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SEATTLE, July 29, 2014: Dexter + Chaney, provider of Spectrum® Construction Software, continues to expand the functionality of its web-based software by releasing two new kiosk solutions. The Employee Kiosk and Subcontract Kiosk allow all authorized employees and subcontractors of companies that use Spectrum an easy, secure way to access and update payroll and subcontract data in the system—without the need for additional user licenses.

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SEATTLE, June 10, 2014: Kindred Construction Ltd., a general contractor and construction management company based in Vancouver, BC, has selected Dexter + Chaney’s Spectrum® Construction Software for its accounting, business management and project management. The selection of Spectrum allows Kindred to replace an older accounting software system, while tying in important operations and project management functionality into one integrated, web-based solution.

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Andy Holtmann

SEATTLE, May 28, 2014: Dexter + Chaney, providers of Spectrum® Construction Software, has unveiled its new mobile app, Project Plan Room. The app provides a powerful vehicle to distribute construction documents, communicate critical data and relay vital project information in real time to employees’ and subcontractors’ mobile devices on the jobsite.

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Develop a House Untied

Published May 2014 - Construction Business Owner

Technology is aiding field-office collaboration by making construction data accessible, relevant and timely. John Chaney explores this topic in a contributed article for Construction Business Owner Magazine.

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Changing your Construction Accounting Software

Throughout the year, I talk to a lot of construction business owners and accounting staff who are considering a change in their construction accounting software. I’m occasionally asked by companies, particularly those on the proverbial fence, why they should make a switch. However, I like to approach the question a little differently, because while I like when companies choose my software, I want the change to be best for them. Companies should consider the reasons they want to switch—is there a specific reason or are they just going through the motions. Not every company needs to change their construction software, but there are some definite reasons to switch, and here are my top three.

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Cloud Software For Construction Management

I’m constantly amazed by the speed with which new technology and new devices are reaching the marketplace. It was only a few years ago that the iPad debuted, but tablet sales have grown so fast that now more than one-third of adults in the U.S. own one. Laptops continue to become lighter, hybrid tablet/laptops are available, and smart phones are becoming the norm. Not too long ago, Google released its Chrome Book—a laptop that runs everything in the cloud and doesn’t require any software downloads. Instead, users access their documents, spreadsheets, and other files in the cloud. As a developer of cloud-based software, I couldn’t help but try one out. In doing so, I came to several conclusions about how the cloud is shaping the behaviors of both software users and developers.

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Mobile Devices Construction Industry

Not too long ago, our marketing director lost his iPad after leaving it in a rental car while traveling. For many, this would be a near catastrophic event, given the amount of personal (and often business) data that is often kept on any mobile device. Fortunately, he had installed an app that cleared all of his personal information and locked down the iPad. So he simply logged into a computer and secured the device. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to use the location feature on the tablet and lost it completely.

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