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Constellation Awarded Patent for Mobile Scheduling

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
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Eight years ago, Constellation’s team of developers completed the first version of a mobile scheduling application called OnLocation-Schedule, allowing homebuilders to access and control their company-wide schedules and tasks while on the job site. All of a sudden, builders could view and change the build schedule from their Blackberry, from anywhere. We applied for a patent on this mobile scheduling technology, and we have finally been awarded that patent!

We would like to congratulate Sorin Lungu, who led the development team on this project. Sorin’s patent illustrates our dedication to builder efficiency, maximizing your effectiveness whether you sit at your desk or supervise worksites.

Increasing productivity by scheduling on handheld devices has continued to evolve at Constellation, and we are very proud to be leading the homebuilding software industry. Location-based scheduling is just the beginning! Our development team works tirelessly every day to improve the way that you use technology from website to warranty.

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is the leading provider of software solutions for the residential construction industry in North America.

We build software that helps you build homes.

 

2013 NHQ Awards: Constellation Customers Clean Up

Friday, October 19th, 2012
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2013 NHQ Gold Award Winner: Charter Homes & Neighborhoods

The 2013 National Housing Quality Awards have been announced, and we are proud to report that two of our customers, DSLD Homes and Charter Homes & Neighborhoods, have taken the Silver and Gold awards, respectively. Congratulations to you both! At Constellation, we strive to aid our clients any way we can in their efforts to streamline building processes, and we are thrilled to play a small role in the success of these two remarkable builders.

DSLD Homes

In 2008, we implemented a Constellation solution for DSLD Homes, a brand-new homebuilder in Louisiana. Today, DSLD builds 687 homes annually, and we like to think that we played a small part. DSLD uses Constellation to help them collaborate, control costs, and eliminate mistakes.

DSLD boasts a 46-day cycle time, which is made possible in part by NEWSTAR Scheduling. Further, the article notes that the builder’s “trades are paid within two days of completing the work, even without submitting an invoice.” Again, NEWSTAR Scheduling with AutoPay and NEWSTAR Workflow Services allow the system to automatically transfer funds to the trades, as contracted, as soon as the work has been checked to the builder’s satisfaction. Read more about DSLD’s big win by clicking here.

Charter Homes & Neighborhoods

Charter Homes has achieved the prestigious status of NHQ Gold, having progressed from Bronze to Silver in the previous two years. This is an enviable feat, as there have only been seven homebuilders to receive the honor since the award’s inception in 1993. Charter Homes uses Constellation software to manage their operations, with Sales1440 utilized for sales, marketing, planning, and tracking. Read more about Charter Homes’ climb from Bronze to Gold by clicking here.

Once again, congratulations to DSLD and Charter: two progressive homebuilders who push the envelope of efficiency and maximize margins without satisfying quality or customer satisfaction.

Announcing the Winner of the SSRS Reports

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
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It was a close race, but Mark Baysden of DSLD Homes held the lead and crossed the finish line submitting the most NEWSTAR SSRS reports.

Mark wins a brand new Apple iPad.

NEWSTAR SSRS Report Library
A special thank you to everyone who submitted your SSRS reports and contributed to the Client Care Report Community.

To view these reports, login to our Client Care Center and click on the Report Library link from the menu on the left.

Continue Learning
Join our free drop-in webinar session on Friday, September 28th.  Watch, learn and interact with our team as we build reports using Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services within NEWSTAR Enterprise.

Hosted by Blayne Parrish from Center6, this session will run from 2:00PM to 4:00PM EST and you may join anytime during the session as your schedule permits.

Click here to register.

Get started building your reports
If you didn’t get a chance to build any reports during this contest, you can download the Microsoft tools and user guides to get started.

Getting Started with Report Builder 3.0
Downloading Center
Online Help

We appreciate your participation and ask that you continue to provide additional reports for the NEWSTAR community by emailing them to ssrs@constellationhb.com.

Toronto Star: Building for a good cause

Monday, August 20th, 2012
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Builders receive a lesson on joists!

Maybe we don’t get out of the office enough, but we were thrilled last week upon seeing Bryan Tuckey’s Toronto Star article highlighting our day with Habitat for Humanity on Richie Ave. BILD’s annual effort for one deserving Habitat family is this year benefitting Lorena Sinato, a single mother, and her son Bryan who is blind and suffers from cerebral palsy. For Bryan, the home will be fully accessible and barrier-free.

