5 Reasons Leading AEC Firms Choose aec360

Learn what a comprehensive industry-specific suite AND a best-in-class cloud platform can mean for your firm

aec360 is designed specifically for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) firms and their staff to help win business, deliver excellent projects, and optimize revenue. With aec360, you get a comprehensive, industry-specific suite AND a best-in-class cloud platform to manage your Processes, Insights, Productivity, Relationships, and Tools.  

We believe aec360 offers clear advantages over other industry offerings, not only in features and functions, but also in reliability, security, and ease of use. In this blog, we review the benefits of aec360 and invite you to compare them with other solutions you might be considering. 

The Cloud, Part 1: Cost-effectiveness 

Let’s start with what is arguably the most advantageous feature of aec360: it is cloud based. Built on Microsoft Dynamics 365 and hosted on Azure makes it cost effective; you only pay for the resources you need and throttle up or down as needed. You save money on hardware, computer room, and staff because all of it is in the hands of the Microsoft Azure professionals. Maintenance is handled by Microsoft, freeing your IT staff for work that furthers your firm’s goals. 

The Cloud, Part 2: Reliability 

Being a cloud-based solution continues to deliver—this time around reliability. Those same Azure professionals also specialize in providing a secure, 24/7/365 cloud environment. Microsoft Azure offers one of the best Service Level Agreements (SLA) in the industry, with 99.95% uptime plus failover and backup capabilities.

The Cloud, Part 3: Security

And finally, the cloud offers security. Microsoft Azure is a robust and secure platform, capable of supporting industry-critical and secure government transactions. Azure maintains a state-of-the-art secure facility with modern intrusion and malware detection and continuous monitoring of their systems and must meet strict security requirements and regulations. In many cases, their security is better than even most Fortune 500 can provide on their private networks. 

Ease of Use  

aec360 is a productivity solution that provides collaboration across the firm with Teams, Outlook integration, automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), and more. With aec360, users can access the application from anywhere at any time, from any device using standard web browsers. This means field observations can be entered directly from the jobsite rather than recording the information by hand and returning to the office to enter the data manually hours after the fact—a process prone to errors and lapses of memory.  

Providing remote access also adds accuracy to time sheet allocations, allowing staff to log time while it is fresh on their minds rather than trying to reconstruct the hours spent on a project at the end of the week which directly impacts the employee’s billable hours and, by extension, the company’s profit margin. Providing this modern user experience saves employees time on the job and increases user adoption (which also aids in employee retention).

Features and Functions

Microsoft has invested nearly $20 billion in their Microsoft Azure and Dynamics 365 products and tools. aec360 builds on that investment with targeted, industry-specific features that reflect the requests we get from the AEC professionals who use our software. Gain greater visibility across your firm, including project profitability, financial performance, asset management and more. aec360 integrates with Power BI and LinkedIn to offer greater insights into your business and your relationships with your prospects, your clients, and their businesses: Have they been growing? Are they adding new employees? Are they profitable? Optimize your win strategies, streamline your project lifecycle, and integrate business data across your business development, project management, accounting, and human resource management processes. 

The hidden costs of staying where you are 

The question that remains is, why make a change at all? Because there is cost associated with fear or simply being “ok” with the status quo. If there are long term costs to your current solution, if the data is you’re getting is inaccurate, if your users are unwilling to use the tool, if your timesheets are inaccurate and costing the firm money, if you lose quality and experienced talent because you make their job harder and not easier, then your current solution is actually costing you money. 

An investment aec360 can maximize the growth and stability of your firm. As one of aec360 customer said, “Microsoft Dynamics 365 and aec360 stood out from the crowd, offering not only a best-in-class cloud technology platform, but a business solution that was purpose built for our industry.” 

You can’t expect software to do everything; technology only takes you so far. There is still the human element, but aec360 makes it easy to take ownership of your data and make the most effective use of it to make impactful changes that deliver real value.  

To discuss how aec360 can benefit your firm, schedule a discovery call today.  

Michael D’Alesio is VP, Customer Care at HSO ProServ | Michael has served in many roles during his tenure in the Microsoft Partner Channel for the past 25-years.  Michael currently is responsible for supporting, enabling and strategically leading the HSO ProServ Team responsible for HSO ProServ D365 installed based customers to accept, adopt the Microsoft platforms to ensure they attain business value and user adoption.

Gary Mills serves as Senior Vice President of Finance, Planning & Analysis for HSO | ProServ. Gary’s diverse industry background brings a unique perspective to the company, with more than 30 years in corporate finance, banking and commercial real estate.

In his role as CFO of HSO | ProServ, Brian Lounds leverages deep experience implementing Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions to drive excellence into the organization’s financial and practice management practices. Having worked with Dynamics solutions since 1998, he has a strong understanding of technology solutions and their application
to business initiatives.

Whit McIsaac is CEO of HSO | ProServ and brings over 20 years of leadership experience in the Microsoft Dynamics ecosystem to drive the group’s overall business strategy. Whit was Co-founder and CEO of aec360 and legal360 prior to merging these practices into sa.global, where he served as CEO of the Americas prior to launching HSO | ProServ.

Andy Yeomans brings nearly 20 years of Microsoft Dynamics sales and marketing experience to lead the HSO | ProServ sales organization. Under Andy’s leadership, the organization has shown strong growth and has consistently been recognized by Microsoft as a top performing partner, winning multiple Microsoft Inner Circle and Partner of the Year awards.

Jan Dahl Sorensen’s deep experience with Microsoft Dynamics gives him a unique foundation to guide the HSO | ProServ client success team. As part of the original development team under Damgaard Data, Jan has been working with the Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions since 1995.

Joe Stuckey is EVP and Director of CRM Product Development for HSO | ProServ, leading the company’s CRM product development efforts across the legal, AEC, consulting, and accounting markets. Joe leverages the power of Microsoft Dynamics and Power Platform technologies to design and develop purpose-built industry solutions.

Paramesh Rajan is VP, Technology at HSO | ProServ. Paramesh has served in many Microsoft Dynamics project and program management roles over the past 20 years, and currently drives the development of the organization’s vertical ERP and HR solutions and outsourced development services.

A highly respected Microsoft Dynamics veteran, Jen Wisemore serves as CAO for HSO | ProServ. Jen was instrumental in the launch of sa.global’s US subsidiary in 2007 and has served in a wide variety of roles within Microsoft Dynamics consultancies across sales, pre-sales, program management, and leadership capacities.

John Aschenbrener is Director of Delivery Services for HSO | ProServ. John brings over 20 years of Microsoft Dynamics project and program management, consulting, and architect experience to his current role where he is responsible for driving PMO standards, methodology, and overall project delivery.

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In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Sean Skiver brings nearly 25 years of broad Microsoft Dynamics experience to provide strategic leadership around product development and client delivery services across the organization’s solutions and industry segments.

Amy Spencer leads the team that is responsible for go-to-market strategies, messaging, and demand generation in the US.

Amy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from The College of New Jersey and has 25+ years of experience in marketing management for technology and professional services companies.

As Vice President of Human Resources for HSO, Kristen Ramerini is responsible for initiatives including recruitment, onboarding, professional development/career progression, performance management, culture, and employee retention. Prior to her position with HSO, she worked in human resources and recruiting for Seviroli Foods on Long Island and CCN, Inc. in New York City. She holds an MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University and is PHR certified.

Darren Gooding is VP of Delivery for HSO | ProServ, leading the company’s CRM delivery across the legal, AEC, consulting, and accounting markets. Darren applies his 25 years of experience and HSO’s industry focused intellectual property to successfully deliver large-scale, global engagements that ensure customer success.