on time. Sales and service have a closed loop  – so no opportunity is left unaddressed, and consistent service is provided. Asset managers have a pulse on their own, and their customers’ equipment, with tools to manage simple to complex hierarchical relationships, streamline model configurations, and track utilization and maintenance. The result: Cross organization accountability drives limitless business opportunity.

Choice and Flexibility

Evolution grows with a company. It can be implemented in phases, or at once across the entire organization, based on customer requirements. Furthermore, Evolution can be deployed on premise or in the cloud. And it can be used as a stand-alone solution or integrated with ERP applications, additional operational software packages or web services.

Evolution supports Microsoft Outlook as a client, giving end users a familiar, intuitive work interface. It is also accessible from a web-client. Finally, technicians in the field can use multiple devices across operating systems —iOS, Android and Windows 7 — to access FieldTech, a mobile solution that has both online as well as “Store and Forward” capabilities.

“With almost two decades of delivering operational solutions to customers in these markets, we’ve had an incredible advantage in building Evolution.’ says Jim Wenninger, CEO of WennSoft. ‘Evolution delivers the competitive advantage that so many companies are looking for – the missing link to their operational success.”

Availability

Evolution can be licensed perpetually, or by subscription. Qualified customers may be eligible to finance the licensing of the solution. Evolution is available in English speaking countries today with plans to expand to other languages with future releases.

For more information visit www.wennsoft.com

This product appears in the September issues of the ACP magazines.

SITECH Technology Dealer Established in Arkansas for Heavy Civil Construction Contractors

Trimble announced today that a SITECH® Technology Dealer has been established in Arkansas. SITECH Arkansas joins the premier network of SITECH dealerships—the first fully dedicated global distribution network offering the most comprehensive portfolio of construction technology systems available to the heavy civil construction contractor.

SITECH Technology Dealers represent Trimble® and Caterpillar® machine control systems for the contractor’s entire fleet of heavy equipment regardless of machine brand, along with Trimble’s portfolio of Connected Site® solutions—site positioning systems, construction asset management services, software and powerful wireless and Internet-based site communications infrastructure.

The experienced construction professionals at each SITECH Technology Dealership can advise contractors on the appropriate construction technology solutions to utilize, and can provide high-quality local customer service, personalized training and technical support. As authorized dealers for Trimble site-wide solutions and Caterpillar’s machine control systems, the SITECH Technology Dealers understand how to apply innovative construction technology to help solve a variety of contractors’ construction challenges. Leveraging technology, contractors can gain greater insight into their operations, enabling them to lower operating costs and improve accuracy, safety and productivity.

Through the adoption of construction technology, contractors can experience new levels of productivity that enable more competitive bidding on projects. SITECH Technology Dealers offer the most advanced and complete set of tools to revolutionize the construction workflow.

For more information about SITECH Dealers, visit: www.sitech-construction.com.

About SITECH Arkansas

SITECH Arkansas is now a part of the worldwide SITECH distribution network, which offers consultative advice on construction technology solutions, customized training, data services, installation, service and technical support.

New Data Exchange Application From Dexter + Chaney Streamlines Business Processes, Data Management

Construction software provider Dexter + Chaney (www.dexterchaney.com) announces the release of Spectrum Data Exchange (SDX), a secure, quick and easy way to transfer data into the company’s Spectrum construction management software.  SDX takes advantage of the web services that are available with the latest cloud-based release of Spectrum version 14.

With SDX, Dexter + Chaney clients can automate the import of data from multiple sources, including other applications. SDX dramatically reduces the amount of time-consuming, repetitive data entry that is associated with many tasks such as time entry, invoice processing and inventory management.

“Our goal with Spectrum is to make it the most accessible and easiest-to-use construction software available,” said John Chaney, president and co-founder. “After investing in the research and development necessary to transform Spectrum into a true web-based product, SDX was the next logical step.”

SDX provides a library of user-friendly templates that contractors can use as-is or modify to bring information into Spectrum from other sources, including other software applications. SDX comes with a Microsoft Excel® add-in that lets the user connect to Spectrum directly from an Excel spreadsheet. “Every contractor we know uses at least several software applications to run their business,” said Geoff Falk, Spectrum product manager. “SDX will let them integrate their spreadsheets and applications onto a single platform without the time and money usually associated with software integration.”

Clients that have complicated data exchange requirements are not limited by the templates. SDX provides the user with easy-to-use web services tools to quickly build their own data exchange routines. “Making Spectrum cloud-based made it much more accessible to users anywhere, on any device.” said Falk, “Now SDX makes Spectrum much more accessible to other applications as well.”

For more information visit: www.dexterchaney.com.

Dexter + Chaney Announces New Web-Based Version of Construction Management Software

Construction software provider Dexter + Chaney (www.dexterchaney.com) recently launched a new, web-based version of Spectrum® Construction Software.

