Archive for the ‘OnLocation’ Category

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.

 

BuildSoft Pro and Constellation OnLocation-Warranty Named Constructech Top Products of 2011

Monday, February 7th, 2011
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Markham, ON, February 7, 2011 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems proudly announces that Constellation OnLocation-Warranty and BuildSoft Pro are winners of the 2011 Top Product Award from Constructech magazine.

“Our products have consistently earned accolades for innovation and helping builders become more efficient.  We work closely with our customers to develop new products and bring new technology to the home building industry that builders can trust to run their businesses.  We take that responsibility seriously and continually achieve high levels of customer satisfaction”, says Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems.  Constellation offers the expertise, in-depth knowledge and experience to understand and meet the technology needs of home builders of all sizes.

BuildSoft Pro is a completely integrated Windows® based application and is a leading residential construction solution for small to medium-sized homebuilders and remodelers to help manage and streamline all construction processes.  Constellation recently upgraded BuildSoft Pro to support modern 32-bit and 64-bit computers, which demonstrates Constellation’s ongoing commitment to invest in new technology for home builders and remodelers.  BuildSoft Pro is easy to learn and use allowing homebuilders to integrate production and accounting information and help manage everything from estimating to project management more efficiently.

Constellation OnLocation-Warranty is the newest mobile device solution in the award-winning suite of OnLocation software applications for homebuilders.  This warranty and customer service management system integrates seamlessly with NEWSTAR Enterprise and utilizes tablet technology for quality control, pre-delivery inspections and warranty walkthroughs.  Whether you are in the office or in the field, Constellation OnLocation-Warranty improves customer satisfaction and keeps your home building business running smoothly, efficiently and profitably.  Using a handheld tablet device, homebuilders can document deficiencies, create work orders, capture electronic customer signatures and have instant access to all homeowner data, contact information, and the status of work-orders, to provide warranty information you need for each home you build.

About Constellation:

As the largest home building software provider in the industry, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has helped more than 2,400 builders manage their information technology costs with integrated 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, scheduling, accounting, warranty, electronic homeowner manuals, vendor portal solutions, and web site solutions designed exclusively for the home building industry. Constellation’s product suite includes HomeDev, BuildSoft, Builder 360, Constellation Web Solutions, FAST, NEWSTAR, Sales1440, and BuildTopia.

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

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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NEWSTAR Enterprise 9.2.4 Service Release Overview – Now Available

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
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 The NEWSTAR Enterprise 9.2.4 video overview is now available in the NEWSTAR client care center.

This recording covers major enhancements in the latest NEWSTAR Enterprise service release and it is available anytime for Constellation customers.

It’s easy to view. Simply login to the client care center at www.constellationhelpdesk.com, click on the NEWSTAR link at the top, and the event will be listed on the left in the NEWSTAR Video Library.

This session is recommended for Sales Managers, Purchasing Staff, Construction Managers, and Warranty Coordinators.

To request a user account, or if you need to reset your password, click here.

PCBC 2009 – Day 2 Recap

Friday, June 19th, 2009
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We had another great day at PCBC 2009 and some very savvy builders visited our booth. Some were looking for home building software, some were starting new businesses, and some were frustrated with their current software partners.

An existing customer that has been using one of our systems for a long time was blown away with how much more they could be doing with our software.  They could be using scheduling better, they could be following up with leads quicker, they could be providing all their warranty materials online, they could be tracking supplier quality better, and they could be using more of our built-in reports.

As a software partner, I feel that we have let them down. They should know that we have been working hard to improve our products and provide them with tools to make them more effective and efficient.  I encourage any builder with a slight interest in wanting to do more with technology to run their business to give us a call.

I’m looking forward to Seth Godin‘s talk on Friday.  Should be fun.

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Wins Top Products Award for BuildSoft and OnLocation Construction-Manager

Friday, January 30th, 2009
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Markham, ON, January 30, 2009Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of homebuilding software, is pleased to announce the winner of two Constructech Top Products awards for Constellation BuildSoft and Constellation OnLocation-Construction Manager. “Constellation is a unique company in the home building software industry.  We strive to develop world class products, work closely with our customers and provide stable solutions home builders can trust to run their business now and in the future”, says Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “The BuildSoft system for residential builders and remodelers is a great example of how Constellation has invested in an established product to improve software, documentation, training and customer support.  BuildSoft customers agree that the product has improved immensely and we receive positive feedback on a daily basis.”

OnLocation-Construction Manager is the latest solution in the award winning suite of OnLocation mobile device applications for home builders.  In addition to core scheduling functionality and payment approval, field staff and inspectors can easily identify and record quality issues at any point during the building cycle and beyond.  Not only can vendor payment be withheld, but issues can be addressed easier and tracked over periods of time.  Using the camera capabilities of many mobile devices, you can capture photos from the field and automatically categorize them within the system. Once they are in the system, they can easily be made available for all employees and distributed to managers, vendors, and home buyers as necessary. The photos and easy identification of quality issues becomes a key tool in supplier and trade negotiations. This Constructech Top Products award for enhanced products is the third award for Constellation’s OnLocation suite of mobile device software solutions.

