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Eastwood Homes Switches From Sage Timberline to Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Gaining Flexibility, Power, and Performance

BuilderMT, the widely-acknowledged market share leader in workflow management solutions for home builders, today announced that it recently worked with implementation partner Western Computer to switch Eastwood Homes from Sage 300 CRE Accounting (Timberline) to Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Eastwood Homes will continue to use BuilderMT, a system they have depended on for years, while taking advantage of the new integration between BuilderMT’s WMS and Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

Eastwood Homes will start more than 850 homes in 2013, and move to over 1,000 starts in 2014, when the Company will hit $200 million in revenues. With 160 employees, including 60 jobsite superintendents, Eastwood Homes operates in six divisions throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. With operations of that size, Eastwood Homes had clearly outgrown Sage 300 CRE Accounting.

“Sage does not have the reporting that we need. Timberline uses a database from Pervasive Software, but our operations are in Microsoft SQL,” explains Kevin Hutchins, Eastwood Homes’ CFO. “Plus because of technical limitations, Timberline simply doesn’t have the processing power that other accounting packages can offer. We realized we had to make a switch in our accounting package, especially now that we plan to increase to 1,000 starts.”

Why the choice of Microsoft Dynamics NAV? Eastwood was impressed by how the Microsoft Dynamics NAV solution provides Dashboards, as well as NAV’s ability to quickly see the timely and correct information to help manage by exception and aid in improved decision making.

With the new NAV solution, everything is updated in real time, which was not possible with the old Sage solution. Microsoft Dynamics NAV also has an excellent user experience with navigation and system speed. Plus, the Microsoft Role Tailored experience provides only those reports and applications relevant to each user, and that reduces confusion and speeds up training.

“Translation of our data from Timberline to NAV has not been a challenge,” Hutchins added. “We get it all into a spreadsheet and Western Computer works with us to get it into Microsoft Dynamics NAV. The majority of the work required in the data migration is creating the spreadsheet from the current system.”

About Western Computer

Western Computer has been providing Microsoft accounting and business intelligence solutions to clients across North America for over two decades. The company has helped hundreds of midsize, and larger, businesses in implementing systems and reaching their ROI objectives. Western Computer, a Microsoft Gold ERP Partner, has a team of experienced consultants ready to assist clients in accessing the full potential of their Microsoft systems. Learn more at: www.WesternComputer.com

About BuilderMT

For the home building industry at large, BuilderMT provides highly-customizable workflow and building-process-management software that works in tandem with leading accounting systems and other wireless and jobsite productivity tools, such as CRM and warranty management. For 15 years, BuilderMT systems have been purchased by more than 900 home builders and cumulatively used as a desktop workflow tool by upwards of ten thousand home building professionals. BuilderMT is widely recognized as a leader in process-driven, best-building-practices for home builders, as well as customer service, warranty applications, online training and innovative wireless applications. To learn more, visit www.BuilderMT.com, or call (888) 757-1991 ext. 271.

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