Sage Construction


Sage Construction, part of Sage (UK), offers ERP software called EVision that is based on Microsoft Dynamics™ NAV (formerly Navision) and has been specifically designed for use by businesses that provide equipment, personnel and associated services to the oil and gas industry.
Equipment tracking, advanced HR and job costing software
Microsoft's rapid application development environment utilises a relational database and 32-bit Windows architecture. Sage Construction adds to this development by fully integrating new functionality and configuring the product specifically for the oilfield services industry. Fully integrated modules include equipment hire and tracking; personnel hire and advanced HR; job costing; and equipment maintenance.
ERP software specification
These are complemented by the wide range of standard Microsoft Dynamics™ NAV modules, such as general ledger (including multi-currency); purchase and payables; sales and receivables; manufacturing and planning; CRM; payroll; and web commerce. These are available for deployment in more than 100 countries, providing local legislation, language, and multi-currency support, allowing for both independent processing and consolidated reporting.
Fully integrated modules include:

Equipment tracking
Personnel hire
Skills matching
Equipment maintenance
Rental and sales orders
International transfers
Deal pricing
Invoicing options
Project costing
Document links
Integration with fixed assets
Integration with financials and payroll

ERP software R&D
In a consolidating software market, Sage offers a stable environment. Research and development spend on Microsoft Business Solutions is $1.2 billion of its $1.4 billion turnover – an amazing commitment to the marketplace and an assurance that the EVision software will be developed and supported well into the future, with the ability to grow with your business. Other software suppliers are likely to be acquired with the potential that their products may become obsolete. The alternative is that they may only receive a small share of the total research and development spend of the parent company.
Easy-to-use oilfield ERP software
The Microsoft look-and-feel makes the system easy to operate, meaning minimal training and maximum employee willingness to ‘opt in’. Full compatibility with other Microsoft products, such as Excel, Word, and Project extends the system further. The system benefits from flexible configuration of screens and reports, and the ability for the user to add new fields easily. The fully integrated structure means that data is only entered once, as it automatically updates all other related entries, thereby saving time and reducing costly errors.
Integrated reporting
Microsoft Dynamics NAV provides a wide range of reporting as standard but users can also create their own reports using the in-built report writer or by using a reporting tool such as Jet Reports, or via SQL Reporting Services. Reports can be sent to a printer, faxed, emailed, published on the web, or extracted to PCs, or incorporated into Group systems.
Customised ERP software and customer support
Users of Sage’s EVision Oilfield Services ERP software include Aquatic Engineering & Construction, iicorr, UWG Engineering, Trident Offshore and Seatronics.
The benefits that attracted these companies include Sage's reputation for outstanding customer support from its Livingston office, as well as the ability to hire and track equipment and personnel, improved visibility of information across all departments and locations, real-time management of job costs and profitability, elimination of duplicate data entry, and better and quicker analysis of data. The inherent flexibility of the underlying Microsoft Dynamics™ NAV platform means that the system is moulded to suit each business, not the other way round, providing a strong platform for future growth.
Julie Currie, finance manager of Aquatic Engineering, an Acteon Company, says, "We opted for Sage Construction’s software because it includes a range of fully integrated routines such as equipment tracking, personnel hire, skills matching and equipment maintenance, along with financial management functionality and because Sage Construction has a reputation for outstanding customer support."

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