TCG announces AECCloud Suite 2013 for the AEC Industry

New Press release out today.  The Cram Group announces AECCloud Suite 2013 for the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) Industry.  Next level cloud service delivers business driven transparency for industry specific IT solutions. [View Press Release]

Constructech Recognizes 50 Companies to Lead Technology Transformation

Carol Stream, Ill., July 5, 2012 – Where will your IT department stand in a few months? How about in a few years? This is the question on the minds of construction professionals across the industry. Today, with the announcement of the Constructech 50, Constructech magazine aims to make the future just a bit clearer. [View Press Release]

The Cram Group Announces Version 5 Update to Suite of Award Winning Software for the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Industry

NEW YORK, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cram Group, a Microsoft Certified Hosting and Development partner announces Version 5 of their suite of award winning software for the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Industry.  Updates to Application Management, Support Services, Electronic Invoicing, and The OBA Store applications deliver on TCG's Same or Higher Quality, Same or Lower Cost mindset and cloud standards. [View Press Release]

The Cram Group Announces Standards Based Suite of Cloud Offerings Focused on the AEC Industry

NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cram Group, a pioneer of application consulting, hosting and software management solutions for the AEC Industry announces a refreshed suite of business driven offerings focused on the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Industry.  Offerings include cloud hosting, software, and services based on The Cram Group's multi award winning successes since 2001. [View Press Release]

Meridian Systems Honors Top Partners for 2010 | TCG Named Consulting Partner of the Year

FOLSOM, Calif. (February 18, 2011) – Meridian Systems, the Plan-Build-Operate technology solutions leader for project-based organizations, recognized its top partners for 2010. Meridian’s global reseller network enhances customers’ investments in Meridian software solutions by providing in-depth industry experience and value-added implementation and training services. Top partner recognition went to those companies that demonstrated performance and customer service excellence in 2010. “We continue to see market opportunity in the construction project management and infrastructure building space, and congratulate our top partners,” said Geene Alhady, general manager, Meridian Systems. ”Our partners’ 2010 performance proves that providing construction project management software and services within local markets offers increased opportunities for success and growth.”

Value Added Partner of the Year ROTECH Consulting was named Meridian Value Added Reseller (VAR) Partner of the Year. This award recognizes partners who have exhibited sales and customer solution excellence in providing innovative services based on Meridian Systems Prolog® solutions.

ROTECH Consulting provides quality implementation, support, training and scheduling services for the Prolog product line and other complementary construction software packages. Current projects supported by ROTECH range in location from Canada to Puerto Rico, and in volume from $250,000 to $1.1 billion. Since its inception, ROTECH has implemented construction software on more than 250 projects.

Consulting Partner of the Year The Cram Group (TCG) was named Meridian Consulting Partner of the Year. This award recognizes partners who have excelled at developing and delivering unique Prolog solutions tailored to specific customer requirements.

TCG provides enterprise level consulting, hosting and development services that enable construction industry stakeholders to deploy integrated technology solutions.TCG’s mission is to leverage best-of-breed products to create scalable, enterprise services and solutions to companies managing construction projects and programs.TCG professionals possess both construction domain experience and proven technology expertise.

Marketing Partner of the Year Special recognition also went to the PCI Group, who was named Meridian Marketing Partner of the Year in recognition of their continued investment in using a variety of marketing programs to build a successful business. PCI Group leveraged Meridian’s co-marketing programs, list building and branding during 2010, and also marketed their expertise through Meridian’s case study program.

PCI Group is a premier provider of Meridian's Prolog project management software solutions for organizations that want to have complete project control. With experience on more than 400 projects and $4 billion in construction contracts, PCI Group provides professional consulting, training and technical support services for successful implementation.

The Cram Group Announces ProjectXnet Cloud Hosting Services for Prolog 8

The Cram Group Announces ProjectXnet Cloud Hosting Services for Prolog 8.  Solution facilitates single point administration and collaboration with industry leading applications.

NEW YORK, Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cram Group, a Microsoft Gold Certified & Meridian Systems Gold Consulting and Development Partner, announces general availability of ProjectXnet Cloud Hosting Services for Prolog 8.  Several ENR top 400 customers have already embraced the new hosted service offering.

Some of the key features of this cloud offering includes The Cram Group's Enterprise Administration, Branding, Application Provisioning & Single Sign On (SSO) technologies.  When combined with other centralized applications, features such as SSO results in a rapid, reliable deployment that is supported with a single source of responsibility and security.

