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2012 Resolutions
Master Builder 17 are you using the new added features?
Master Builder New Report Writer
The 4 W's of improving margins
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2012 Resolutions
Made any resolutions for 2012 regarding your companies performance as compared to 2011? Properly using your software can help with these and more.
  • Faster estimates
  • Get paid sooner
  • Reduce OH expenses as a percent of sales
  • Get the information to the projects faster
  • Print less reports - use email more efficiently
  • Identify problems sooner
Call us we can help you find ways to these and more.


January Newsletter
for Sage Master Builder 
I would like to wish you all a very prosperous and healthy 2012.

Please take a look at some of the new products now available to help you manage your business more efficiently. Also, check out our article on "The 4W's of a Completed Project."


Optimizing the way you manage people, projects, and finances.

Sage Master Builder helps growing construction companies get a handle on increasing project volumes and increasingly complex project scopes-without having to invest in a high-priced software suite. It integrates estimating, production, scheduling, accounting, service management, and analysis into one convenient and easy-to-access system. With version 17, Sage Master Builder includes enhancements that help you manage your people, projects, and finances more effectively. Enhancements in this important release are focused on three key areas:

* Improving Service - Key Dispatch Board enhancements improve usability and make managing and communicating with field technicians easier than ever.

* Enhancing Decision Making - A new Custom Alerts features keeps you in the know about critical events happening across your operations. An improved User Dashboard gives you instant access to the metrics and indicators that matter to you most.

* Streamlining Administrative Tasks - The new Year-End Wizard guides you through the year-end closing process. Plus, benefit from over 70 built-in human resources forms to manage time and pay, hiring, discipline, evaluations, and more.

How can you take advantage of all these productivity-boosting features?

Sign up for our next webinar to see V17 in action. Send Ellen and email to register.

Offered for free! So what are you waiting for? Limited to the first 20 companies.


EZ Writer is Here
Our new report writer for Master Builder is now available. Check out these sample reports. Want a free Trial Copy that will allow you to write reports for 21 days? Send us an email requesting the CD. Please send me EZWriter

AP listing by Job

AR Listing by Project Manager 


The 4 W's of a Completed Project
  • When should job reviews be scheduled - Once a project has been completed.  
  • Who should be there - Meeting should be attended by lead estimator, project manager, superintendent(s), project accountant and the controller or CFO. 

  • What should be brought to the meeting.-  All estimate files, all correspondence documents, final job cost reports, project schedules including preliminary and final.

  • Why did the project miss or beat the original estimated margin - 
    • Did the estimate identify the scope correctly? What major scopes were missed?
    • Did the estimate correctly estimate the proper production rates? Should the production rates from this job be used for future work?
    • Did the subcontractors perform the work in an acceptable and timely manner? Should certain subs be excluded for future projects?
    • Were there missed billing opportunities? Did we collect for all work performed including Change Orders?
    • Were communications between office and field accurate and timely? Between the owner and the project?  
    • Were we able to finish the project with the estimated time? If not, why?
There are many other question to be asked and answered. The only way to have more successful projects is to learn from your mistakes and by implementing a process to review your closed projects you will gather information that will impact your future estimates.

Not sure if it is worth it. What if you could learn enough to increase your margin by a full percentage point or more? Still not sure. Can you afford to be wrong? Just try this process on your next closed job.
Thanks for taking the time to read our first newsletter of 2012. If you have any questions about Master Builder or Timberline please let us know. We are putting together some  FREE training classes in both South and North Carolina locations.  If you have suggestions please let us know, we want to provide you with content that you want!

Possible classes:
  • Report Writing
  • Project management
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
  • Payroll tips
  • Service Management 

Call us to get on the notification list.



Dennis Feidner
CFO on the go