iSqFt Offers Upgrades in Its Summer 2013 Software Release

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Recently, iSqFt rolled out significant updates to its iSqFt application, all of which are designed to improve usability and increase efficiency for its users. Improvements can be found in the bid management and contact management categories, and most were in response to customer requests.

[iSqFt's Project Plan Room feature] has been an incredibly helpful addition to iSqFt.

Steve Watkins
Chief Estimator
Absher Construction Company

Recently, iSqFt rolled out significant updates to its iSqFt application, all of which are designed to improve usability and increase efficiency for its users.

Dubbed the Summer 2013 Release, the third quarterly release this year contains a number of changes that Henry Purdy, iSqFt’s Vice President of Product Management, says their users will appreciate. “We’ve got a little something for everyone,” he says. “Most of the updates fit into a handful of categories around managing the bid process; managing contacts; and finding better, more relevant project leads.”

For example, under the project leads header, users will find an enhanced Advanced Search feature that makes it easier than ever to find the most relevant projects. And under the bid management category, general contractors will find that they can now easily display projects found on iSqFt on their corporate websites, improving visibility and access.

Steve Watkins, Chief Estimator at general contractor Absher Construction Company, finds the new feature not only seamless and easy to use, but also powerful. “Lots of subcontractors go to our website to see what we’re bidding, and this lets them see that even without an invitation. That’s great for them and us.”

Watkins also likes the fact that it saves Absher time. “We posted projects on our website before iSqFt introduced this, but it took us about 30 minutes per project. Given that we do 45–50 projects per year, that really adds up. This has been an incredibly helpful addition to iSqFt.”

Purdy is quick to point out that there is a method to the changes they’ve made, and each one fits a specific need. “We’ve set up volunteer focus groups with our users, and we’re continually using the information we gather to improve how our application functions, and the features it has. I know we’ve said this before--many times--but I think it bears repeating: The iSqFt application really is a result of a collaboration with our customers. All the best ideas come from them.”

But there are also a few surprises in the Summer 2013 Release, including the iSqFt Community, which incorporates the formerly stand-alone iSqFt Learning Center, and adds a discussion forum, a place for feedback about iSqFt, and a page that lets you enter a support request. All of these are available to any registered iSqFt user and all of them are designed to facilitate communications with iSqFt’s users, and among its users.

“This release is a big one,” says Purdy, “and it contains a number of things our customers have been asking for and waiting for. But reality is that the evolution [of iSqFt] is constant. About once each quarter we release a cluster of larger upgrades that make a noticeable difference in the way people can use our software, but for every one of those are hundreds of less obvious improvements that offer a better experience bit by bit.”

For detailed information about the Summer 2013 Release, and to see iSqFt’s “collaborative development” in action, click here or log in to the iSqFt application.

About iSqFt
iSqFt is a leading software-as-a-service company, serving the commercial construction industry by offering its subscribers access to a network that connects tens of thousands of general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and manufacturers. iSqFt helps its customers thrive by offering the information and tools they need to work more efficiently and profitably.

Founded in 1993 as Construction Software Technologies, Inc., Cincinnati-based iSqFt serves as strategic partner for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and local AGC chapters. iSqFt is also a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and is committed to the practices of sustainable design and construction.

iSqFt has twice been included in Inc. magazine’s list of fastest growing private companies, and has been named one of the Business Courier’s “Best Places to Work” four consecutive years.

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