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Unanet and OpenAsset Announce Partnership for Digital Asset Management

by Carrie MahonIntegrations, News and Announcements, Press Releases, Unanet A/E News, Unanet News

Sep 09, 2021

Dulles, VA, September 9, 2021 –Unanet, the leading SaaS project-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) provider purpose-built for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries, today announced it has partnered with OpenAsset, the only project-based digital asset management solution for AEC, to provide further integration on its industry-leading Unanet Connect platform. The latest partnership offers customers automated digital asset management (DAM) tools to improve marketing and business development efficiency. “Among other investments, we have prioritized integrations that make a difference to our customers and improve their workflows,” said Matt Pantana, SVP of Product for Unanet AE. “OpenAsset is a premier provider and leader in the industry. This partnership provides our customers with an enhanced platform that fully automates companywide collaboration on every level – a must-have in today’s workplace.” OpenAsset and Unanet seamlessly sync to ensure project data consistency, helping companies keep business development efforts on track and on brand. Portfolios are continually updated to ensure all teams are working from the latest marketing assets, across each department, to ensure quicker asset management for presentations and proposals. The integration also allows customers to easily organize, tag and search for images. “We could not be more excited to be working closely with Unanet and combining our leading solutions for the AEC market,” said Daniel Emmerson, co-founder and joint CEO, OpenAsset. “Through this integration, companies will be empowered with a smarter platform and a team that is aligned with an end-to-end business solution that enables firms to work more effectively and ultimately win more business.” Unanet AE is purpose-built ERP for architecture and engineering firms and includes industry-leading solutions that drive bottom-line growth for customers by connecting projects, teams and financials with metrics that matter. Customers use Unanet Connect to automate their business processes by connecting Unanet with other best in class applications through a comprehensive marketplace featuring application connectors with partners such as Paylocity, Newforma, BambooHR, HubSpot, UKG and more. For more information, visit https://unanet.com/integrations/. About Unanet Unanet is a leading provider of project-based ERP and CRM solutions purpose-built for Government Contractors, architecture, engineering, construction, and professional services. More than 3,200 project-driven organizations depend on Unanet to turn their information into actionable insights, drive better decision-making, and accelerate business growth. All backed by a people-centered team invested in the success of your projects, people, and financials. For more information, visit www.unanet.com.

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Unanet Awards Fran Craig Grant to The Women’s Center Adolescent Youth Initiative

by Carrie MahonNews and Announcements, Press Releases, Unanet News

Aug 23, 2021

Grant will fund mental health initiatives for teens Dulles, VA, August 23, 2021 –Unanet, the leading provider of project-based ERP and CRM solutions, today announced it has awarded its Fran Craig Grant to The Women’s Center, Adolescent Youth initiative, a Northern Virginia-based nonprofit dedicated to providing mental health counseling, support and education to help people live healthy, stable and productive lives. Unanet is granting the nonprofit $30,000 to fund teen mental health initiatives for the next three years. Named in honor of Unanet’s pioneering founder Fran Craig, The Fran Craig grant helps enable organizations that support women’s success. The grant is an integral part of Unanet United, which is the company’s robust initiative that fosters interconnectedness and helps advance communities socially, academically and economically. Previous beneficiaries of Unanet’s donations have included STEM for Her and Women in Technology. “Many of Unanet’s beneficiaries have focused on STEM and technology, and those continue to be focal areas for Unanet United, but this year we felt it was critical to recognize the toll the COVID-19 has had on families and teens,” said Fran Craig, founder of Unanet. “The Women’s Center is committed to helping teens of all backgrounds cope with the mental health stressors they are experiencing. This helps our Northern Virginia community thrive both near-term and long-term.” “Fran Craig is an inspiration to the millions of girls, teens and women who are breaking down barriers in the business world,” said Rachna Krishnan, CEO and Executive Director of The Women’s Center. “The first step in any woman’s success is a healthy mind and body. This grant will provide the foundation for success and we are grateful to Unanet for it and for the strong relationship the company has built with The Women’s Center.” Unanet United encompasses a broad array of corporate social responsibility initiatives and is one of Northern Virginia’s most robust programs. In addition to corporate giving such as the Fran Craig Grant, Unanet United is the epicenter of the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. Those include the innovative ‘returnship’ program that enables people who have left the workforce due to family needs to re-engage and gain valuable experience to continue their career path, and its employee corporate giving programs that help engage teammates while raising money for worthy organizations. Additionally, Unanet partners with George Mason University and Athens State University to support their curriculum for government contract accounting. These courses provide specialized skills to help students prepare for rewarding careers. About Unanet Unanet is a leading provider of project-based ERP and CRM solutions purpose-built for Government Contractors, architecture, engineering, construction, and professional services. More than 3,200 project-driven organizations depend on Unanet to turn their information into actionable insights, drive better decision-making, and accelerate business growth. All backed by a people-centered team invested in the success of your projects, people, and financials. For more information, visit www.unanet.com.

