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5 Tips On Choosing The Right Construction Software

1. Keep it Simple

Choosing the right construction software for your business can become very complex at times as there are many moving parts which can often complicate the process, hence, simplicity is key. It is a major investment so it is important to take the time to do proper due diligence. Premier provides an integrated construction software solution that is modern, powerful, yet simple. Configurable user-defined defaults, dashboards and favorites are just a few of many features that help personalize and tailor the software to your needs.

2. Look for Unlimited Training

To ensure your team is using all of the features and capabilities of the software, proper training is important to implement. Unlike most construction software providers out there, Jonas Premier offers an unlimited training model at no additional cost. You should be confident in knowing that while your business continues to grow, additional fees are left behind.

3. Check Client Support Reviews

The perfect type of construction software will help run your business if it entails a well-established support team to listen, consult and collaborate in order to meet your software needs. Always check client support reviews when searching for a software solution. User and/or professional references will supply you with their reviews on how they truly feel about the software.

4. Relationships Matter

When deciding on which construction software solution provider to go with, keep in mind that it is more than just about the product. Relationships also matter. Make sure you choose a vendor that you are comfortable with and one that you have a strong connection to. Communication should always be open and transparent. A strong bond between your business and the vendor you choose will add value, build trust and create the perfect partnership to help your business grow and succeed. If you notice the vendor and their team is going above and beyond for your business, then you are headed in the right direction.

5. Seek a True Cloud Provider

Your business is unique and so is a true cloud provider. Take advantage and seek a provider that offers a true cloud technology solution rather than a provider that uses in-house servers and/or gateways such as VPN and Citrix. Premier offers their integrated construction software solution as true cloud, which provides the ability to access the system anytime, anywhere on any device. True cloud will keep costs low and eliminate the hassle.

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Premier Team Hits the Field – Habitat For Humanity GTA

On Tuesday May 19th, the Premier Team put on their hardhats, construction boots and gloves and made their way over to the Brimley Rd. Construction Site to partake in the “Adopt-a-Day Program”. This program offers volunteers the chance to adopt a “build” day and participate among many other volunteers across the GTA. With the combination of teamwork, optimism and dedication, by the end of the day the drywall component at the Brimley Rd. Construction Site was well on its way. Volunteering time and providing financial support can create a tremendous difference.

 

An impact study conducted on Habitat Toronto Partner Families in 2012 revealed how affordable home ownership strengthens communities and opens doors for low-income youth:

 

  • 76% of homeowners report an improvement in children’s school grades
  • 81% report an improvement in children’s social lives
  • 92% of respondents say they will remain in their HFHT home for a very long time or can’t imagine ever moving

 

Everyone on the Premier team can agree that this experience was very positive and provided them with an entirely different outlook on how important it is to help break down the cycle of poverty. This program also offers anyone the opportunity to continue to volunteer- simply sign up online using the volunteer scheduler.

 

Remember, a little bit goes a long way!

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WHAT IS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY ALL ABOUT? Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area (Habitat GTA) is a non-profit housing organization that mobilizes volunteers and community partners to provide affordable housing and promote home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. Founded on Christian principles, we welcome all people without discrimination to join us as we build simple, decent, and affordable homes in partnership with low-income families. By owning their own home, families are able to achieve greater stability, and improve their overall health, while building equity for their future.

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Premier Announces Partnership with Dealer Network in Australia

Premier, a division of Jonas Construction Software, has announced a partnership with a dealer network in Australia. The dealer network will be spearheaded by Michael Jantke, Owner at Buildware, who brings a wealth of knowledge in the construction industry.

 

With Premier expanding into Australia and establishing their first client, Venn Constructions, they are looking to further grow within the Australia construction industry. With this goal in mind, Premier has established a dealer network which will be operated by Michael Jantke. Michael comes from a background in computer systems and electrical engineering, and has 15 years of experience implementing ERP systems across the world. He has completed numerous successful implementations, specifically within the construction industry for large multi-national corporations, and has forged many strong partnerships along the way.

 

Michael is excited about the opportunity to partner with Jonas and grow the cloud-based software solution within Australia, “After getting feedback from owners and contractors in the construction industry in Australia and seeing how simple, yet powerful and reasonably priced Jonas Premier is, it became clear to me that this software solution fits a niche in the market that is currently being underrepresented.”

 

Karoline Lapko, Vice President of Jonas Premier, sees a lot of potential within the Australian construction marketplace and is looking forward to further expansion into Australia, “Through identifying specific needs within the construction industry in Australia for a fully integrated cloud-based software solution, we are excited at the growth potential and we are eager to continue to build the Jonas Premier brand in Australia.”