"Since 2001 our hosted offerings have evolved into the most flexible cloud platform for the construction industry.  Products like Prolog 8 enable us to showcase our service flexibility and value to our customers.  Our background in consulting and technology services led by professionals from the construction industry puts us in a unique position to offer leading solutions based on understanding core needs of the Architecture Engineering & Construction (AEC) Industry," says Justin Murphy, Business Development Manager, The Cram Group.

Prolog 8, including Prolog Manager and Prolog Converge, permits applications and people to securely connect and share construction project information over the Internet.  Based on Service Oriented Architectures and XML technology, Prolog 8 allows integration of enterprise applications, and role-based applications such as Office Business Applications (OBAs) that connect to a centralized Prolog database.  Companies with disbursed teams and collaborative partners can benefit.

About ProjectXnet Hosting Services for the AEC Industry

ProjectXnet is The Cram Group's award winning cloud hosting service focused on the management and support of turnkey solutions for the Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry.   Solutions are available in SaaS, and Traditional Licensing Models. http://www.projectxnet.com

About The Cram Group

Since 2001, The Cram Group is a leading Consulting, Hosting, and Development services provider focused on the construction industry.  Core offerings include ProjectXnet as well as  Prolog Manager and Document Locator Consulting, Implementation, Training and Support services, available through the New York City office or nationwide Certified Partner Network.  For more information, call 212-505-0381, or visit http://www.aeccloud.com.

SOURCE The Cram Group

The Cram Group Announces the One Year Anniversary of The OBA Store

NEW YORK, Dec. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The Cram Group, a Microsoft Gold Certified Meridian Systems Consulting and Development Partner, announces the one year anniversary of The OBA Store. Since its inception many ENR top 400 customers have embraced The OBA Store offering and have increased their use and efficiency of Prolog and Prolog Converge. Key features and enhancements included in The OBA Store v2 are: all 2003 and 2007 OBAs are now available ‘free’; ‘online’ sign-up for free OBAs; 2010 OBAs are available to premium subscribers; all 2010 OBAs are compatible with Windows 7 operating system; all OBAs are fully compatible with the Trimble DPS Digital Pen Solution.

“Since the introduction of The OBA Store in October of 2009 we have been developing and releasing new OBAs on a regular month schedule. The OBA Store is another example of how we are committed to innovation and technology to help construction industry leaders realize more from their technology investment. Our background in consulting and technology services led by experienced professionals from the construction industry puts us in a unique position to offer industry leading solutions based on understanding the core needs of the Architecture Engineering & Construction (AEC) Industry,” says Paul King, Director of Business Development, The Cram Group.

About The OBA Store

The OBA Store is the Online Source for Microsoft Office Business Applications (OBAs) that work with Prolog. We have OBAs for every feature supported by Prolog including RFIs, Submittals, Punch List & Company Setup. Backed by The Cram Group’s unique value, combining construction and technology industry experience, any of your OBA needs can be solved from one source. http://www.aeccloud.com/TheOBAStore/

About The Cram Group

The Cram Group is a leading Consulting, Hosting, and Development services provider focused on the construction industry. Core offerings include ProjectXnet as well as Prolog Manager and Document Locator Consulting, Implementation, Training and Support services, available through the New York City office or nationwide Certified Partner Network. For more information, call 212-505-0381, or visithttp://www.aeccloud.com.

SOURCE The Cram Group

The Cram Group announces ProjectXnet Cloud Hosting Services for Prolog Converge

The Cram Group announces ProjectXnet Cloud Hosting Services for Prolog Converge.  Solution facilitates single point administration and collaboration with industry leading applications. NEW YORK, (Mar 3, 2010) – The Cram Group, a Microsoft Gold Certified Meridian Systems Consulting and Development Partner, announces general availability of ProjectXnet Cloud Hosting Services for Prolog Converge. Several ENR top 400 customers have already embraced the new hosted service offering.

Prolog Converge adds a new web interface to the web services platform which The Cram Group has been hosting for customers since 2008. Prolog Converge permits applications and people to securely connect and share construction project information over the Internet. Designed using the latest in Service Oriented Architectures and XML technology, Prolog Converge allows organizations to integrate enterprise applications, and users to develop and use role-based applications such as Office Business Applications (OBAs) that connect to a centralized Prolog database. Companies with disbursed teams and collaborative partners can benefit from Prolog Converge as an extension to their existing investment in Prolog Manager.