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Customers Name Unanet a High Performer in G2’s Quarterly Reports…Again!

by Carrie MahonERP Software Best Practices, News and Announcements

Jun 22, 2021

Project-based ERP software users have spoken, and their verdict is clear: Unanet performs better than most solutions in its class. In ratings published by G2 in its Summer 2021 Reports — and based on extensive input from the actual firms and people using project-based ERP software — Unanet is recognized as a “high performer” in dozens of categories and has received several badges for its AE and GovCon ERP solutions, among them: Fastest implementation Highest user adoption Most implementable Easiest setup Best customer support Best relationship Easiest to use, and, Best usability What’s especially gratifying for us is that these G2 ratings come directly from users. Not only does it tell us we’re doing something right with the quality of the ERP solutions and support we offer to government contractors, AEC firms and professional services organizations, but it also increases our resolve to continue innovating, listening to our customers, and supporting them on their ERP journeys. Unanet was also previously recognized as a high performer in several categories in G2’s Spring 2021, Winter 2021, and Fall 2020 reports, and we are thrilled we are able to meet our customers’ needs time and time again. So to the firms whose input has kept Unanet at the top of the G2 ratings, and whose feedback enables us to continue to strengthen our purpose-built ERP solutions and service, a heartfelt thank you, plus a promise that we’ll have more good things in store for you this year. Hear directly from our customers about why they love Unanet. Visit our GovCon and AE testimonials pages.

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Why We Chose Unanet: Sierra7

by Kim KosterGovCon, News and Announcements

Jun 07, 2021

Part of our ongoing blog series detailing the reasoning behind a firm’s selection of Unanet’s ERP solution over other options. The firm: Sierra7 (sierra7.com) is a healthcare services and IT consulting firm that works with a variety of major federal and state government agencies including the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Department of Defense and federal civilian agencies. Under its new agreement with Unanet, Sierra7 will implement Unanet’s purpose-built ERP platform to help it operate more efficiently and to give the consulting firm greater insights into project management. Prior to Unanet, Sierra7 managed their business management processes in other systems. Part of their challenges had arisen when they merged two companies and were then managing them both between Sage and QuickBooks. Closing the books for their 50+ projects every month was difficult, typically taking weeks and putting project managers behind with little ability to plan ahead. They knew they needed a better long-term solution to consolidate disparate information and streamline business processes: an ERP solution. When searching for the right ERP, Sierra7 had their need for real-time information and best-in-class customer support top of mind. Early on, Unanet stood out with its advanced functionality and flexibility during both the sales and implementation processes. “We were impressed with Unanet right off the bat. Their sales team brought in subject matter experts to have the right conversations with us at the right time. Unanet’s implementation process is incredibly flexible, and the team was dedicated to listening to and understanding our unique needs,” said Frank Rendon, chief financial officer, Sierra7. “When we were assessing ERP solutions, support was a key part of our grading criteria, and Unanet’s superior support offerings exceeded those expectations. Unanet’s next-level functionality, product roadmap, training options through Unanet University and support are all why chose the Unanet solution.” Sierra7 recently went live with Unanet. The Unanet team worked with them to create a custom implementation plan that will accelerate the roll-out of certain features to meet their unique needs while still keeping their planned go-live date. With Unanet, the Sierra7 team expects to gain time savings and real-time information that will allow them to drive their business forward. They will be able to provide PMs with more robust project and financial tracking, enabling their stakeholders to confidently make strategic decisions.

