United Solutions Blog

Avoiding the Roadblocks to Project Success

Posted by Jeff Lavery on Aug 17, 2016 12:01:42 PM

Within the construction management industry, there are numerous ways to set the stage for a project early on. Will it be smooth sailing or a bumpy ride that leaves partners and clients disgruntled? That end result is often directly aligned with how well project management teams prepare and the tools they have at their disposal to manage project tasks as efficiently as possible.

 

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Topics: Business Development, Project Management, Construction Accounting

Protecting Your Data Assets from Disaster

Posted by Jeff Lavery on Jul 13, 2016 7:26:01 AM

Disaster recovery may have at one time seemed like the type of policy that only the big guns needed to worry about – the large companies and big businesses headquartered in far-off metropolises. However, the increasing prevalence of threats ranging from ransomware attacks to natural disasters, combined with the high volume of data companies of every size rely upon to do business, has made it necessary to take a new look at data governance and implement the proactive steps necessary avoid a catastrophic data loss.

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Topics: Business Development, Project Management, Construction Accounting

Get a Grip. Turn Your Equipment Burden into an Asset

Posted by Jeff Lavery on May 26, 2016 8:35:18 AM

While construction equipment is a constant fixture on jobsites, occasionally its presence can result in missed opportunities for greater productivity, revenue, or in some cases, both. Often times the equipment used on projects has peaks and valleys
of usage and useful life, but construction companies don’t always monitor when those capital investments are at their best versus when they are siphoning money from the bottom line.

 

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Topics: Business Development, Project Management, Construction Accounting

Using Customer Feedback to Improve the Bottom Line

Posted by Jeff Lavery on May 11, 2016 7:47:26 AM

In the construction and real estate industries, feedback is not just a certainty – it’s inevitable. From the first day of a project to the completion of the last punch list item, your clients will have a lot to say. Along with that they will bring their concerns and feedback, both good and bad. What’s important to remember about these interactions is that each one offers companies an opportunity to improve and respond appropriately, and in doing so increase the chances of working with that client again.

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Topics: Business Development, Project Management, Construction Accounting

How Cloud-Based Mobile Tools Can Help Your Business

Posted by Jeff Lavery on Apr 21, 2016 10:07:17 AM

Enhancing the capabilities of an already powerful platform like Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate may not seem possible, but with several cloud-based mobile tools from hh2 Web Services, construction managers and general contractors now have access to additional resources built from the ground up for the construction and real estate industries. Since 2006, USI has been working with hh2 Web Services, the provider of a collection of fully integrated and hosted online web applications that make new levels of collaboration possible.

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Topics: Business Development, Project Management, Construction Accounting

It's About Time for AboutTime

Posted by Jeff Lavery on Apr 13, 2016 8:50:39 AM

Construction project teams have a lot on their minds. If it’s not the project itself, it’s the budget or subcontractor relations. Perhaps they’re tasked with building the new business pipeline in addition to managing ongoing work, or maybe they’re pursuing additional safety training after hours. The point is this: reducing administrative burdens can provide tremendous relief to project teams, and new technology designed to streamline time entry is one way to do so.

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Topics: Business Development, Project Management, Construction Accounting

Achieving Peace of Mind with a Robust BDR Plan

Posted by Jeff Lavery on Mar 31, 2016 8:24:18 AM

It seems hard to believe that in this era of cyberattacks, phishing schemes and ransomware that businesses don’t have the proper safeguards in place to protect their most critical assets. But IT experts agree that many organizations still haven’t developed a formal defense strategy for protecting their intellectual property and trade secrets, and avoiding the costly downtime associated with a network outage potentially caused by everything from wild weather to malicious hackers.

It’s that variability that causes businesses to underprepare. If weather isn’t a concern, business owners may neglect to protect their organizations from natural disasters while overextending themselves on cyber-based initiatives. For companies in regions that experience major events like hurricanes, more emphasis may be given to protecting against climate impact than ransom artists. That’s why today’s businesses should transition to an approach to back-up and disaster recovery planning (BDR) that automates key tasks and operates seamlessly in the background providing total coverage.

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Topics: Data Security, Business Development, Project Management, Construction Accounting

Protecting Your Money and Identity in a Risky World

Posted by Jeff Lavery on Mar 10, 2016 9:15:40 AM

Businesses and individuals now face a constantly evolving landscape of credit and identity threat risks. Unfortunately, hackers and identity thieves never sleep, so companies and the individuals that work for them are the best line of defense against the new mechanisms of fraud wielded by criminals all over the world. No matter how big or small your company is, cyber criminals see every business as a potential gold mine of personal and financial data.

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Topics: Data Security, Business Development, Project Management, Construction Accounting

Building a Solid Reputation with the Right CPA

Posted by Jeff Lavery on Mar 1, 2016 9:28:59 AM

Building a Solid Reputation with the Right CPA

The role of the CPA in the construction world is understood, but perhaps a bit underappreciated. A qualified and trusted CPA does more than make sure a firm’s books are in order- he plays a central role in everything from company culture to managing the level of risk the firm is exposed to. Every company needs a good technology platform AND a CPA with whom they form a true partnership so that the firm grows in the smartest way possible.

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Topics: Business Development, Project Management, Construction Accounting

Don’t Blink: The Next Chapter in Construction Technology

Posted by Jeff Lavery on Feb 25, 2016 9:21:48 AM

For the construction industry, the impact of technology has been far reaching. From the ability to enhance coordination between the field and home office to arming superintendents with tablet PCs to increase responsiveness to customer needs, technology has been pivotal in enabling the construction industry to rise to new levels of service and sophistication.

Construction project management software from United Solutions Group makes it possible to streamline back-office operations and automate typically manual tasks, like time entry and dispatching workers to specific job sites. But even with all of these advances, including ones like Sage Service Operations that incorporate features such as GPS integration with web-based mapping services, there is no end in sight to the range of technological innovations on the horizon.

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Topics: Business Development, Project Management, Mobile & Field Solutions