Tech Titans 2017 Corporate CTO Michael Boren

Winning the 2017 Tech Titans Corporate CTO Award is a great honor and our Chief Technology Officer Michael Boren received this accolade in August. We recently sat down with Michael to talk about winning the award.

What does winning the Tech Titans Corporate CTO Award mean?

Validation of our team’s efforts and work. It is a nice recognition that what we have worked on as a team is innovative and that our work is not typical and something that others look to. Internally, it is a good nod to the team. Keep doing what we are doing. Beck Technology is on the right track.

Externally, the award validates the company more. Especially for what I was nominated for: Industry Advisory Board, leadership, teams. If I’m on the outside looking in this seems like the type of company I want to do business with because they’ve got a good team, they are listening to their clients, and their processes are being reviewed by a team of peers (other tech companies).

For our clients, it means they made the right choice. One of the reasons Beck Technology won the award was because of our efforts in crowd-sourcing good ideas. The Industry Advisory Board helps us solve problems and make a difference in the construction industry. We didn’t just win it internally but our clients won this award, too.

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A Day in the Life of a Relationship Coordination Manager

Holly Hunt, relationship coordination manager for Beck Technology, helps account executives find general contractors that are a good fit and serves as the first point of contact for companies exploring the DESTINI suite products.  

Before work every day, I have my quiet time and make sure I have some coffee and breakfast. No running or podcasts for me in the morning; coffee and some time with Jesus is all I need.

Mondays tend to go quickly around here. This Monday was probably one of the busiest to date, as we are in the middle of implementing three new technologies to our sales stack. I just wrapped up one of those today.

This Monday started off with a sales meeting including myself; our COO, Stewart; director of marketing and communications, Julie; and account executives, Nicholas and Tyler. Because my role includes inside sales, I spent most of this meeting making sure I’m up to speed on what is happening with outside sales. Tyler and Nicholas both presented on their pipelines (current opportunities) that are set to close this quarter then talked about a few future deals they needed our input on. When they finished, I shared my own updates, which today were about PandaDoc—a new technology we are implementing—and our upcoming scheduled webinar. Read more

A Day in the Life of a Software Engineer III

Software Engineer Duties explained by Mario RosalesMario Rosales, software engineer III for Beck Technology, is part of the Research & Development team and works on new features and functionality of the DESTINI suite products. See how software engineer duties vary greatly in A Day in the Life of a Software Engineer III at Beck Technology.

Software Engineer Duties

It’s Tuesday here at Beck Technology, and my week is off to a good start. As a software engineer for Beck Technology, Software Engineer III to be exact, I’m involved in all aspects of software development – everything from design to testing to maintenance.

The first thing on my to-do list most mornings is to check in with Yvonne, a very bright intern at Beck Technology, to see how her morning is going and if she has any problems she needs help with. After this, I move on to my own work.

Today’s Priority: New user stories

One of the most fulfilling aspects of my job at Beck Technology is always feeling like I’m a step ahead in the industry. DESTINI Estimator 2017 2.0 hasn’t been released yet and I’m already working on the next update. Today, I’m going over the details for the new user stories assigned to me for the DESTINI Estimator 2017 3.0 release. A new user story is a high-level breakdown of a new feature that will be developed, including an explanation of how the feature will integrate into the existing product.

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2017 Q1 Recap & Updates

The Beck Technology team, as well as our clients, launched into 2017 with so much vigor and drive that the first quarter flew by at what felt like a record pace. Please find below our quick quarterly update with relevant news on the preconstruction technology front.

Register for Workshop

Beck Technology Joins Forces with Advancing Building Estimation 2017 to Present a Pre-Conference Workshop on Driving Change

Registration is open for the Advancing Building Estimation 2017 conference (formerly Estimation Technology for Construction) scheduled for May 22-24 in Houston at the Westin Houston, Memorial City.