One of the key features of this release includes The Cram Group's Single Sign On (SSO) functionality for Prolog Converge. When combined with other centralized applications using SSO, this results in a rapid, reliable deployment that is supported with a single source of responsibility and security.

"Since 2001 we have been evolving ProjectXnet into the most flexible cloud technology platform for the construction industry. Products like Prolog Converge enable us to showcase our service flexibility and value to our customers. Our background in consulting and technology services led by experienced professionals from the construction industry puts us in a unique position to offer industry leading solutions based on understanding the core needs of the Architecture Engineering & Construction (AEC) Industry." says Gina Rondinelli, Business Development Manager, The Cram Group.

About ProjectXnet Hosting Services for the AEC Industry ProjectXnet is The Cram Group’s award winning cloud hosting service focused on the management and support of turnkey solutions for the Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry. Solutions are available in SaaS and Traditional Licensing Models. http://www.projectxnet.com.

About The Cram Group  The Cram Group is a leading Consulting, Hosting, and Development services provider focused on the construction industry. Core offerings include ProjectXnet as well as Prolog Manager and Document Locator Consulting, Implementation, Training and Support services, available through the New York City office or nationwide Certified Partner Network. For more information, call 212-505-0381, or visit http://www.aeccloud.com.

The Cram Group, a Meridian Systems Authorized Business Systems Integrator, Launches Online Source for Prolog Office Business Applications

The Cram Group, a Meridian Systems Authorized Business Systems Integrator, Launches Online Source for Prolog Office Business Applications

Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:13pm EST

The Cram Group Now Offers the OBA Store

NEW YORK--(Business Wire)--
The Cram Group, an authorized Meridian Business System Integrator, is now
offering The OBA Store. The OBA Store is an online source for Microsoft Office
Business Applications (OBAs) that work with Prolog® software, the industry
standard for successful construction project delivery. The OBA Store is now
available on The Cram Group Web site by visiting
www.thecramgroup.com/TheOBAStore/Overview.

"The OBA Store uniquely offers a one-stop-shop for project-based organizations
looking to manage their project data in minutes rather than hours," said Wes
Smith, Principal, The Cram Group. "Prolog users can leverage our OBAs to work
online or offline to streamline daily construction processes, automate data
importing and exporting and reduce duplicate data entry."

Utilizing Web services, OBAs are built on the Microsoft Office Business
Application Platform, and allow organizations to capture the critical project
information that lives in users` spreadsheets and other Microsoft Office
applications. OBAs can extend business applications, such as Prolog, to end
users` familiar desktop productivity applications, allowing them to work the way
they want, while allowing organizations to centrally store and manage project
data in one system of record.

OBAs allow bi-directional data exchange between Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook,
and SharePoint and Prolog Manager. OBAs can be tailored to various project team
roles or to automate specific work tasks. Additionally, OBAs offer offline
capabilities, so project team members can collaborate even in a disconnected
environment.

"The Cram Group understands the benefits that OBAs provide to Prolog users who
want to further improve their construction project management best practices,"
said Bruno Berti, senior director of product management for Meridian. "Enabling
OBAs is a key business value of our Web services platform strategy; we applaud
The Cram Group`s efforts to provide this library for Prolog customers."

Backed by The Cram Group's combined experience in construction and technology,
the OBA Store offers OBAs for Prolog features including RFIs, Submittals, Punch
Lists and Company Setup. The OBA Store provides access to this wide selection of
OBAs from one location with a free trial to any user. Subscription-based
accounts range from Free, limited accounts to Premium, fee-based accounts. Other
pricing options include "Pay per OBA," "Customization of Existing OBA," and
more.

For more information on pricing options, visit
www.thecramgroup.com/TheOBAStore/PricingOptions.

About Meridian Systems

Meridian Systems, a Trimble Company, is the Plan-Build-Operate
technologysolutions leader for project-based organizations (PBO2). Building
owners, constructionand engineering firms, and public agencies use Meridian
software to effectively manage capitalbuilding programs and facility assets.
Meridian offers construction project management and infrastructure lifecycle
management solutions that reduce project costs and schedules across the
plan-build-operate project lifecycle. To learn more about how project-based
organizations are benefitting from Meridian solutions, download a user study
from FMI by visiting: www.meridiansystems.com.

