Viewpoint Introduces the “Smart Process’ Webinar Series. This series will offer live discussions with Viewpoint customers on how they tackle challenges and streamline business processes by leveraging technology.

 

First Live Webinar: Taking the Project Forecasting and WIP Process to the Next Level
Thursday, May 28th 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET
Register here.

Join this discussion led by Ryan Price from Corman Construction and Tina Helmsing with Guarantee Electric. They will share how they streamlined their monthly Forecasting/WIP process for better accuracy, timeliness, and overall project visibility.

 
GuaranteeElectical-oictySuccess Story #1: Guarantee Electrical is an ENR 600 full-service electrical contractor headquartered in St. Louis, MO. Tina Helmsing, Accounting Manager, will provide insight into how Guarantee’s PM team uses interactive forecasting to keep projects on time and on budget.

 
Corman-zvowtSuccess Story #2: Corman Construction is one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s largest heavy civil construction contractors. Learn from Ryan Price, Business Analyst, how Corman automated the process of forecasting complex, multi-year construction projects.

Registration is required for this event. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

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After over 41 years in the technology business, the last 30 and 27 respectively in the construction software space and as Viewpoint’s owner, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Jay Haladay has announced his retirement. Jay will continue to contribute to the company’s progress as a member of our Board of Directors.

Jay has provided the following personal statement:

Viewpoint is an exciting, growing and expansive business serving a rapidly changing market. My duties have expanded many fold over the last 10 years, and the day-to-day schedules and extensive travel schedule do catch up with someone who just turned 65. I feel great, but also understand that our business will demand more from our CEO over the coming years, and I want to make sure Viewpoint is well served in this capacity. The Viewpoint team has much to be proud of and our employees, customers and stakeholders are in excellent hands to capitalize on the opportunities ahead.

My wife Renee and I are excited about this decision. We have all seen examples of busy and successful people waiting too long to open the rewarding new chapters of their lives that retirement can afford. Our four children are having families of their own, and we want to enjoy a meaningful relationship with them. This decision also allows us more time to engage in the activities we have enjoyed through our 40+ years of marriage while we are still vibrant and healthy.

I would not have the flexibility to make this important and very personal decision on my own without Bain Capital as a supportive partner in assuring a smooth transition. Their global experience attracting top talent, as well as developing management talent at their portfolio companies, will serve Viewpoint well. The Board of Directors will have the choice of promoting from within our talented senior management team or looking outside our firm for the right candidate to build on what our team has accomplished. Jim Paulson, Viewpoint’s President, will assume my duties until a permanent successor is named.

My passion about the needs of contractors and capital project stakeholders, as well as the technology this unique global market requires, remains very high. I will be able to funnel this passion through my continued involvement with Viewpoint as a member of the Board and my participation in construction trade association meetings and major Viewpoint customer events like our annual user conference in Portland.

Thank you for your continued support of Viewpoint Construction Software. Our journey to become the most respected provider of software to the global construction industry has never been more alive. It is truly an exciting time to be with Viewpoint. Everyone at Viewpoint remains committed, and the company is well positioned to continue thriving and prospering in the new and exciting chapters ahead.

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AGC Webinar

The Pit and the Pendulum, a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, has many interpretations – as well as interesting quotes like “But what torture awaits me now?” Yet one message to be derived universally from the story is this: People can experience a bad situation and use it to their advantage. So how may we talk about that in the context of Construction Productivity?

There are many factors that can impact a project, driving it toward success or failure and determining the overall construction business. Some of those factors include economic pressures, competition, growing project complexity and demands, construction technology, and new methodology for building. Construction firms can look at these factors as threats to or opportunities for success.

Don’t join Poe in fear and despair! Join Viewpoint and AGC for the May 27th webinar presented by Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO with Sage Policy Group, who will discuss the correlation between technological sophistication and construction firm performance, while presenting evidence of the connection.  Register here http://bit.ly/May15AGCWebinar

Based on existing evidence regarding this correlation, the presentation will address performance along numerous dimensions, including profitability, reputation, and quality.

Attendees will gain an understanding of the following:
• National and international economic performance• Employment data and labor force dynamics at the nationwide and regional level• The implications of current construction-related economic indicators• How technological innovation will impact construction industry performance regarding labor, productivity, cost, and project duration• Broader economic trends and how they’ll effect the construction industry

About the Presenter:
Anirban Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Basu is one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s most recognizable economists, in part because of his consulting work on behalf of numerous clients, including prominent developers, bankers, brokerage houses, energy suppliers, law firms, and business associations. He serves as a chief economist and chief economic advisor for several construction-specific associations.

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Retaining Great Employees: 5 Strategies for Success, By Michelle Stedman, Director of Professional Services, BirdDog

Industry Poised for Growth & Change
In the latest FMI U.S. Construction Industry Talent Development Report, 53% of companies said that they are facing shortages in terms of skilled workers. Of those companies, 93% felt the actual number of skilled workers available was the reason for the shortage.

As the economy recovers and the construction industry works its way through 2015, businesses are faced with new challenges. Many organizations haven’t been proactively recruiting or retaining employees in an organized manner. Understanding 5 strategies to retain top employees will help you preserve the investments that you made in recruiting in the first place.

Retention Strategy #1: Retention Starts with Onboarding
Retaining your best employees starts on their first day. The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that about half of hourly workers resign within the first four months in a position while half of senior outside hires resign within 18 months so you can see why a focus on onboarding is imperative.

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Successful onboarding improves job satisfaction, lowers turnover, increases performance levels, reduces stress, and leads to better career effectiveness. Understanding and building an onboarding program around the answers to following questions are a great first step in developing your onboarding strategy:
• What is it that makes a person succeed in your organization?
• What are the norms that can blindside a new hire and isolate them from their colleagues?
• What processes are necessary for them to know?
• What information do they need in order to be successful?

What else do your new employees need to be successful? Start with this list and add to it. To get the rest of the strategies, download 5 TECHNIQUES TO RETAIN EMPLOYEES.

 

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Viewpoint Customers Share Benefits of Cosential Integration
Cosential’s integration with Vista by Viewpoint enables construction firms to securely sync their project-specific marketing, business development and financial data, delivering enhanced data accuracy and transparency. This integration places the information quickly and conveniently at the fingertips of Marketing and Business Development professionals. Automatic updates improve efficiency, significantly reduce repetitive data entry, and create more time for contractors to develop winning pursuit strategies.

Take a moment to hear Viewpoint customers share their thoughts on why a unified approach offers a best-in-class construction solution and learn how Cosential’s integration with Vista can help your firm win more work: Viewpoint Customers Share Benefits of Cosential.

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