In the construction industry, being able to leverage data is key to driving a project forward. As such construction companies continue to look for new ways to make better use of data.

Consider Carl Bolander & Sons, www.bolander.com, St. Paul, Minn. The 91 year-old specialty contracting firm in the construction field, focusing on earthwork, underground utilities, demolition, and earth retention systems, as well as managing subcontractors for divisions they do not self-perform, uses ERP (enterprise-resource planning) technology and continues to upgrade to gain the most out of the system.

The company has been using ERP software from Computer Guidance Corp., www.computerguidance.com, Scottsdale, Ariz., since 1985 and have committed to upgrading its eCMS implementation to release 4.0.

According to Tim Gillen, CFO, Carl Bolander & Sons, the IBM, www.ibm.com, Armonk, N.Y., Cognos integration was a key driver in the decision to upgrade. With the Interactive Data Inquiry capabilities, the company will “put that data to work in more meaningful ways for even smarter decision-making.”

Computer Guidance provides ERP software for the construction industry, and is part of JFM Technology Group, a global construction software company located in Vancouver, B.C.

Computer Guidance’s flagship eCMS version 4.0 provides an integrated financial and project management solution that offers business intelligence and analytics. The capabilities leverage SAP’s, www.sap.com, Walldorf, Germany, BusinessObjects XI for management information and IBM’s Cognos 10.1.1 for reporting, queries, and dashboard views.

While this is one example, construction companies continue to look at how they can better leverage the data contained with ERP systems.

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