Sage Estimating SQL v18.11 Released

Sage just announced the release of Sage Estimating SQL v18.11 with increased functionality and new features for Sage 300 CRE, Sage 100 Contractor and Sage Estimating customers.

New Features

Unlimited Spreadsheet Sequences
Spreadsheet Sequences allow users to group items in a variety of ways on the Estimate spreadsheet. Now, estimators can have an unlimited number of Sequences allowing them to rearrange and analyze their estimate however they choose. View the estimate by CSI division & section, Master Format, Assembly, Estimator, Location, Job Cost Phase, WBS and more.

Shared Layouts
Spreadsheet and report layouts are no longer specific to individual Sequences and are universally available company wide. Estimators save valuable time because they don’t need to re-create the same Layout multiple times and can also share Layouts with other Estimators.

Unit Conversion
This feature replaces Metricon from the Pervasive version of Estimating. Users can now see both Imperial and Metric units on the same item in the estimate. Item and overline quantities/productivities and other changes are dynamically updated in both units simultaneously.

Quick Launch of Eos Navigator
This gives estimators extended options to manage estimate portfolios.
And Much More… including merge estimate refinements, additional spreadsheet columns, improved database developer tools, and continued ribbon enhancements.

For current Sage Estimating users, be sure to review the Release Notes before installing.


Lien Law Seminar - Naples

Naples area contractors — Do you have questions about Florida’s Lien Laws? SunRay Construction Solutions in conjunction with Alex Barthet, Esq. is pleased to present an informative two hour seminar that will answer important questions about Florida construction lien law.

Topics include...

  • Construction Contracts Basics
  • Notice to Owner Do's and Don'ts
  • Lien and Bond Rules and Exceptions
  • Waiver and Release Best Practices
  • Lien Law Traps to Avoid
  • Tips on How to Get Paid Faster

Click here for more information and to register!

Where: Doubletree Suites Hotel by Hilton
12200 Tamiami Trail N
Naples, FL 34110
Date: September 19, 2017
Time: 8:00am – 11:00am
Breakfast Includes: Bagels and Coffee
Cost: $75 per person
Phone: (877) 565-4404

Introducing Sage Mobile Projects

Sage Mobile Projects is a web-based solution that connects users in the field with the Sage Project Management (PJ) module. Using the Sage Construction Central website, users can view information in the Project Management module, and also capture and send information back to the Project Management module.

  • See your Open Field Reports and Unanswered RFIs
  • Create RFIs, add attachments, and create field reports
  • Other Project Management tasks like change requests and additional reporting are coming soon

Sage Mobile Projects is compatible with Sage 300 Construction & Real Estate v17.1 and higher. You must own the Project Management module in Sage. It does not connect to Sage Construction Project Center. For a limited time, you can get one Sage Mobile Projects user for free for a year. View a 3 minute over of this new subscription-based solution.

Recorded in July, 2017


Marcum Construction Summit 2017 - Ft. Lauderdale

** THIS EVENT IS BEING RESCHEDULED DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA **
Please visit www.marcumevents.com for updates.

The Marcum Construction Summit is a yearly must for construction contractors, finance and accounting professionals. The country's preeminent construction economist, Anirban Basu, will be presenting a state of the construction industry update. This complimentary event is fully subscribed each year.  Alliance Solutions Group is proud to be a sponsor of the Marcum Construction in Fort Lauderdale, FL again this year along with ABC and CFMA.

Advance registration is required and seating is limited.

When:  September 7, 2017; 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Where: Westin Fort Lauderdale
400 Corporate Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

For more information and to register, visit http://www.marcumevents.com/monthly-events/marcum-construction-summit-florida-2017

 


I’ve Received a Claim on my Payment or Performance Bond! Now What?

Join Alex Barthet and Warren Alter for 20 minutes as they provide the steps to review claims on your payment or performance bond...

  • What is a payment and performance bond?
  • What is the first notice I will likely receive when a claim is made?
  • What steps should I take once the claim is made?

Watch the video below or contact the presenters directly for more information. Video complements of Alter Surety Group IncThe Barthet Firm, and Sunray Construction Solutions in June, 2017.


Courtesy Callback from Sage CRE Support

This is the busiest time of the year for accounting software support due to year end closings, tax updates, and more. the Sage Construction and Real Estate Division has extended their hours, added a "Call back option" so you don't have to remain on hold, and more.

