|September 17, 2020
||Back by popular demand! We had such great response to our Business Intelligence series that we brought back - and built on - those previous webinars with a fresh look at SSAS, SQL's online analytical processing and data mining tool. We learned how to make sense of and leverage information spread out across multiple databases, in disparate tables, and in all types of data files.
|August 20, 2020
||For our fantastic annual team up with informXL, we learned about the NEW Budget Upload tool available with the latest release of informXL v.5.1. This module allows builders to create and manage budgets, business plans and KPIs easily within the informXL Datamart. Using an Analyzer front end, the tool allows for creation and maintenance of budgets and other plans with the click of a button. Actuals to plan reporting has never been easier! The module is currently available to Newstar users and plans are in motion for non-Newstar users. All attendees got an advance peek on how leading builders are using this robust new tool to better manage business plan data!
||Blayne Parrish, President
|July 23, 2020
||Top Accounting Trends Leading Builders are Leveraging to Get Ahead in 2020
||Another great Partner webinar with Hyphen Solutions! Stuart detailed and illustrated the top accounting trends that major builders are leveraging today. View the recording on the Hyphen YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/CJmzZIeCZiM
||Stuart Siegel, Partner
|July 16, 2020
||We showed you how to get smarter about using your data, building insights, taking action and growing your business by making coorelations between Eliant data and your ERP. We showed you all the great surveys and services Eliant offers, and how you can leverage your current system functionality to improve your scores.
||Christy Salmon, ft Stuart Siegel
|June 18, 2020
||We showed you how to design, organize, save and activate your own custom templates, use dynamic ‘Smart Lists’ to get your message to the right prospects at the right time, receive instant alerts when your prospects return to your website, and see which content is driving the largest response using customized report layouts that focus on the data you care about most. We took a good look at this total solution for smarter email marketing.
|May 21, 2020
||In this webinar we showed you how to forecast profit accurately, get investors on your side, and beat competitors to the punch. We learned about the Tract-PIE suite of systems to generate monthly cash flow projections, B&A loans, project and partner IRRs, a P & L report, and your Balance Sheet. And we learned about these three easy-to-use, flexible, well-supported financial analysis systems oriented toward specific real estate applications that allow you to move forward quickly and feel confident that you are getting the right price.
|April 23, 2020
||Unforeseen Disruption: Joint webinar with Hyphen!
||Hyphen and Cornerstone brought you a fantastic Builder Panel of Industry Experts to discuss "How Some Builders Have Responded" to our most recent business disruptions. We quizzed our panel on several timely topics and gained a great deal of insight into how our industry is coping with all the latest changes. View the recording at https://youtu.be/22jOyQJ5Lvs
||Kathy Mortensen ft Dan Miles
|February 20, 2020
||We learned how to automate the disbursement process: creating, sending, collecting and tracking lien waivers. Lienwavers.io can help you build better relationships with your partners at a price point that competes with the cost of a check. We took a look at their automated system for requesting, collecting, and tracking lien waivers and payments from all parties involved in each phase of a construction project.
|January 23, 2020
||Business Intelligence: SSIS
||In Part 3 of her Expert Series, Amy McNeeley took us on a deeper dive into Business Intelligence, this time with Integration Services. We saw what it takes to utilize one of today's most popular tools to make ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) dreams a reality.
||Amy McNeeley, Senior Consultant
|November 14, 2019
||Business Intelligence: Write Your Own
||In Part 2 of this fantastic series, our own Amy McNeeley showed you how you can gather the data that you need from multiple sources to create and automate awesome custom reports. She revealed the 'magic' behind data sources and reporting so that users who may not have a database background can leverage technology to get the business intelligence they need and make informed business decisions.
||Amy McNeeley, Senior Consultant
|October 17, 2019
||Business Intelligence Series: Reporting Services
||In Part 1 of this exciting 3 part series, we gave you an introduction into SQL Reporting Services to cut through all of the mystery and show you how you can easily take advantage of features you've been wanting but thought were too difficult to achieve. We began with the basics, such as scheduling your own reports. We showed you how Business Intelligence is within your reach, even if you aren't a 'techie.'
||Amy McNeeley, Senior Consultant
|September 19, 2019
||We gave you a look into the integration and great feature set of BRIX, along with features from the homebuilder software suite and other cool functionality you can't live without.
|July 18, 2019
||informXL: the latest and greatest
||In this repeat webinar, we looked at some fresh new capabilities available in the August 2019 release of informXL. We introduced some great new features such as an improved parameter selection moved to the Analyzer ribbon, unlimited UDF reporting, and a brand new Analyzer – Bid Rates. Alison Verdi demonstrated some of the key enhancements to get you ready for what’s coming in the latest and greatest service release.