We wanted to give one more big thank you to BILD, Habitat for Humanity, and fellow builders Rebecca of David Small Designs, Tami and Shannon of Madhouse Advertising, Brendan and Jim of Eurodale Developments, Amy of Stikeman Elliott and of course Amy and Laura of BILD!

Leading Technology Transformation: Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Named to Constructech 50

Friday, August 3rd, 2012
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Markham, ON – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has again been recognized as an industry innovator and leader as part of the Constructech 50. Constructech consistently recognizes Constellation’s contribution to and leadership position in a fluctuating market.

Published in the July/August issue of the magazine, the Constructech 50 highlights the most influential construction-technology providers with a strong and ongoing market presence. Constructech editors consider various criteria to determine the winners, including a strong product aimed at the residential construction industry, ongoing customer satisfaction and growth, as well as outreach and educational efforts within the industry.

“The evolution of technology solutions can shake up the marketplace. It may give newer companies a chance to establish themselves in the arena, and it can also let longtime players prove they are committed to the industry,” says Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Constructech. “This year’s winning companies are giving builders and contractors solid solutions on which to build, and continue to transform.”

“Constellation is committed to developing and enhancing our product solutions, while supporting our customers and the industry in parallel. We ensure that our customers, large and small, are squeezing every dollar from their technology investment. We are very happy that Constructech has once again recognized us for these efforts”, says Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems.

Constellation’s software solutions are designed to help builders increase productivity and utilize fewer resources to run their businesses successfully. With a single technology partner, you can count on software upgrades that work, a single support contact for all products, industry expertise, and responsibility for the entire system. In contrast with multi-vendor situations and disparate technologies, Constellation customers know that their systems will be supported and enhanced, that their technology partner is financially strong, and that their technology investment is secure.

About Constructech Magazine

As the technology advocate for the construction industry, Constructech magazine helps builders, contractors, and corporate owners make informed decisions about software and systems for the office and the field. Constructech continues to be a highly respected and trusted resource for construction technology for almost 15 years, providing unbiased opinions and informative news on software, hardware, automation, and service.

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

As the largest home building software provider in the industry, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has helped more than 2,800 builders manage their information technology costs with integrated homebuilding construction software solutions to run their business from website to warranty.  From lead management to homeowner services, Constellation’s solutions manage land development, new home sales and marketing, production, purchasing, scheduling, accounting, warranties, electronic homeowner manuals, vendor portals, and websites designed exclusively for homebuilders.  Constellation’s product suite includes, NEWSTAR, FAST, BuildTopia, Builder 360, BuildSoft Pro, HomeDev Pro, Sales1440, LandDev, and Constellation Web Solutions.

Media Inquiries:

Cathy Kotsopoulos
ckotsopoulos@constellationhb.com
(888) 723-2222

 

Share your SSRS reports. Win an iPad.

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
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Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) allow you to view and utilize your NEWSTAR information in an endless number of ways – so many that Constellation developers can never dream up enough. You know your NEWSTAR system better than anyone, so we want your help.

Email your SSRS reports to ssrs@constellationhb.com. The NEWSTAR author to send in the most SSRS report templates will win a new iPad!

Constellation hopes to help build a database of templates and a more involved NEWSTAR community. Report authors will be fully credited in the Client Care Center. Please see full contest rules below.

Don’t know what SSRS Reports are?

Join our drop-in webinar sessions, which will run most Fridays for the duration of the contest. Watch, learn and interact with our team as we build reports using Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services within NEWSTAR Enterprise.

These interactive online sessions will run from 1:00PM to 4:00PM EST on July 13, 20, 27, and August 10, 17, and 24 and you may join anytime during the session as your schedule permits. Please click here to view available sessions and to register.

You may also wish to use the following links to access Microsoft tools and guides:

Getting Started with Report Builder 3.0
Downloading Center
Online Help

Important Registration Information

All registrants will receive an email confirmation via WebEx confirming your registration with a URL and event password.  If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact myself via email or by phone at (888) 723-2222 ext 2029.  Online registration will close 30 minutes prior to session start time.

