Brad Mathews, Dexter + Chaney, 800-875-1400; e-mail:
Jim Fulton, The Fulton Company, 360-943-4101; e-mail:
SEATTLE, September 12, 2006: Dexter + Chaney will showcase the newest version of its Forefront(R) Construction Suite at NECA 2006, October 8-10 at the John B. Hynes Convention Center in Boston (booth #731). Version 12 offers hundreds of new features, including a SQL database structure, the ability to track meeting minutes within Project Management and a “Google-like” search capability in its Document Imaging software. Version 12 also integrates Forefront with Microsoft Outlook.
Forefront Version 12 is based on the highly scalable SQL database platform, an excellent tool for organizing and retrieving data that benefits construction companies of all sizes as they grow. With SQL, Forefront users enjoy fast processing and data retrieval and excellent security features.
The meeting minutes enhancement to Forefront Project Management offers easy tracking of meeting attendees, task assignments, proposed change orders and other items resulting from weekly or monthly job meetings. This feature can also track job punchlist items and create job start-up and close-out task lists.
Users can perform a “Google-like” search to locate individual documents in their entire Forefront file system by entering any word or group of words. Forefront instantly finds those words, lists each document that contains them, and provides a link to open each one. Every document in the Forefront database is automatically “read;” all text is indexed similar to the method deployed by Google and other search engines to read and index context on the Internet.
The Forefront Tasks feature integrates Forefront and Microsoft Outlook, offering a simple solution for creating roadmaps to execute step-by-step processes. Each step in a process links to the corresponding screen in Forefront. Forefront Tasks is ideal for walking users through the creation of regular Job Cost projections or procedures such as month-end closing because users can actually execute each step of the task directly from the reminder.
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More than 1,000 construction companies throughout the United States use Dexter + Chaney’s Forefront(R) Construction Suite. Forefront Construction Suite includes 30 integrated modules that handle project management, construction accounting, service management, human resources, document imaging, remote connectivity and data sharing for construction companies of all types. Companies that use Forefront report they have improved profitability and have grown their businesses more than 300 percent without adding accounting staff.
More than 7,000 total users make use of Forefront’s Document Imaging component, which addresses a typically painful problem for contracting firms: giving management, office staff and project managers the fast access they need to important documents like AP invoices, change orders, payroll timecards, contracts and others.
For more information about Dexter + Chaney or Forefront, contact Brad Mathews, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Dexter + Chaney, 9700 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115-2347; phone: 800-875-1400 or 206-364-1400; fax: 206-367-9613; e-mail: