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Developed in Argentina by a builder, contractor and building information modelling projector. Product licensing or sales offered by the owner under a commercial agency. An unique building services product tailored to create and update goods and services catalogues with their prices. An interface processes data from which purchase orders may be processed or databases may be accessed for free, on a single application in the cloud accessible from any web device.
Entirely developed in Argentina, the company has a longstanding tradition of operation in the building sector ( over 30 years). In 2004, the lack of a software tool fit for the industry became evident so the company started working in the development of a suitable product. Since 2008 the company has been working in the development, testing and improvements of the product. In 2011 the first online and free version of the product was operational and uploaded, thus becoming the first of its kind in the cloud globally. That same year a leading construction supply company offered to purchase thousands of premium licenses to offer the product to their best customers as a benefit.
The product is offered as a SaaS mode free or premium. The free mode may be supported by advertising revenues from industry suppliers.
Among the potential users/clients the following ones are worth mentioning: building industry in general, building material suppliers, building services providers, construction supply companies, building and construction cost index publishers, etc.
Users acquire a personal account free of charge that allows them to manage their costs and budgets, maintain their databases, generate reports quickly calculate and purchase inputs, among other remarkable features.
The user has two data channels: those offered by the SaaS, such as the products and services of advertisers, which channel directly the need for users to consult prices or make purchases, accompanied by formulas and the most consulted reference- average consumptions in the standard building activity, and a parallel channel similar but customizable by the user.
Thus, the builder has all the tools required to quote and organize its costs, take purchasing decisions and keep their bases free of charge and accessible anytime, anywhere.
The Free mode is fully integrated with one of the most popular and widespread open-source tools for inventory management and online advertising campaigns for websites.
The "premium mode" does not limit the number of more complex budgets that are limited to 1 in the free mode. It allows the user to incorporate the logo on letterheads interface and reports, thus eliminating the watermark with the name of the application thereof and provides the option to "turn off" the advertising. A "premium plan" may be purchased through temporary licenses of 1-6-12 months.
At the end of the period the application automatically returns to "free mode", but the users always maintains access to their data and may also calculate budgets, processing, broadcast or print reports of any sort of statistical information of their projects.
The product could be licensed, e.g. it may be installed in a parallel server as a standalone version that could be called "name-of-the-company .com" . In this way, the licensee company gets direct access to the admin application and may enter their products and prices. Referred users access SaaS version with GUI of the company, who decides whether to charge for licenses, offer it as a subscription or distribute it for free as a benefit to their customers, etc.
Besides, the company is seeking commercial agents who can represent the company in European construction industry markets, selling in to building contractors and architects and related professionals.
Such as other Software as a Service (SaaS), it is designed to attract users into acquiring their own account for free.
This software provides a solution to the dissociation between the search for products and prices in the building sector and the budget and purchase process.
It has been improved to become a valuable tool for suppliers to the sector to attract customers and promote and induce the purchase of its products, while accessing a reliable source of behavior and purchasing trends of its members.
Other related products (which do not serve all the purposes of SaaS) are designed to be operated only by trained personnel, and although they have increased responsibilities and scope, they require extensive training, expensive licenses and subsequent maintenance for proper exploitation. These limitations leave out thousands of independent entrepreneurs, small and medium workshops, who might indeed benefit from using a convenient and effective tool such as SaaS to fulfill their needs.
This is an unique application that provides different levels of complexity, but it may be used with minimal training, and, moreover in its most complex level it requires a 5-hour training session. The course has been developed and tested on site with engineers, students, architects and technicians. It may be taken online or customized for e-learning
Although the product is already in the market the company is constantly working to update and improve its functionality.
The product was patented in Argentina in 2008. It was updated 6 times due to periodical functional improvements.
The company is looking for partners or stakeholders related to the building industry: building material suppliers, building services providers, building and construction cost index publishers.
The product is available to acquire the license in order to exploit the service or SaaS in their own markets.
Upon the implementation of agreements the product may be adapted to the languages and terms used in each geographical region, as applicable.
The product may be sold on its own, or together with the transfer of knowledge for setup, exploitation and training purposes.
The application is fully operational and can be tested in both free and premium mode.