 

Spectrum version 14 offers unprecedented accessibility, ease of use, and affordability and is the culmination of the software developer’s 30-year history of serving construction professionals.  According to John Chaney, president, “The newest version of Spectrum represents a significant re-investment in our existing product line and sets a new standard for connecting the construction office with the field.”  In addition to many new features, v14 will be accessible via any web browser from any location using any Internet-connected device.

The latest version of Spectrum software, already used by thousands of contractors for construction business management, is a full-featured web-based product.  “Spectrum version 14 sets a new standard for usability and accessibility that will truly connect the construction office with the field,” said Chaney.  Spectrum users will be able to deploy the software on-premise or access it through a cloud environment.  “Our customers will be able to access the full features of Spectrum from anywhere using virtually any device with a web browser,” added Chaney.  “Our goal with Spectrum version 14 was to deliver the most accessible, easiest-to-use construction software without any sacrifice in functionality – and we succeeded.”

The browser-based functionality drove a significant improvement in usability. “We’ve completely redesigned our user experience, putting all the information about a project or a job no more than one click away.  Whether you’re tracking job costs in the office or managing job progress in the field, you have all the information you need literally at your fingertips,” said Chaney.

Spectrum version 14 can be deployed by the client on-premise or customers can also choose a completely cloud-based option and never worry about software updates or hardware requirements.  “Contractors can now access the industry’s most powerful business and operations software without having to load a single disk or buy a single new piece of hardware,” said Chaney.  Running in a browser simplifies IT infrastructure and reduces costs.  The user saves time and money on setup, hardware, and internal support; even workstation requirements are low since all processing occurs on the server.  Spectrum eliminates the need for third-party software and additional hardware that other programs require to run on the Internet.

ABOUT DEXTER + CHANEY
Dexter + Chaney has been providing complete construction management software for more than 30 years.  From the office to the field, from accounting to project management, Dexter + Chaney’s Spectrum® Construction Software is used by more than 1,000 companies.  Their clients come from all segments of the industry – heavy highway and utility, general contractors, electrical, mechanical, and specialty subcontractors – and are companies of all sizes, from locally owned subcontractors to some of the world’s largest construction firms.  Every client is different, and the modularity and flexibility of Dexter + Chaney software allows customers to create a software solution that suits their needs and works the way they do.  For more information about Dexter + Chaney’s products and services, contact Wayne Newitts, Marketing Director, Dexter + Chaney, 9700 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA, 98115-2347; phone: 800-875-1400 or 206-364-1400; fax: 206-367-9613; e-mail: info@dexterchaney.com; www.dexterchaney.com.

Dexter + Chaney Celebrates 30 Years In Business

Construction software developer commemorates milestone with company event at Seattle campus

Dexter + Chaney (www.dexterchaney.com), developer of Spectrum® Construction Software, recently marked the 30th anniversary of the company’s founding with a staff party at the Dexter + Chaney campus in Seattle.  Spectrum addresses the accounting, operational, management, and reporting needs of more than 1,000 construction companies throughout the United States.

Partners Mark Dexter and John Chaney started the business in 1981 in the spare bedroom of Dexter’s Seattle apartment.  The duo had worked together as certified public accountants in the consulting division of Arthur Andersen (now Accenture) on a huge maritime project involving pricing change orders and mark-ups—a manual process at the time.  They figured there had to be a better method, and decided to apply the emerging technology of electronic spreadsheets to the construction market.

Today, Dexter + Chaney employs more than 80 people who work in two buildings on the company-owned 2.3-acre campus in north Seattle.  While the company has experienced many changes over the past 30 years, its dedication to serving the needs of its customers has remained constant.

“Our founding principles—making Spectrum the last software our clients need to buy, and our commitment to making each client a customer for life—apply today as they did in 1981,” said  Chaney, the company’s president.  “Producing software that our clients never need to re-purchase is a commitment that we’ve upheld for 30 years.  It’s been true for all of our past releases and upgrades, and we will continue to do likewise with future versions of Spectrum and for the life of the product.”

Looking To The Future       

As Dexter + Chaney marks three decades in business, the company is focusing on the upcoming release of Spectrum version 14.

“We’ve taken clients from green screen to DOS to Windows over the last 30 years,” said Chaney. “Version 14 is as big a leap in technology, access and usability as any we made in the past.  I’m not exaggerating when I say that Dexter + Chaney is poised to revolutionize the way construction software serves the industry.

“The development of Spectrum version 14 is rooted in our commitment to our clients,” Chaney continued. “Our development philosophy is simple: listen carefully to customers and then provide what they really need.  That was true 30 years ago and it remains the same today.”

Spectrum’s fully-integrated 28 modules provide a seamless solution that fits the needs of contractors across all construction industries:  general, electrical, mechanical/HVAC, heavy/highway and utility contractors and specialty subcontractors.  Dexter + Chaney leverages the latest technology to continually advance the software, improving functionality and delivering a solution that helps contractors become more efficient and productive.