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News update: 1st edition 2018 4PS Magazine

17-04-2018


In the latest edition of the 4PS Magazine our customer Bolton Group explains the way they keep extracting more and more valuable, predictive information from 4PS Construct. Next, we share some of the most recent product innovations, such as in our apps, the Graphical Resource Planning, the updated prognosis screen and location determination with Bing Maps. The 4PS Magazine can be read digitally, enjoy the reading!

 

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Your new ERP system: a magic box?

Mostly, customers consider the implementation of an industry-specific software solution as a perfect opportunity for them to evaluate and optimize their business processes. It is often considered to let the ERP solution determine how they should work in the future. And at the start of each implementation, everyone agrees with this! People want the changes to happen and express that feeling. Should be easy then. However, reality indicates otherwise.

 

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Future-proof with Microsoft Dynamics 365

Since the inception of 4PS, Microsoft Dynamics NAV has been the backbone of our 4PS Construct solution. Given the technological developments from Microsoft towards the cloud, 4PS Construct will also be available as a Dynamics 365 solution. A future-proof cloud solution, fully integrated with the Microsoft technologies and available on every device.

 

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Integration of BIM and ERP: Essential for the Construction Industry

By 2025, the global construction is forecasted to grow by approximately 70%. To manage this growth, the most important growth indicators are those that are central to and should guide changes such as; sustainable building design, lean construction, improved collaboration across the supply chain and decision-making based on complete information. Gaps must be bridged between building projects and technology. The heart of the matter is information and the different ways in which this information can be disseminated to the various disciplines via the appropriate channels. Therefore, it is important to integrate BIM (Building Information Modeling) and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning).

 

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DCN Diving: future-proof with 4PS Construct

DCN Diving has provided the contract for the purchase and implementation of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 4PS Construct. An important step for this special company, a global provider of innovative underwater engineering and diving activities. We are proud that DCN Diving is going to work with our software and we’re looking forward to the implementation process.

 

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User Experience (UX) at 4PS: from sketch to application

User-friendliness, an aspect 4PS attached great value to. For every 4PS mobile application, we consider the User Experience (UX): how can users utilize the various functionalities quickly and efficiently? UX has become an integral part of the digital domain. For this reason we will pick up where we left off in 2018, with UX as the central focus in our new developments. 4PS users enjoy the benefits of this and are able to make the best use of our products. What exactly is UX and how is it applied by 4PS?

 

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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018: What's new?

The ERP system we develop, implement and maintain for our customers in the construction, installation and civil engineering industry is based on Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Microsoft introduces a Dynamics NAV release every year, also for 2018. We summarized the – in our eyes - most important improvements.

 

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The era of the digital site manager

Site managers often have their hands full managing the smooth operation of various projects and the administrative burden that comes along with this. In many cases, data is registered in Excel work sheets, which means up to date information is not always readily available. Moreover, data is often entered twice. Obviously, this process is both labor intensive and error-prone. “It can’t be helped, that is just the way it is.” On the contrary! The 4PS Construct Site Manager Form is the perfect solution.

 

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News update: 3rd edition of the 4PS Magazine

It is high time for the third edition of the 4PS Magazine! In this issue you will read about Strukton Rail and Strukton Civiel, who both recently opted for 4PS. We will also update you on the digital transformation, a central theme in our developments. In addition to these themes, our 2017/2018 Innovation Calendar will be featured and we will be looking ahead at NAV 2018, the backbone of our solution. Furthermore, we will get you up to speed on all the possibilities our PIP (Product Information Portal) has to offer.

 

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IoT will transform your business, for sure!

The Internet of Things (IoT) market is one of the most promising area’s where customers can find ways to make processes more efficient, lower costs and improve margins. We will see annual global revenue of IoT devices grow from $47.9 billion in 2017 to $129.3 billion in 2027, according to a new report from Navigant Research. IoT implementations obviously involve an initial cost, but the investment of time and money is leading to real cost benefits, as shown in case studies from the report.

 

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New 4PS software release featuring contract control

During this release period, besides testing all updates and developments within 4PS Construct, focus was on optimizing contract control, specifically designed for service & maintenance companies. In cooperation with a number of our customers, we took a critical look at contract control, including the prognosis and measuring result. This has resulted in an impressive optimization and expansion of the product.

 

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'Every Construction Company will be a Digital Company'

Digitalization is a hot item this moment. So that is why we chose it as the main topic during the 9th 4PS International partner days. The main question this time was: ‘how can we support customers in the construction industry to benefit from the latest technologies?’. We welcomed over 25 people from our partners and presented how we can enable our customers to use Internet of Things, Mobility, Machine Learning and the BIM models to deliver better service and more quality and predictability in the business processes of Construction companies. And we had some fun too with a Dutch cheese tasting session.

 

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Project management Construction up for improvement

The KPMG Global Construction Survey 2017 shows that only one in four companies in the construction industry are currently reliant on their ability to deliver projects within the agreed schedule. The survey is conducted worldwide with two hundred leading construction companies.

 

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