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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.

 

Our Customers take Center Stage

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
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Last week, Constellation customers gathered in Baltimore for our final Customer Summit of 2012. Each summit included informative training sessions on NEWSTAR and BuildTopia systems, as well as networking opportunities amongst fellow builders. This year, we decided to host our customers at our regional offices in Toronto and Baltimore to provide some insight into how Constellation works, as well as to keep the event as interactive as possible: as you can see above, there was no room for the photographer!

The day’s sessions included a Product Roadmap for 2013, as well as updates and training regarding NEWSTAR and BuildTopia. Customers were treated to a networking dinner after each day of training, where we relaxed and enjoyed some wonderful meals at the Woodberry Kitchen.

We also awarded some prizes:

Mark Baysden of DSLD Homes was presented with an iPad for submitting the most SSRS Reports in our recent contest (photo below). Jared Rogers of Simmons Homes was the lucky winner of a Microsoft Surface, simply for registering early for the NEWSTAR Summit. And Michelle Jungers of Grand View Builders took home the “early bird” Surface at the BuildTopia Summit.

Here are some comments from our builders who made the trek:

“Talking with other builders and how they do things was very helpful.” – Grand View Builders

“I found the summit very informative and useful. I look forward to us implementing some of the new applications.” – Simmons Homes

“One on one time with Constellation folks is invaluable.”Embassy Homes

A huge Constellation thank you goes out to all the builders who attended our Customer Summit. We strive to ensure that all of our customers are maximizing the value they receive from their investment in our software.

If you missed the summit, or would like to be informed of upcoming summits, please let us know!

Customers' corner: chatting, networking, learning!

Customer service review from our award-winning support team

Mark wins an iPad for submitting SSRS reports for the NEWSTAR Community


The Constellation team pep talk!

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.

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

NEWSTAR Users Converge for 2012 Customer Summit

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
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NEWSTAR users from Ontario and beyond joined Constellation’s experts for a full day of networking and learning at the Kingbridge Conference Centre in King City on Wednesday, June 13. Constellation was thrilled to host 75 attendees from over 30 organizations, at an event geared towards helping current customers to maximize the software they already have – and to provide sneak peeks at the NEWSTAR enhancements that will be rolling out in the months to come.

Constellation is always listening for customer feedback, providing service, support, and opportunities to learn through a range of channels, culminating in regional summits. A number of speakers provided insights, including NEWSTAR experts and vendors highlighting software that integrates directly and seamlessly with NEWSTAR.

Blayne Parrish of Center6 demoed InformXL; helping to ensure that NEWSTAR users are using the tool to its full potential, generating reports from their NEWSTAR system in real time. John Linney of Tarion discussed MyHome, a digital platform that allows new home buyers to ensure their warranties are being upheld to legal standard. And Chang Su impressed wide-eyed builders with customizable user-controlled 3D walkthroughs of new homes. Center6’s InformXL is currently offered in NEWSTAR, with version 2.0 on the way; Tarion’s MyHome will be a big part of the next release of NEWSTAR; and Constellation is currently testing Your Home 3D with NEWSTAR.

Customers eagerly networked, discovering new ways to utilize their NEWSTAR solution that they may not have considered – furthering the NEWSTAR community through shared information and ideas. Constellation’s development team was all ears, listening for where their attention should be placed next.

Constellation’s next NEWSTAR Regional Customer Summits will be taking place in Baltimore, MD and Dallas, TX this coming fall – details to follow.  Also, customer feedback from the Summit suggested a high level of interest in a North America-wide multi-day customer summit. If you would be interested in a larger-scale summit, please contact Cathy Kotsopoulos.

NEWSTAR is a comprehensive suite of integrated software modules for homebuilders, all designed to help you increase sales, and enable you to earn more on each home with more satisfied customers.

NEWSTAR customers can access slides from the day’s keynote speakers by following this link and logging into the Client Care Center. Constellation is always available to customers through the Client Care Center, and group discussions are welcome through the private NEWSTAR LinkedIn community and the public forum of Twitter.

2011 Toronto Regional Conference

Monday, May 9th, 2011
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Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is pleased to invite you to our one-day Regional Conference on May 17, 2011 at the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Vaughan.

REAL SOLUTIONS, REAL-TIME
~ Learn About the Latest Product Development and Solutions Roadmap ~
~ Network with Fellow Industry Professionals ~
~ Discover How Others Use Constellation to Improve Operations ~
~ Learn How to Turn Your Website into an Effective Tool ~
~ Discuss How to Get the Most from Your System ~

With a wide range of sessions, this event will cover everything from new product development and future product plans, to overall best practices.

Each in-depth session is designed to help YOU achieve more with your Constellation HomeBuilder software, and reach new levels of success.

Our User Conferences are an important part of our continued commitment to be a responsive and valued information partner, and have a proven track record for offering valuable tips and advice. The interactive nature of this conference makes it a truly effective learning experience for you and your staff.

Conference Details

When:  Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Time:    8:00AM – 4:00PM
Where: Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Vaughan

If you have any questions about the user conference, please contact Cathy Kotsopoulos via email or by phone at (888) 723-2222 ext 6140. 

Constellation OnLocation-Warranty Video Posted

Friday, October 15th, 2010
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We just put the finishing touches on the latest OnLocation-Warranty customer experience video.  The video describes our mobile solution for paperless PDI, inspections, and warranty walkthroughs.  Home builders can capture electronic signatures on a tablet device and immediately send deficiency information to the back office system in real-time to create a work order and process backcharges with fewer errors in less time.  Additionally, the signed customer copy is archived in the system for all authorized users to see. This new home warranty and customer service walkthrough software solution for homebuilders is available for NEWSTAR Enterprise.

Constellation OnLocation-Warranty Highlighted in Constructech

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
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We have known for a long time that warranty and customer service are extremely important aspects of the home building process.  Constructech highlights this with an article about the benefits of using technology to reduce the time it takes to resolve home owner PDI and customer service issues.  Specifically, home builders can use OnLocation-Warranty to easily track deficiencies and create work orders in a paperless process.  Combined with a powerful back-office system, deficiency tracking and supplier/trade quality control comes to life as well with detailed reports and the ability to backcharge easily. The result is an opportunity to improve customer satisfaction, reduce costs, and improve quality in the eyes of the home owner.

Constellation 2010 Virtual Customer Conference

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
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We have a great virtual customer conference planned for May 10-14th.  This is our largest virtual customer conference ever with over 30 sessions, guest speakers, industry experts, Constellation staff and many opportunities for builders to learn from their peers.

We’ll cover many recent enhancements in our home building software solutions and offer product training sessions as well.  For a detailed agenda and registration information, please click on the link below.

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