Flexible System Customizable
“The Alliance implementation team allowed us to ramp up and get going in record time,” Young says, adding that it only took five weeks from the initial decision to a go live date. Acumatica’s flexibility allowed them to set up the software according to the way Curran Young plans to do business, rather than the rigid and inflexible ways dictated by other software packages.
Curran Young wanted to create a project numbering system that takes into account not only the type of project but provide historical context so they could quickly access past project data like costs by year to have a historical index. Acumatica’s flexibility allows them that freedom.
Integration with Third Party Software
In addition, Curran Young has the ability to add the industry-specific applications it wants in the future without requiring a completely new foundation; Acumatica is an open system that easily integrates with third-party applications like Procore. Having data flow seamlessly between Procore and Acumatica Construction Edition helps field operations and the office stay in synch and deliver projects on schedule and budget.
“Having a solution that can communicate with other tools was a must,” Young says. “In construction there are a lot of pieces and moving parts, multiple vendors and subcontractors, and different expenses and financial controls that need to be tracked and communicated in multiple places. Integration is essential.”
Gained Time to Perform Higher Value Tasks
Acumatica’s integrated functionality and ease of use allowed Young to recoup some of the time he spent signing in and out of the different construction software applications he used at previously.
“The time saved is substantial, even without the large volumes I was doing before from a financial control standpoint. I’m saving 30 to 35 percent of my time, so I’m able to be much more efficient,” he says.
“In Acumatica, it’s easy to find a project and much faster to switch tasks than any other software I’ve used,” Young adds. “Navigation is just a click of a button and information is now all in one place. I don’t need to change applications to approve different items; everything is under one roof. Because of that, I’m less likely to have something fall through the cracks or drop the ball on something.”
Mobility: Serving Clients and Vendors on Site
Because Acumatica is cloud-based, Curran Young employees can access data from anywhere: on a job site, at a customer location, at the office or from home. Mobile access to corporate data allows them to instantly solve vendor payment questions, get project updates, execute change orders or check subcontractor rosters, for example.
“Acumatica gives us a lot more freedom to get necessary items accomplished on my schedule no matter where I am,” says Young, adding that previously he had to go back to the office to execute paperwork and approvals. The ability to finish paperwork faster frees the team to spend more time with their families – time that is often hard to find when building a business.
Curran Young didn’t have to invest in a separate software program like Abacus for expense report coding, he says, because he can capture, approve and cost identify expenses right in Acumatica, which built in those functions.
In addition, Curran Young can offer fast customer service because Young and others operating on a job site – with appropriate security access to Acumatica – have instant insight into the system and thus don’t have to refer questions to the accounting team.
One reason Curran Young enjoyed a fast launch was because Acumatica is so easy to use. “Learning Acumatica has been a fun process,” says Cindie, Accounting Manager. “While the system offers sophisticated and complex accounting functions, I like how user-friendly it is.”
Comparing other financial software and legacy construction tools to Acumatica is like comparing black to white,” Bruce Young says. “Learning Acumatica and being able to run with it in just a few weeks speaks volumes. As I mentioned, we’re not accountants but the learning curve has been short because Acumatica is easy to access, and its intuitive nature is awesome.”
Purpose Built for High Growth
With a solid financial foundation in Acumatica, Curran Young is poised for rapid growth. “We are all about efficiency which is why we compare ourselves to a Formula E car,” says Curran. “We’re on track to be that kind of contractor. While many in the construction industry may not have heard of Acumatica, everything in the product is efficient, available at your fingertips and the flow of information and accessibility is incredibly powerful.”