IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 5, 2012) - Sage North America today announced that it has been accepted as a member of the Construction Open Software Alliance (COSA), a new organization dedicated to empowering better sharing of information between all project participants in the construction industry regardless of the systems they use.
The need for a common set of standards has grown as technology has played a larger role in the construction industry. The Associated General Contractors of America developed the agcXML standard in 2008 as the first effort to standardize and encourage the efficient exchange of data between solutions in the industry. Many industry technology providers have not yet adopted the standard. By gathering providers together to champion this standard, as well as other draft standards, it is COSA's aim to encourage broader adoption and collaboration throughout the industry.
"COSA's effort to build a community of software developers and providers who support the transfer of cross-application data is a major step forward for the construction industry," said Dennis Stejskal, vice president of product management at Sage Construction and Real Estate. "Sage supports the agcXML concept. As a technology vendor, we don't have the attitude of doing it all ourselves, and want to make it as easy as possible for our customers to win new projects and get new business. By enabling our solutions, like Sage Construction Anywhere, to work with other software systems, we remove that potential barrier, so our customers can submit and respond to RFIs and other documents no matter the software system another building team member is using."
COSA was officially launched during the opening keynote of the Associated General Contractors of America IT Forum Conference in Chicago in August 2012. Its membership features key technology providers in the construction industry.
"Our goal in starting this organization was to get a diverse group of influential software providers in the industry, and Sage is definitely one of those," said James Benham, president of JB Knowledge Technologies, makers of SmartBidNet, and a fellow COSA member. "With a spread of accounting, estimating, and project management software all under its belt, Sage will bring an invaluable level of experience and depth to the Alliance. We're excited to add another large group of end users to those who will benefit from COSA integration standards."
With more than 40 years of industry experience, Sage keeps projects moving with the most job-ready, people-connected solutions for construction and real estate. Its 40,000 customers manage more than 400,000 jobs, 5.7 million subcontracts and 622,000 rental units each year with Sage products, including: Sage Construction Anywhere, Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate (formerly Sage Timberline Office), Sage 300 Trade Specialty (formerly Sage Timberline Enterprise), Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating), Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder), and Sage 50 Construction Accounting (formerly Sage Peachtree Premium Accounting for Construction). Follow Sage Construction and Real Estate on Twitter® (www.twitter.com/sageconstruct), Facebook® (www.facebook.com/SageConstructionandRealEstate) and LinkedIn® (http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Sage-Construction-Real-Estate-3729866) and via its Plumb Bob Square Rants blog (blog.sagecre.com).
Sage is a leading global supplier of business management software and services for small and midsized businesses. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs more than 12,600 people and supports more than 6 million customers worldwide. For more information about Sage in North America, please visit the company website at NA.Sage.com. Follow Sage North America on Facebook, Facebook.com/SageNorthAmerica, and Twitter, Twitter.com/SageNAmerica.
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