||Alison Verdi, Program Manager
|May 16, 2019
||Personal & Professional Security
||In this repeat webinar, we dove back into the new and improved spreadsheet of security measures to see what has changed. We talked in depth about security measures you should be taking each day to keep you safe both at home and work.
||Karen Chamberlain, Consultant
|March 21, 2019
||CG Visions/Simpson Strong-Tie Technologies has been helping builders leverage technology for 20 years. We shared an overview of state-of-art software and services to drive greater accuracy and efficiency in construction documents, estimating and purchasing. We helped you understand how tools like Revit, Vertex, Planswift, Pipeline can supercharge your business.
||David Carnes, Sales Manager
|February 27, 2019
||BI for Prod & Semi-Custom Builders
||NAHB Webinar with Cornerstone! We had a great time partnering up with NAHB to talk about all things BI. We showed you how to aggregate and analyze your critical data to make the best decisions for your company's future. We showed you how would it come together, what new gems would you could find, and how you could provide this information to key decision makers in your home building company.
||Stuart Siegel, Partner & Amy McNeeley, Sr Consultant
|January 17, 2019
||Outrun the other Builders
||As consumers get smarter and have more and more options, land, price, inventory and other selling advantages are simply not enough to succeed and maintain margins. We learned how to run a business better than competitors by leveraging automation and technology. We touched on a variety of operations, highlighting efficiencies that can be immediately taken advantage of to see real results today.
||Erik Cofield, VP Bus Dev, Hyphen
|November 15, 2018
||informXL: The Latest and Greatest
||We had another rousing session learning about this flexible and comprehensive reporting tool that connects you to your business in real-time. We gave you a sneek peek at the multitude of analyzers, Dashboards, and all the new things coming soon!
||Blayne Parrish, Owner/President Center6
|October 18, 2018
||SSRS: Can You Use It?
||SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) - chances are, you already own it, but are you utilizing this powerful reporting tool? SSRS is a solution that customers can deploy on their own premises for creating, publishing, and managing reports, and then delivering them to the right users in different ways, whether that’s viewing them in web browser, on their mobile device, or as an email in their in-box. We learned all about these exciting features of SSRS and discussed the pros and cons of moving your reporting into this powerful tool.
||Amy McNeeley, Senior Consultant
|September 20, 2018
||The Hyphen team showed you that by connecting their homebuilder software suite and BRIX, Hyphen is helping builders and their trades avoid dry runs, missed order changes and scheduling chaos. We showed you how you can control purchasing, production, costs, and reporting all in one streamlined cloud-based program.
||Stephen Candy, Division President Builder Solutions
|August 16, 2018
||Rebates: Get Your Money's Worth
||Money/Rebates/Money/Rebates/Money! You know that tracking rebates can make you money, but is it worth it? We identified rebate sources, methods, and tracking, and showed you how to automate the process to help determine if you can bring it in-house. Stephen and Stuart shared their insights on the value of Rebates and how you could get started today.
||Stuart Siegel, Senior Partner and Stephen Crouch, Builder Partnerships
|July 19, 2018
||2018 Sharepoint: how it has changed. We showed you how to build a quick site with HERO webparts, had discussion of old and new features, whether Sharepoint is still relevant, and how you can get the most out of your installation. We looked at the optimal configuration of some favorite functionality, and shared tips and recommendations.
||Kathy Mortensen, Senior Partner/President
|June 21, 2018
||Personal & Professional Security
||We'll took a look at the ways that you may be vulnerable and assigned risk to those issues to help you decide if you need to take action. We discussed the ways that you can lower your risk and take control of your security environment, both at home and at work. (Handouts available.)
||Karen Chamberlain, Consultant
|June 01, 2018
||Joint Dashboards Webinar with informXL
||The Center6 and HMS presenters walked you through some examples of dashboards and talked about what you need to consider if you are moving towards any kind of dashboard products. The team showed you how you can create your dashboards using informXL's Datamart built-in functionality or by using Microsoft's PowerBI product. The recording for this webinar is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sfAUR1qOSQ
||Kris Brady, Program Manager (Center6) & Amy McNeeley, Senior Consultant (HMS)
|May 17, 2018
||We performed a deeper dive into Microsoft's CRM and Click Dimensions to help you get the most out of your solutions. From "Highlights" to "Headaches," there were no secrets among friends in this webinar!
