Following our recent article profiling Fatboy Construction, it seems our blog readers really like these real-world stories of construction companies and contractors using Sage Construction Software to improve their business. So we’re at it again …
In this customer spotlight on Hayles and Howe, we take a look at how this plaster contractor outgrew their off-the-shelf accounting package and decided to cast a more profitable future with Sage 100 Contractor.
Molded for the Industry
Hayles and Howe, Inc. designs, fabricates, and installs ornamental plaster and scagliola for restoration projects and new construction. It is a company that believes that even an ancient art can benefit from state-of-the-art technology.
When Joselin Martin joined the company as its chief financial officer, she recognized that their off-the-shelf accounting software lacked the specialized tools and functionality needed to grow the business.
That’s when they implemented Sage 100 Contractor.
Joselin says. “It’s software designed specifically for the construction industry to accommodate our workflows and processes. Sage 100 Contractor takes proven construction cost accounting processes and joins them with technology.”
Software to Grow With
Over the years, the company has doubled in size and its projects have grown larger and more complex. Sage 100 Contractor has been there every step of the way, helping Hayles and Howe maintain efficiency and structure as they grow.
Access to real-time cost information is vital for contractors, enabling them to closely monitor the profitability and progress of projects.
“Questioning a cost later, after the job is finished, is too late,” Joselin says. “Management needs to know what is really going on – while it’s happening – in order to run a successful company. Sage 100 Contractor provides our project managers and superintendents with detailed costs and change order data – in real-time and in the field – in order to run their projects effectively.”
In addition to providing a big-picture view of the overall health and profitability of a project, Sage 100 Contractor makes even routine tasks faster and easier. Joselin says, “I love how easily we can generate a certified payroll report right from the software. And the alerts function is very handy for reminding me of what I need to do and when I need to do it.”
Project Data Anytime, Anywhere
With more than a decade of success with Sage 100 Contractor, Hayles and Howe recently implemented Sage Construction Anywhere. Using this productivity-boosting tool, Hayles and Howe project teams in the field and all over the country can access and share project information from anywhere using their laptops or mobile devices.
Their staff can view and upload project notes through Sage Construction Anywhere and complete their timesheets – tasks that used to involve a fax machine and duplicate data entry. Workers can also access project reports to ensure they’re always working with current, accurate data.
Joselin concludes, “Since we implemented Sage 100 Contractor and Sage Construction Anywhere, we’ve really grown up as a company, increasing our level of sophistication in how we manage our projects. Business owners want to know what’s going on with their projects and with the company as a whole. Sage gives us all of that.”
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Video: Hayles and Howe Casts A Profitable Future With Sage 100 Contractor
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