Construction and Real Estate

ERP Advisors Group (EAG) is one of the top independent enterprise software advisory firms for real estate and construction companies.

When we meet real estate companies, we immediately know we are dealing with a very different set of requirements than most commercial organizations.

Construction, property developers, property managers, REITs and similar companies who are replacing legacy best-of-breed software should carefully vet the software and implementation resources before committing to a contract.

Real estate-specific requirements do not natively come with most out-of-the-box ERPs. Requirements like work orders, progress billings, construction in progress, or job purchasing should be carefully checked.

We can prevent mistakes made during the ERP selection process with our advisory approach where we define your unique business requirements. We will ensure that not only is the software vendor capable of handling your requirements, but we will also ensure the implementation partner is experienced in your industry before we will let you sign any contracts.

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ERP Help for Real Estate & Construction

ERP Advisors Group will help your company to define requirements, set your software strategy, provide a roadmap, conduct a diligent vendor selection process and stay on to manage the entire implementation.

Develop Your ERP Strategy

We will define your needs and wants as well as how you would ideally use new automated solutions across your entire company, whether you are a data center, property management company, construction and engineering firm, homebuilder, low voltage, or security integrator firm.

Select Your New Software

We will guide you through selecting the best-fit, most cost-effective business applications and implementation partners.
 
 
 
 

Implementation Project Management

After finalizing your construction software and services contracts, EAG stays with you to oversee your implementation until you successfully go live.  We will oversee integrations, data migration, change management, budgets, design and configuration, walkthroughs, training, testing, go-live cutover and will provide executive and project sponsor support throughout the duration of your project.

Data Migration

We assist with all components of data migration: extraction, cleansing, transformation and loading into your new system to ensure you have complete confidence in the accuracy of your data at go live.

Why Construction & Real Estate Companies Upgrade Their ERP Software

Surveys across all of our real estate and construction clients reveal the most common reasons why they need new ERP to automate their business:

  • Use of spreadsheets for planning and scheduling of projects is inefficient and makes project tracking more difficult. 
  • Lack of real-time per project analytics, reporting and roll up by area.
  • Time consuming manual data gathering and consolidation for Cost to Complete reporting.
  • ERP is missing functionality to financially manage Projects and Work Orders for billing.
  • Information does not filter down to each department in system, creating lack of visibility into employee training records, time and expense records, and unnecessarily difficult job costing. 
  • It is common to experience a lack of functionality in tracking and transitioning projects from opportunities, active project, to completed projects.
  • Budgets for projects and payroll must be imported into the system creating duplicate work.
  • Software does not allow for number of projects to be seen, what a subcontractor is assigned to, or what jobs they have done in preparation for engaging them on new projects.
  • The amount of paperwork needed to maintain projects is overwhelming to new employees.

Employees and management now have data at their fingertips using various employee metrics. Employees can clock-in or punch-in with a mobile app out in the field. The mobile app, in general, is something that is new, and it has enhanced our organization. I think most importantly is that as we've seen some growth in our organization, we now have a software solution that can accommodate that growth and scale as we continue to grow.

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Why You Should Hire ERP Advisors Group

We are 100% independent ERP consultants, and we never take commissions or payments from any vendors. Combining our objectivity with our white-glove selection process, you will be absolutely certain that you are selecting the right software and implementation resources.

Resource-Constrained

Our rapidly-growing construction clients are already very busy with their day jobs and do not have time to become ERP experts.  Though your key people still have to devote some time to an ERP initiative, hiring an ERP consultant frees them up to make the important ERP decisions while staying focused on their day job.

Complex Business Processes

The more complex your business, the more likely for difficulty when selecting and implementing software.  ERP Advisors Group will help you uncover your true needs and will only vet the most viable options for your size, requirements, resources and strategy.

 

 

Best Practices for Your Industry

We will create your requirements document and demonstration script with construction industry best practices in mind while retaining what is unique to your company, leaving out the manual workarounds.

 

Change Management

Many clients hire us to help when they suspect there will be a business case for new software.  ERP Advisors Group helps stakeholders buy into what is best for the company by getting their input at multiple stages throughout the Needs Analysis, Selection and Implementation.

 

Vendor Demonstrations

A frequent complaint we hear from prospects who tried to select software on their own is feeling confused about the software's capabilities.  We get vendors to show your requirements during their product demonstrations.  This ensures you feel confident about selecting the best products that can meet your needs.

Contract Negotiations

We negotiate tens millions of dollars of deals every year for our clients.  We provide contracts review on all terms and conditions, including software and services and every agreement embedded throughout the contract.  Our clients receive price protection for many years to come on their purchase.  While we don't guarantee it in writing, we normally save our fees on this step alone.

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Benefits to Upgrading Your ERP Software

ERP Advisors Group's Needs Analysis will uncover the benefits your company would realize with an ERP upgrade.  Some of the most common benefits for a new Real Estate or Construction ERP include:

  • Primary vendors integrated into system for ease of access to available inventory and  streamlined ordering.
  • Vendor, GC, and subcontractor management, portal access and integration.
  • Subcontractor Change Order creation with visibility to subcontractors.
  • Entire project process integrated so everyone can see when the work has started, its status, labor hours charge, etc. in near real-time.
  • A modern system that is capable of scaling and growing with the company over time.
  • Integration and automated information flow from one module to the next with no manual intervention.
 
  • Construction Project and Service Time and Labor fully integrated with ERP system for job costing in near real-time.
  • RFI and Change Order creation and workflow for approvals and submittals.
  • Costs automatically roll to correct project and job codes, automated reporting and variance analysis.
  • Role and Permissions based security/access restriction around setting up new vendors.
  • Budgeting, forecasting and actuals for static budgets and movement in forecasts.
  • Procure to Pay fully automated with workflow approvals to mobile devices.


During implementation of that software, ERP Advisors Group provided us with a fantastic project manager who made sure that we continually made progress on the project. I think the most valuable aspect of that was having a bridge between our internal team and the software vendor’s implementation team. That helped everything stay on track.

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Real Estate & Construction ERP Vendors

ERP Advisors Group will help you not only define your requirements but more importantly, we will bake in the best practices for your Real Estate or Construction company into your Request for Information and Demonstration Script.

We conduct dozens of selections every year, equating to tens of millions of dollars in software and services sales.  With our deep knowledge of Real Estate and Construction ERP, we will help you find right the ERP for your company, AND the right professional services company to implement it. 

We regularly vet the top, most viable Real Estate and Construction ERP systems.

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