Archive for March, 2009
Sage Timberline Office users have enjoyed Pay-Per-Minute support services for years now but the times, they are a changing.
So if you are used to paying by the minute for phone support please take note that Sage Timberline Support will soon end that service.
As of April 10, 2009 Sage will NO longer offer Pay-Per-Minute support calls. After April 10, if you need to make support calls you will need to upgrade your current support plan to either Essential Care or Premier Care phone support plans.
Moving to the next level, EssentialCare, means you will receive unlimited phone support. If you do not wish to upgrade then feel free as always, to give me or Daren a call. We are always glad to help!
One Final Note…
There is a change of address you will also want to jot down.
As of April 1, 2009 Support Renewal Payments MUST be sent to…
14855 Collections Center Dr.
Chicago, IL 60693
Monday, the Treasury Department released a rather lengthy and highly technical explanation of how it plans to go about freeing up credit. It’s called the Public-Private Investment Program, PPIP. Credit is this country’s lifeblood. We see now what it’s like to live without it. It’s not pretty.
General Contractors in Phoenix and across the country can’t get the credit they need. That means they are highly restricted as to what jobs they can bid. Subcontractors get caught up in that web because without the GC’s there isn’t a lot of work. Few are working. Even fewer are happy about it.
On Monday, the Treasury Department rolled out its plan of economic attack. Here’s the short version according to me, Business Developer, Myrna Membrila.
1. The Treasury Department and Federal Reserve will work together in full cooperation to lubricate the credit markets and foster financial stability.
2. The Federal Reserve will not take any unnecessary risks when handing out credit.
3. Both MUST preserve monetary stability
4. An all-encompassing plan for shoring up critical financial institutions will be implemented
While legal analysts hyper analyze the fine points of this plan and debate its merits, here’s what we need to take away from this latest move. According to the government, The PPIP we just talked about coupled with the Public-Private Investment Funds (PPIF) program, unveiled in February will be the catalyst for banks to loosen up credit and begin lending once again.
These two programs will begin the process of repairing balance sheets, and eventually lead to increased lending. More so than without it anyway. The only question left to ask is just how quick will those purse strings be let go of?
You know the time I’m talking about – the time when you have to go through piles of invoices and Applications for Payment(AFP). Does the time it takes you to sort them all out, then match them to a Project and then a Project Manager make you want to run screaming from the office?
If so you’ll definitely want to read on. We know EXACTLY which product you’ll need to cure your headaches. Best of all it is internet-based which means you don’t even have to be in the office to use it. You can work from home or your boss can check in on it from the beach he or she is sunning on!
GC Pay does everything electronically. No need to write a check. The transaction goes from your bank to theirs with just a few key strokes. It’s quick and easy. There is NO software to install! All you need is a web browser. It allows you to keep all of your AFP info in one place and in one format. Best of all you it integrates beautifully with Sage Timberline Accounting Software. can be up and running with GC Pay in just 24 hours! It also allows you to…
- Be up&running in just 24 hours…
- Quickly link subcontractor progress payments to general contractor payments…
- Dramatically reduce the time you spend checking for mistakes…
- Instantly submit, approve or reject any AFP…
The list of features is too long to place here. But if you want to know more, and we know you do, click right here!
Joe the UPS Driver just dropped by the new Sage Timberline Estimating Databases (Version 9.6). My database review will follow next week as soon as I check what the Timberline elves did over at headquarters.
It looks like the package includes the new updated 2009 RS Means Estimating Database for Timberline Estimating, enhanced Commercial and Residential Knowledgebases and a Master Format 1995 to Master Format 2004 map.
I know this is a very generic piece of information, but I promise a full review in plain terms that are easy to understand. For now, lets celebrate long-anticipated enhancements to Sage Timberline Estimating Databases!
The American Concrete Institute has just kicked off its 2009 Spring Convention in San Antonio. Many convention-goers are talking about, that’s right, you guessed it, the economy. Like the rest of us they worry about their own economic futures. That’s why President Barak Obama’s plans to spend heavily on renewing Amerca’s infrastructure has their full attention.
The plan dedicates billions of dollars (that’s billions with a “b”) to building new bridges and roads throughout the United States. Government spending on this scale will certainly drive up demand for materials such as cement, crushed rock and gravel. Arizona alone is slated to receive $522 million for highway funding . That is a LOT of concrete, cement and asphalt. It will also offset the huge drops in commercial and residential construction. To put it into perspective – President Obama’s project would be one of the largest of its kind since the 1950s, when the interstate highway system was created.
This news comes on the heals of the latest forecast from the Portland Cement Association It also foresees a rebound in 2010. More good news…exports of cement and concrete from the U.S. increased 4.5 percent in 2008. And overall, U.S. cement and concrete exports have increased since 2001.
