Sage Construction Management Q&A with Julie Adams, VP of Product for Construction at Sage.
For more than 50 years Sage has been at the forefront of innovation in construction technology. From Timberline first introducing construction-specific accounting software for mini- and micro- computers to recent cloud offerings incorporating the latest cutting-edge tech, Sage has been a trusted industry partner. The Sage construction portfolio has grown over the years, now offering on-premises, cloud hosted, and native cloud solutions. Sage recently announced the expansion of its native cloud portfolio with the launch of Sage Construction Management, a born-in-the-cloud preconstruction and project management solution that helps customers win new business and execute projects on time and on budget. Sage Construction Management together with Sage Intacct Construction Financials provides a complete end-to-end construction cloud suite covering preconstruction, operations, and financials. It enables collaboration and streamlines workflow by connecting field and office teams, operations and back-office finance teams, as well as stakeholders across company boundaries, such as GCs, owners, architects, sub/specialty contractors, and suppliers.
I recently sat down with Julie Adams, Sage’s Vice President of Product for Construction, to discuss this launch and what it means for the industry.
Can you tell us more about Sage Construction Management and how it fits into the Sage construction portfolio?
Julie: Sage Construction Management enables teams to manage all project operations from one platform, anytime, from anywhere, and on any device. As a born-in-the-cloud solution, it is built for collaboration and mobility so field, office, and external teams can share real-time project information and make quick, informed decisions.
The addition of Sage Construction Management strengthens the depth and breadth of our construction product portfolio. We now have the only native cloud construction suite that offers full end-to-end capabilities from preconstruction, operations, and finance including the only accounting solution endorsed by the AICPA.
For smaller growing contractors, we offer the Construction Essentials package which provides our end-to-end construction cloud suite at a cost-effective price. In addition, for contractors who want to uplevel their construction operations but are not quite ready to upgrade their financials, Sage Construction Management is available as a standalone preconstruction and project management solution with connectors to other accounting solutions like QuickBooks and Xero.
What differentiates Sage Construction Management and the rest of Sage’s native cloud portfolio from other cloud solutions in the market?
Julie: Sage offers the broadest end-to-end native cloud suite built for construction. Some construction technology vendors host their legacy solutions and misleadingly position them as born-in-the-cloud. But these are “false native cloud” solutions. They don’t have all their customers on the latest/greatest release because they tend to have trouble seamlessly upgrading everyone without breaking customizations/integrations or requiring expensive professional services. Customers don’t benefit from the agility and scale they would get from a true native cloud solution because they aren’t in a position to seamlessly take advantage of the latest innovations and infrastructure investments that the solution has to offer at all times.
On the other hand, there are native cloud solutions out there, but either they aren’t purpose built to handle the complexities of construction OR they don’t offer the full end-to-end breadth for construction that Sage provides covering preconstruction, operations, and finance including unmatched depth in accounting, all from one solution provider.
While Sage has end-to-end solutions covering preconstruction, operations, and financials, some businesses may not want to overhaul their entire tech stack. What are their options?
Julie: While our end-to-end suite delivers the most complete solution in the market, we understand that software isn’t one size fits all. That is why Sage is 100% committed to being an open platform and continuing to invest and grow our ecosystem of partner solutions that integrate with Sage solutions.
For example, Sage Construction Management is sold together with Sage Intacct Construction Financials as an end-to-end suite. However, Sage Construction Management also provides pre-built connectors to seamlessly integrate with other accounting platforms such as QuickBooks and Xero. Similarly, customers can leverage Sage Intacct Construction Financials and integrate with other preconstruction, project management, and operational solutions from our marketplace or leverage our open APIs and platform capabilities to customize, extend, and build custom integrations to meet their unique needs.
Our goal is to provide our customers with the power of choice – the power and simplicity of an all-in-one solution AND the power and flexibility to choose the right mix of solutions that optimally addresses their needs and enables them to take advantage of the latest/greatest innovations— today and into the future as they evolve and grow.
Where can contractors purchase Sage Construction Management?
Julie: Sage Construction Management is available through our strong VAR channel. We have built the largest and most experienced partner network in the industry. With their years of industry experience and technology know-how, they help our shared customers select and implement the best solutions to address their business needs. Our partners provide local support that extends beyond software deployment to include training and helping ensure customers are maximizing their technology investments. Their commitment to the industry helps our customers achieve continued success with their Sage solutions.
Thank you for your time and insights, Julie!
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