When a business runs smoothly, processes are seamlessly tied and communication exists between all functions.

So why is it so difficult to find software houses that understand this approach? Why don’t more of them offer a) systems that have fully integrated modules and b) a range of systems that can either be integrated themselves or with systems from other suppliers?

Such an approach means getting more value out of existing systems while also achieving gains from new software. These gains are numerous and include one system calling on data real-time from another to reduce unnecessary work such as the re-keying of data. And it’s not just about inputting data – in an environment that’s shifted from ‘bricks and mortar’ to intellectual capital the important bit is getting the right information out through integrated reporting modules.

So we see the need for a move from one dimensional systems to an integrated set of applications that can leverage workforce availability and skills across multiple projects and geographical boundaries, and that can offer timely and accurate information.

One company recognising this need is Tekton, the UK and Ireland’s fastest growing construction IT systems specialist and a subsidiary group of Sage (UK) Limited, a leading provider of business software and services to over 760,000 customers in the UK and Ireland.

Tekton offers software for financial contract management, estimating and valuations, professional services and for the operational management of housebuilding. They have knowledge of construction business processes right across the board and are experienced in implementing software with integrated modules that in turn integrate with either their own systems or systems from other suppliers.

Gleeson Homes’ Business Systems Director, Simon Unitt, describes the benefits achieved from implementing software from Tekton, "We have seen a reduction in duplicated entry of data and greater standardisation of managing viabilities, budgeting and ordering. Our ongoing financial monitoring is now also partly automated through direct importation of cost data from our accounting system."