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SAGE X3 CONSTRUCTION

By allowing customers to use their existing devices, Sage X3 Construction avoids the
dreaded double device situation into which
many ERP systems force their users. Project
managers don't need to worry about carrying
separate work and home phones on their
belts, reducing the number of devices they
must monitor.
The flexibility in devices also improves the
quality of reporting. Because everyone from
top-level management to the subcontractors
completing the work can be granted access
to X3FC no matter where they are, data is
updated in real time across all the client's
projects. "We're creating a broader access to
the outputs of the system," Wiener says. This
free flow of information provides stakeholders with the most accurate data with which
to make decisions for individual job sites and
the company as a whole.
The solution is specifically designed to
support, capture, and present current and
historical data thanks to the capabilities
of modern industry-standard relational
databases. Because X3FC is a native addition
to the Sage X3 ERP platform, it benefits from
the platform's inherent flexibility and transX3FC was developed with
detailed feedback from
real-world users.

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parency allowing for the development of individualized company
reports as well as ad hoc project or entity level analyses. Targeted
reporting to address or discover specific project issues, can be generated by the customer's internal staff through the industry standard
Crystal Reports, and SQL Reporting tools.
This allows for the real-time consumption and application of
historical lessons learned from captured past performance, and true
"apples-to-apples" comparisons across both live and past construction projects through a variety of custom metrics. In addition,
because it is an industry standard platform, Sage X3 Data Migration
and Analytics, and other 3rd party business intelligence and reporting tools can be utilized to consume, analyze and report. This allows
for the generation of corporate wide or project specific KPIs and
analyses as required.
With all those eyes looking into the system, it's important to
segment what every person sees so that they are only receiving the
information relevant to their role. Extensive detail is useful for a
project manager, but those higher up on the management tree need a
wider view of the company's operations. As the platform goes up the
organizational chart, information defaults to summary data, although
managers can still drill down into individual project performance
when necessary. "Where ever you are in the operations of the company, you are seeing the data that is relevant to you," Wiener says.

Creating a Roadmap
Armed with detailed feedback from real-world users, X3FC's creators
have drawn a five-year roadmap to guide ongoing feature development. Wiener says that proactive approach separates X3FC from
other platforms that tend to be more reactionary.
Many of the legacy enterprise management systems still in use
today have not kept pace with the kind of real-time data collection
and dissemination X3FC offers. Often times, creators are no longer
actively developing new features or updates and, in some cases, it
has fallen to third-party developers to maintain these near end-oflife platforms.
"It's a short-term fix that doesn't solve the root problems,"
Wiener says. Without proper development support, legacy systems
can't keep pace with where the construction industry is headed in
terms of logistics and material supply. The X3FC module, however,
is developed in-house by a growing team that understands the
underlying logic of the system and is capable of creating the new
features demanded by its partners that fit seamlessly into its overall performance.
The X3FC roadmap includes advancing the 3-D modeling common in construction today with 4-D modeling, a way of viewing
a building rendering over time in accordance with construction
progress. Eventually, the roadmap will take the concept even further
with 5-D modeling technologies such as Microsoft's mixed-reality


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