SOURCE: Dexterra

December 22, 2008 07:15 ET

Dexterra Concert Mobilizes Penta Technologies' Applications for Engineering and Construction Industries

Penta Offers Mobile Construction Software Applications to Streamline Workflow, Manage Crews, Labor and Equipment, and Complete Reports Right From the Worksite

BOTHELL, WA and BROOKFIELD, WI--(Marketwire - December 22, 2008) - Dexterra, Inc., a leading provider of software to automate and manage mobile workforces, and Penta Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise software for the engineering and construction industries, announced today the successful rollout of its Mobile Field Reporting software that lets construction firms record and transmit labor, equipment and production data instantly and directly from the job site. The mobile solution enables better communication from the field, saves substantial paperwork time and creates quicker billing and payroll cycles.

Penta Mobile Construction Software applications, including Field Reporting and Field Service, were built using the Dexterra Concert™ mobile development platform. Dexterra also provided Penta access to training, tools, mentoring and documentation through its partner enablement, giving Penta the materials and support needed to build their own solution using the Concert platform. To date, more than 20 developers have successfully deployed Dexterra-based mobility applications.

"Our customers are primarily commercial and industrial contractors whose union reporting, customer billing and employee payroll demands place tremendous importance on the process of reporting production information between the field and the office," said Cam Smith, vice president of Development for Penta Technologies. "Penta Mobile Field Reporting software helps the contractors' field and the office staff to work in unison and more efficiently by removing costly, redundant administrative efforts from planning, scheduling, capturing, reviewing, approving and reporting on work performed in the field."

Commercial and industrial contractors each have a unique set of field-to-office hurdles to overcome such as filing massive amounts of paperwork ranging from union job site requirements to daily payroll and the management of the different equipment and material needed for each specific job. Penta's new mobile software, built using the award-winning Dexterra Concert mobile development platform, also helps workers submit information much quicker, in hours instead of the days required with previous solutions.

Penta selected Dexterra's Concert mobility platform to build its Mobile Field Software Solutions for Construction based on its flexible development capabilities and the ability to rapidly extend their existing office-based applications to the mobile worker, regardless of device type. Penta's first mobile applications extended Penta's existing suite of engineering and construction enterprise software. Penta Mobile Field Reporting, which has been in use since summer, gives job site workers instant access to daily crew assignments, ability to quickly send critical paperwork to home offices or agencies, and faster workflow on accounting such as receivables and payroll.

"With Penta Mobile Field Reporting software, we enter job data only once into PENTA Construction ERP, which allows the field foremen to select jobs, cost codes, personnel, and equipment from pick lists rather than relying on paper-based data entry in the field," said Lance Rosenmayer, executive vice president for INTREN, Inc., an early customer of Penta's mobile application. "Since the software provides immediate field access to all job information including new jobs, scope changes, updates, budgets, etc., the foremen are not required to repeatedly return to the office. It also allows us to apply controls which prevent errors in billing and employee pay, enabling us to administer approximately 450 people with a single payroll clerk. This software definitely allows us to operate at a higher level than was previously possible."

"Penta's legacy of providing engineering and construction firms with the tools they need to work better and faster is already well-known in the industry," said Michael Liebow, CEO of Dexterra. "By offering their customers an easier way to implement a mobile solution that gives them a sophisticated and mobilized workforce, their customers can work smarter and stay more competitive in the market."

About Penta

PENTA Construction ERP is an innovative construction enterprise software system designed to help engineering, construction and service enterprises improve business performance. From integrated Multi-Company Financials, Projects, Service, Labor and Equipment to Analytics, Document Imaging, Workflow and Mobile Field software, PENTA provides the deep, industry-specific feature set and forward-looking technology engineering, construction and service firms need to improve and grow their businesses. For more information, visit www.penta.com.

About Dexterra

The business mobility company™. Dexterra provides a broad portfolio of mobile applications built on its open mobility platform, Dexterra Concert™, that enables businesses worldwide to manage and optimize their mobile workforces. Dexterra supports the largest selection of mobile devices and integrates with the widest range of enterprise back-office systems in use today. Dexterra's end-to-end solutions help companies large and small experience rapid deployments, greater returns, higher customer and user satisfaction, and a longer lifespan over any other competing solution.

Dexterra has operations in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific and a vast network of global partners including AT&T, IBM, Motorola, RIM and Telstra. For more information, visit www.dexterra.com.

©2008 Dexterra, Inc. All Rights Reserved. "Dexterra" is a registered trademark, and "Concert" and "The Business Mobility Company" are trademarks of Dexterra, Inc. Other trademarks referenced are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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