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Why We Chose Unanet: Melwood, Inc. 

by Kim KosterBusiness Development & Growth, GovCon, News and Announcements

Feb 24, 2021

Part of an ongoing blog series highlighting the decision to select Unanet’s ERP solution over other options.  The firm: A D.C.-area nonprofit that supports children, youth and adults with differing abilities to work and play where and how they choose. Melwood, Inc. provides employment, job training, life skill improvement, supportive and recreational services to more than 2,000 people with differing abilities each year.  To continue its mission and impact of helping train, employ and empower people with differing abilities, Melwood needed a solution to efficiently manage their projects and other operations.  When searching for the right software, Melwood looked for an all-in-one solution that would allow them to streamline their processes, and provide a people-centered support team that truly understood their unique needs and operations.  According to Greg Arteen, Melwood’s Vice President of the Information Systems Group, “With so many of our team members working on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19, it was important to us that we streamline our processes without disrupting the normal course of business in order to help our employees stay focused on what matters – keeping our federal workforce safe by providing them clean and sanitized workspaces so they continue doing the work of the nation.”  Melwood will leverage Unanet’s ERP for a variety of important compliance functions including DCAA Compliance and SCA/CBA labor costing, and will also leverage Unanet’s contract management, finance and inventory functions, among others.   Melwood will also use Unanet Connect, the industry’s first and only open ERP integration platform, to incorporate Melwood’s existing timekeeping software with Unanet. Melwood employees frequently rely on punch clocks for timekeeping, rather than complex web or mobile applications, and by integrating Unanet with Melwood’s existing timekeeping functions, Melwood can easily maintain its existing procedures while more efficiently managing the outcomes.


No Business Card? No Problem. Create Leads On-the-Go

by Kellye KingAEC, Business Development & Growth, Cosential, CRM

Jan 21, 2021

You need smart technology that fits in your pocket. According to JB Knowledge’s 2020 Technology Report, 92% of the construction industry uses a smartphone daily for work. Think about it, business developers and seller-doers are truly on-the-go while out nurturing prospects in meetings, or on calls – but how many of those Leads come with a business card, and if they do, which desk drawer are they getting stockpiled in after-the-fact?   No one wants to lose out on key opportunity data from the various contacts they’re interacting with by holding that lead information hostage in an email thread, jacket pocket, or piling it onto their institutional knowledge center (that’s right – keeping it locked in their memory). But, they also don’t have time to stop and create additional tasks for themselves at the end of the day. Manual data entry isn’t a very scalable or efficient way to pursue business. Over time, Business Developers forget, miss out, and rarely find the information needed to be put to good use.   Simply put – momentum to capture the market is lost when key pursuit data is stockpiled in disjointed systems.   You need a solution made for how you spend your time – we know the fastest way to bring teams and their data together is to enable the way you execute project pursuits today. Firms need a solution that meets Business Developers in the moment of capturing critical milestones in a pursuit, so no time is wasted chasing the wrong business or being strapped in at a desk manually inputting old business card data.   That’s why mobile matters when it comes to your CRM data, and Unanet CRM by Cosential’s take on User Experience is unmatched in the industry. In fact, since Unanet CRM by Cosential for Mobile’s debut in The New Business Development Experience, well over 20 enhancements have been dedicated to our mobile app alone, continuously up-leveling the on-the-go experience. Today, you can grow and enhance your Contacts, understand your connections and business insights, and now even create Leads right on the spot with Unanet CRM by Cosential for Mobile. No business card scan needed.   “Mobile matters. AEC needs smart technology that fits in their pocket. Our dedication to building an unparalleled mobile experience in AEC for our users enables them to take technology to-go. Unanet CRM by Cosential’s approach to meeting Business Developers and Seller-Doers where they are, in the real-life context of how they spend their day has been proven as the right choice to drive user adoption.” Lisa Pitts, Product Manager at Unanet     It just got easier to drive ahead with business pursuits while you’re on-the-go. With Unanet CRM for Mobile’s latest feature, you can take Leads to-go:  Create leads without a business card scan.   Search for a Lead while you’re on-the-go.  Create Call Logs from a Lead straight from your phone.  View a list of all Leads right in the palm of your hand.      Learn  how easy it is to drive ahead with business pursuits while you’re on-the-go with Unanet CRM  for Mobile: download the  Unanet CRM for Mobile Product Overview  for  iOS  and  Android.  


