With shipyards in Gulfport, Miss., and New Orleans, Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, www.gulfcoastshipyardgroup.com, Gulfport, Miss., designs and constructs offshore commercial vessels, offshore and inland barges, oil spill response and patrol vessels, as well as oil field support vessels.

The builder of commercial tugs, offshore vessels and patrol craft has in-house engineering and under cover construction facilities and builds vessels ranging from 10 meters to 125 meters in length.

Gulf Coast’s previous ERP (enterprise resource management) environment was “anchored” by an antiquated system that left it extremely vulnerable to information loss and offered very limited functionality, especially in the area of project and cost visibility.

Gulf Coast was looking for an ERP solution that could support the growth of its current product focus as well as its focus on new products, as it expand into the commercial shipbuilding market. The company evaluated nine different software providers, to find one that presented the right fit for its needs.

Gulf Coast selected software solutions provider Viewpoint Construction Software, www.viewpoint.com, Portland, Ore., to provide a suite of technology applications, purchasing Vista by Viewpoint, Viewpoint for Mobile and Viewpoint for Content Management, all of which are hosted in Viewpoint’s Cloud.

“Viewpoint demonstrated a user-friendly interface, superior functionality, and the kind of forward-thinking philosophy that I believe will consistently increase their market share,” remarks Mitchell Skrmetta, controller, Gulf Coast. “I feel we are partnering with a company that will lead the construction software industry for years to come.

“The project management and collaboration functionality in Vista offers the potential for significant savings from both a cost and resource standpoint,” continues Skrmetta. “It will also allow us to better our processes, adding real value to our bottom line.”

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