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CTS Explores the Role of ERP Templates within the Construction Software Space


In a new article series, CTS explores the role of ERP methodologies in the construction software industry and offers helpful suggestions for developing a useful ERP template.

Rockville, MD (PRWEB) November 18, 2012

While enterprise resource planning (ERP) is common within the manufacturing, distribution and accounting industries, in general, contractors haven't gravitated toward this type of business planning and management. But, according to new reports from CTS Guides, a leading publisher of construction software reviews and ratings, contractors can improve their overall performance and profitability by adopting an enterprise-centric approach to information technology.

These reports, written by CTS President Sheldon Needle, explore the role of ERP methodologies in the construction management software industry, outline the related challenges faced by contractors and offer suggestions for developing a useful ERP construction software template that addresses three key areas: planning, execution and finance.

“Historically, construction companies have been making methodology and software decisions on a departmental or skill level, which doesn't really support enterprise-wide data sharing,” explained Needle. “As a result, construction software systems are often cobbled together using a best-of-breed or ad-hoc approach.”

However, within the construction industry, Needle is beginning to see a shift toward basic ERP principles, and the adoption of software for contractors that supports those principles. Drawing upon his considerable ERP experience, Needle offers tips for establishing a conceptual construction software ERP template. He also offers a case study that highlights the challenges faced by large contractors that need better ERP, but are resistant to change.

Construction firms that are interested in exploring the benefits of ERP to improve productivity and profit can read Needle's reports at the CTS Construction Software Blog. At the CTS website, visitors are also invited to download the company's free Construction Software Selection Kit.


Established in 1983 by Sheldon Needle, CTS was the first company to perform hands-on, independent evaluations of software for the middle market. Since then CTS has helped over 23,000 companies select new software and technology. Today, CTS offers software reviews, ratings, evaluation tools and expert advice that help contractors select new construction management software. The company's recourses are also widely used by CPAs, consultants and software resellers to assist their clients during the software selection process.


A former CFO, consultant and software designer, Sheldon Needle has authored or co-authored more than 20 books on software selection and has contributed articles to major publications, including the Journal of Accountancy and Nation's Business. CTS was the very first company to do hands-on, independent evaluations of software for the middle market. Sheldon speaks with business owners and managers every day about construction software selection and makes personalized recommendations based on their needs and budget. He is widely known and respected throughout the business software community for his independence, integrity and software selection expertise.

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