Updated Features: Build 2010.12a

A light maintenance build:

  • On the "Job List" you can now add one or more contacts to one or more jobs (previously, you could only add contacts to one job at a time). 
  • Improved the operation of the Gantt "Power Bar" to adjust tasks -- more features coming!
  • A bunch of "under the hood" changes to improve browser compatibility, resolve issues in older browsers.
  • Improved refreshes of screens when some dialogs closed.

 

 Scott Hutchinson
 scott@builditsystems.com
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1

Updated Features: Build 2010.11c

We've added a few new features today from user feedback:

  • On Setup > Personal Preferences > Job List, you can now display the Job Address on the Job List.
  • You can now choose to ignore holidays when scheduling tasks.  This change can be made on Setup > Company Preferences > Job Scheduling. If you change this preference, the working days on all your tasks will be automatically recalculated.
  • If you change the working days on a job, on the Dashboard > Job Info page, the working days on all tasks for the selected job will be automatically recalculated.
  • Tax rates on the Job Costs page are now set on the Setup > Company Preferences > General page.
  • The Setup > Company Preferences pages has been reorganized to match the tab order.
  • Under Contacts > Company Specific, we've made available some new categories: employees, sub-contractors, and vendors.

 

 Scott Hutchinson
 scott@builditsystems.com
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1

Computer Ease?

For many, computers are a necessary evil to get the job done better, faster, on time, and with fewer mistakes.

The bulk of the contractors (Gen X'ers and older) use computers begrudgingly to accomplish tasks and stay competitive. And when they go shopping for software, they are met with way too many options.  Its like being thrown into the cockpit of a 747 and expecting to be flying in no time. And they all know someone who has spent $10K on software that promised the world but didn't deliver it.

Construction software companies are vying for your business... and they're all saying basically the same thing about their system in order to get you to believe that using a computer, with their software package... is easy.

Have you come across any these claims recently in your seach for the right construction software system:

  • simple to use
  • "user friendly"
  • great technical support
  • short learning curve
  • easily adoptable
  • scalable

and my personal favorite...

  • Voted #1 Construction Software

Who voted? Their sales team?

In a recent article in a construction magazine, the author offers advice for purchasing software. He talks about some basic requirements that we all can agree on. The software has to:

  1. solve a problem,
  2. be accepted and used by all users, and
  3. provide measurable return on investment.

And somehow, their solution is the perfect fit.

I checked into their solution - and one customer paid $20K for it... and he considers himself a small contractor!

Ouch! I wonder what larger contractors are paying? For the same dough, you could subscribe to BuildIT for a decade or more.

Here are some observations - go ahead and test these against our competitors:

  1. If they don't publish their price... it's gonna be a big ticket item... expect to pay $3,000 to $10,000 per year.
  2. If they force you into a web demonstration before divulging their price, see #1 above.
  3. If they have a network of consultants who sell their software and assist with it's implementation, see #1 above.
  4. If you see big glossy ads in construction magazines along with advertorial content, see #1 above.
  5. If you can't launch a free test drive of the software, and solve at least one problem that motivated you to come to their website in the first place... in the first 30 minutes, see #1 above.

I think you get the point.

Let's talk. Start a free test drive of BuildIT (click that big green button in the top right of this page, the "FREE TRIAL" one), knowing that our base rate is $85 per month, with discounted terms available. Let's see if we can get $1,000 worth of savings/revenue in your first month by using the system... and help you avoid rolling the dice on bloated, expensive software solutions.

And yes, you'll have to use a computer, but we'll help you get over the hump just the same, and get your problem solved in record time.

And just maybe, over time, you'll use BuildT on your computer... with ease.

 Scott Hutchinson
 scott@builditsystems.com
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1