Sincerely,

Elaine Massey
Director of Professional Services

 

OFFICIAL RULES:

- Contest opens July 1st, 2012 at 12:01 am
- Contest open to current NEWSTAR clients, excluding the province of Quebec
- The “Prize” is one (1) Apple iPad, approximate retail value CAD519.00
- “Reports” are built using SSRS (with or without Focus tables) and submitted as a .RDL file
- Reports cannot contain custom NEWSTAR database tables
- Email your Report files to ssrs@constellationhb.com
- Email must include a Report title and brief description of the purpose of the Report
- Reports without descriptions will not be included
- Reports will be judged based on creativity and uniqueness, and must run without error on the Constellation standard database
- Reports that do not run on the standard database will not be included
- Each valid Report will count as one Entry for the person who created the Report (“Author”)
- Authors who upload invalid Reports will be contacted and asked to re-submit the Report
- The Prize will be awarded to the employer (for use by the Author) of the Author who submits the most valid Reports
- Constellation HomeBuilder Systems employees and their families are not eligible to win the Prize
- No purchase necessary
- Contest closes August 31st, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Constructech Magazine Awards Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, HomeDev Pro With a 2012 Top Product Award

Thursday, March 29th, 2012
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Markham, ON, March 28, 2012 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the leading provider of residential homebuilding software solutions in North America, today announced that Constellation HomeDev Pro wins a Top Products Award by Constructech Magazine.

The Constructech Top Products awards honor technology solutions that have demonstrated the greatest innovations geared toward the residential homebuilding market. The editorial team at Constructech magazine determines the winning products based on various criteria – the product’s overall usefulness and uniqueness to the homebuilding industry, and the customer growth rate during the past few years.  To learn more, visit www.constructech.com.

Constellation HomeDev Pro is a cloud-based residential software solution specifically designed for homebuilders that encompasses all tasks, processes and workflow to help increase productivity and maximize profits on one platform.  The new offering integrates with familiar tools such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Dynamics and other accounting solutions and is built Microsoft’s .NET Framework and Microsoft SQL Server database technology to manage the data.  HomeDev Pro offers a comprehensive solution for job costing, project management, scheduling, budgeting, purchasing, and customer/vendor communication.  The judges noted they particularly liked the portal – the latest collaboration feature to help streamline the construction process by providing secure, real-time access to information corresponding to all phases of the project.

“For the 2012 Constructech Top Products, our goal was to create a portfolio of superb technology solutions in the construction industry; one that our readers can use as they go forward with technology adoption in the coming year,” says Mike Carrozzo, chief editor, Constructech magazine. “We believe this year’s winning products provide efficient, successful options to those looking to improve business.”

“We are honored that Constellation HomeDev Pro has been recognized in the residential Constructech Top Products this year,” said Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “The launch of HomeDev Pro in 2010 is an example of Constellation’s commitment to the homebuilding industry and focus on helping residential builders streamline operations with a more complete and collaborative homebuilding management solution.”  Constellation offers the expertise, in-depth knowledge and experience to understand and meet the technology needs of homebuilders of all sizes.

About Constellation:

As the largest home building software provider in the industry, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has helped more than 2,800 builders manage their information technology costs with integrated home building software solutions to run their business from websites to warranty.  From planning to homeowner services, we have land development software, new home sales and marketing software, production, purchasing, scheduling, accounting, warranty, electronic homeowner manuals, vendor portal solutions, and website solutions designed exclusively for the home building industry. Constellation’s product suite includes, HomeDev Pro, BuildSoft Pro, Builder 360, Constellation Web Solutions, FAST, NEWSTAR, Sales1440, and BuildTopia.

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Constellation Software Inc. (“CSU”), the premier international provider of market leading software and services, and is a publicly traded company.

Media Inquiries:
Cathy Kotsopoulos
cathyk@constellationhb.com
(888) 723-2222

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Unveils New Solutions

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
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Markham, ON – (February 1, 2012) – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the leader and most trusted provider of residential home building software solutions, unveils new solutions at the NAHB International Builders’ Show from February 8 – 11, 2012 in Orlando, FL.

Constellation’s software solutions are specifically designed to help home builders manage their business and information technology costs with cutting-edge integrated software solutions to run their business more efficiently, communicate more effectively and build more homes while utilizing fewer resources and reducing costs.  Whether you are a custom builder or building thousands of homes annually, Constellation delivers a comprehensive suite of software solutions and continues to demonstrate a longstanding commitment to the home building industry.

Constellation will be on-hand to offer one-on-one demonstrations, visit our booth at W4783.