Cosential Innovates Further to Help Architecture, Engineering, Construction Firms Pursue & Win More Projects

by Carrie MahonCosential

Jan 13, 2021

New solutions designed for a data-driven COVID-19 recovery and beyond Cosential has reaffirmed their continued push of bringing innovation to the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry with the launch of the New Business Development Experience. The new suite of features eclipses basic CRM capabilities, and places the power of pursuit data directly into the hands of users. The new innovations are designed to enable Business Developers and Doer-Sellers with quick and easy access to the data they need on-the-go to strategically leverage the power of their relationships and drive predictable revenue for their firm within a project-based platform. Cosential allows Business Developers and Doer-Sellers to work where their daily habits already thrive in business pursuits by delivering them the right information, real-time, in the context of how they operate today: on-the-go with their smartphones, and at-their-desk directly from their email inbox. Business Developers and Doer-Sellers are the pace-setters within AEC firms, the introduction of the New Business Development Experience includes an entirely re-imagined mobile application, for iOS and Android, as well as the strongest integration with Outlook – bringing the right information to users in the context of how they pursue and win business, and cracking the code to wide-spread technology adoption across firms by eliminating the need for multiple web page logins to further operational efficiencies with familiar tools. Cosential’s new mobile app completely up-levels the on-the-go experience for users. Cosential for Mobile enables business developers to access and manage their contacts from anywhere, and feed their colleagues important relationship and pursuit information on-the-go, never missing a critical moment. Cosential for Outlook seamlessly integrates contact and opportunity management with email, allowing users to run on the power of their firm’s data while connecting their contacts, leads, and maintaining their pipeline straight from their inbox. “A/E/C firms are experiencing one of the most complex and unpredictable environments in their history, now more than ever their success depends on their business development teams’ ability to help draw predictable revenue streams and stabilize accounts. Relationships are at the core of Business Development teams, and that’s true here at Cosential, as well. Our customers told us precisely what they needed during these turbulent times and we’re committed to innovating and delivering those solutions. No other CRM provides this level of pre-sales relationship and pipeline management functionality,” said Akshay Mahajan, General Manager of CRM at Unanet. Cosential is delivering on its commitment to continued innovation after its acquisition by Unanet, the leading ERP provider for the A/E/C market. Together, Unanet and Cosential are uniquely positioned to continue to deliver the most innovative platform and value for A/E/C businesses looking to streamline their business operations in 2021. The Gilbane Building Company has been an early adopter and partner with Cosential on the New Business Development Experience. In fact, Ryan Hutchins – the executive VP of Business Development at Gilbane categorizes Cosential’s New Business Development Experience as a game-changer for the firm, ranked number ten on ENR’s top four hundred contractors. Sharing, in his own words, that “Now we are able to execute project pursuits without leaving the tools our BD teams are most familiar with.” To learn more about Cosential’s newest enhancements for A/E/C CRM, read the press release or Download the Overview.


GovCons gain Contract Management, Project Central Dashboard, and Unanet Mobile in newest ERP release

by Kim KosterGovCon, Product Releases

Jan 04, 2021

Today we unveiled new game-changing features and functions for our ERP platform purpose-built for GovCons. The new capabilities clearly establish Unanet at the forefront of ERP functionality and ease-of-use, giving customers more visibility, analytics, and real-time project management tools than ever before. Customers gain best-in-class technology while also benefitting from the dedicated service and support Unanet delivers. For GovCons, Unanet’s new release offers three primary enhancements: Contract Management, Project Central Dashboard, and Unanet Mobile. The enhanced Contract Management capabilities enable users to record, track and reconcile a contract’s value and funding by modification, aggregate contracts by customer and project type, and  more. Users can associate a contract with as many projects as needed to account for CLINs, SLINs and Task or delivery orders. Changes are automatically reflected in an automatic audit trail, and reports reflect the latest contract details, information and modifications. The new Project Central Dashboard is an interactive dashboard in Analytics Studio that provides real-time, integrated  project and financial insights. More than 45 different project-based metrics related to revenue, revenue backlog, revenue variance, profitability and many more are presented in graphs and tabular formats, providing detailed, personalized project views for project managers. Unanet Mobile is a new native application that allows users to input time and comments, set push notifications, request leave, and do it all  directly from the mobile device of their choice. The simplicity, along with secure authentication, encourages consistent time input by employees on the go. Powered by Stripe, Unanet Pay is newly available for GovCons and will provide a significant increase in invoicing and payment flexibility resulting in increased efficiencies and improved cash flow.  Inventory Management has features that allow project managers and accountants to view and report on inventory associated with their projects.  While inventory is managed through best-in-class inventory solutions, the integration creates inventory transactions associated to the project and journal entry transactions documenting the inventory flow from acquisition to use. In recent months, GovCons have been hit with a variety of rule changes, new regulations and industry uncertainty, and 2021 promises to offer a similar roller-coaster ride. All the new features help GovCons have one, consistent and single source of truth for all their business information, and help them gather valuable real-time insight. This helps them accelerate projects, meet deadlines and be profitable. Unanet is committed to being a trusted counselor and knowledgeable expert to help GovCons navigate increasing change and complexity in their industries, through insightful, simplified project and financials management, contract management, invoicing, timekeeping, security compliance and more.


