SIS | March 29, 2022
SIS, an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), CRM (Customer Relationship Management), & PM (Project Management) software solutions provider for project & service-driven organizations, has entered the Heavy Civil Construction Industry with their Construct 365 product suite.
Construct 365 suite of products, by SIS, provide the Heavy Civil Construction industry with the technology infrastructure needed to compete in today's construction opportunities.
"We are excited to bring our 25 years of experience in the Construction ERP industry into the Heavy Civil sector. Construct 365 PCM, Construct 365 PM, Construct 365 Advanced Labor, and Construct 365 Field Operations, comprise our existing Construct 365 solution that is being offered for Heavy Civil Construction." Mark Kershteyn, Partner, SIS.
"It is exciting to see SIS enter the Heavy Civil Construction market! This adds a strong offering to those firms seeking to leverage Dynamics 365 technology in the Azure Cloud, and greatly enhances the capabilities of a modern ERP solution. This will allow companies to take full advantage of tools such as Microsoft Power BI for dashboards providing greater operational insight "
Steve Hathaway, a Partner at Construction Software Solutions and formerly with Viewpoint
Construct 365 is bringing rich functionality including: estimate import (Heavy Job and Bid to Win (B2W)), job costing, core financials, and advanced labor. Additional functionality includes Unit Based Projects, Pay Items, Equipment Management, Union and Certified Payroll, all seamlessly working within Microsoft's flagship ERP, Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain.
SIS (Strategic Industry Solutions) helps project and service focused companies manage every stage of the delivery and service life cycle. We provide complete Project Management, Project Accounting, Job Costing, Business Intelligence, and CRM Software built on Microsoft Dynamics. We help our clients manage cost and risk and deliver a unique value proposition to their customers with proven software and 25 years of Industry Experience.
The SIS Construct 365 solution is built in Microsoft Dynamics 365, and is the most complete and integrated solution in the A/E/C – Professional Service marketplace today, focusing on mobility, ease of use, and integration.
Toyota Material Handling | May 06, 2022
Toyota Material Handling (TMH) and Cornell University's College of Engineering have announced a unique partnership dedicated to the development of an innovative learning studio that incorporates Toyota equipment to elevate immersive engineering education to an entirely new level.
The Forklift Learning Studio will be built and developed during the summer with a goal of officially launching it to Cornell engineering students at the start of the fall semester in August.
Toyota and faculty from Cornell Engineering's Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) began discussing this partnership late last year as a way to revolutionize the way engineering students learn by finding a more optimal balance between lecture and lab sessions.
"Our students enjoy theory, but they are motivated by action – building and testing. They respond best to seeing engineering systems first and having the system motivate the theory they learn," said David Erickson, the S.C. Thomas Sze Director of MAE. "The educational opportunity Toyota is enabling us to bring to life will fundamentally change the student experience by allowing them to see how each area of engineering connects to a larger system – in this case, a forklift. We believe this will provide students a uniquely engaging learning environment."
Erickson intends for this to be the first of multiple learning studios. Each one will be designed to unify multiple courses and link students across classes and skill levels as they engage in work with real-world applications. They will each incorporate a fully functional system – like a forklift – so that students can use it to perform experiments and model problems that connect to lessons from other classes.
Toyota proposed that forklifts would be a perfect fit for such a learning studio and offered to donate the equipment and branding work necessary to bring the idea to life. Forklifts encompass all aspects of a mechanical engineering curriculum – they use internal combustion engines (thermofluids), bear weight (structural mechanics), and their use depends on dynamic stability (dynamics and controls).
This innovative learning space will provide students with opportunities to discover new principles and to build bridges between courses and to their future careers.
"We are excited about the future of this partnership and the impact it will have on the next generation of engineers, As a former engineering student, I would have loved the opportunity to learn in such a hands-on way that connects the classroom to the real world. Young people often wonder how they'll use certain theories in their professional lives because it's often difficult to connect the dots. In our Forklift Learning Studio, all of the 'dots' will exist in the same space as the finished product. This connects perfectly to our Toyota culture of continuous improvement by giving Cornell Engineering students a place for continuous learning."
Brett Wood, President & CEO of Toyota Material Handling North America and a Cornell graduate
In addition to modernizing the way students learn, the mutually beneficial partnership will expose them to new products and industries where they could build successful careers. The forklift industry is an essential part of the nation's supply chain, and it is coming off a record year in 2021 with 334,000 units sold in North America. The industry contributes more than $26 billion to the United States' annual GDP and offers wide-ranging opportunities for engineers – including in automation.
