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Maxwell regularly is asked to contribute authored articles to trade magazines and discuss trends, issues, and solutions with editors and reporters of trade publications. Here we share a sampling of articles that have been bylined by Maxwell Systems, include quotes from interviews with Maxwell leaders, and feature stories and comments by construction professionals who have experienced great success through partnership with Maxwell.

Empowering Construction With Mobile Technology

The construction industry is rapidly adopting mobile technologies, especially because team members tend to be dispersed and on the move. Using construction software and an iPad app, contractors gain mobile access to business-critical applications, such as project management, estimating, accounting, and inventory and equipment management. This puts decision-making power in real time, anywhere, for wide-reaching benefits to a construction firm. This article spotlights eight benefits that empower contractors.
Construction Executive – January 2014

3 Technology Trends that Will Impact You

Industry experts are finally reporting positive growth numbers for the construction market. These indications signal a shift away from experiences during the economic downturn when contractors had to learn ways of running their businesses more efficiently in order to survive. Many contractors have realized technology is no longer a luxury, but a necessity in order to succeed in the world of increased competition and lower profit margins. This article spotlights three key ways that contractors are best leveraging technology to get ahead and stay ahead.
SitePrep – January 2014

Closing the Gap on Growth

Maxwell Systems president & CEO Jim Flynn was asked to share his opinions on the climate and direction of the industry, what’s influencing technology advancements, and how contractors are leveraging technology for best success. An excerpt: “We have a generational shift that will continue to gain momentum and we will continue to see an increase in technology use and also a diversity of new techniques to leverage technology to do things in new and powerful ways for better construction management.”
Modern Contractor Solutions – December 2013

Ahead of the Bid

When Mann’s Construction was seeing overhead expenses increase, the contractor looked to technology to better manage time and keep a competitive edge. By investing in a seamless software solution for takeoff and estimating, the company now bids more accurately, reduces overhead, and is more competitive. With up-to-the-minute accurate information and easy workflow, Mann’s keeps jobs on track, prevents costly mistakes, and captures additional profit.
Modern Contractor Solutions – December 2013

Technology Transforms Construction Management for Profitable Growth

Contractors looking for a competitive edge and take advantage of a fresh wave of activity coming out of the recession are leveraging technology to improve efficiency and profitability. Specifically, construction business leaders are deploying software to close the information gap and improve documentation and workflow. Doing so, they can more quickly identify profit opportunities, react to costly issues, and monitor project and financial activity closely for real-time insight and forecasting.
CIO Review – December 2013

Construction Technology: What’s Holding You Back?

Site Prep Tech speakers address common misconceptions and share strategies for success. Mike Gillum, Maxwell’s director of product management, Estimating, explained how to maximize return on investment in bidding software. And, Dan Frondorf, chief estimator at DG Frondorf Assoc., a Maxwell customer, explained how technology can increase more won bids.
Site Prep – November 2013

Tech Savvy: Training for Productivity

Training is a critical component to successful software implementation and for ongoing effective use of any software solution. Ensuring that all of the users have the proper training before they use the software will enable them to become productive much more quickly. With constant changes in technology, training is a valuable way to make the most of a software investment.
ASA’s The Contractor’s Compass – October 2013

Construction Executive’s Hot Companies 2013: Maxwell Systems

Maxwell Systems is the industry’s all-in-one source for construction solutions. Only Maxwell delivers innovative estimating, project management, and accounting software, expert services, and best practices from a single source to empower construction businesses. Among the 2013 Hot Companies, Maxwell is a trusted technology partner to 10,000 businesses, offers the industry’s only all-in-one construction solution, and is the strategic technology partner to ABC and advisor to the association’s members.
Construction Executive – October 2013

Modern Contractor Solutions

Managing Change for Increased Profitability

It’s no secret that change can be challenging to organizations as new processes may not seem intuitive and employees may resist it. However, by standardizing operations into repeatable business practices, contractors can empower their teams to work more efficiently and effectively—resulting in higher profitability. By implementing specific best practices about managing organizational change, construction companies can more easily implement technology and standardize processes necessary to unleash their full sales and profit potential.
Modern Contractor Solutions – September 2013

Construction Executive

Executive Insights From Construction Industry Leaders

Advances in technology are impacting contractors and accounting in powerful, profit-driven ways. For one, take cloud-based solutions, which can help free up cash flow, eliminate need and expense for on-site IT manager, and allows easy and secure access by accountants to handle reconciliations and instant reporting to the owner. Gone are the days where accounting firms need paper reporting or need to make a trip to your office to do their work.
Construction Executive – August 2013