About The Cram Group

The Cram Group is an industry proven provider approaching 10 years experience
with servicing Prolog and other AEC Industry applications. Based in New York
City, The Cram Group has extensive references, and maintains a certified
national partner network that can work with customers to provide local services.
The Cram Group is a Meridian Consulting Partner, Microsoft Gold Certified
Partner, and a pioneer of consulting, hosting & development services for the
Prolog Web services platform. For more information on The Cram Group, visit
http://www.aeccloud.com.

Meridian
Tamara Kaestner, 916-294-2375
Marketing Programs Manager
tkaestner@meridiansystems.com

or

The Cram Group
Gina Rondinelli, 212-505-0381
Business Development
grondinelli@thecramgroup.com

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Meridian Systems Launches Registration for 2010 User Conference in Washington DC | TCG Named Sponsor

Meridian Systems Launches Registration for 2010 User Conference in Washington DC.   Special Alumni Rate Saves Meridian Customers $400 until December 31, 2009. FOLSOM, Calif. (November 11, 2009) – Meridian Systems, the Plan-Build-Operate technology solutions leader for project-based organizations, announced today that its 2010 User Conference will be held May 24 – 26, 2010 in Washington, DC at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center.

Conference registration is now open. For a limited time, Meridian customers who attended one of the last three Meridian User Conferences can register for the 2010 event at a special discounted rate of $895.00, a savings of $400.00. This rate is only available through December 31, 2009. Alumni attendees can extend their discounted rate to their colleagues within the company. For more pricing details on the Meridian Systems 2010 User Conference, and to register, go to http://www.meridiansystems.com/newsevents/UC2010/index.asp.

This annual customer event brings together project-based organizations from several infrastructure-intensive industries to share best practices and customer case studies for Meridian’s two primary product offerings:

  • Proliance® software, the leading infrastructure lifecycle management solution that manages capital projects, programs and facilities in one system of record
  • Prolog® software, the industry standard for construction project control and transparency

Call for Speakers Now Open Meridian customers and partners interested in participating as a user conference speaker should complete a speaker submission survey for consideration. Speakers will be requested to share a company case study, project profile, or project management best practice that leverages Meridian’s Plan-Build-Operate technology solutions. Selected customer speakers will receive a significantly reduced conference registration rate. To be eligible for consideration, speaker surveys must be submitted by February 3, 2010. Visit http://my.meridiansystems.com/g/?T72WVDTX23 to complete the survey.

Meridian Systems Hall of Fame The 2010 User Conference will also feature Meridian’s second annual Customer Hall of Fame program, where inductees will be recognized during the conference general sessions. The Meridian Systems Hall of Fame recognizes project-based organizations that are best in class when it comes to managing infrastructure-intensive capital building programs and construction projects. Recipients are featured in a special Hall of Fame video on the Meridian Web site. Meridian customers may submit their nomination by April 28, 2010 by visiting http://www.meridiansystems.com/newsevents/uc2010/hall-of-fame.asp.

Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available Sponsorship opportunities are now available to Meridian technology and business partners. Participating sponsors receive direct exposure to the Meridian user community of building owners, construction and engineering firms, and public agencies. 2010 Meridian Systems User Conference sponsors already include The Cram Group and PSSGroup.

"The 2009 conference provided us with several business development opportunities with Meridian’s customer community,” said Wes Smith, principal of The Cram Group, a Meridian Authorized Business Systems Integrator and 2009 User Conference sponsor. “The 2010 conference is sure to be another invaluable event, where we can meet face-to-face with so many key people from the industry."

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mindy Matullo, marketing programs manager at mmatullo@meridiansystems.com.

The Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center Located just eight miles due south of Washington, DC, with convenient access to three major airports, the hotel is just 15 minutes away from our nation's capital. Part of the Gaylord Hotels family—world renowned for first-class conference and meeting facilities and service—Gaylord National was designed for the comfort and ease of the meeting and convention attendees with everything you need under one roof, including restaurants, shopping, networking areas, a business center and much more. For more information about the Gaylord National please visit www.gaylordhotels.com.

About Meridian Systems Meridian Systems, a Trimble Company (NASDAQ: TRMB), is the Plan-Build-Operate technology solutions leader for project-based organizations (PBO2 ). Building owners, construction and engineering firms, and public agencies use Meridian software to effectively manage capital building programs and facility assets. Meridian offers construction project management and infrastructure lifecycle management solutions that reduce project costs and schedules across the plan-build-operate project lifecycle. To learn more about how project-based organizations are benefitting from Meridian solutions, download a user study from FMI by visiting: www.meridiansystems.com.