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Jonas Premier Scores High in Software Advice Review

Jonas Premier, a division of Jonas Construction, achieves high overall ratings in a third-party review from SoftwareAdvice.com.

 

With Jonas Premier growing at an exponential rate, it is evident their customers are more than satisfied with the cloud-based software solution. Of their 26 reviews on Software Advice, Jonas Premier has an average rating of 4.44/5.00, which equates to an 88% rate of customer satisfaction overall. With reviewers ranging from companies with a single employee to companies with 101-500 employees, it is evident Jonas Premier can meet a wide-range of business’ requirements. Majority of the respondents (62%), are construction managers or general contractors, and Premier is designed with their specific needs in mind. With regards to ease of use, Jonas Premier scored 4.27/5.00 or about 85%. This demonstrates how simple, yet powerful Jonas Premier is, and their users truly appreciate the intuitiveness of the software. When it comes to functionality, Premier also scored quite well, with an average rating of 4.33/5.00 or about 86%. The software is easy to learn and navigate, and is fully integrated, allowing users to perform tasks more efficiently and effectively.

 

Forrest Burnson, Market Research Associate at Software Advice provides insight into the excellent reviews Jonas Premier has received, “It is critical for software vendors to provide excellent customer support in this day and age. Especially in the construction industry, where a high premium is placed on trust, reputation and reliability. Jonas’ stellar track record for customer support sets the example that other vendors should follow.”

 

In terms of quality, Jonas Premier ranks highly, with an average score of 4.37/5.00 or about 87%. With Jonas Premiers’ mission to simplify construction software complexities, quality does not take a back seat. Premier prides themselves on offering a truly integrated solution, backed by Jonas Construction Software, with over 25 years of experience in the construction industry. With an average rating of 4.81/5.00 or a remarkable 96%, customer support is Jonas Premier’s strongest attribute. Even more impressive, an astounding 66% of all reviewers gave Jonas them a perfect score for customer support. This lends itself to Premiers’ philosophy of supporting customers throughout the entire implementation process and ensuring their customers are fully trained and ready to use the software in just 30 training hours. Jonas Premier not only understands the importance of providing training and support during the pre-implementation and implementation phases, but also after the software solution is deployed. Their support specialists are experts with regards to Premier knowledge, and this is clearly demonstrated with such a high customer support rating.

 

Karoline Lapko, Vice President of Jonas Premier, is not surprised by these great reviews, “At Jonas Premier, we go above and beyond and set higher standards to guarantee customer satisfaction. With our 3 step training process, we ensure our customers are confident when the go live, and with unlimited direct personal support and training, we are always there to assist our clients in any way possible.”

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Preparing for a Successful Software Implementation Process

When it comes to the construction industry, having a project plan in place to ensure each project runs smoothly is crucial to the success of that project. Well the same goes with Software. When implementing an integrated software package, the most common complaint is, “we need more training”. While training is the most commonly thought software implementation issue, there are four main concerns that must be addressed to ensure a successful implementation process. The concerns are leadership, communication, project management, and change management.

 

Issues Surrounding Leadership

Leaders need to set realistic goals and expectations upfront, before the implementation process begins to take place. This is the best way to garner positive results, as all parties involved will have a clear understanding of what is required for a successful implementation. Also, planning for what resources will be needed during the implementation process is essential to the success of the plan. Your employees are busy with their daily tasks as it is, therefore if the process is too difficult or unclear, the implementation is more likely to suffer than anything else.

 

Communication

Ensuring everyone is aware and understands the full scope of the implementation plan eliminates the element of surprise and allows employees to prepare for what lies ahead. By systematically communicating and releasing information about the software implementation process, your employees will be more aware and have a clearer understanding of the implementation progress. In addition, it is important to communicate why the change is being made and how it will positively affect the employees.

 

Project Management

The project manager keeps track of all aspects of the job and is relied upon to make sure that job goes according to plan. The same ideology should be applied to implementing a new software. While there is a team handling the implementation process, there should be an implementation ‘project manager’ to keep the process on track. This individual can ensure that the right employees are handling the appropriate tasks and that each person is understanding how the new software works.

 

Change Management

With any growing business, change becomes inevitable. With change however, it sometimes creates aversion amongst those who are resistant to moving away from their old ways. For example, some employees may be more comfortable using spreadsheets that they already know well, as opposed to learning a new software. Change is not an easy process it needs to be understood and managed in a way that people can cope effectively with it. Consult your employees about the implementation, have each one lead a certain part of the training process and report back to the project manager. Knowing the strengths and limitations of your business and your people is vital to a successful implementation process.

 

It is easy to point to training as the main reason why implementation projects struggle, but if all of the underlying concerns mentioned above are taken into consideration, the process will be a successful one.