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W. Soule & Co Client Story

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CHALLENGE To continue to meet growing demands—and operate six different locations—the company knew it needed to gain better insight into its own operations to achieve efficiency. When the company needed to move from Maxwell Management Suite, it began looking at cloud solutions with more robust functionality, said W. Soule CFO Howard Dembs. "We looked at Spectrum® Construction Software, which was a referral we got from one of our peer group members that had been using it," Dembs said. "He gave me a demo and when I saw it, I thought, 'this is unbelievably great.' We definitely wanted ACH capabilities. We wanted the simple export features for electronic W-2 reporting that Spectrum had. We wanted better visibility for our project managers." Dembs also noted that Maxwell's AIA billing was not meeting W. Soule's needs. He saw the accounting functionality in Spectrum — from accounts payable and receivable to job costing to billing — as superior to the company's existing software, while the integrated project management, document management and other functionality made for a more complete construction management software platform. "It was just way, way better," he said. One of the other big selling points was the cloud. Dembs said the company had struggled with VPNs to try and expand access of its software to users outside the office, while IT costs and things like server maintenance began to drag on the company's time and resources. "When you host (the company's project data) yourself, you've got to make sure you're on the latest servers, then there's all the routine maintenance … I like the idea of somebody else having to worry about all of that." With multiple locations and divisions to manage, there was a strong need for a centralized enterprise management solution and detailed, specialized reports to better analyze the data W. Soule compiled from its projects. While true business intelligence tools in construction were still in their infancy, Dembs knew he wanted the data analytic power their features could harness. Spectrum Business Intelligence is very intuitive, and very easy to set up. I was surprised how easy it was to use. — Howard Dembs, CFO

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