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Jonas Premier Construction Software Continues to Grow and Increase Client Portfolio

Brookfield Multiplex has been delivering landmark property and infrastructure assets for more than 50 years. They are a leading international contractor with a focus on sustainable growth. Their resume includes 852 projects completed with $61 billion in earnings, over 630 awards, in 7 countries. A few examples of locations where they have completed projects include the Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences in Australasia, the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Toronto, and the home of the Chelsea Football Club, Stamford Bridge Stadium in London.

 

According to Taylor Rogers, Project Manager at Brookfield Multiplex, the reasons they decided to partner with Jonas Premier were:

  •     Ease of use and very functional.
  •     Cloud based technology, with no hardware or software required.
  •     Diverse functionalities in one solution, such as job costing, invoicing, inventory, and PO’s.
  •     Modern graphics and layouts, which are easy to operate and navigate.
  •     Easy integration with current systems and highly scalable.
  •     Consistent reports that mimic current reports requested.

 

Cityzen Developments is one of the Greater Toronto Area’s most recognized builders with a passion for design. Their urban communities are highly sought after and their award-winning architects and designers are always pushing boundaries. Their mission is to make each community feel comfortable, convenient and refined. Projects they have worked on include the Ion Condos, L Tower, Garrison Point, Pier 27 Tower, and Absolute World to name a few.

 

Karoline Lapko, Vice President of Jonas Premier Construction Software, is pleased with the continuous growth and advancement of Jonas Premier, “Through continually partnering with new clients, our industry leading cloud construction software solution helps us further solidify our place within the market. With diverse clients such as Brookfield Multiplex and Cityzen Developments, it is quite evident that our solution meets the needs of a wide range of construction businesses. Jonas Premier has the necessary functionalities to provide our clients with a competitive advantage and truly help take them to the next level.”

 

About Premier Construction Software

Premier Construction Software is a fully integrated, cloud-based construction accounting software solution ideal for General Contracting businesses. Running in the cloud, it provides you with the ability to access and input key business information anytime, anywhere. It is built on modern software architecture, fully flexible and is simple to use. The complete offering for contractors includes: Accounting, Job Cost, Subcontract Management, Billing, Progress Billing, T&M Billing, Financials, Project Management, Bank Management, Purchase Order, Inventory, Time Entry, Integrated Document Storage, Field Mobile Apps, and Vendor and Customer Portals.

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Top 5 Most Beautiful Constructions Across the Globe

Premier’s goal is to help make the world a more beautiful place. We do this through assisting Contractors to complete their jobs efficiently and effectively. Here are our top 5 inspirational constructions that inspire our team and hopefully will inspire yours.

Regatta Hotel – Indonesia: This impressive hotel was designed by Atelier Enam, based on the nautical theme, where the centerpiece is an aerodynamically shaped hotel bound to be one of the most striking landscape features which overlooks the Java Sea

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Songjiang Hotel – China: Located in the city of Shanghai in the Songjiang district – this 400 bedroom resort is situated in a 100m deep quarry. Some features include sport facilities, cafes and an underwater public area where guestrooms will face an aquarium wall of aquatic life.

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Russia Tower – Moscow: This skyscraper was planned for the Moscow International Centre. Construction began in 2007 and is expected to be completed in 2016. This tower will stand 1,180 ft. and will contain 118 floors, 101 elevators and will hold a maximum capacity of 30,000 people.

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Mecca Royal Tower – Saudi Arabia: This building complex in Mecca is part of the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project that strives to modernize the holy city. This complex holds world records, such as the tallest hotel in the world, tallest clock and also the world’s largest floor area.

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Zhuhai Macau Bridge – Hong Kong: This bridge is an ongoing construction project which will consist of a series of bridges and tunnels that will connect Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai – the three major cities on the Pearl River in Eastern Asia. The proposed 50 km link is expected to cost a total of $10.7 Billion USD. The project is expected to complete in 2016.

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Premier is constantly working towards making the world around us, more beautiful…We do this by:

  • Helping Contractors stay organized which leads to faster job completion.
  • Premier helps Owners and Project Managers keep track of their costs and billings on all jobs, making them more efficient.
  • We also take pride in the unique way we have integrated job costing and accounting which makes double entry to record these components obsolete.
  • We have ensured that our software is available anywhere around the world by creating a product that is true cloud, this way, anyone requiring access to a job can have it, no matter where or when they require information.
  • Premier is also extremely flexible and completely configurable which means any General Contractor can embrace the software and make it their own.

Premier’s goal as a software provider is to assist Contractors in any way they can to conduct business efficiently and effectively which in turn helps to increase our world’s beauty, one project at a time.

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Premier Announces Integration with Microsoft Project

Jonas Premier, a leading integrated cloud construction software solution, announces integration with Microsoft Project, a leader within the project management software industry. Phase 1 of this integration is set to be released in early December 2015.

Markham, Ontario, Canada (PRWEB) October 23, 2015 —

 

The goal of this integration is to enhance the accessibility of schedule information, allowing employees across the business to view project schedules from one central location. Any time a project schedule is updated, the revised schedule is automatically updated within Jonas Premier as well. This eases the burden of sharing schedules via email, which reduces the issues of viewing an outdated schedule and making decisions with inaccurate information.

 

Parham Mousavi, Director of Operations with Jonas Premier, is excited about the benefits this integration will provide, “With this integration between Jonas Premier and MS Project, existing Premier clients will not only be able to save time by having project schedules updated automatically, but they will also experience greater accessibility with all schedule information stored within the Jonas Premier system. All project schedules will be accurate and available in real-time, providing our clients with the confidence to make better decisions moving forward.”

 

The integration between Jonas Premier and Microsoft Project makes sharing project schedules easy, as everyone with access to the Premier system can view Gantt Charts, critical paths, schedules, and more, all in real-time. By automating this process, there is no requirement to import or export documents, which can be time consuming and cumbersome. Through a simple push of the button, project schedule information is made available to any Premier user, at any time and from anywhere through the integrated Jonas Premier cloud server.

 

Phase 2 of this integration, set to be released during Q1 of 2016, will further enhance this integration by providing Premier users with the ability to push estimated and actual costs to Microsoft Project, automatically creating the cash flow report in the process. As the project progresses, this integration will be able to automatically populate costs as well. This can be done instantaneously with a simple push of the button, saving a lot of time in the process.

 

About Premier

Premier is a fully integrated, cloud-based construction accounting software solution ideal for General Contracting businesses. Running in the cloud, it provides you with the ability to access and input key business information anytime, anywhere. It is built on modern software architecture, fully flexible and is simple to use. The complete offering for contractors includes: Accounting, Job Cost, Subcontract Management, Billing, Progress Billing, T&M Billing, Financials, Project Management, Bank Management, Purchase Order, Inventory, Time Entry, Integrated Document Storage, Field Mobile Apps, and Vendor and Customer Portals

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Progress Billing – A Better Way

Construction Projects typically involve many different trades in order to reach completion. Therefore, it can be just as a daunting a task to submit for payment to a client along the way. Owners’ of the construction projects rely on the project architect, Lender and at times, a third party Inspection Company to make certain that payment is applied correctly and within reason. Once the progress billing definition is truly understood, you will smoothly pass through the steps of preparing as well as submitting everything that is needed to complete a construction project.

Start with a Good Schedule of Values

  • A schedule of values is a list that each dollar amount is assigned to within each area of work that will be completed on a construction project. Construction projects are broken out by each scope of work and are typically separated according to the Construction Specifications Institute Divisions (CSI). Therefore, it is best to separate a project’s Schedule of Values into basic CSI divisions. Examples of these divisions are General Conditions, Site work, Concrete, Steel, etc. Once the areas of the scope are defined, then a corresponding value is assigned to each one so that a percentage complete can be established for each item as progress is made on the project.

Establish the Rate of Construction Retainage

  • A construction contract will typically require that “Retainage/Holdback” be withheld from each application for payment in order to provide the Owner or Lender protection from the Contractor due to not completing the entire project. 5% or 10% may be withheld from each payment to the Contractor and the funds that are held in reserve until the project punch list is completed at the end of the project. Each progress billing must take this retainage/holdback amount into account on each line item of the schedule of values and ultimately on the bottom line of the application.

Establish the Frequency of Progress Payments

  • A progress billing is exactly that, a billing that progresses towards completion a percentage at a time. It is necessary to establish the frequency that each application shall be submitted. A progress billing must specify the current period percentage of completion and the cumulative total – this must be done for both the individual items and the total as well.

Establish the Percentage of Completion

  • Vendors will submit their invoices for payment to a Contractor for the amount of work that they have completed over the period. A contractor must confirm that the work has actually been completed according to this percentage and then must include the corresponding amount within the progress billing to the Owner or Lender.

Submit it Right and Get PAID

  • Progress billings are often rejected by an Owner or Lender because of incorrect completion percentages, incorrect math, or applications that are submitted tardy. In order to achieve profitable progress billing revenue recognition, effect processing is important. Make sure to review vendor invoices and percentage completions with field supervision in order to avoid over/under billings and submit your progress billings report on time!

Premier generates the standard billing applications. The format of this report is user defined. You can choose to format the layout, the number of decimals, whether or not dollar signs are incorporated, apply a default % for retainage/holdback etc.

There are 3 steps required for progress billing:

  1. Add & Configure the Progress Billing Report
  2. Add the Progress Billing Lines
  3. Run the Progress Billing Application

 

Sample Progress Billing

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Why Contractors Should Stick To True Cloud Technology

A true cloud deployment brings contractors and their business a convenient, affordable and on-demand infrastructure. This is an advantageous alternative to having to configure, optimize and back-up software applications. A true cloud platform provides several distinct advantages including smaller expenditures for IT resources, hardware and maintenance.

 

The most powerful benefit of true cloud technology is the “ease of use”, which is often overlooked. A cloud’s true potential should be to provide more than a web-based version of an application – its true potential should have the ability to host all applications and make them as easily accessible to the end users as if they are sitting in the office.

 

Many software vendors operate on a subscription basis where they charge monthly, quarterly or annually for their services, so expenditure on software, hosting and supporting is more predictable. Conversely, traditional desktop software which might require specific equipment, may lead to increased costs investing in additional computers or servers. This in turn not only infringes on a company’s cash reserve, but also eats into their bottom line net income due to the increased depreciation costs of the additional required equipment.

 

True cloud technology allows for increased flexibility on all platforms including training and receiving ongoing support which can be delivered on demand with the only requirement being internet access. With traditional software, often users are required to invest in additional capital outlays for new hardware or software access which is usually via a standard internet browser or through a provider that uses in-house servers and/or gateways such as VPN and Citrix.

 

Another advantage to true cloud technology is the security that comes with it.  Storing sensitive information on a cloud software requires advanced encryption, highly resilient data centers complete with sophisticated backup systems.  This all comes equipped with your cloud software but extremely difficult for traditional software to replicate.

 

Jonas Premier secured by Microsoft Azure, offers a true cloud format so that users can access the system anytime, anywhere on any device. Take advantage of a true cloud provider that offers a true cloud technology solution and stick with it.