Capturing the Cloud
 USGN is the leading provider of cloud-based collaborative project management solutions, transforming multi-project industries.
December 2017

Real-time Collaboration
Family reunions can be a lot of fun but also very hectic. Putting a date on the calendar is one of many challenges. Getting everyone there is the next one. And then there is posing for a family picture. With four generations and nearly 60 members in my family (17 under the age of 10), let’s just say it takes cooperation and focus to pull it off. But when it works, the result is a keepsake moment.
Many of you work with a team of architects, project managers, contractors, and more. To get them all on the same page at the same time seems nearly impossible. Yet, that is what you need to stay on schedule and on budget. So, how do you do it? Real-time collaboration!

USGN’s software is a collaborative tool that has successfully managed over 150,000 projects!

This month’s newsletter focuses on the second key characteristic that our clients love about USGN……its collaborative nature! And what better way to describe it than actual quotes from our clients who use it every day.

If this piques your interest, send me a note. Let’s start a conversation!

Russ Otten, VP of Sales & Marketing        
Cell: 602.668.6880                      
Where the Rubber Meets the Cloud
Client Quotes
Over the last 18 months, we have featured various clients doing amazing things with the USGN platform. Last edition, we offered client quotes focused on “Flexibility”. This edition, our clients address the “Collaborative” nature of our platform. Enjoy!

Every department within Menemsha utilizes the USGN platform : Sales, Estimating, Accounting, Architecture, Construction, etc. We run our sales pipeline, invitations to bid, scheduling, invoicing, submittals, job-cost approvals, construction documentation, change orders (subs and customers), lien waivers, all thru USGN. It is essential to EVERYTHING we do.”
Laurie Collins, COO of Menemsha Solutions
“We can maximize communication, data storage and cross reference data with little effort with the use of USGN. It provides us the ability to share with clients simultaneously without scanning and sending data that then doesn’t get captured into the system.”
Clayton Wigley, President & Founder of National Tax Resource Group (NTRG)
“Information passed along to different groups is essential. We are able to look at all information at any given time . I’m a big fan of USGN." 
Doug Geier, Vice President of Professional Services for Phoenix Telecom

Cloud 9

USGN provides software solutions for all stages of your store life-cycle. Our software decreases the costs and time it takes to plan, acquire, design, build, remodel, and manage your portfolio of sites. Our modules enable you to effectively measure, manage, and monitor all aspects of your workflow including:

  1. Base System and Document Repository - Organize, store, track, and share documents and information for your sites
  2. Real Estate - Identify potential sites, follow customized approval process for proposed sites, and track key site information and projections
  3. Construction Workflow - Customize to your processes, including workflow, milestone tracking, dashboards, and cross-project roll-up reporting, and drill down to details
  4. Legal - Track legal details and status, including leases and contracts
  5. Lease Management and Abstract - Monitor lease financials and other key lease details, lease options, expirations, and maintenance responsibilities
  6. Financial Workflow - Manage budgeting, bidding, awarding of contracts via pay applications, change orders, purchase orders, and invoices
  7. Integration with Accounts Payable - Tie the USGN-based financial module with your AP solution with either a one-way or two-way integration
  8. Equipment - Assign asset and equipment tracking to specific sites, including costs, serial numbers, and warranties
  9. Site Audits - Conduct and track scheduled and unscheduled site audits and quality assurance surveys
  10. Facilities and Work Order Management - Submit, track, and complete service requests and preventive maintenance with notifications of upcoming warranty and service agreement expirations
  11. Franchisee Management - Track and qualify from inquiry stage to signed contract
Lightning Strikes
News Updates
Annual Conference Recap : The 2017 USGN Annual Conference was held October 24-25 in Tempe, AZ. 

Highlights included:
  • Keynote speaker, Greg Head, co-founder of SalesLogix and publisher of GregsList, who addressed the crowd by blending his business experience with industry and world trends.
  • Ken Smerz, President and CEO and Jeff Querrey, Commercial Division Leader, from Eco3d who presented how they capture data via 2d/3d representations to create plans and models for various venues, including retail, entertainment and hospitality.

Other key pieces of the event were:
  • Launch of GridView
  • Unveiling of USGN’s new user manual
  • Update on USGN’s robust project management platform

Attendees enjoyed a desert jeep tour and dinner on opening night and an opportunity to relax at the world-class Tempe Mission Palms. 

Stay tuned for announcements regarding plans for several regional conferences in 2018!

Our Webinars take place at 10:00AM PST every 3 rd Wednesday of the month. Mike Leathers leads and facilitates these key events in an “Open Mike” forum, with participants able to ask questions about various topics. Please sign up on our website to join Mike each month for an informative session. 
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