  • Call back option: Leave your number and keep your place in line without being put on hold.
  • Appointment scheduling: Is your question going to require research and a call back? The new appointment scheduling option means you can now schedule follow-up appointments for a day and time that’s convenient for you.
  • Extended support hours: During this busiest time of year, Sage has extended the phone support hours beginning January 3, 2017, from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific, and on Saturday January 7 and January 14 from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pacific.
  • Improved knowledgebase searching: Sage software experts have been busy updating articles in the Sage Knowledgebase using the words customers search most often with—so now they’re easier to find. Pro tip: For best results, it's recommend using three to five keywords in your search request.
  • Year-End Center: It’s always here sooner than you expect . . . year end! To help you get through it, our year-end center on Sage City is chock-full of videos, articles, and forum threads to guide you through all your year-end questions.
  • "Study Hall" Webinars: There are a number of tasks you perform once a year when closing, and may need a refresher to complete with confidence. If you find you need more than a knowledgebase article but less than a class, these sessions may be perfect for you: Support agents host the new study hall sessions to take the complexity out of your Sage software experience, and to give you a proper product feature walkthrough. Missed the date? They're recorded so you can access and play back when it's convenient for you!

Alliance Solutions Group Named 2015-16 Sage North America Business Partner of the Year

sage-sagenabusinesspartneroftheyear2015-16zAlliance Solutions Group LLC named as the Sage North America Business Partner of the Year in recognition of their achievement in FY 2016.

Sarasota, FL – November 23, 2016 – Alliance Solutions Group, LLC., a Sage North America business partner specializing in the sales, installation, and support of a variety of Sage products, has been named the Sage North America Business Partner of the Year for Top Revenue for 2015-2016.  Alliance Solutions Group focuses on software solutions for construction and real estate businesses.

Sage, the market leader in cloud accounting software, announced the winners of its Sage CEO Circle, an inaugural world-wide awards program designed to reward and recognize outstanding performance of the top business partners from around the world who serve customers, recommend products, and advocate for Sage. Alliance Solutions Group was announced as a Sage CEO Circle 2016 winner and Sage North America Business Partner of the Year for highest total product revenue.

“The construction and real estate industry has very unique needs. By focusing on a  vertical market, we’ve been able to help many different types of construction businesses,” said Michael Griffith, Managing Partner of Alliance Solutions Group. “It’s a complement to our team to be recognized as the Business Partner of the Year once again.”

About Alliance Solutions Group, LLC:
Alliance Solutions Group is a team of construction software experts offering the most popular construction and real estate software solutions and consulting services from proven software developers. The group has a deep understanding of the construction and real estate market along with the available technology. This allows Alliance Solutions Group to make the best recommendations to their clients. Offices in located in Florida, California, and Texas. Visit http://www.alliancesg.com to learn more.

About Sage:
Sage is the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, supporting the ambition of the world’s entrepreneurs. Sage began as a small business in the United Kingdom 30 years ago, and over 13,000 colleagues now support millions of entrepreneurs across 23 countries as they power the global economy. We reinvent and simplify business accounting through brilliant technology, working with a thriving community of entrepreneurs, business owners, tradespeople, accountants, partners, and developers. And, as a FTSE 100 business, we are active in supporting our local communities and invest in making a real difference through the philanthropy of the Sage Foundation.

Sage is a market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, supporting the ambition of the world’s entrepreneurs: www.sage.com

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Cloud-based Project Management and Bid Management Integration

Sage Construction Project Center and Sage Bid Management Now Integrate with Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate!

Sage is pleased to announce the integration (Phase I) between Sage Bid Management, Sage Construction Project Center and Sage 300 Construction. We are ready to take your orders!

Bid Management now integrates with Sage Construction Project Center and Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate to improve subcontract management, billing, and overall project collaboration.

Once a project is awarded to a subcontractor, estimators can share specific information with Sage Construction Project Center and Sage 300 to keep the job moving. The smooth integration improves collaboration and the overall workflow process.

Sage Construction Project Center Integrates with Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate to improve cost tracking from initial bid through accounts payable (AP) processing.
Customers can use Sage Construction Project Center with Sage 300 and experience seamless integration with Job Cost. They’ll share basic information such as extras, cost codes, and categories as well as project information including estimates, commitments, costs, and revenue.

Contact Alliance Solutions Group to learn more at 888-559-9540.


2016 AGC Construction Outlook Survey

survey1580 construction businesses participated in the survey and the results are in the AGC and Sage 2016 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook.  In 2016, contractors are optimistic. For the most part, construction firms plan to increase employees. The challenge will be finding qualified workers. This was a concern in last year's report.

An alternative to the lack of qualified labor is to find ways to do more with current staff.  Investing in IT is one way to improve productivity. 42% of construction firms surveys will spend 1% or more of revenue on IT. This is up 10% from last year. Here are some additional observations related to IT:

  • 69% of construction businesses outsource some or all of their IT
  • Adoption of cloud-based software to increase the speed of communication to resolve issues faster
  • 6 out of 10 firms use or plan to use cloud technology

The fastest growing category of cloud-based software adoption is with collaboration systems. 40% of those surveyed have adopted some type on online collaboration software.

Listen to the full recording of the call and download all the survey results here

Alliance Solutions Group represents a variety of construction cloud solutions and software such as Sage Construction Project Center and Sage Service Operations enhance communication to and from the field.  Contact us to learn about software solutions that allow you to be more productive at 888-559-9540.