Cockram Construction Australian General Manager, Darren Milne concluded that out of the shortlist, CostCon was the company closest to satisfying all their business requirements. "They committed to work with us to help us develop some functionality, and enabled us to do forecasting to help us to properly manage projects. So it was a fantastic result," says Darren.
Darren explains that it was important for Cockram to not only select a quality product but also employ a company with personable staff. CostCon satisfied both requirements. "We liked the CostCon product because of its ease of use and intuitiveness. We also felt that it would be an easy transition from our existing product," says Darren. "We also found the CostCon people to be fantastic to deal with. Very helpful, user friendly, open to assisting us to get some additional functionality that we needed. We got a lot of confidence from them."
Improved Productivity for Project Staff
The long term benefits for Cockram implementing CostCon is that they’re going to dramatically improve productivity of their project staff. CostCon will help them to process tasks faster, automate more functions and ultimately reduce their overall business risk by having a detailed overview of where their money’s going. Over time, having greater visibility of job costing and accounting information will contribute to Cockram’s ability to grow to as a company.
The reason we bought CostCon rather than one of the others.
"It has an easier learning curve than the others. We had Intech (DOS ) previously. Looked at Great Plains, CHEOPS. Also the company had been involved in "Everest" – it took two years to learn it!"
The significant things it has achieved for us:
Time efficiencies - getting final accounts to subbies reduced from 2-days to 1-day.
Flexibility - can print reports and accounts at will – not have to batch them for printing.
Efficiencies - QS can keep better track of variations and the system forces a discipline.
Helped our suppliers
"We can generate Buyer Created Payments faster so the subbies know we know what the account is. The paperwork produced by the system helps the subbies understand what we are doing."
The reason we bought CostCon rather than one of the others
"We were computer illiterate and spent two years looking at systems. Most were horrendous things that didn’t look as though they suited NZ or were extraordinarily expensive. We had looked at CostCon and stuck it to one side. When we took another look we found it was quite refreshing after the others and were hooked as a result."
Significant things CostCon has achieved for us
a. Shows actual financial performance for each project by month.
b. Produces automatic payments for sub-contractors.
c. Reduces duplication of data in the tendering process.
d. The system copes well with growth – MacRennies has doubled it’s turnover since implementing CostCon.
Our experience of support & upcoming enhancements
"Practice notes are distributed with upgrades. We are notified a couple of weeks in advance of an upgrade and it normally occurs out of office hours."
"Excellent support & communication – we shied off overseas systems with their overseas offices and were even wondering about Manux being based in Christchurch but hasn’t proved an issue."
Recommendation to others
"We already have suggested some of our competitors implement CostCon."