Request a free exhibit pass – www.BuildersShow.com/ConstellationHomeBuilderSystem

Websites and Online Marketing
Websites and lead management processes are critical components of the home builder’s sales performance. Constellation has combined an easy to manage website solution and online lead management system to help builders present their business professionally, and ensure that all leads are tracked and acted upon.  With Groundbreaker™ websites, Constellation will provide the SEO training to help you achieve higher rankings in popular search engines and convert more leads to sales agent appointments.

Sales and CRM Solutions
When a prospective buyer enters their contact information on your website or visits your sales office, all Constellation sales and CRM solutions are designed to help you turn that prospect into a buyer, maximize upgrade sales, complete selections, generate contracts and reduce errors.  With automatic website integration, all prospect information is captured and available in your sales system for fast follow-up and the comfort of knowing that no lead is lost.

Accounting and Production Solutions
Constellation offers a comprehensive suite of homebuilding solutions to help you improve processes in budgeting, purchasing, accounting, payroll, construction management, and customer service. With one system everyone can have access to the same business data and builders will spend less time updating spreadsheet reports to improve the quality of information available when making critical decisions.

Workflow Services and Document Management
With real-time alerts and notifications, everyone knows what is happening and can follow established business processes to respond in a timely manner. Externally, the workflow system allows builders to provide the new home buyer with the information and comfort they need throughout the construction cycle and beyond. Constellation’s document management solutions provide functionality to easily secure and publish information for back office and remote employees.

Field Scheduling and Mobile Devices
Superintendents and project managers need information about the job in order to maintain margins, avoid mistakes, and reduce delays.  With Constellation’s integrated iPad/iPhone, Android, Blackberry and laptop scheduling solutions, field staff can access sales information, schedules, purchase orders, service requests, site plans, and supplier information to complete tasks and request variances without making a phone call.

Vendor Portal and Collaboration
Constellation’s secure, web-based vendor portal provides suppliers and trades with real-time access to purchase orders, construction schedules and payment information to reduce phone calls and costly errors.  With Constellation’s vendor portal solutions suppliers and trades can get the information they need anytime.

Warranty and Customer Service
With Constellation’s home buyer portals and online warranty guides, you can provide home buyers with information about their home during construction and beyond.  You can track warranty notifications and ensure that you have a record of receipt for regulatory and legal purposes. With Constellation’s customer experience management solutions, home owner issues are submitted online, without paper, and acted upon without any re-keying of information.  This saves time, reduces errors, and creates happy customers that will generate referrals.

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

As the largest home building software provider in the industry, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has helped more than 2,800 builders manage their information technology costs with integrated home building software solutions to run their business from websites to warranty.  From planning to homeowner services, we have land development software, new home sales and marketing software, production, purchasing, scheduling, accounting, warranty, electronic homeowner manuals, vendor portal solutions, and website solutions designed exclusively for the home building industry. Constellation’s product suite includes, HomeDev Pro, BuildSoft Pro, Builder 360, Constellation Web Solutions, FAST, NEWSTAR, Sales1440, and BuildTopia.

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Constellation Software Inc. (“CSI”), the premier international provider of market leading software and services, and is a publicly traded company.

Media Inquiries:
Cathy Kotsopoulos
cathyk@constellationhb.com
(888) 723-2222

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SBS Group Strengthens Homebuilding Expertise with Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
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WOODBRIDGE, NEW JERSEY – December 7, 2011SBS Group has selected Constellation HomeBuilder Systems to launch integrated home building software solutions for home builders across North America.  SBS Group, a New Jersey-based technology consulting firm, provides mid-market accounting & business management solutions to companies across the U.S.  SBS Group will represent Constellation’s HomeDev Pro and BuildTopia software solutions. This partnership extends SBS and Constellation’s market reach in the homebuilding industry and provides homebuilders affordable and efficient software solutions.

“We are eager to work with Constellation and strengthen our presence in the homebuilder industry,” states James R. Bowman, Jr., President of SBS Group. He continues, “Constellation brings great knowledge of the homebuilder industry and proven products to the mid-market.  This partnership paired with our new cloud offering is a natural extension of our construction strategy and enables us to provide complete and integrated solutions to homebuilders of all sizes.”

Dexter Salna, President at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems states, “For the past six months, we’ve been working with Carolyn Chasteen of SBS Group Denver, part of the SBS Partner Network, and the partnership has been a perfect fit. We are excited for the launch of Stratos for homebuilders. We feel the combination of SBS Group’s ability to bring core accounting expertise and business process knowledge paired with our products will bode well for builders as we continue our business relationship.”

