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Technology | SYSTEMATES INC.
'We're always looking ahead, trying to
update and enhance the software.'
budgets for remodels and other special
projects, which gives owners full visibility
into a property's financial history.
Another benefit for owners is the ability
to customize reports.
"You can really get into the nitty gritty,"
Countryman explains. "As an owner, let's
say you wanted to see what you spent on
concrete in Texas during a certain year. You
can attach graphs and charts on your own
While many software programs provide
web-based applications, Countryman notes
Projectmates sets itself apart with a key
feature. "Our platform is deployed on a private cloud server," Countryman explains. "
It provides the scalability and cost savings
of a SaaS model with the data control and
customization of an on-premise solution."
The idea is to provide customers with a
white-label enterprise software that wraps
around customers' current processes to
is focused on mobility
so users can access all project
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accommodate their needs. Because Projectmates provides a private cloud-based server, users can eliminate a lot of IT infrastructure and realize significant cost savings.
Projectmates hosts the server, provides the
updates and provides training for users on
the owners' side.
"We truly intend to partner with customers," Countryman explains. "We want
to create workflows and modules where
they are a part of the process, and not at the
mercy of a vendor."
While Projectmates really strives to take the
lead on allowing users to collaborate, it has
also led the way with its focus on mobility.
"Mobility has been a huge focus of ours,"
Countryman explains. "Especially with
people in the field, we want to make sure
they have the ability to access all project information (drawings, specs, financials) and
complete tasks like checking of punch list,
schedule list, create RFI's or upload photos
of the site progress."
Projectmates was one of the first in the
industry to launch a mobile version of its
software in 2005, suitable for Palm Pilot
and Blackberry devices. When Apple and
Android became a standard for the mobile
industry, Projectmates created native apps
for both platforms that leveraged the capabilities of both devices.
With the release of the latest Projectmates
mobile app, the company continues to build
on its mobile-friendly native app, providing
mark up and annotation tools. With the version of Projectmates mobile, utilizing native
push notifications, the user can go directly
to the assigned task without having to log
into the app or desktop version to complete
In addition to these alerts or "push
notifications," users also have the ability