New ERP features give architecture and engineering firms simplified project management, enhanced payment options

by Lucas HaydenA/E, Product Releases

Jan 04, 2021

Today Unanet released several new industry-leading features and functions of its ERP platform purpose-built for A/E companies. The new capabilities clearly establish Unanet at the forefront of ERP functionality and ease-of-use, giving customers more visibility, analytics, and real-time project management tools than ever before. Customers gain best-in-class technology while also benefitting from the dedicated service and support Unanet delivers. For A/E customers, Unanet’s new features provide a more seamless deployment experience for project managers, accounting teams in both AP and AR, and all desktop users. Highlighting the latest release is a new web experience for Project Managers, enhancements to Unanet Pay, and updates to project planning and purchasing functionalities. Project Central for Web provides detailed project views anytime, anywhere with key metrics across all projects in one, single real-time source. Firms can customize the metrics to create personalized project views, search and export information, and monitor project performance dashboards with KPIs at the project and phase level. Unanet Pay, previously known as invoice delivery and payment facilitation, is an upgraded function powered by Stripe that streamlines invoicing, tracks customer engagement, and increases cash flow. Customers can copy/paste payment links for easier collections, flexibly email invoices, engage their customers with a seamless invoicing experience and collect payments via ACH and credit card more efficiently than ever before. New Enhanced Project Planning functions provide key updates to Unanet A/E’s full suite of enterprise tools for scheduling, budgeting and managing projects featuring enhancements for multiple rate analyses, and ETC and Percent Complete History automation for easier earned value management. Purchasing is also simplified with flexible configuration and approvals, support for process automations, and easy-to-use management. After a year of extreme uncertainty and varying market dynamics in the A/E industries, customers need insightful – and valuable – tools that help them gain a competitive advantage, and ultimately profitability. Unanet A/E has carefully tailored each of its upgrades to resolve a specific challenge faced by customers today, at their requests. These features help companies execute on their business goals. To learn more details about Unanet A/E’s new release please visit our Unanet A/E 2020.7 Release Notes (login required).


Introducing Unanet Connect: The New Industry Standard for Integrations, Automations and Collaboration

by Lucas HaydenIntegrations, News and Announcements

Oct 26, 2020

Finding reliable, scalable integrations between an ERP system and other critical business applications hasn’t been easy — until now. With the launch of Unanet Connect, Unanet customers gain access to the new industry standard for integrating the tools they use with Unanet’s lineup of project-based ERPs. Unanet Connect introduces an open, modern platform for integrations and automations that goes beyond APIs and features a marketplace with more than 100 pre-built application connectors that can be implemented at scale with an accelerated time to value. Unanet Connect provides government contractors, architects & engineers, and professional services firms with important building blocks for their digital transformation efforts. Simply by shopping the marketplace, they can create a fully integrated digital ecosystem with the Unanet project-based SaaS ERP solution at its center — an ecosystem that delivers increased efficiencies across systems, processes and teams, from sales to projects, expenses to payments and hiring to payroll and operations. Unanet Connect brings the app marketplace experience to the world of ERP, providing Unanet customers with a one-stop shop for data orchestration, workflow automation and improved team collaboration tools. Unanet customers can integrate with leading solutions, including Paylocity, ADP, BambooHR, Oracle, MS Teams, Box, DocuSign and HubSpot, to name just a few. The marketplace covers the full spectrum of business needs, with ready-to-implement integrations for CRM, HRIS, financials, project, payroll, contract management, inventory, expense, time, payments, productivity and more. These are robust integrations with some of the most in-demand, best-in-class business applications, built by a development team at Unanet that has produced many such integrations over the years. They stand up quickly and elegantly, and sync effortlessly across platforms, with Unanet’s purpose-built ERP solution as the backbone. You’ll find applications your organization is already using today, along with others you’ve considered implementing to run your business more efficiently. “Our commitment to customers is giving them elegant, integrated technology so they can run their entire businesses, not just their ERP, and with Unanet Connect, we’re delivering on that promise. As companies continue their digital transformations, Unanet Connect is the only tool that will allow them to scale their entire enterprise environment in a way that meets all of their unique needs, improving their business processes easily and simply,” said Assad Jarrahian, chief product officer, Unanet. What are integrations? Integrations are critical to any digital transformation. Essentially, integrations are the connections that enable various digital systems to function as a single unit. They connect the disparate software your organization uses so they interact and share information with one another without sacrificing functionality or data quality, and without requiring extra steps by the user. Why is making so many useful integrations available in the Unanet Connect marketplace such a big deal for our GovCon and A/E customers? Automation is a big reason. Using the tools available in Unanet Connect in tandem with Unanet’s ERP software unlocks the power of automated processes across an entire organization. So for example, the hand-off of a new project from the sales team to the project management team would automatically trigger the launch of DocuSign for the signing of project kick-off documents, with data about the new project and new customer transferring automatically from HubSpot into Unanet’s project-based ERP. It also unlocks the power of collaboration, enabling your teams to work from a single source of truth and around a central set of KPIs — to play off a single sheet of music, if you will. And let’s not overlook productivity. The more integrated your systems, processes and software are, the less time your people will spend on redundant data entry, fixing data entry errors, etc., and the more time they’ll have to focus on activities that bring value to your organization: serving customers, moving projects forward, exploring and developing new revenue opportunities and the like. To further streamline and support the integration process, Unanet Connect leverages enterprise-grade APIs that allow you to securely connect applications with end-to-end encryption and data masking for privacy along with robust tools to tailor integrations at scale with your organization’s needs, and with its digital transformation aspirations. The future of your business will depend largely on digital integration, workflow automation and scalable collaboration. With the launch of Unanet Connect, the future has arrived.