Couple that with the Obama Stimulus Package, and the industry’s future is looking strong. A fact the National Concrete Masonry Association wants to capitalize on. In a letter sent to Congressional leaders, NCMA cited $18 billion in approved highway and bridge projects that could be put to contract in 90 days, creating 35,000 for every $1 billion of investment. That in turn would put laborers to work, put money in their pockets giving traction to those who are at the very core of the American economy.
All indicators tell us that the Cement and Concrete Industries will weather this economic storm. When the economy gains traction and steamrolls forward, will you be ready for it? If you’d like to explore just how well your current way of tracking financing is working for you, we’d love to help. We know Sage Timberline Office continues to consistently out do the competition! Let us help you maximize your money with the finest tracking avilable. We’d love to talk with you!
Less complicated is always good!
So here’s something to look forward to this April!
Sage Timberline is streamlining its website to give you…
~ Better access to information
~ Easy access to online support
~ An expanded knowledge base that includes training
It’s a lengthy list of benefits!! To read more or learn how to access the new&improved site click right here!
Forget the new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue…Sage Timberline’s Brand-Spanking-New Estimating Databases are the stimulus package you’ve really been wanting!
Many times, our new Estimating customers decide to spend money on the software but decide to take on the task of building their own databases. More often than not, that decision means Estimating isn’t fully used. It’s like having a Porsche that’s just sitting in the garage and when you do take it out, it’s to the grocery store and back. *YAWN*
We want to encourage you to take Estimating on a full-throttle, pedal-to-the-medal, high-speed thrill ride! Here’s how we can make that happen for you! Sage Timberline just unveiled a series of new databases that run the gamut, from Columns&Chases to Commercial Room Finishes.
Hi! My name is Sherry Misina and I am a Senior Consultant with DB Data Inc. I make a living visiting and helping solve our clients’ problems. This intimate arrangement gives me rare insight to the inner workings of the construction business. It comes as no surprise that what I hear most these days are concerns about the economy.
These days more and more of our clients are concerned with Cash Flow. They struggle with balancing budgets and making sure they have plenty of cash to make Payroll. Our clients need the ability to continually and instantly know right down to the penny just where they stand regarding cash.
This year, I have had several Sage Timberline Office clients ask me to create custom Cash Flow statements. Everyone has certain hot points on what’s important. Clients are also trying to stay on top of their Accounts Receivable by making phone calls and sending statements, basically whatever it takes to keep the cash rolling in.
To learn more about my credentials, click here If you’d like to know what I can do to help you better track your finances feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org I’d be more than glad to help!
It’s every Estimator’s nightmare. Getting it SO wrong it bankrupts the company. It doesn’t happen often but we’ve all heard stories about Contractors who are forced to rebuild from their garage after an estimating disaster. The truth is Estimators, like the rest of us, take pride in their jobs and no one likes making mistakes.
Did you know Estimating Software from Sage Timberline not only integrates beautifully with Sage Timberline Office, it also has a really nice feature. One YOU can use to sniff out any gaps in your Estimate.
Timberline Estimating comes with a very handy scan feature. It gives you a faster, easier way to search through thousands of lines in your estimates to find the holes. Those deep black little abysses that can do a company in. Simply use the scan feature in Estimating Standard or Extended to search for missing dollars in your estimates.
To scan for missing numbers…
Access the scan feature with its icon, the menu option on the Pricing pull down, or press the F7 key.
Scan looks through the estimate for places where there should be dollars or quantities and stops at each blank item.
You can then enter a value and start scan again.
If you have cells you have intentionally left blank and want scan to skip them, enter either an asterisk (*) or a dash (-) in the cell and scan will skip it. For example, you may want to skip a cell if an item had both material and sub, but the sub bid already includes material.
Put the scan feature to work today and enjoy your extra free time and error-free estimates. Don’t have Timberline Estimating? Feel free to call me or Daren at anytime!
“Run a tight ship” is one of the oldest sayings out there – yet it has never been more appropriate. In today’s economic climate the leaner&meaner you are, the better your chances of surviving the economic threat that has tightly grasped so many businesses by the throat.
Running your business efficiently and intelligently is mission critical. Sage Timberline gets it. To prove it they will soon release version 9.6. Mid- March is what they’re shooting for.
The new version helps…
• Propel you to profitability faster
• Maximize Timberline’s effectiveness
• Make your life easier
• By offering an expanded General Ledger
A couple of cool features…
• 64-Bit Compatibility
• Estimating now supports multicurrency
It also gives you seamless integration between Estimating and Project Management by letting you use Estimating for pricing out Change Requests from within the Project Management Change Request window. This means when your Estimator or Project Manager is faced with a potential change in the scope of work and needs to provide the owner with a quote, they can easily estimate the change using Estimating and automatically populate the item grid in the Change Request screen.