SOURCE: ICS

August 27, 2007 17:28 ET

SelectBuild Uses Technology to Take Control of Manual Time Collection and Bring Home the Prize

With Equential's Software Solution, SelectBuild Significantly Reduced Costs and Improved Processes

JACKSONVILLE, FL--(Marketwire - August 27, 2007) - Equential™ , an ICS-developed software solution and leading provider of mobile technology solutions for construction firms, announced that Constructech Magazine honored its customer, SelectBuild, with a Constructech Vision Award.

SelectBuild, competing in the greater than $500 million revenue category, received a Constructech Vision Award for innovatively applying Equential's goLabor solution to significantly improve time savings, cost savings and accuracy. A division of BMHC, SelectBuild provides turnkey construction services to high-volume production homebuilders, including concrete, plumbing, framing, HVAC, stucco and other services.

Leveraging laptops, SelectBuild now electronically captures labor, job and payroll information in the field and subsequently can generate daily reports on job cost and production, all with dramatically improved accuracy.

Within several weeks of implementation, the accuracy of employee time data and the associated job and cost codes increased by 15 percent. During peak construction cycles, the increase in accuracy has represented a savings of up to 290 hours per week.

Payroll staff and managers no longer have to spend hours deciphering handwritten labor sheets, manually keying in labor information, and validating correct entry of labor data in their Sage Timberline accounting solution. And, SelectBuild achieved increased job cost accuracy by capturing actual labor versus estimates by lot.

Field supervisors spend substantially less time collecting, reviewing, coding, and approving employee time and labor budgets -- enabling them to focus their energy, attention and experience in managing construction delivery and quality for customers.

One SelectBuild supervisor noted that goLabor reduces workload by 50 percent through automating manual processes of reviewing, approving and entering labor and job information into Timberline. In addition, job codes are always accurate.

"We heartily congratulate SelectBuild on winning the Constructech Vision Award for proactively seeking increased value for their builder customers through field data collection," said Michael Morales, Equential managing director. "We are pleased to be recognized as their partner in this initiative."

"We are honored to receive this award and to partner with Equential to achieve such positive results," said SelectBuild's Kari Lopez, business systems program director. "Our results are all about working as a team. We worked closely with our business to understand the challenges around this manual process, and with Equential on the best solution and a field pilot proving ground. When we evaluated our results, we were able to deliver a five-month return on investment -- a very good value."

The annual Constructech Vision Awards recognize companies that have displayed innovation in the way they apply technology to solve business challenges. SelectBuild and Equential accepted the award in a ceremony on August 23, 2007 in Chicago. This is the second year SelectBuild has received a Constructech award.

Equential mobile enterprise solutions enable organizations to track labor, equipment, inventory, deliveries and more in the field using mobile phones, handheld devices or PCs. Leveraging barcodes and other data collection technologies, supervisors can electronically collect, validate and synchronize field data with enterprise systems using cellular, 802.11 wireless, or cradle-synch methods. Equential delivers measurable value by eliminating the costs of manual data entry, improving data accuracy, enhancing visibility into operations, driving productivity, and improving cash flow.

About BMHC

BMHC, a Fortune 1000 company, is one of the largest providers of residential construction services and building materials in the United States. BMHC serves the homebuilding industry through two subsidiaries: One, SelectBuild, which provides construction services to high-volume production homebuilders in key growth markets across the country; and two, BMC West, which, distributes building materials and manufactures building components for professional builders and contractors in the western and southern states. BMHC was recently named to the Forbes Platinum 400, also known as America's Best Big Companies, and was selected Pro Dealer of the Year by Home Channel News. Visit www.bmhc.com to learn more about BMHC, or www.SelectBuild.com to learn more about SelectBuild.

About ICS

For 25 years, ICS has provided manufacturers, distributors and construction firms with powerful technology solutions that deliver superior business performance. ICS-developed products include Equential™ mobile applications for construction firms and direct-store delivery (DSD); RF-SMART® data collection and RFID solutions for Oracle's JD Edwards and Microsoft's Dynamics AX; and Logimax® software for public warehouse management. ICS is also an award-winning reseller of enterprise software, with practices in JD Edwards and Dynamics AX. Visit www.equential.com to learn more about Equential solutions.

Sage Timberline and Timberline are registered trademarks of Sage Software. Oracle and JD Edwards are registered trademarks of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. Microsoft and Dynamics AX are trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation.

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