Meridian Contact Tamara Kaestner, Marketing Programs Manager (916) 294 2375, tkaestner@meridiansystems.com

Houston Independent School District Standardizes on Prolog Construction Project Management Software | TCG to Provide Application Hosting

Houston Independent School District Standardizes on Prolog Construction Project Management Software.  Largest Public School System in Texas works with Meridian partner; Project 3 Technologies delivers software and implementation services. FOLSOM, Calif. (November 4, 2009) —  Meridian Systems, the Plan-Build-Operate technology solutions leader for project-based organizations, announced today that Houston Independent School District (HISD) has selected Prolog® software to standardize its construction management processes. HISD is working directly with Project 3 Technologies, a Meridian Systems Value Added Reseller (VAR), to implement Prolog Manager across the school district’s current US$1.045 billion capital improvement program.

As the largest public school system in Texas and the seventh-largest in the U.S., HISD adopted Prolog to manage multiple programs to improve construction project accountability, transparency and reporting. After a detailed evaluation and formal request for proposal (RFP) process, HISD selected Prolog as its project management solution and Project 3 Technologies as its professional services provider.

“Our goal for the implementation includes establishing a central location for all project data to be available on a standardized software platform. This will help us increase the reporting capabilities and transparency of our program managers, who are managing millions of dollars in projects,” said Willie Burroughs, general manager, HISD. “Prolog will be a crucial system to effectively manage the vast amounts of information and keep all our projects and teams on track.”

“More public owners are adopting technology in order to better manage and support the detailed reporting requirements for public sector capital programs,” said Trent Hogan, president, Project 3 Technologies. “HISD specifically wanted to deliver the transparency and frequency of reporting required by its board and local community on exactly how each public dollar is spent, driving them to standardize Prolog.”

Prolog software delivers comprehensive project management control for construction projects by automating day-to-day tasks and processes, from project design to close-out. For more information on Prolog software, call Meridian at (800) 850 2660, or visit: http://www.meridiansystems.com/products/prolog/constructionprojectmanagement.asp.

About The Houston Independent School District The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the U.S. with 296 schools and more than 200,000 students. The 301-square-mile district is one of the largest employers in the Houston metropolitan area with nearly 30,000 employees. As a result of tremendous academic gains in recent years, a record 200 HISD schools achieved Texas’ top ratings of Exemplary or Recognized in 2009. For more information about HISD, go to http://www.houstonisd.org.

About Project 3 Technologies Project 3 Technologies is a software consulting firm and Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Meridian Systems in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. With offices in Dallas and Houston, our team has experience with over 100 Prolog implementations and is focused on assisting construction and engineering clients with the selection, implementation and support of project-centric software applications. With Prolog at the core of our solution set, we offer several integrated solutions to address challenges and increase efficiencies throughout the project lifecycle. Services include business process consulting, project management, implementation, report writing, data conversions, training and technical support. For more information about Project 3 Technologies, go to www.project3tech.com.

Project 3 Technologies Contact Trent Hogan, President (214) 206 1300, thogan@project3tech.com

About Meridian Systems Meridian Systems, a Trimble Company (NASDAQ: TRMB), is the Plan-Build-Operate technology solutions leader for project-based organizations (PBO2 ). Building owners, construction and engineering firms, and public agencies use Meridian software to effectively manage capital building programs and facility assets. Meridian offers construction project management and infrastructure lifecycle management solutions that reduce project costs and schedules across the plan-build-operate project lifecycle. To learn more about how project-based organizations are benefitting from Meridian solutions, download a user study from FMI by visiting: www.meridiansystems.com.

Meridian Contact Tamara Kaestner, Marketing Programs Manager (916) 294 2375, tkaestner@meridiansystems.com

Meridian Systems Customer IMTC-MEI Honored at the 2009 Constructech Vision Awards | TCG Named as Enabler

Meridian authorized technology partners receive Enabler Awards for service excellence FOLSOM, Calif. (October 6, 2009) – Meridian Systems, the Plan-Build-Operate (PBO) technology solutions leader for project-based organizations, announced today that Constructech Magazine has honored IMTC-MEI with a Silver 2009 Vision Award. Technology Enabler awards were presented to the Cram Group, Project 3 Technologies, and Meridian Systems.

The Constructech Vision Awards honor companies that have realized the advantages of applying innovative technologies to their everyday businesses. All companies were honored during an awards ceremony following Constructech’s fourth annual Technology Day conference.