“This partnership further exemplifies SBS Group’s dedication to the homebuilding market.  As a Microsoft Master VAR and cloud solution provider, SBS has positioned itself to meet the needs of today’s homebuilders. This deep penetration into the homebuilder market coupled with a cloud-based offering is consistent with the Microsoft Dynamics™ strategy and we fully support SBS Group on this endeavor,” states Ted Kempf, Microsoft Dynamics Director of Service Industries.

About SBS GroupSBS Group provides business management solutions to mid-size companies across the country. SBS delivers its solutions and services with the industry’s top technology partners including Microsoft, Sage Software, Deltek, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Citrix, Acumatica, and others. Focused on distribution, manufacturing, supply chain management, customer relationship management, financial management, project management, service management and accounting solutions, SBS Group has over 25 years of working with clients, not just for them.

The SBS team has earned an award-winning reputation, having been recognized as a Microsoft Gold Competency Partner, Microsoft 2011 Inner Circle Member, Microsoft Partner of the Year (Dynamics SL), New Jersey Best Places to Work Winner, NJBIZ Business of the Year Finalist, IBM Beacon Award recipient and Sage Software Leadership Academy member. The company is headquartered in Woodbridge, New Jersey and operates other offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Toledo, Pittsburgh, Washington, DC, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. For more information, please visit SBS Group’s website at www.sbsgroupusa.com.  Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/sbsgroup and find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/SBS-Group/316030805149.

About Constellation Homebuilder SystemAs the largest home building software provider in the industry, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has helped more than 2,800 builders manage their information technology costs with integrated home building software solutions to run their business from websites to warranty.  From planning to homeowner services, we have land development software, new home sales and marketing software, production, purchasing, scheduling, accounting, warranty, electronic homeowner manuals, vendor portal solutions, and website solutions designed exclusively for the home building industry. Constellation’s product suite includes, HomeDev Pro, BuildSoft Pro, Builder 360, Constellation Web Solutions, FAST, NEWSTAR, Sales1440, and BuildTopia.

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Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Media Contact:
Cathy Kotsopoulos
888.723.2222
ckotsopoulos@constellationhb.com

SBS Group Media Contact:
Kimberly A. Kohlhepp
732.476.5909
kkohlhepp@sbsgroupusa.com

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Breaks Record Attendance at PCBC 2011

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
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Markham, ON – (July 18, 2011) – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of homebuilding software, sales, production and accounting solutions, exhibited both their latest products and commitment to the industry at PCBC 2011 in San Francisco, CA – June 22nd – 24th, 2011.

As the second largest home builder show in the United States, PCBC attracts home builders of all sizes, seeking ways to streamline their businesses by reducing IT costs and accomplishing more with less.  Constellation was solidified as the industry leader, with a 50% increase in booth traffic over last year’s show, and by offering the fully integrated solutions attendees were looking for.

As the only home building software solutions provider to exhibit at the 2011 PCBC show, Constellation continues to demonstrate unwavering support to the industry, regardless of the economic slowdown.  With a significant investment of time, money and resources toward creating new and enhancing current products, Constellation is the most comprehensive, functionality-rich solution on the market.

“By continuing to attend the PCBC, it demonstrates Constellation’s commitment to the home building industry and provides builders with innovative, leading-edge software that help achieve greater profits,” said Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems.  “By having all of our products in one booth we were able to show builders and remodelers of all sizes, software solutions that fit the needs of their business.”

“We would like to thank Constellation for their continued support for exhibiting year after year at PCBC and congratulate them on successful 2011 trade show.  They have redefined their place as an industry innovator with products that respond to today’s changing market,” said Ann Bivens, Director of PCBC.

Constellation is the trusted technology partner of home building and remodeler software solutions, and leads the industry with the highest investment in product development and customer service.                                                                                                             

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems:

As the largest home building software provider in the industry, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has helped more than 2,800 builders manage their information technology costs with integrated home building software solutions to run their business from dirt to warranty.  From planning to homeowner services, we have land development software, new home sales and marketing software, production, purchasing, schedule, accounting, warranty, electronic homeowner manuals, vendor portal solutions, and website solutions designed exclusively for the home building industry.  Constellation’s product suite includes, HomeDev Pro, BuildSoft Pro, Builder 360, Constellation Web Solutions, FAST, NEWSTAR, Sales1440, and BuildTopia.

Media Inquiries:
Cathy Kotsopoulos
cathyk@constellationhb.com
(888) 723-2222