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Mobility in the Construction Industry

The construction industry is one of the largest and oldest industries in North America. In some areas it is at the forefront of innovation, and yet is oddly still hesitant to progress in others.  In today’s modern era of construction there are few features that can give as great of an advantage as mobility.

As mentioned in an article on Wired.com , the ability to access live data on the go allows Project Managers, Architects and Engineers to effectively operate multiple projects simultaneously and increase productivity during travel and out of office visits.

So what exactly is a mobile solution? Well for starters, it’s a system that when implemented, allows you hassle free access to live data in any setting and across multiple platforms I.E. your laptop and mobile device. True cloud based software allows you to enter live data and update on the go which ensures that everyone on your team is in sync and up-to-date. Cloud based Accounting and Project Management software provides you access to your data anytime, anywhere, on any device.

With current technology, it is very simple to implement a mobile solution for your construction business of any size.  Devices like the Microsoft Surface or the Chuwi ci8 Plus are capable of running full versions of Microsoft windows which gives you access to the full functionality of software that is too complex for a smartphone, while also maintaining the portability and ease of use of a tablet.  In addition to cloud based software, there are also Mobile Apps that will allow subcontractors to do time entry, daily job logs, and photo captures from the field that update to your projects in real time.

The time to take your business mobile is now. It is 2016 and there is no excuse to limit your own productivity or the productivity of those you employ, to traditional Construction Project Management and Accounting systems. The demands of today’s construction industry are higher than they have ever been before – Mobile Solutions represent the best way to reach new possibilities.

 

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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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Premier Construction Software Permission Levels and Security

Cloud software provides your employees access to any information at any time, right? The answer is only if you want it to. Premier Construction Software is partnered with one of the world’s most trusted hosting providers, Microsoft Azure, which ensures your data is always available and secure. Premier allows the administrator to set up various security levels by company, division, job or menu design in order to provide or restrict access to certain groups or individuals.

 

Once the security levels are set, you have the ability to control what users can access and do. Within the software, users can set up read-only privileges and control who has access to view, post and or approve key documents. For example, key users can enter and edit change orders but the approval itself can be restricted, or a user can enter in a purchase order or an AP invoice but they will not be permitted to post them.

 

The security levels you assign to users is critical as it sets proper controls and makes it easier to hold users accountable.  A full audit trail, revision tracking and an automatic document storage system makes it easy to find an entry or any particular posting history. Another benefit to setting up proper security levels from the start is the capability to remove menu options for certain users which creates a cleaner and more user-friendly working experience. Permission levels are usually defined during the initial implementation stage but are easily adjusted as users are added.

 

Cloud software promotes collaboration by creating an environment that is secure and easily accessible for all important parties such as your colleagues, vendors and clients. Premier takes that security to an even higher level – it allows you to set up external third party access for your subcontractors and customers. Using this feature, they can easily log-in to a portal to get immediate access to view or approve documents related specifically to their projects. Using advanced security parameters, you can define which type of document is available within the portal (i.e. invoices, change orders, payment applications, quotes etc.). Premier accomplishes this by using a fluid permission levels system that does not hinder productivity while simultaneously allowing everyone to remain informed and continue being part of the team.

 

Now you can manage, access, and protect your data while gaining visibility and increasing communication within your team!

 

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The Cloud – 5 Reasons for Cloud & Microsoft Azure

When searching for Cloud Software, it’s important to ask vendors who is hosting your data.

Premier hosts your data with the world class provider – Microsoft Azure. Here are five reasons Microsoft Azure is a step above the rest:

  1. Accessible

    Microsoft Azure delivers a 99.95 % monthly Service Level Agreement.  What does this mean for you? Virtually no downtime and your information is always accessible.

  2. Secure

    As the #1 global provider of hosted solutions, you can rest assured that your data will be secure with Microsoft. The data is always backed up and always belongs to you. 57% of fortune 500 companies trust Microsoft Azure with their data.

  3. Scalable

    With vast resources and server space Microsoft Azure allows Premier to scale to any size. As your company grows, Premier grows with you. Premier prides itself with its “software for life” promise.

  4. Support

    Microsoft Azure is constantly growing and receiving updates from an incredibly talented support team at Microsoft. With their best of breed experience, they make certain that you are getting the best service possible.

  5. Cost

    Microsoft Azure eliminates the cost of a server and the I.T maintenance that comes with it. Premier is just a fraction of the cost of other software solutions.