"When you think about it, forklifts are incredibly important to the world we live in. Everything that we buy at the grocery store, every package that ends up at our front door was touched by material handling equipment at some point in the process," said Brian Kirby, the Meinig Family Professor of Engineering at Cornell's MAE. "If we can't move goods and materials, it has a domino effect on all kinds of things in industry, the economy, and ultimately our society. The opportunity to expose our students to such an important industry while also revolutionizing the way they learn is a win-win on every level."
About Toyota Material Handling
Toyota Material Handling offers material handling products and solutions, including forklifts, reach trucks, order pickers, pallet jacks, container handlers, automated guided vehicles, and tow tractors, along with aerial work platforms, fleet management services, and advanced automation engineering and design. Toyota's commitment to quality, reliability and customer satisfaction, the hallmark of the Toyota Production System, extends throughout more than 230 locations across North America. With access to an industry-leading lineup of material handling products, Toyota dealers are uniquely positioned to help solve wide-ranging challenges in warehousing and distribution. Built for every application, Toyota can provide the most complete set of solutions for material handling, automation, energy, advanced logistics, and warehouse optimization.
Kojo | May 24, 2022
Kojo the construction industry's leading procurement platform, formerly known as Agora announced its new name and expansion of its platform to every major trade, including mechanical, concrete, drywall, roofing, flooring, and self-perform general contractors. Kojo also shared that it has grown its annual recurring revenue by 4x year-over-year.
"The construction industry has been overlooked by tech for too long. By expanding Kojo's solutions to every major construction trade, we can now help even more contractors solve problems that are critical to their businesses, Our mission is to make it faster, easier, and more sustainable to build the world around us, and I'm so proud of what our team has built to empower contractors in such volatile times."
Maria Rioumine, co-founder and CEO of Kojo
With more than $300 billion spent on construction materials annually in the US, Kojo is helping contractors grow more resilient against the extreme volatility in materials prices and supply chain disruptions of the past few years. In just the last year, Kojo launched new products that help contractors manage their warehouse inventory, reconcile invoices, and track their job progress against estimates.
Using Kojo's RFQ feature, contractors can quickly check material prices and availability across thousands of vendors, saving 3-5% per order or the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. In the field, Kojo decreases the time supervisors spend managing materials by up to 38% - an average of $175,000 in annual productivity gains. For office teams, Kojo automates manual data entry, shortening the time to process each purchase order by up to 75%, the equivalent of $124,000 in savings per year.
"Kojo's solutions completely changed how our team manages our supply chain, which is a life saver given current constraints," said John Mraz, owner of Einheit Electric Construction Co. "By just using Kojo's Request For Quote feature, I would say we're achieving 10-20% in material savings. The money we save through Kojo allows us to invest further in our team, grow our business, and focus on what we do best – build."
Last August, Kojo announced its $33 million Series B funding round led by Tiger Global, with additional key investments from 8VC, Tishman Speyer, Jerry Yang, Michael Ovitz, LeFrak, and Kevin Hartz, bringing total funding to $45 million.
Kojo is the leading materials procurement platform for trade and self-perform contractors across the country. By connecting office teams, field crews, and vendors on one all-inclusive procurement platform, Kojo gives contractors control over their procurement process from takeoff to closeout, enabling them to improve profitability, productivity, visibility, and standardization across their organization.
BuildOps | May 04, 2022
BuildOps announced a vital new partnership with Sage, the leader in accounting, financial, HR, and payroll technology for small and mid-sized businesses. As part of this new relationship, BuildOps has integrated with Sage Intacct and Sage Intacct Construction, Sage's cloud financial management solutions designed to meet the unique needs of many firms, including construction companies. Used together, BuildOps and Sage Intacct will streamline and integrate Service Management, Project Management, Dispatching, Time Capture, and core financial management activities – from initial quote to final closeout.
"Connected cloud solutions are the future of construction-, service-, and project-based technology, By ensuring a seamless transition of service and project data from BuildOps to any one of the Sage Intacct versions, firms can expect significant improvements in workflow efficiency, information accuracy, and cost savings."
BuildOps' Head of Growth, Glen West
Both BuildOps and Sage Intacct are designed to eliminate the need for paper-based processes, improve data access, and enable collaboration among teams; a hallmark of cloud-based software solutions. "In many ways, BuildOps and Sage share the same vision for technology and meeting the needs of our customers," said Melody Williams, Head of Business Development for Sage Intacct. "As technology providers, we have both seen the positive impacts of our cloud platforms, and we look forward to the many benefits this new integration will deliver for our joint customers."
BuildOps is an all-in-one cloud-based software solution that empowers commercial HVAC, plumbing, electrical and mechanical contractors to efficiently and effectively manage operations and field service on a single platform while maximizing efficiency and driving profitability. Founded in 2018, BuildOps has gone on to transform the lives of commercial contractors across the industry.