Contracting, Trades, Construction and Projects

Contractors, Tradespeople, Engineers and Project Managers all have one thing in common – you all charge out time and materials to jobs. Some orders are quick small one off jobs while others are long projects made up of lots of tasks and jobs to be completed by sub contractors. Many tradespeople like to track material costs accurately to their jobs at the job estimate stage or during the job as supplies are actually used or purchased. This process can be speed up by importing supplier parts catalogues or price books like Tradelink, Corys, Mico, MasterTrade, Plumbing World, J A Russell Electrical Supplies, Ingram Micro and the like. Other contractors prefer to use schedule of quantities, PC sums or simply cost in actual useage when they receive staff timesheets and their suppliers' invoices, which can also be imported saving your accounts person valuable rekeying time. There are also variations to be oncharged in amongst the job progress claims and retention payments on completion of the contract.

How can you grow your contracting business and increase revenue without taking on more staff overhead? How can you make your technicians more productive? Can you offer your existing clients regular preventive maintenance service contracts? Ostendo will automatically schedule these repeat service jobs for you every week or month or year, create the job sheet with your minimum service charges and put the job on the planning board ready for you to schedule against one of your technicians. It’s worth thinking about.

Electrical Projects
Trades - Plumbing and Electrical Supplies

Electrical Projects


Genspec uncovers Data Mining in Ostendo

Case Study:- Cutcher & Neale BSSS Team
Date:- April 2009

Genspec’s focus on implementing systems to improve business performance highlighted the importance of utilising an effective Business Management software system that could manage project tracking. They needed to be able to manage quoted jobs, contracts, and schedule of rates for various customers, each with different contractual arrangements and charge out rates. As well as this, the system needed to be able to handle inventory and ensure that all cost were captured and booked to a job.

“Our business model is driven by two main revenue streams, skilled labour hire and electrical sales through projects. As our business grew it became evident that our accounting software could not provide us with the flexibility to determine charge out rates, margins per customer or site specific information.

That is when we turned to the team at Cutcher & Neale to provide us with some expert advice on how to make Ostendo work for our business. The Ostendo package provided an out of the box system that satisfied our requirements and integrated with our current systems. The ROI (Return on Investment) was immediate, negating the need for an administrator for the business as we could now manage invoicing and other tasks quickly and efficiently. Our systems have been developed to ensure that Ostendo is an integral part of how we manage the business.

Apart from the business benefits we have realised from using Ostendo, our accountants are also impressed. Ostendo integrates seamlessly with our existing MYOB financial software meaning our records are accurate and provide a true reflection of the health of our business. The accountant still only needs to work in MYOB and doesn’t need to learn another software package.

We would highly recommend engaging with the team at Cutcher & Neale who we have found to be proactive, personal and professional in all our dealings”.

Paul Canvin, General Manager of Genspec
www.genspec.com.au

To find out more please contact our Ostendo Consulting Partner...

Cutcher & Neale


North Sydney Office: Suite 1, Level 2, Berry Square, 77 Berry Street, North Sydney NSW 2060
Newcastle Office: The Bolton Building, 25 Bolton Street, Newcastle NSW 2300
Australia

Phone: 1800 988 522
Fax: +61 2 4926 1971
Mobile Michael: +61 403 584 553

Email: michael.graham@cutcher.com.au
Website: www.cutcher.com.au
Contact: Michael Graham

Trades - Plumbing and Electrical Supplies


Nova Distributors – The Pipeline has never been Better

Case Study:- Cutcher & Neale BSSS Team
Date:- July 2009

Trading since 1976, Nova Distributors is a privately owned Australian family business supplying the plumbing and electrical trades. Nova Distributors sell a vast array of valves, pipes, and associated fittings.

Nova’s brief was to implement a business management tool that would allow increased internal efficiencies, creating a positive flow on effect to their diverse and growing customer base. With a warehouse containing over 7,000 line items there was also a requirement for the stock management processes to be more efficiently handled, leading to savings through improved inventory control. No changes or improvements to the business could be measured without relevant and accurate reporting facilities, all of which are handled through a combination of out of the box and custom written reports through Ostendo.

“Our business model is motivated by superior customer service delivered through our Sales and Distribution channel. As our business expanded and the needs of our clients changed we had to adapt our systems to deliver our products and services in a more efficient and cost effective manner. In addition, any new Business Management solution had to integrate with MYOB, be flexible enough to be tailored to our specific business requirements and be scalable.

After doing extensive research, we came to the conclusion that Ostendo would provide the best ‘out of the box’ solution. Like any business we also wanted a system that was cost effective and had a high degree of functionality without being too complicated for staff to use.

It was important that the consultant we engaged with had extensive experience and strong product knowledge. We felt confident engaging with the team at Cutcher & Neale who have built a professional reputation from successfully servicing businesses for over 50 years. Not only were they able to provide us with expert advice on how to make Ostendo work for our business, they deliver service and support in a timely and professional manner. We can already see the ROI (Return on Investment) within the business and our accounting fees have reduced.

We would highly recommend engaging with the team at Cutcher & Neale who we have found to be highly skilled, understanding of our business needs and professional in all our dealings”.

Steve Liddell, Managing Director of Nova Distributors
www.novadistributors.com.au

To find out more please contact our Ostendo Consulting Partner...

Cutcher & Neale


North Sydney Office: Suite 1, Level 2, Berry Square, 77 Berry Street, North Sydney NSW 2060
Newcastle Office: The Bolton Building, 25 Bolton Street, Newcastle NSW 2300
Australia

Phone: 1800 988 522
Fax: +61 2 4926 1971
Mobile Michael: +61 403 584 553

Email: michael.graham@cutcher.com.au 
Website: www.cutcher.com.au
Contact: Michael Graham



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