||Amy McNeeley, Senior Consultant & Karen Chamberlain, Consultant
|April 19, 2018
||BIM: What it is & How Best to Use it
||Are you familiar with Building Information Modeling (BIM)? We defined what BIM is, which components residential builders are using, and which they might want to consider. Our discussion included the advantages and disadvantages to loading all of your components in BIM versus only creating component placeholders, and provided a solid understanding of what the implications of each decision are.
||Stuart Siegel, Senior Partner & Amy McNeeley, Senior Consultant
|March 15, 2018
||Power BI Dashboards - Yes you can!
||Dashboards! You need them but they can be difficult to set up, especially when the data you need is in several different systems. Well, say hello to Microsoft Power BI - the new EASY way to set up your own dashboards and be a hero with your senior management! Cornerstone's Amy McNeeley gave us a demo of Power BI, discussed the costs (yes, there is a free option,) and showed how to get started with Content Packs - all without needing extensive technical knowledge!
||Amy McNeeley, Senior Consultant
|February 21, 2018
||Joint Gross Margin Webinar with Sable37
||Sable37 and Cornerstone teamed up to bring you the first in a series of webinars designed to increase your profitability. We learned how to identify the profit leaks in your gross margin and what steps you can take to plug them in your homebuilding projects in 2018.
||Stuart Siegel, Senior Partner
|February 15, 2018
||Labor & Personnel Panel
||We had a rousing Panel discussion on Labor and Personnel issues. The panel included three residential bulders from different regional areas, along with our own Stuart Siegel and Kathy Mortensen, all discussing strategies for addressing the current labor market, including how to identify people who are a "right fit" for your organization.
||Various - see description
|December 07, 2017
||Pharaoh: Latest Software Developments for Homebuilders
||With Pharaoh’s IBSWIN software you can connect your sales offices via the internet, automate sales tracking & reporting, perform walk-throughs, track service requests, automate the entire option process from creating the buyer agreements through printing the subcontractor purchase orders, simplify subcontractor bid analysis, contract creation and more! Pharoah partners with Hyphen Solutions/BuildPro to create a completely new SQL version and offer complete integration with most popular builder accounting systems. We showed you why Hyphen/Pharaoh’s IBSWIN is one of the most popular software solutions in the home building industry!
||Mike Kenyon, Pharaoh - IBSWIN
|October 19, 2017
||We showed you informXL Analyzers for the SAPPHIRE Build Enterprise Management Suite. We saw how KOVA users can now enjoy the simplicity and elegance informXL brings to reporting and data analysis. enter6 has worked closely with KOVA customers and MiTek development on this community build effort, again delivering robust reporting for a new set of homebuilders. We were pleased to have Blayne Parrish review customer-requested features and functionality informXL for SAPPHIRE Build in this great webinar.
||Blayne Parrish, Owner/President Center6
|September 28, 2017
||We were pleased to have another rousing session with Chuck Cosby to learn how to manage the process of building lots and developing land for commercial or residential use. LandDev software interfaces with many popular back-office accounting systems and integrates with familiar Microsoft applications. We’ll show you how LandDev sends bid requests, purchase orders, back-charge notifications, and payment information to contractors through the email system as Excel spreadsheets and PDF's and much more.
||Chuck Cosby, CEO
|August 24, 2017
||This webinar introduced us to Hyphen Solution's web-based suite of enterprise tools including task scheduling, purchase order/contract management, vendor bidding, on-site inspections, change order processing, warranty management, electronic payment processing and much more. We showed you a great overview of BuildPro and had a sneak peek of BRIX.
||Stephen Candy, Div Pres, Builder Solutions
|July 20, 2017
||RealPage Commercial Suite
||The RealPage Commercial Platform is the next generation of commercial property management solutions specifically built for the mid-market space. This fully integrated end to end SaaS solution provides you one platform where you can manage all aspects of your commercial business with ease and all at a low total cost of ownership. In this webinar we focused on 3 key areas: Lease Administration, Property Accounting and Portfolio Management.
||Perry Levine, Director – VAR Development
|June 15, 2017
||The BuilderMT One Turn-Key Home Builder Software Solution
||Today, builders are more like project managers, but they are ultimately responsible for every aspect of the home, from sales to warranty. We showed you a BuilderMT case study for VanMetre homes so you could see how the One Turn-Key Home Builder Software Solution, together with your existing solutions, is the “total end-to-end solution” for you. A recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube channel.
||Tom Gebes, Co-founder/Pres, BuilderMT
|May 18, 2017
||Click Dimensions is the easy to use marketing solution natively built into Microsoft Dynamics CRM with training and support included at no extra cost. Put your sales and marketing campaigns on auto-pilot and achieve marketing success using a top-rated marketing automation solution you can trust. We gave you an informative peek into cutting edge campaign automation, web intelligence, event management, social discovery and more! A recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube channel.