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Why We Chose Unanet: True North Solutions

by Lucas HaydenA/E, News and Announcements

May 25, 2021

Part of an ongoing blog series highlighting the decision to select Unanet’s ERP solution over other options. The firm: True North Solutions, a growing engineering control system design firm with offices in the U.S. and Canada. True North offers its clients expanded services in cybersecurity, IoT, analytics, commissioning, industrial telecom, electrical, mechanical and process engineering. True North Solutions previously used various basic and disparate solutions to manage their business, including QuickBooks, Tenrox and homegrown spreadsheets. This worked fine—at first. The company was growing quickly and it became abundantly apparent that they needed to upgrade to a more comprehensive ERP system that could provide actionable insights, business intelligence, improved reporting and better visibility into project health, resource management and more. So, how did True North decide on Unanet? Unanet A/E’s ease-of-use, service-oriented team, intuitive reporting and analytic capabilities, and overall transparency already set Unanet apart from the other leading ERP providers they assessed, but the benefits didn’t stop there. Because True North operates internationally, they have unique requirements to meet their overseas clients’ needs. Unanet A/E’s built-in multi-currency and multi-company capabilities will enable them to manage their growing business across borders with simple and seamless accounting and invoicing. Finally, True North’s commitment to honesty, integrity, and providing transparency for their clients align with Unanet’s core values and collaborative team approach. “As our firm expands, it has quickly become clear we needed improved reporting, project visibility, resource planning and management that simply wasn’t possible with the basic technology tools we currently have implemented,” said Blair Hanel, President, True North Solutions. “Unanet A/E will give us reports and dashboards with real-time information so we can easily and quickly track project updates and make decisions based on up-to-date information. And most importantly, as we continue to grow domestically and internationally, we know Unanet A/E will scale and expand with us.” True North expects to roll out Unanet A/E to their employees in Denver and Calgary by mid 2021. Read more about why True North chose Unanet A/E in our press release.

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Why We Chose Unanet: HDL Engineering

by Lucas HaydenA/E, News and Announcements

May 11, 2021

Part of an ongoing blog series highlighting the decision to select Unanet’s ERP solution over other options. The firm: HDL Engineering, a leading Alaska-based engineering firm, delivers responsible civil, environmental, geotechnical and transportation engineering, along with surveying and mapping, planning, material testing, and construction administration throughout the state. Having started with just two employees, HDL Engineering successfully managed their projects with spreadsheets and off-the-shelf software. Over the past 20 years, HDL has become one of the largest engineering firms in Alaska, and these disparate systems were not keeping pace with their project management and accounting needs. HDL knew that as they expanded their major client base and their services, they needed an enterprise-wide solution they could trust to handle their budgeting, forecasting, and job costing. As they searched for the right ERP solution to meet their unique needs, the HDL team had a few things top of mind: ability to access and utilize real-time data, robust integration capabilities, full data control, and a modern, easy-to-use solution. When HDL found Unanet A/E, it was clear they found a solution that can provide the advanced capability they need to drive their business forward and scale with them as they grow. “Our project teams were operating in silos with spreadsheets. Each had their own budgets, forecasts, and finances, meaning our accounting operations were being heavily relied upon for project reporting and constantly playing catch up with the project managers,” said Jeff Fuglestad, Principal, HDL Engineering. “With Unanet, we’ll have real-time information, one single source of project data, and much better insight into project costs and profitability, which will inform better decisions across our projects and company.” With Unanet A/E, HDL Engineering expects to streamline their processes, enable smarter decision-making with real-time data, and have a reliable partner that will grow with them. Read more about HDL in our press release.

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Latest Enhancements to Unanet A/E Driven By Customer Feedback, Requests

