This month, Masonry is showcasing just a taste of some of the software tools that will help you keep your business lean and mean in the year 2005.
VirtualBoss Construction Scheduling Software
VirtualBoss Construction Scheduling Software is an easy-to-use job scheduling and task management software solution. Designed for contractors by contractors, VirtualBoss will track your scheduling items, punch lists, service calls, warranty items and much more. VirtualBoss will allow you to streamline your scheduling and job management functions without wasting time on arduous setup procedures and expensive training. VirtualBoss offers a powerful system at an affordable price. Also, for those on the go, try our user-friendly Pocket PC and Palm versions. For more information, call (888) 827-5397 or visit www.virtualboss.net.
Manage all aspects of service including automated work orders, dispatching, scheduling, preventive maintenance, searchable knowledgebase, loaners, customer and equipment history, management reports and much more. AyaNova does not require a network server or other costly dedicated equipment. AyaNova is affordable for the small business, as licenses are only required for the number of users scheduled and assigned to work orders, not the number of total users or computers. Optional features include QuickBooks integration and web-based remote access. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ayanova.com.
The American Contractor
The American Contractor by Maxwell Systems is an easily implemented, fully integrated accounting, job cost and service management software developed specifically for construction and service contractors. Innovative enhancements and excellence in product design have made The American Contractor a proven leader and trusted software provider. With versatility being a signature feature, The American Contractor offers a variety of solutions to accommodate a wide range of operations, from single-user offices to large contractors. Founded in 1975, Maxwell Systems has a proven track record for technical superiority in the software market, and supports companies in all 50 U.S. states. For more information, call (800) 333-8435 or visit www.TheAmericanContractor.com.
Construction Office Project Management System
Starting at $299, Construction Office is the only comprehensive construction project management software solution available for under $500. Ideal for specialty contractors, Construction Office works with QuickBooks and Microsoft Office to create a powerful, integrated project management system designed for small to medium businesses. The Construction Office system is complete with estimating, scheduling, QuickBooks integration, contracts, specifications and mobile integration for Pocket PCs. The latest release of Construction Office includes over 300 advanced new features designed to streamline project management for construction firms. For more information, call (800) 700-8321 or visit www.udatechnologies.com.
Forefront® Construction Management Software
Dexter + Chaney's Forefront Construction Management Software integrates operations with financials. Forefront's 29 integrated modules handle accounting, jobs, project management, document imaging, human resources, equipment, materials, remote connectivity and data sharing. Forefront Version 12, designed for SQL databases, introduces hundreds of new features. One example is Forefront Tasks, an exciting tool for the step-by-step execution of specific processes. Ideal for walking users through procedures such as month-end closing or creating regular job cost projections, Forefront Tasks integrates with Microsoft Outlook for scheduling automatic reminders. Users can actually execute the task directly from the reminder this is a real time-saver! For more information, call (800) 875-1400 or visit www.dexterchaney.com.
FieldRanger allows contractors to create work orders in the accounting package such as Intuit's QuickBooks or MasterBuilder, send work orders to the field, and synchronize data back into the accounting package from the field. FieldRanger Dispatch sends work orders created in QuickBooks and Master Builder, provides technician-specific status information, and controls synchronization in and out of QuickBooks and Master Builder. Meanwhile, FieldRanger Mobile has job start and end dates, description of job, time tracking and materials usage tracking. Address fields allow for billing, shipping and physical location, and a notes field tracks customer history. For more information, call (888) 321-2583 or visit www.fieldranger.com.
Intuit Master Builder software gives construction companies the power to manage their operations more efficiently, productively and profitability. Backed by Intuit, a long-time leader in business management software, Master Builder is a fully integrated business management software and service offering designed exclusively for the construction industry. Master Builder software serves the needs of general contractors and subcontractors providing them with tools to manage their construction business "profit cycle" estimating, production, accounting and reporting and analysis. With better control and insight into their entire operation, construction businesses can more effectively identify costly inefficiencies and revenue opportunities. For more information, call (800) 726-6278 or visit http://masterbuilder.intuit.com.
Goldenseal is integrated business management software for construction and related trades. It includes cost estimating, contract writing, project management, general accounting, job costing and payroll. The program includes unit costs for estimating all types of construction (specialty versions for masonry and concrete work will be available in winter 2005). Goldenseal tracks change orders, equipment and labor hours, material purchases and other expenses. It creates a bill of materials (material takeoff) and a simple schedule for each project. Available in single-user and network versions. Includes printed manuals and free lifetime phone support. Classes and hands-on support available. For more information, call (888) 272-1008 or visit www.turtlesoft.com.
Several new enhancements underscore the most recent release of Timberline Office. The new Timberline Office Desktop provides a central, customizable desktop screen where users can launch Timberline Office applications, organize daily tasks, highlight important inquiries and reports, and connect with other software and web sites. Plus, several enhancements to Timberline Office estimating provide further options in multiple prices on the item, productivity factors, sorting by secondary items, and search capabilities. The new features join Timberline's fully integrated suite of financial and operations software for construction estimating, accounting, project management and service management. For more information, call (800) 628-6583 or visit www.timberline.com.
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