October 02, 2006
Forefront Construction Suite Version 12
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Forefront Construction Suite Version 12
by Susan Smith
Dexter & Chaney have recently released version 12 of their Forefront Construction Suite, running on Microsoft SQL Server.
According to Brad Mathews, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, having an SQL database is like having a "librarian."
officially changed. All of that means your data is secure and any updates to that data take place properly."
back to the point prior to that update."
Forefront shows you documents where a searched phrase or content appears.
the actual handwritten or typed notes scanned right in to become part of meeting record." This feature also integrates with all aspects of project management such as change orders, change requests, RFIs and submittals.
The Forefront Tasks feature integrates Forefront and Microsoft Outlook, which enables creating roadmaps for executing step-by-step processes. This is useful for helping users creation job cost projections or month-end closing procedures.
Learning to use the Forefront Construction Suite can vary according to a user's role in the company, said Mathews. For example, a project manager will have responsibilities that are related to some specific tasks, but the learning curve will be fairly easy. The controller may have a higher learning curve because he or she's tasks are more complex. Duties include understanding payroll, payables, the general ledger and other areas of the business. The equipment manager will probably have an easy time because his involvement will be with specific tasks related to equipment.
Forefront Construction Suite competes with Timberline, Constructware, Prolog, Primavera (to a certain extent), e-Builder, Viewpoint, and "a lot of programs in the construction software business." "We see our software as more broad reaching," Mathews concluded. "Our objective is to bring the operational side of business together with the financial side of business, so people don't have to re-enter things over again. After all, they're all working from the same set of numbers."
InterDoc and Right Hemisphere announced a partnership today to bring advanced 2D and 3D publishing solutions to Canadian manufacturers. Through InterDoc -- a large Canadian solution provider specialized in business process management (BPM), knowledge management (KM) and system innovation -- Right Hemisphere's Product Graphics Management (PGM) solutions will be available to Canadians for the first time. InterDoc will sell, implement, and provide the primary line of support for Right Hemisphere's software in both Canada and the Northeast region of the U.S.
Meridian Systems, provider of enterprise project management software for optimizing capital projects, programs and facilities, today announced a new subscription-based program designed for Meridian customers and authorized partners who want to extend the Proliance software solution on their own. The Meridian Developer Network (MDN) for Proliance is now available, and provides access to technical tools and resources.
The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC), today announced keynote speakers for the 3rd annual IntelliCAD World Meeting. Neil Peterson, CTO, Open Design Alliance, and Keith Mountain, CEO, Spatial will give separate keynote presentations at the event.
The IntelliCAD World Meeting is a multi-day conference for people interested in IntelliCAD, IntelliCAD members, and the IntelliCAD development team. This year's event will take place October 11-13, 2006 at the Manteo Resort in Kelowna, British Columbia Canada.
Intergraph Corporation, a global provider of spatial information management (SIM) software, today announced that the U.S. antitrust agencies have granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, effective September 26, 2006, in connection with the Company's pending acquisition by an investor group led by Hellman & Friedman LLC and Texas Pacific Group in a transaction valued at approximately $1.3 billion.
The transaction remains subject to the receipt of shareholder approval as well as the satisfaction of other previously disclosed closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2006.
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