With an ERP (enterprise-resource planning) solution that funnels construction data to backoffice process, such as financial and accounting, construction firms can realize the benefits of data, often reflected in the bottomline.

One company offering technology to help AEC (architecture, engineering, and commercial) construction companies harness and manage data is Computer Guidance Corp., www.computerguidance.com, Scottsdale, Ariz., which provides eCMS, a construction-specific software application with financial accounting and project-management tools.

The company’s latest eCMS customer, Miron Construction Co., www.miron-construction.com, Neenah, Wis., says the ERP solution will form the backbone of its financial and business-operations management. Miron believes the technology will help it gain key business intelligence into processes, including core financials and human capital management.

Edward Ruffolo, director of information technology, Miron Construction Co., says, “eCMS will serve our growing need for standardized corporate financial reporting, enterprise security capability, and the alignment of our operational processes throughout our multilocation business.”

As another example, Scott Builders, www.scottbuilders.com, Red Deer, Alta., a Canadian contractor and player in the commercial and industrial construction markets, has also adopted a software solution to help manage critical ERP data.

The company selected the Spectrum Construction Software solution from Dexter + Chaney, www.dexterchaney.com, Seattle, Wash., particularly due to its cloud-based accounting and project-management software.

Dexter + Chaney says version 14 supports a complete browser-based user interface, which was an important consideration for Scott Builders while it was shopping for a solution. The technology provider offers flexible, modular solutions to ensure its solutions cater to each customer’s specific needs.

Because business processes, such as accounting, have different components in construction when compared to other industries, ERP software solutions designed to help construction firms harness and manage data between the field and backoffice can be a good option. Through increased business intelligence and streamlined workflow, construction companies can keep their eye on the prize: profitability.