Beck Technology is hosting a half-day pre-conference workshop “Why Do We Need Change?” that will explore the factors driving changes in the A/E/C industry. Our team and client speakers will discuss topics from mitigating risks to the expectation of accurate real-time data in a dialogue focused on why we need to change, what it looks like, and who is spearheading the effort.

We are pleased to share the podium and conduct tabletop discussion groups with client speakers including:

  • Ray Miller, Vice President of Preconstruction Services, Balfour Beatty Construction Services US
  • Andy Leek, Director of VDC, Paric Corporation
  • Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI Applications Director, The Beck Group

The workshop will run from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Monday, May 22. Information on the workshop and full conference may be found on the conference website. Early bird registration ends Friday, April 21.

As a reminder, this workshop format replaces our Beck Technology Roundtable this year to enable clients to bundle greater learning and networking as part of a larger conference.

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A Day in the Life of a Quality Assurance (QA) Manager

Stephanie Greene, a Quality Assurance Manager at Beck Technology, spends her days ensuring DESTINI products perform at the highest standard of preconstruction software.

What does a quality assurance (QA) manager do? If I answer sarcastically, I would say that I spend my days assuring the quality of Beck Technology products. The actual answer is that to ensure our products are operating as they should, I spend my days exterminating software bugs and testing new product features, working with a variety of departments and an international team daily. Read more

A Day in the Life of a Director of Marketing & Communications

Julie_HeadshotJulie Huval, director of marketing and communications for Beck Technology, spends her days juggling and loves every minute of it, especially the analytics and digital efforts.

My role as Director of Marketing & Communications involves wearing many hats. I may sport as many as three to four different hats on a daily basis…sometimes multiple at once. Today is one of those days.

As I prepare for an all-day sales meeting with my team, I’m reminded of just how much opportunity lays in store for Beck Technology. In before and after as well as during the planned breaks, I’m actively keeping all the balls rolling.

Allow me to take you through a day in my life with Beck Technology, a typical hat rotation, if you will. Read more

Newsletter Q4

Welcome to a new year full of possibility. It’s hard to believe that we’re already marking the beginning of 2017, as 2016 seemed to fly by at lightning speed.

For this roundup, we have included a few “coming soon” features of note to mark on your calendars.

Save the Date

Please plan to join us at the Advancing Building Estimation 2017 conference (formerly known as Estimation Technology for Construction conference), scheduled for May 24-25 in Houston, Texas, at the Westin Houston, Memorial City.

Beck Technology will host a complimentary, half-day preconference workshop for conference attendees and invitees, in conjunction with the conference. Filled with client speakers, technology insights, and panel discussions, this event will walk through ways to enhance your estimation process with technology. Look for a focus on the need for industry change, as well as a keynote speaker and a panel of owners sharing their ideas of what ideal estimates would look like.

This workshop format will replace our typical spring Beck Technology Roundtable program, allowing attendees to learn from and network with more peers, as well as streamline their travel budgets.

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Newsletter Q3

 

Welcome to Fall 2016 and the push toward year-end! Here’s a quick update on efforts to support your estimating collaboration, speed, and accuracy.

One special update for those of you in the midst of budget planning for 2017: We’re debuting a robust workshop in conjunction with the Estimation Technology for Construction Conference, set for May 2017 in Washington, DC.

Filled with client speakers, technology insights, and panel discussions, we’ll walk through ways to enhance your estimation process with technology. This workshop format will replace our typical spring Beck Technology Roundtable program, allowing you to learn from and network with more peers as well as streamline your schedule. More details to come as dates and venues are locked down.

Coming Up

Are you planning on attending either the BIMForum from October 17-19 in Atlanta or Autodesk University
from November 15-17 in Las Vegas?  If so, it would be great to visit face-to-face and discuss your preconstruction challenges.

To schedule an in-person or virtual meeting please click the button below.

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DESTINI in Action

DESTINI Estimator 2017 1.0 to be Released in Q4 2016

In April 2016, we released
DESTINI Estimator 2016 2.0, which served as the industry’s first, fully-integrated preconstruction solution. Through our partnership with Autodesk, the release featured 2D and 3D takeoff tools utilizing Navisworks®.