Leveraging Software to Faster Bids, More Profit

By implementing software to automate the construction takeoff and estimating processes, contractors are realizing a significant return on their technology investment. With seamless solutions, construction companies can save valuable time and improve accuracy, as estimators can bid more jobs quicker with a competitive edge and profit margin. By empowering construction teams to communicate faster and react smarter, contractors will be better positioned to succeed and grow than if they stick with the antiquated methods of yesteryear.
Design Cost Data – July/August 2013

How Complete Solutions Can Improve Cash Flow

To prevent cash flow issues, companies must develop forecasting procedures that allow them to accurately analyze when cash is expected to be received and when it needs to be disbursed. This requires CFMs to be closely involved with each project and the entire construction team. To understand a company’s true costs and improve cash flow profitability, it’s critical to have a construction-specific accounting solution that allows the company to properly manage all facets of accounting, financials, and reporting in a timely manner.
CFMA Building Profits – July/August 2013

Construction Contractor Boosts Efficiency with Estimating Software

Peoria Industrial Piping Co. has grown a lot since it was first established more than 50 years ago. The $20 million company is a construction contractor serving central Illinois in the fields of site excavation, plumbing, fire protection, HVAC, process piping and sheet metal. However, until recently, the company was perhaps a bit behind the times: they were still estimating by hand. After choosing to move away from the error-prone process and find software to automate takeoff and estimating, the company relied on research before selecting Maxwell Systems ProContractorMX.
Snips – July 2013

Maxwell Systems Named a 2013 Constructech Top 50 Influential Company

Maxwell Systems has proven throughout the years that what it promises to the construction industry is more than just words-and that promise looks to continue to be strong for the foreseeable future. A few years back Maxwell Systems had a tough decision to make. Hearing demand from customers for a fully integrated, all-encompassing technology solution, the enterprise software provider chose to rebuild from the ground up. Fast forward to 2013 and that decision-as challenging as it may have been to start from scratch-has proven to be a wise one. ProContractorMX establishes the foundation to ensure construction companies will have little challenge adapting to the changing technology demands of the day.
Constructech – July/August 2013

All-in-One Software Gets Upgrade

ProContractorMX features some new functionality designed to enhance productivity from the field. For example, its Field Order Management module helps users create and manage project field orders for employees, equipment, and materials. As the industry becomes more mobile and looks to complete tasks in the field, this becomes a nice value-added feature. Due to the new and flexible architecture on which Maxwell Systems has constructed the software, such an addition becomes easier for the vendor to develop.
Constructech – June 2013

Mobilizing the Workforce with the iPad

Between field technicians and underground crews, utility companies always have workers on the go. New technology innovations are uniquely suited to helping employees more efficiently and effectively perform work and communicate with the office for better productivity across the business
Utility Products - May 2013

Technology-Empowered Estimating

Technology has made estimating an art-and-science process that can be standardized and reliably repeated. This is a game-changer that leads to more winning bids, better project management, enhanced cash flow, and overall improvements in management's visibility and control.
Estimating Today - May 2013

Executive Insights From Construction Industry Leaders

Jim Flynn, President and CEO, Maxwell Systems, answered the following question for Construction Executive readers: More construction companies are giving field managers the capability to access and update project information from the jobsite. How can field-based technology improve financial decision-making?  
Construction Executive - May 2013

Smart Software for Project Management

Since the 1920s, Sigfusson Northern LTD (SNL) has built its reputation on an ability to get the difficult jobs done. SNL is a heavy civil contractor performing work on large multi-million dollar projects to small commercial developments in western Canada. The company wanted to better manage projects, job costs and equipment, and chose Maxwell Systems StreetSmarts. Now able to track all expenses on work orders for each piece of equipment and bill maintenance expenses to the appropriate project or projects, SNL can track costs of equipment appropriately and better understand the nature of repairs. They have greater visibility to study costs and gain tighter control of operations and been able to handle growth of business.
SitePrep - May 2013

Technology in Construction: Estimating the Advantage

There's growth in the marketplace, but we have a $300 billion gap, and that means there's little room for errors in bidding and managing those still elusive opportunities. Construction management software certainly has proved to be the ideal method for maximizing bidding and managerial efforts. Contractor management products were a major source of interest for attendees of the February 2013 World of Concrete Exhibition, according to Mike Gillum, director of Product Development and Estimating at Maxwell Systems. 
Grading & Excavation Contractor - May 2013  

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