Success Story

Skogman’s Seamless Switch from Sage 300 CRE to Sage Intacct Construction

Tiffani Conrey, CFO
Teble Lawrence, Controller and Financial Analyst

For over 75 years, Skogman Companies has been a cornerstone of the Cedar Rapids, Iowa community, offering expertise in residential home building, real estate brokerage, insurance services, remodeling, and multi-family home construction.

“This was without a doubt the best experience on the back end and I truly believe that’s because of the team at Bangert.”

Tiffani Conrey,
CFO, Skogman Companies

The Challenge

Skogman Companies, a longstanding customer of Bangert, Inc. since 1999, faced significant challenges with their existing financial management system, Sage 300 CRE. As the company continued to grow and evolve, it became increasingly clear that their current solution was no longer sufficient to meet their needs. Among the key challenges were:

Server Dependency

Skogman Companies grappled with the limitations of a server-based system, which required them to manage their own servers. This dependence posed maintenance challenges and left them vulnerable to cybersecurity threats.

Efficiency and Remote Work

Accessing Sage 300 CRE remotely was cumbersome, often requiring the use of a VPN (Virtual Private Network) and hindering productivity. As the demand for remote work capabilities increased, this limitation became more pronounced.

Data Accessibility

Skogman Companies found themselves lacking the real-time financial insights they needed to make informed decisions. The reporting capabilities of Sage 300 CRE fell short of providing the level of data accessibility and accuracy required in today’s fast-paced business environment.

The Solution

Skogman Companies seamlessly transitioned from Sage 300 CRE to Sage Intacct Construction in a mere 90 days, facilitated by Bangert’s Deployment System. The move to Sage Intacct Construction, a cloud-based platform, provided the flexibility and security required, eliminating the dependence on on-premises servers and mitigating cyber threats.

The Result

Efficient & Secure Cloud-Based Solution

Skogman Companies recognized the need to modernize their financial management processes and move away from server-based systems. Sage Intacct Construction offered the flexibility and security necessary, eliminating the need for on-premises servers and bolstering resilience against cyber threats. Tiffani Conrey, CFO of Skogman Companies, attested to this, emphasizing, “The cloud-based system for us, in today’s cybersecurity atmosphere, was critical. It was an easy decision, especially given our relationship with Bangert – there’s just nobody better who you know will be there for you and provide the customer service you deserve.”

Improved & User-Friendly Reporting

The transition from Sage 300 CRE to Sage Intacct Construction marked a pivotal advancement for Skogman Companies, unlocking an array of enhanced reporting capabilities and user-centric functionalities. With intuitive dashboards and drill-down functionalities, the accounting team can now delve deeper into financial data, enabling more comprehensive analysis and informed decision-making.

You can drill down wherever you want to, whether you’re in invoices or you’re looking at a report, you can get to other information and it was just so much more user-friendly,” said Teble Lawrence, Controller and Financial Analyst of Skogman Companies.

Seamless Integrations for Enhanced Efficiency

In addition to its user-friendly reporting and analytics, Sage Intacct Construction offers Skogman Companies the invaluable capability of seamless integration with other platforms. Conrey highlights this advantage, stating, “There was other software we’ve looked at for scanned invoice storage and other purposes that Sage Intacct can connect with much easier and faster, allowing us to push and pull data that would have been more cumbersome under Sage 300 CRE. This gives us the opportunity to grow as well.”

This streamlined integration process empowers Skogman Companies to connect Sage Intacct with various third-party applications efficiently, eliminating the complexities and inefficiencies associated with manual data transfers or incompatible systems. By enabling faster data exchange and facilitating smoother workflows, Sage Intacct Construction enhances operational agility and sets the stage for further growth and innovation within Skogman’s financial management processes.

A Smooth Transition from Sage 300 CRE to Sage Intacct Construction in 90 Days

Skogman Companies experienced a remarkable shift in their operations with the transition from Sage 300 CRE to Sage Intacct Construction. Led by Bangert, Inc., the deployment process exemplified a new standard of efficiency and support in software implementation. Tiffani Conrey highlighted the significance of this transition, emphasizing the distinctiveness of Bangert’s deployment approach and the unparalleled support received throughout the process:

“Bangert’s way of deploying is different than we’ve seen historically about how software is done, and it worked really effectively. I saw my team watch the videos, join the live classes, have consultants that were always there for them to answer questions and help them get through it.”

She continued, praising the ongoing support provided by Bangert: “This went much smoother and faster than I’ve seen any other software we’ve done. Usually, you get the software done, and the people in the back end kind of disappear, and you find a lack of support once you’ve implemented something. This has been the exact opposite with us and the team at Bangert as well.”

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