Over the past six months we have entered into formal explorations with more than 20 of the largest construction firms in the country. From these engagements, we’ve captured various enhancement requests directly from industry feedback and some will be added to the product this fall when we release DESTINI Estimator 2017 1.0.

To gain a firsthand view of the new features, please
contact us to schedule a demo or register for our debut webinar on Wednesday, October 26th.

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Client Announcements – Welcome Aboard

You may have noticed several new client announcements of late.

  • In August,
    The Howard Hughes Corporation, a DESTINI Profiler client, signed a five-year enterprise licensing agreement for DESTINI Estimator as well as custom consulting.
  • PARIC Corporation
    just signed a three-year enterprise licensing agreement for DESTINI Estimator & Profiler.
  • Most recently, Snyder Langston executed a three-year enterprise licensing agreement for DESTINI Estimator & Profiler.

Looking ahead, we’re set to welcome several more notable firms this fall.

Case Study – How Two Firms Are Embracing Target Value Design

Innovative construction companies are flipping the traditional design process upside down, reducing the need for “value engineering” later in the process by using target value design to make informed choices early in the concept development phase.

We asked Yates Construction
Estimator Stanley Wielgosz and The Beck Group’s Director of Preconstruction Jeff Ratcliff to share how their teams win clients over by using DESTINI Profiler as part of a target value design approach.

Read the case study.

Super User Q&A – Walbridge’s Taimoor Khan Test-Drives DESTINI Estimator

In a $1.5 billion, nationwide construction company, change doesn’t happen overnight. Before standardizing its 60 estimators to a single software platform, Walbridge wants to be sure it selects the most user-friendly, powerful product available. Test-driving our estimating software became Senior Estimator Taimoor Khan’s job.

Read his Q&A Profile
to find out why DESTINI Estimator is his preferred choice.

Client Video – Two Minutes with Cunningham-Limp

Matt Vetter, Director of Preconstruction Services with Cunningham-Limp joined us for a quick video Q&A about DESTINI Profiler and Beck Technology. The firm uses DESTINI software to help quickly conceptualize, collaborate, and bid for contracts.

Watch the video.

In the News

Choose the Right Technology and Software Platform in Four Easy Steps

By Stewart Carroll, COO, Beck Technology
Design Cost Data (DCD) Magazine – July/August 2016

This recently published an article goes into depth about picking the best technology for your company by focusing on four main steps. Stewart eases the overwhelming process by encouraging firms to determine the questions and goals to consider to make the most ideal and profitable investment for the future. The quick read includes 20+ questions to ask of yourself or the vendor you are evaluating.

Read the article here.

What Motivates your Team?

By Michael Boren, CTO, Beck Technology
LinkedIn Pulse Posts

Did you know our CTO is a people person as well as a technology guru? Michael has taken to LinkedIn to share insights on motivation, happiness, collaboration, and the like. We invite you to read his periodic posts about his recent interactions and observations.

Read Michael’s posts here.

Newsletter Q2

It’s hard to believe that we’re two quarters down and two to go for 2016. Are your business goals on track thus far?

At Beck Technology, we’ve had a busy second quarter with software releases for both our DESTINI Estimator & Profiler products as well as attendance and speaking at many industry events over the spring. Please find below a quick recap and links to learn more—and to watch our client project videos from the Beck Technology Roundtable.

Wishing you a great 4th of July holiday and a productive third quarter!

DESTINI in Action

Two Software Releases Now Available

The long-awaited DESTINI Estimator 2016 2.0 is here! If you missed our debut webinar led by our CTO
Michael Boren, we’ve provided a link below. Michael showcases some of the most-requested new features, including Navisworks integration and the 2D and 3D takeoff views.

Webinar Recording: What’s New in DESTINI Estimator 2016 2.0?

Also, this quarter
DESTINI Profiler 2017 1.0 was released. The update can handle extremely larger models as well as offers better support for Windows 10. When a 3D model is created, the software provides instant feedback on data such as cost, energy, lifecycle, and schedule.