||Joel Hinton, Partner Account Manager – Mid Atlantic Region
|April 20, 2017
||Tracking & Reporting Gross Margins to improve profitability
||Do you know what your actual gross margins are after closing - and if they've changed from what you thought they were? A recent Cornerstone life-cycle assessment for a top builder showed a significant swing between gross margins at closing and 6 months later. You don't get caught under-reporting your margins. We showed you how you can track and monitor your gross margins at such milestones as: sales contract, PO release (starts), closing, and yes, 6 months after closing. We showed you some of the reports we've put together and are ready to implement today to help you improve your bottom line. A recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube channel.
||Stuart Siegel, HMS Cornerstone Partner
|March 16, 2017
||RealPage Portfolio Asset Management (PAM)
||This webinar gave us an overview of Portfolio Asset Management (PAM), the solution that puts lease, property, and portfolio information at your fingertips! We showed you how you can generate and compare key performance indicators imported from a wide variety of leading property management systems. We saw how the Portfolio Explorer allows users to select assets, financial data and timeframe for robust custom analyses, and how to easily generate monthly report packages. A recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube channel.
||Alan James, Senior Vice President Commercial & Investment Mgmt
|February 16, 2017
||Improving Cash Flow by Improving Sales Processes
||Cash is now. Profit is later. We discussed Sales process overviews from suspect and lead management to online sales counselor processes to onsite sales processes that impact cash flow. We talked about business process improvements, sales, marketing, and managing people. This webinar was for both B2C and B2B and any size or type of builder. Companion documents were included as handouts and a recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube channel.
||Erik Cofield, TopBuilder Solutions
|January 19, 2017
||How to Create the Best Training Program for You
||Training is probably the most underutilized but the most crucial part of your business. It can dramatically increase both productivity and ROI, yet the single biggest struggle is time. We showed you how you can create a training program that fits with employees schedules and keeps your business humming as usual. A recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube channel.
||Kathleen Mortensen, HMS Cornerstone Partner
|December 08, 2016
||You voted, we listened! We had another rousing session with Chuck Cosby and learned how to can manage the process of building lots and developing land for commercial or residential use. LandDev software interfaces with many popular back-office accounting systems and integrates with familiar Microsoft applications. We showed how LandDev sends bid requests, purchase orders, back-charge notifications, and payment information to contractors through the email system as Excel spreadsheets and PDF's and much more!
||Chuck Cosby, CEO
|October 20, 2016
||You voted, we listened! We had another rousing session with Center 6, this time on informXL Dashboards! We saw the web-based version of informXL that captures data from the informXL Datamart and presents it in a stunning, browser-based visualization. It’s Home Builder Intelligence at your fingertips – anytime, anywhere.
||Blayne Parrish, Owner/President
|August 18, 2016
||Connecting House Design with Purchasing
||This webinar showed how you can use cloud-based software to bridge the gap between design and estimating. In years past home plans were essentially static documents. Now, with powerful CAD software, building product data can be digitally extracted through automated systems and instantly matched with product tables and pricing in the home builders’ purchasing system. Home builders can connect the actual house design, on a lot-specific basis, with their purchasing systems - all with unprecedented accuracy.
||Tom Gebes, Co-founder/Pres, BuilderMT & Tim Beckman, Dir Bus Dev/Partner, CG Visions
|July 21, 2016
||This presentation introduced the audience to the NewStar Sales application, highlighting features and functionality of the core product and how it integrates with Newstar Enterprise for seamless and robust sales management.
||Kathy Mortensen, Cornerstone Solutions Partner
|June 23, 2016
||Microsoft Office 365
||Microsoft Office is your go-to office, providing tools for the professional to collaborate with teams anywhere, anytime. Connect better with customers and colleagues with a range of communication tools from email and IM to social networking and video conferencing. With your Office 365 subscription you always have the latest Office versions to let you create, edit, and share from your PC/Mac, iOS, Android™, or Windows device in real time. Get the tools you need to get the job done!
||Joe Stocker, Patriot Consulting Technology Group
|May 19, 2016
||Marketing survey results/Top Builder
||Cornerstone was contracted to test response times and marketing information from top builders to see how they utilize the online tools available to them. In this webinar we teamed up with Top Builder CRM to bring you a rousing hour of survey results coupled with a look at a great product to help manage Leads & Prospects, customize follow up plans to specific business needs, automate follow up email, manage contacts, tasks and accounts with custom alerts and reminders through email, text, and calendars. We showed you why - more than ever - you need a CRM solution like Top Builder to sell more homes, increase closure rates and maximize every sales opportunity!