by Lucas HaydenA/E, News and Announcements, Product Releases

Apr 05, 2021

This week Unanet A/E released a new set of features that give A/E firms enhanced usability, new functionality and increased visibility into their project lifecycles and businesses. The most important part of these latest features is the fact that each and every one was designed specifically in response to customer feedback and communication. Unanet invites a two-way dialog with its customers to ensure they have the functionality they need to run their businesses. One unique way we are committing to customer engagement is by the launch of an upgraded customer suggestions portal enabling faster feedback loops to development teams to meet the needs of the customer community more quickly. Customers will benefit from real-time status updates on their suggestions and new unlimited customer voting. These upgrades position Unanet A/E as the most customer-focused ERP provider in the industry, driving project performance with full visibility to the status of A/E projects in real-time, all the time, from any device. Unanet Pay is one of the industry’s most innovative features built on a robust ERP. With Unanet Pay, A/E firms can automate and optimize invoicing, online payments and collections, accelerate AR resolutions and drive business growth. New fee functionalities allow customers to share the cost of merchant fees with their payers and provides flexible setup allowing label overrides for better customer presentation. Fees can be applied after a set number of days, based on percentage, and tailored to meet requirements on a client, project or invoice basis. Project Central enhancements provide project managers with clear insights to their projects with many new capabilities: an interactive project list view, flags based on personalized project performance criteria, customized aggregation, dynamic project search, and tailored row coloring for easier grid views. The Unanet A/E desktop user experience is a modern redesign of the user interface styling that offers updated look and feel for more intuitive workflow, a redesigned login screen for consistent experience throughout the application, and updated grids for better visibility and usability. To learn more details about Unanet A/E’s new release please visit Unanet A/E 2021.3 Release Notes (login required).

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Latest ERP Updates for GovCons Deliver New Mobile Capabilities, Fixed Asset Tracking and SCA Support

by Kim KosterGovCon, News and Announcements, Product Releases

Apr 05, 2021

GovCons have told us they are on the go and working from remote locations more and more, so they need enhanced mobile capabilities that enable them to track information, submit timesheets and expenses from anywhere. They’ve also told us that enhancements to the finance and accounting modules will give them an even more refined and elegant way to conduct some of their day-to-day business. It’s with these customer requests in mind that we delivered the latest features and functionalities to Unanet’s project-based ERP. For GovCons, Unanet’s new release delivers three primary enhancements: Mobile Time & Expense capabilities, Fixed Assets tracking, and Service Contract support. A new Mobile application allows busy GovCon professionals to input time and expense on their own devices anywhere, anytime, making expense input easy. Supervisors will also be able to approve their employees’ timecards and expense reports from their own mobile devices. Unanet’s mobile applications are high-rated and user-friendly, giving customers best-in-class capabilities. Future improvements include data capture directly from scanned receipts, enabling users to create an expense item in under 30 seconds. A new native Fixed Asset tracking and depreciation solution that calculates and records depreciation expenses to the general ledger, tracks asset in-service dates and locations and records disposals to complete the asset lifecycle. Unanet’s reports and its unique dashboard make the tool more intuitive and user-friendly than any other on the market. The Service Contract Act (SCA) requires GovCons have the ability to comply with the wage determination in their contracts. Offering advanced SCA support, Unanet will now automatically calculate the correct costs for export to their payroll system, including pay in lieu of benefits. Additionally, complete wage determinations history for each contract is available to support Department of Labor audits. This is the second major release from Unanet for its GovCon platforms this year, further underscoring our commitment to innovating and enhancing our software to ensure GovCon customers have the latest technology to meet their ever-changing needs. 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.

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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.

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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.

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Unanet Has Acquired Cosential For More Best-in-Class, Enterprise ERP and CRM Choices

by Carrie MahonNews and Announcements

Oct 14, 2020

Unanet is thrilled to share that it will acquire Cosential, the leader in customer relationship management (CRM) software and proposal solutions for the construction and A/E markets. The combination of our purpose-built ERP and Cosential’s CRM software will give customers new choices for best-in-class solutions that meet their enterprise business management needs, including business development, proposal management, project management, finance, operations and resource management. Together, we can bring a best-in-class alternative to the status quo, so customers gain the satisfaction and innovation they deserve. Last year we acquired Clearview Software, which demonstrates our commitment to investing in and enhancing existing platforms. Just like with Clearview, Unanet will continue to invest in Cosential’s technology for the construction and A/E industries while also maintaining its innovation momentum in GovCon and other professional services industries. Cosential brings deep-rooted expertise in the A/E and construction industries as the CRM market leader in the AEC space. Unanet and Cosential have many mutual customers, further demonstrating the synergy between the two companies and their technologies, and underscoring the opportunity for collaboration and innovation. Read more about the future of Unanet’s AEC solutions here.