The Early Bird Gets the Worm (or the Project)

Winning work has a lot to do with talent, but also plenty to do with timing. While other companies are still at the drafting table, Bouma Construction is already in the meeting room, presenting granular estimates and 3D models. Bouma wins work by using DESTINI Profiler to give clients the answers they need at the earliest possible point in the preconstruction process. Bouma’s Preconstruction Manager Corey Torres provides the case in point examples in this profile, including:

  • Bouma received a project call on a Friday afternoon and was able to turn around four building models (with different layouts and pricing) for a Monday afternoon design charrette with the client.
  • Bouma turned around a parametric building cost model for a five-story building in one day. The early cost model came in within 3 percent of the final submitted proposal.

Read Bouma’s full DESTINI in Action profile here.

O’Neal, Inc: Video Q&A

We recently sat down with David Hardy, Architect – Preconstruction Facilities Manager, with O’Neal, Inc. to discuss his views on DESTINI Profiler and Beck Technology. O’Neal uses Profiler to better communicate and engage with clients and to offer a way for client preferences to be implemented on the fly during meetings. The company uses the software for almost every project to help shape the direction in the early stages before entering the formal design phase. Watch the short video by clicking below.

Roundtable Videos Posted Online

Our annual Beck Technology Roundtable was held in April and featured content-rich presentations by our clients. For those unable to travel and join us, we’ve uploaded the videos, complete with a split-screen view of the actual presentation slides, to our YouTube account.

Please access the videos here:

In the News

Our team regularly posts short blogs on their LinkedIn profiles. They discuss technology trends in some though the primary focus is broader topics such as culture, hiring, millennials, leadership. Plus, you’ll find each full of personal anecdotes, questions, and even some wit.

We invite you to connect with our team on LinkedIn to follow and learn more:

Stewart CarrollChief Operating Officer

Michael Boren, Chief Technology Officer

Tyler BarronAccount Executive

Julie Huval, CPSM, Marketing Director

Sandy DamascoCustomer Experience Lead

Stewart has just launched a series on how employees impact company culture. His upcoming blogs feature some Beck Technology spotlights. Read the first blog featuring our QA Manager Stephanie Greene.

Coming Up

Webinar: Evaluating 5D Solutions

Please join us on Wednesday, July 27th at 10AM Central to hear from Nick Kurth of PCL. Nick will be sharing the evaluation process his company went through when selecting a 5D solution.

Take a Virtual Tour

If you’d like a firsthand view of the new features we’ve rolled out this quarter for DESTINI Estimator and Profiler, we’d love to you give you an online tour. Please contact us to request a personal demo.

Do You Want a Bear Claw with That?

At Beck Technology, we are pretty open about our development process in R&D.  If our clients are interested in how we do things, we’ll walk them through our process.  Our R&D team even speaks with R&D teams at other companies to determine the best way of handling situation “Foo” or accounting for scenario “Bar”.

One of the lesser known process points outside of R&D is how we code name our releases.  We started code naming our versions of DProfiler in 2009.  Our first code name was more of a joke and called Frito.  All joking aside, what comes after Frito?  My favorite dish: Beef Stroganoff.  Now how do you follow a code name as great as Beef Stroganoff? Luckily someone at Beck Technology told a story about a tomato stand he had as a child but had misspelled tomatoes on his sign.  Thus, the next code name was born: Tomtoes.  What comes after Tomtoes?  Mac-N-Cheese, of course.

After Mac-N-Cheese, we realized we needed to start taking this code name business seriously because picking random food names was not making any sense.  So now we have a formal process.  We started our naming over at the letter A, and each version moves on to the next letter in the alphabet; this finally gave order to the random chaos we had before.  Next we had to fix the issue of people just picking food names.  You can’t just go around picking random food names.  We settled on pastries.  Our 2014 DProfiler version came from Apple Fritter and the versions in development now all fall under Bear Claw.

What will come next?  We should probably start thinking about that one.