||Stuart Siegel, Cornerstone Solutions Partner
|April 21, 2016
||AvidXchange AP Automation
||Capture, Route, Report, Integrate, Pay. Is it that easy? Yes! We saw how AvidXchange revolutionizes the way companies pay their bills by providing a solution that streamlines the entire Accounts Payable process - from invoice receipt through vendor payment. We learned how to receive invoices faster, reduce vendor inquiries, improve cash flow management and receive 100% of invoices electronically.
||Michael Johnson, Channel Sales Manager
|March 17, 2016
||Microsoft Dynamics SL
||Most accounting software isn't built for project work, and most industry-specific solutions lack the accounting tools you need. We showed you how to manage your project based business using Microsoft Dynamics SL, a comprehensive project management tool integrated with distribution, service, and robust accounting capabilities to help businesses manage customer demands, deliver services on time and on budget while keeping up with compliance regulations.
||Carolyn Chasteen, General Manager SBS Group Denver
|February 18, 2016
||In this webinar we showed how to manage your schedule, work orders, and quality control walkthroughs all from the convenience of your handheld device. We learned how you can improve quality and customer service by automating your warranty, service and quality control departments with the Punchlist suite of software products.
||Greg Durkin, VP Sales
|January 21, 2016
||This webinar introduced Hyphen Solution's web-based suite of enterprise tools including task scheduling, purchase order/contract management, vendor bidding, on-site inspections, change order processing, warranty management, electronic payment processing and much more. Participants saw how BuildPro, SupplyPro, and the many other products help you to reduce cycle times, increase accuracy, and make adjustments to your projects in real time.
||Felix Vasquez, President & Chief Technology Officer
|November 19, 2015
||CRM with Microsoft
||Microsoft Dynamics CRM enables companies to market smarter, sell effectively and productively, and manage customer relations with care. This webinar focused on social insights, business intelligence, and productivity to help companies build long-term customer relationships that are personalized, proactive, and predictive across marketing, sales, and service. We showed how Microsoft CRM can help you deliver amazing customer experiences.
||Robert Fitzer, Solution Specialist
|October 22, 2015
||Studio Chateau is a web-based option selection and management program that provides a complete purchasing, contracting, and financial operating environment for the home builder and design center. This webinar focused on how home buyers can maximize their design experience using an online catalog of options available for their new home and showed how Studio Chateau is a perfect solution for home builders, home buyers, design centers, and sub-contractors.
||Carolyn Little, President
|August 20, 2015
||We gave participants an overview of InformXL and discussed the base product as well as highlighted pivot tables and client-specific reports, some of which have been developed in-house and others by third parties. Additionally, participants got a sneak peek of the soon-to-be-released dashboards and other business intelligence tools.
||Dan Smilanick, Center 6
|July 23, 2015
||Best Practices for Compliance
||Compliance isn't just for Public Companies anymore. Current regulations, such as for Privacy, Company Health Plans, Credit Cards, and Sarbanes-Oxley are converging and constantly changing. In this webinar we learned about these important regulations, which ones you have to prepare for, and how to stay compliant without having to change your business model.
||Karen Chamberlain, Cornerstone Solutions
|June 28, 2015
||This webinar gave participants an overview of LandDev. LandDev was developed by Chuck Cosby to support the land development phases of construction from acquisition through the delivery of finished lots. We highlighted its interfaces with many popular back-office accounting systems and discussed LandDev's integration with familiar Microsoft applications. We saw how LandDev sends bid requests, purchase orders, back-charge notifications, and payment information to contractors through the email system as Excel spreadsheets and PDF's. Chuck also talked about how LandDev supports Cloud based 'Collaboration' with investors, partners, contractors and others who need information about projects, and much more!
||Chuck Cosby, CEO
|May 25, 2015
||In this webinar we learned how to keep trades and vendors connected to your organization and reduce calls to the back office with this custom website. VendorLink is powered by Newstar Enterprise and designed to provide important information to your trades to keep them informed. This vendor site includes: schedules, documents, purchase orders, account payments, and communications. We saw dashboards, schedules, purchase orders, account payments and more. Lastly, we went through how to implement this product from scheduling to kick off. Information is LIVE from your Newstar database, so it can be trusted anytime, anywhere. Never re-enter information or waste time on the phone.
||Kathy Mortensen, Cornerstone Partner