BuildSoft is one of Constellation’s core production and accounting systems, tailored specifically for small-volume, custom home builders and remodelers.  Our other mission critical production and accounting systems include FAST, NEWSTAR, Builder 360, BuildSoft, Constellation CRM (formerly Computers for Tracts) and LandDev.  We continue to support and enhance these systems with the latest regional and regulatory requirements and bring new functionality to help our customers improve their core operations.

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
As the largest home building software company in the industry, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has helped more than 2,100 builders manage their information technology costs with integrated 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, scheduling, accounting, warranty, electronic homeowner manuals, and vendor portal solutions designed exclusively for the home building industry.

About Constructech Residential
Looking at information technology, building control automation, and automated home technology through the eyes of the builder, contractor, and corporate owner, Constructech magazine is focused on providing the construction industry with the necessary tools to increase productivity and profitability. Constructech Residential takes the perspective of the homebuilding professional in uncovering the true value of automated home technology options and information technology tools.

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

2009-01-30 – Constellation Top Products Award Press Release

Constellation Featured in Constructech – December 2008

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
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The benefits of mobile device software, field scheduling solutions, quality contral, and vendor communication are discussed by Tim Alexander from HPH.

The full article can be found at the following location:

http://www.specialtypub.com/constructech/article.asp?article_id=7334

Constellation Product Webinar Series

Monday, November 10th, 2008
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As you prepare and finalize your budgets for 2009, we wanted you to be aware of the following solutions that we have enhanced or released in the previous year.

We are also announcing an exciting 30-minute webinar series that can help you with the following:

  • Reduce production costs
  • Improve management insight
  • Build stronger customer relationships
  • Work more efficiently with suppliers and trades
  • Maximize upgrades on each sale

Sales and Home Buyer Solutions

Constellation-BuildSERV

Constellation BuildSERV’s hosted document library and online collaboration systems help builders manage home ownership documents and related warranty information. Our comprehensive services ease the task of organizing and compiling home ownership guides, and provide a method for delivering and tracking important buyer communications.


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– Tues. Nov. 11 @ 2PM EST

Constellation HomePlate – Home Buyer Portal

Constellation HomePlate offers home builders a secure, web-based portal for their homebuyers and homeowners from contract to post-warranty. It’s designed to deliver instant information to your customers anytime, anywhere.


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– Mon. Nov. 24 @ 2PM EST

Constellation Online Virtual Showroom

Constellation Online Virtual Showroom is a web-based lead generation tool that creates qualified prospects through unique visualization technology. Visitors to your website can mix and match exterior and interior colors and materials and see their choices instantly rendered on photographs of your model homes.


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– Tues. Nov. 25 @ 2PM EST

Constellation CRM

Constellation CRM is a comprehensive suite of customer relationship management solutions for all sizes of home builders. Designed to help improve customer communication, options selection, and upgrade sales, now is the perfect time to take a look at Constellation CRM.


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– Tues. Nov. 18 @ 2PM EST

FAST E-Leads and FAST Sales

FAST SALES and FAST E-Leads arms your sales team with the advantage they need to close the sale. FASTSales helps you streamline your sales process by automating follow-up and leveraging process-based workflow. With every sale a precious commodity you need a sales system that provides flexibility while maintaining accountability, that is FASTSales.


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– Thurs. Nov. 20 @ 2PM EST

Constellation CRM Design Center

Constellation CRM Design Center provides your design staff with the tools to quickly, accurately and profitably prepare complex measured goods configurations, such as flooring or custom countertops. If you are looking to maximize the profits from your dedicated Design Center, now is the time to consider Constellation CRM Design Center.


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– Wed. Nov. 12 @ 2PM EST

Construction Management and Communication Solutions

Constellation FOCUS

Constellation FOCUS is an integrated, web-based Business Intelligence (BI) solution designed to improve business performance through monitoring and proactive exception-based reporting. FOCUS can easily distribute pre-configured reports and notifications to suppliers, managers, employees and other business partners.


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– Wed. Nov. 19 @ 2PM EST

FAST Insight

FAST Insight helps you to make the critical business decisions necessary in today’s economy on a daily basis, FASTInsight provides dashboard level views and detailed decision support in real-time so you can make those decisions with confidence. Know in an instant your financial and operational health with FASTInsight.


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– Fri. Nov. 21 @ 12PM EST

Builder 360 – JobView 360

JobView 360 is a secure web-based project management solution designed exclusively for home builders to powerfully advance the flow of communication and develop reliable, partnerships between trade partners, subcontractors, and homebuilder employees.


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– Mon. Nov. 17 @ 2PM EST

Constellation LandDev

Constellation LandDev supports detailed and summary level budgeting, estimating, bidding, contracting, and payment processing with user configured authorization processes. Find mistakes on paper before they happen in the field and become too expensive or too late to fix. LandDev allows users to eliminate the paper chase with workflow technology that sends e-mail messages to targeted individuals for budget approval, change order approval, payment approval and notification, as required, leading to an unprecedented control of cost and schedules.


