Computer Guidance Nabs Three Customers
February 1, 2011 Alex Woodie
IBM i software developer Computer Guidance recently announced it has signed contracts with three customers, including Herzog Companies, Sterling Boiler & Mechanical, and D.W. Nicholson, for its construction management software.
Computer Guidance’s flagship product, called eCMS, provides integrated financial accounting, project management, and bidding capabilities to mid- to large-size contractors and other companies in the construction industry. The application runs exclusively on the IBM i (OS/400) platform, and is available via perpetual license or software as a service (SaaS) subscription.
Herzog Companies elected to expand its use of eCMS. The St. Joseph, Missouri, company looked at other solutions to run portions of its $400 million operation, which included divisions in railway construction, civil engineering, and railway and transit services. But after reviewing other options, the company decided to stick with eCMS.
“With the combination of Computer Guidance’s unmatched product functionality set and its integration with a leading project scheduling software, we are confident in our decision,” stated Art Van Meter, a senior vice president with Herzog.
Likewise, Sterling Boiler and Mechanical, which has been a Computer Guidance customer for 12 years, decided to upgrade to the latest release of eCMS, version 3.7, which debuted about two years ago. The Evansville, Indiana, company, which services boilers and provides an array of general and specialized construction services, cited the new features in version 3.7 as the reason for the upgrade.
In December, D.W. Nicholson announced that it would adopt the SaaS version of eCMS. The Hayward, California, company, which installs mechanical, electrical, and piping equipment in industrial and commercial sites, is a net-new customer for Computer Guidance.
Cliff Schuch, CFO of D.W. Nicholson, gave this rationale for the move: “We have taken the slower economy as an opportunity to evaluate our company’s overall operational performance and its underlying technology solutions,” he states. “We have identified that we have outgrown our current construction accounting solution and are in a need of an integrated construction management solution with an on-demand and dynamic reporting capability.”