It doesn’t matter whether you’re a new user of Sage Construction Software or a seasoned veteran that’s been running the application for years, almost every customer we talk to is using only a percentage of their software’s functionality and missing out on the untapped potential of their technology investment.
Some customers haven’t upgraded in a long time and aren’t taking advantage of the newest time-saving workflow improvements while others were never properly trained, have developed some bad habits, and are still performing way too many construction-related tasks manually or outside the system.
That’s why were sharing our top 5 recommendations for getting more out of your Sage Construction Software – like Sage 100 Contractor or Sage 300 Construction – to save time, work smarter, cut costs, and squeeze every dollar out of your software investment.
1. Invest in Training
The longer you’ve been using the software, the more likely it is that you haven’t been keeping pace with added features and workflow enhancements that have been introduced with newer releases. That’s why it makes sense to invest in a little extra training.
At Accordant, we offer a wide variety of online and in-person training on Sage Construction Software that ranges from introductory classes and basics for new users to in-depth and hands-on training on more advanced functionality designed for seasoned customers.
2. Keep Software Updated
It’s important to keep your software up to date and avoid falling several releases behind. Not only does it help you avoid potential errors and compatibility issues, regular updates and upgrades ensure that you get access to the latest software improvements that can help you operate more efficiently.
3. Extend with Add-ons
There’s an entire ecosystem of add-on modules (some from 3rd party developers) that can extend your core system, but that many customers don’t know about. These add-ons often perform very specialized tasks or address an industry-specific need that the core account application doesn’t offer.
While it does require an additional cost to purchase a given add-on, many companies find that the return on investment is rapid and well worth it. Further, it allows some customers to keep their core accounting software (and retain existing training and familiarity) rather than replacing the entire system just to achieve the specific functionality that the add-on brings to the table.
4. Perform a System Audit
Conducting an internal audit of your workflow processes and how employees are using the software can reveal eye-opening inefficiency that you may not be aware of. Are they using outside workarounds, manual processes, or reporting techniques that could be faster and more efficient by using the software more effectively?
If you’re interested in some help, the construction experts here at Accordant Company can perform a fully-detailed workflow and/or IT audit for your business.
5. Learn From Other Users
Networking with colleagues and fellow customers that are also using Sage 100 Contractor or Sage 300 CRE is a great way to learn and exchange ideas for leveraging your software in ways you may not have thought of before. You can either connect in-person by finding local user group meetings or exchange ideas online through a platform like LinkedIn that features a Sage Construction and Real Estate Discussion Group with almost 1,600 members.
Another great way to connect with not only fellow customers but a whole community of Sage Construction Professionals (consultants, developers, Sage executives, etc.) is through the annual Sage Summit Conference. This live event features widely-known business leaders, construction software experts, hands-on learning sessions, and information about the future development plans for your software.
Get More Out of Your Construction Software
Construction can be a tough and competitive business. That’s why it’s important to get the most out of the resources and technology you’ve already invested in. If you’ve been using Sage Construction Software for a while now, it may be time to take a good look at whether you’re truly using the system to its full capability to improve processes and efficiency across your entire business.
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