La Jolla, CA — December 03, 2013 — Award-winning software company, Systemates Inc., announced today that Andy Ashton, Director of Construction and Renovation Services, at Ensign Services recently spoke at the Construction Owners Association of America Leadership Conference. Construction owners from around the country attended the conference at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California October 30 - November 1. Ashton was part of a roundtable discussion where three different owners discussed how they implemented a construction project management solution and how those solutions are currently helping their programs.
Many of the key ideas touched on during the discussion were the unexpected benefits that came from implementing a project management solution. Ensign Group, a group of long-term and short-stay rehabilitation centers, teamed up with Projectmates construction project management software for capital improvement projects at 116 skilled nursing and rehabilitative facilities across the country. Previously, they relied on Excel spreadsheets, emails, and conference calls.
Frankly, we were very disorganized in terms of how we managed our construction renovation process," said Ashton. Projectmates has not only structured communication and collaboration but, has allowed Ensign Group the ability "to reduce our change orders by 90% just by being more organized."
Since implementing Projectmates, Ensign Group has also observed a reduction in time and paperwork with electronic submittal and approval processes, better document management and tracking, easier access to files for those involved in the project, accessibility from the iPad, and easy modifications and customizations. Claims Aston, "We've only had our system in place for four months but it has completely transformed in that four month period the way we go about our business."
Integration of Projectmates data with their accounting software, MS Great Plains, is planned to be completed in next few weeks. This will allow the contractors to enter their invoices online in Projectmates, reviewed by the project team and automatically sent to their Accounting system for processing payments. "This is going to save so much time in double entry. This is huge for us!" says Ashton.
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