8 Steps to Ensure a Successful Construction Accounting Software Transition

June 08, 2023
John Meibers
John Meibers
VP & GM of Deltek ComputerEase
8 Steps to Ensure a Successful Construction Accounting Software Transition

Transitioning to new accounting software can be a daunting task for construction companies. There are many reasons your firm may need to switch accounting systems, including outgrowing your current system, lack of visibility into your construction business or your current vendor is no longer the right fit.

However, with careful planning, execution and selecting the right partner, this transition can streamline your financial processes, improve accuracy and enhance overall productivity. Below are eight steps to ensure a successful construction accounting software transition.

1. Assess Your Current Accounting System and Your Needs
The first step is to evaluate your existing accounting system thoroughly. Identify its strengths, weaknesses and any pain points you encounter. Consider what features and functionalities are missing and what improvements you expect from the new software. This evaluation will help you set clear goals and select a software solution that aligns with your requirements.

2. Research Software Vendors
Thoroughly research available construction accounting software options in the market. Consider factors such as industry-specific features, scalability, ease of use, integration capabilities and customer support. Engage in product demos, read reviews, and seek recommendations from industry peers to make an informed decision. Choose a software solution that caters to your construction company's unique needs and long-term growth plans.


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3. Invest in Your Firm
More and more contractors are realizing that software is a necessary, budgeted expense rather than lumping it into overhead allocation. Implementing construction accounting software can lead to a positive return on investment (ROI) by streamlining financial processes, enhancing project cost control, improving accuracy in estimating and bidding and enabling effective resource allocation, ultimately maximizing profitability and efficiency for construction companies. Determine your company’s needs and research multiple vendors to compare prices and fully understand what those prices entail—it is not always an “apples to apples” comparison. This will help determine the kind of budget that you need to spend. Consider the total cost of ownership—from initial implementation to ongoing maintenance costs.

4. Choose Your New Software and Partner
After you have researched your options, choose the software and vendor that best meets your needs. Make sure the vendor is reputable, has good customer service and offers training and support resources. Most importantly, make sure the software has a team of construction experts that truly understand the industry and your business needs.

5. Develop a Detailed Implementation Plan
Partner with your new vendor to create a comprehensive implementation plan outlining the step-by-step transition process to the new construction accounting software that will work for your business. This plan should include milestones, timelines and any necessary training requirements. Break down the implementation process into manageable phases to ensure a smooth transition without disrupting your day-to-day operations. Assign accountability for each task and establish realistic deadlines.

6. Train Your Staff
To maximize the benefits of the new accounting software, provide comprehensive training to your accounting team through your new vendor. Some vendors offer support centers, allowing you to chat with experts or other users to request industry-specific advice. Other offerings include live consultations, continuing education, knowledge-based articles to get immediate answers to common questions and informative blogs, industry newsletters, research reports and product updates. Encourage your staff to ask questions and seek clarification during the training process. Additionally, establish ongoing support channels, such as dedicated help desks or user forums, to address any issues or concerns that may arise.

7. Conduct Testing to Ensure Successful Implementation
Perform thorough testing and quality assurance to ensure the new software operates as expected. Test various accounting processes, generate sample reports, and verify data accuracy. Identify and address any bugs or glitches before going live. Consider involving end-users in the testing phase to gain valuable feedback and make necessary adjustments to optimize the user experience.

8. Go Live and Monitor
After completing all the necessary steps, it's time to go live with the new construction accounting software. Continuously assess the software's performance against the defined goals and expectations. Regularly evaluate the financial reports and key metrics to ensure the software is meeting your company's needs and driving desired outcomes. As you continue to grow, you may decide to add on services from the vendor you chose, such as payroll services.

From determining your needs and selecting the right software to thorough planning, training and ongoing support, each step above plays a crucial role in the process. By investing time and effort into this transition, you can unlock the potential of a more efficient, accurate and streamlined accounting system that will ultimately enhance your construction company's financial management, decision-making and overall success. Embrace the opportunity for improvement, stay organized, communicate effectively and adapt as needed to make your construction accounting software transition a resounding triumph.


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