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As I watched the Preakness on Saturday and cheered as Cloud Computing overtook Classic Empire (don’t you love horse names?), I couldn’t help but compare the similarities between the horse race and the modern-day decision most construction firms are facing. In horse racing, it rarely pays to be reactive as the field is full of highly competitive top thoroughbreds. The same can be said for highly contested construction bidding where firms seek any advantage toRead More
As the I-85 bridge in Atlanta, GA reopens this week we can’t help but reflect on how the contractor was able to go above and beyond to complete this complex project.  Atlanta ranks as the 8th most congested city in the world, making the collapse of one of the City’s primary corridors a crisis situation. The importance of selecting a contractor with the right construction project management software in place to manage and complete thisRead More
There are many factors to consider in selecting right construction ERP software. An ideal solution should work seamlessly throughout all departments. The software also needs to be scalable, properly supported from an R&D perspective, work in the cloud and integrate with apps. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a suite of integrated applications that seamlessly work together to manage ALL aspects of a business. ERP systems integrate purchasing, marketing, sales and operational data. By design, ERPRead More
For most business owners, technology has not always been a friend. The collaboration of business computers with phones, tablets and even the network can create a headache for businesses as well as a delay in efficiency and growth. Technology that not only works cohesively together but functions in real-time from anywhere, is a pipe dream for most business owners. The good news is that there is technology and software out there that can do just that.Read More

On-Premise vs Cloud-Based Solutions

Posted by strategiesgroup   on March 21, 2017
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As technology improves, businesses are under more and more pressure to have access to real-time data and business intelligence to make quicker decisions. Because of its heightened accessibility, cloud computing is paving the way for companies wanting to streamline processes and do away with dated technology. What is Cloud Computing? Cloud computing is the idea of using the internet to connect to a shared tool. Instead of working from a local, on-premise server, the cloudRead More
Since partnering with Dexter + Chaney in 2015, we have added many new Strategies Group clients! We are very grateful for the opportunity to assist these companies in their implementation of Spectrum® Construction Software. We look forward to partnering with you in 2017! New Strategies Group Clients Aerocom Systems Ameritech Services ATC Development Core Roofing Systems Dixie Electric & Plumbing Gary Ingram Grading & Paving, Inc. John W. McDougall Company Lord & Son Construction PatriotRead More
By Michael Miller, CIT, Senior Manager, Tax & Accounting Services, Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund Did you know you can deduct the cost of your newly-purchased computer hardware and software? The IRS gives three options that benefit companies purchasing computer hardware and software. 1. Section 179 The IRS through Internal Revenue Code Section 179 has provided that computer hardware and software purchased for the use of business can be deducted as an expense in the yearRead More
By Daniel Oaks of Nieslon, Hoover & Company, Inc. The surety market is a market of cycles. Similar to the insurance market, the surety market has its ups and downs or its hard markets and soft markets. However, the insurance and surety market do not necessarily coincide. As a contractor, it is important to understand these cycles and specifically how surety cycles impact contractors. Understanding How Different Surety Cycles Impact Contractors How Surety Market Cycles Work The surety market cycles consist of hard andRead More
Have you ever questioned the importance of heavy highway construction reporting? Think about this - each day, project superintendents for heavy highway projects come in and prepare for a typical day. It’s their job to have a constant pulse on what’s happening. Daily, the superintendent and project managers work with different people to attain the right information to inform their decisions - daily field reports, budget expenditures, safety protocol, etc. It takes only one mistake or mishap inRead More

Vision Casting…The Waterfall Effect

Posted by Randy Collins   on September 12, 2016
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One of the hottest terms in leadership these days is “Vision Casting”. While the term itself has been both admired and admonished, the necessity of creating and sharing a cohesive vision in every successful organization is uncontested. When we hear a term like “Vision Casting” we often think about those creative types at Disney or Pixar who think of and develop the likes of Toy Story or we think of the CEO of a multi-billionRead More

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