When a busy residential builder determined it needed a new software system to meet present-day management needs, it found what it was looking for in an ERP (enterprise-resource planning) system that it could scale to functionality requirements.

Westport Homes, www.westport-home.com, Indianapolis, Ind., currently builds 600 single-family, detached homes per year in two regions in Indiana—Indianapolis and Ft. Wayne—and in the Columbus, Ohio, region.

The homebuilder is currently using a custom software system developed by in-house programmers who designed the system more than 25 years ago. Although viable for many years, the system had become outdated and cumbersome. Matt Dunn, CFO (chief financial officer), Westport Homes, realized he needed a modern ERP homebuilder software system to stay competitive.

Dunn was looking for a flexible, scalable system that worked the way Westport Homes did. He needed the system to adapt to several different house types, track building activity in different geographical areas, and keep his homebuyers connected and informed. Most of all, he wanted a system that was updated regularly and would stay a step ahead of the industry standard.

After speaking to several mid-to-large-sized customers of Mark Systems, www.marksystemsusa.com, Mt. Holly, N.J., and hearing their first-hand experiences, Dunn decided to make the transition to the vendor’s IHMS (Integrated Homebuilder Management System).

To achieve Westport Homes’ long-term objective of doubling in size, every team member must be “on the same page” and communicating in realtime. Superintendents, subcontractors, vendors, sales, and design personnel need access to the same, updated information—when they need it.
IHMS delivers backoffice and field operations functions directly to the desktop of every person in the building process. The system’s single database architecture enables information sharing among purchasing, scheduling, field operations, trade partners, sales office, and design center personnel.

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