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– Mon. Nov. 10 @ 2PM EST

OnLocation-Schedule

OnLocation-Schedule is an award-winning, fully-integrated, wireless software application designed to meet the needs of field staff, home builders and suppliers. This easy-to-use application offers effortless monitoring and tight control of construction schedules and payment processes, while improving the efficiency of supplier communications.


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– Thurs. Nov. 13 @ 2PM EST

PocketFAST

PocketFAST works seamlessly with your FAST schedules to extend the benefits of an integrated management system to your production line. Field managers and vendors will be more efficient, more effective, and more accurate with PocketFAST, providing essential, time sensitive information throughout your organization, as it happens. That’s what you should expect with an enterprise system, and PocketFAST delivers.


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– Thurs. Nov. 13 @ 2PM EST

Constellation BuildPro

Constellation BuildPro is the leading, integrated, scheduling and vendor collaboration system utilized by home builders to effectively manage tight construction schedules and improve homebuilding efficiency. Over 10,000 builders and suppliers are using BuildPro and SupplyPro to help build thousands of homes more efficiently, communicate more effectively, and build stronger trade relationships. As an internet solution, the system is always available in the office, at home, or in the field.


Enroll Now
– Fri. Nov. 21 @ 2PM EST

New Product Preview

We are getting close to releasing several new and exciting products and services for home builders.

OnLocation-ConstructionManager

OnLocation-ConstructionManager allows you to schedule jobs, control payments, control production quality, and communicate with trades. With real-time exception control and quality monitoring, you can identify quality issues before it’s too late or too expensive. Your superintendents and quality control staff can quickly run though a checklist and identify problems. Not only are the problems identified and stored in NEWSTAR Enterprise, but you can take photos with your mobile device for management oversight and supplier communications. These photos serve as a record of deficiencies for suppliers and trades and ensure that everyone has the ability to see problems when they occur.


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– Thurs. Nov. 20 @ 2PM EST

OnLocation-DesignCenter

OnLocation-DesignCenter is an integrated software application that helps design center staff easily manage options, upgrades, and color selections and maximize home builder design center profitability. Using a barcode scanner, options, upgrades, and colors are easily captured and recorded in NEWSTAR Sales. From there, design center staff quickly generates the contract addendum and present it to the customer for approval. Design center staff no longer need to waste time keying product codes into the system while the customer waits.


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– Fri. Nov. 14 @ 2PM EST

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If you have any additional questions, please contact Cathy Kotsopoulos at (888) 723-2222 or via e-mail at ckotsopoulos@constellationhb.com.

Constellation’s OnLocation-Schedule Wins Another Industry Award

Monday, February 4th, 2008
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Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of homebuilding software in the industry, is pleased to announce that Constellation OnLocation-Schedule has won the Constructech Top Products 2008 award.

Constructech selected Constellation OnLocation-Schedule for its ease of use and extremely powerful field scheduling functionality. Designed for both superintendents and construction managers, OnLocation-Schedule ensures that everyone is up-to-date and that building progress is closely monitored.

“We congratulate Constellation HomeBuilder Systems for winning a Constructech Top Products award,” said Mike Carrozzo, editor, Constructech magazine. “Customers using this product have had great success managing construction schedules and payment processes from the field.” This is yet another benefit that Constellation provides to its customers. With an unsurpassed dedication to the homebuilding industry and continued investment in new technologies, Constellation is positioned to lead the industry for many years to come.

As part of the OnLocation suite of mobile device applications, OnLocation-Schedule is one piece of the big picture. Coupled with NEWSTAR Enterprise and Constellation Focus, OnLocation is the basis for a powerful system of schedule management, supplier and trade performance measurement, and timely report generation and distribution. Many builders have used this system to achieve better supplier and trade relationships, while increasing customer satisfaction with fewer mistakes and improved cycle times. Using OnLocation-Schedule’s “Complete with Exceptions” feature has allowed builders to withhold payments for work that was done incorrectly, while allowing the building schedule to proceed in many cases. In addition, the use of Constellation Focus allows suppliers to be given a statement that identifies all the tasks for which payment is being held, reducing the number of phone calls and providing a clear incentive for completing the work as soon as possible.

“We are very excited about OnLocation-Schedule being selected for another homebuilding industry award,” exclaims Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “Constellation listens to its customers and develops the solutions that will improve their businesses. We have a strong group of early adopter customers that deserve a lot of credit for helping us develop award winning applications. These relationships improve product quality and ultimately improve the solutions that we can offer to other homebuilders.”

About Constructech
A division of Specialty Publishing Co., Constructech advises 40,000 unique builders and contractors in all trades within the homebuilding market on the technology, services, and automated home technology that help improve business and increase margins. With a specialized focused in the homebuilding space, Constructech uncovers the solutions that are shaping the way homes are built.

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
As the largest homebuilding software company in the industry, Constellation has helped more than 1,400 homebuilding companies manage their information technology costs with integrated 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, scheduling, accounting, warranty and homebuilding vendor portal solutions designed exclusively for the homebuilding industry.

Media Contact
Cathy Kotsopoulos
Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
Phone: (888) 723-2222
E-mail: ckotsopoulos@constellationhb.com

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