“We feel that too many companies fail to understand the benefits of identification, procurement, implementation, and the value of using the right software system. Meridian and its partners made our vision a reality,” said Shane Thomas, senior project services manager, IMTC-MEI. “This award shows that we are part of an elite group of companies that understand how technology delivers high levels of project control, ultimately lowering risk and costs.”

IMTC-MEI was awarded a Silver Vision Award in the Builder/GC Commercial $26 Million - $100 Million Category. As specialists in the fire-rebuild arena, IMTC-MEI chose to leave the software and implementation to the experts. IMTC-MEI selected Project 3 Technologies because of their experience in project controls and document management. Project 3 Technologies, a Meridian technology partner, implemented a system that could manage cost, risk and resources through a successful implementation of Prolog® software from Meridian Systems.

The Phase I implementation was completed for a Fire Rebuild project in November 2008 – a project that required extremely close cost and version control. The system was combined with the third-party hosting service ProjectXnet from the Cram Group. IMTC-MEI decided to utilize a third-party hosting service for two reasons: their projects can be located anywhere in the world and there is no allowance for system failure.

This technology solution combined with the hosting service enabled IMTC-MEI to provide data and modification access, centralized administration and standardized reporting from anywhere in the world. In addition, the solution offers access to up-to-date, real-time reporting through secure software and hosting system – giving IMTC-MEI a competitive advantage over other catastrophic rebuild companies. Security and anonymity is a requirement for IMTC-MEI’s clients, and with the combination of Prolog software, ProjectXnet and Project 3 Technologies’ services, IMTC-MEI has a secure system.

”The companies honored are truly the definition of ‘excellence’ in the construction industry. Each company has learned and benefited from the top-notch technology solutions they deploy today,” said Peggy Smedley, editorial director of Constructech. “It is important to recognize these success stories, and we want to congratulate all of the winners for their superior achievements.”

IMTC-MEI is a Subsidiary of Crown Enterprises, Inc., a Louisiana corporation. IMTC-MEI is recognized by the petrochemical industry as well as the insurance industry as a leader in Catastrophic Rebuilds, Capital Construction and Program Management.

For complete information on Constructech Vision Awards, please visit Constructech Magazine .

Read the Constructech Vision Awards Case Study. About The Cram Group The Cram Group offers Prolog related consulting, training and programming services for customers in the real estate, design & construction industry. The Cram Group has offices in New York, NY. For more information on The Cram Group, visit http://www.aeccloud.com.

About Project 3 Technologies Project 3 Technologies is a software consulting firm and a Meridian Systems technology partner located in Texas. With offices in Dallas and Houston, Project 3 Technologies has experience with over 100 Prolog implementations and is focused on assisting construction and engineering clients with the selection, implementation and support of project-centric software applications. For more information on Project 3 Technologies, visit www.project3tech.com. About Meridian Systems Meridian Systems, a Trimble Company (NASDAQ: TRMB), is the Plan-Build-Operate technology solutions leader for project-based organizations (PBO2 ). Building owners, construction and engineering firms, and public agencies use Meridian software to effectively manage capital building programs and facility assets. Meridian offers construction project management and infrastructure lifecycle management solutions that reduce project costs and schedules across the plan-build-operate project lifecycle. To learn more about how project-based organizations are benefitting from Meridian solutions, download a user study from FMI by visiting: www.meridiansystems.com. Meridian Contact Tamara Kaestner, Marketing Programs Manager (916) 294 2375, tkaestner@meridiansystems.com 

Bright Horizons Uses ProjectXnet Hosting Services to Improve Cost Management and Collaborative Workflow

Bright Horizons Uses ProjectXnet Hosting Services to Improve Cost Management and Collaborative Workflow

NEW YORK, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Bright Horizons Family Solutions (www.brighthorizons.com) a leading provider of employer-sponsored child care uses ProjectXnet to improve electronic processes.

When the company moved away from an individual and paper-based system in 2004, they turned to Meridian Systems' Prolog Manager Software for its project management. The Cram Group began hosting Bright Horizons' Construction and Facilities software needs remotely. It developed a solution that gave Bright Horizons' project managers an integrated suite of software that included Prolog Manager from Meridian Systems, Microsoft Office, and Columbiasoft's Document Locator.

While Bright Horizons' IT department was not familiar with the software and workflow required, The Cram Group was. Wes Smith of The Cram Group explained, "Bright Horizons' needs were three-pronged: It had an IT availability issue, new applications that needed integration and configuration, and they needed long-term user support."

After one weekend of implementation and a short time period for the necessary testing and training, Bright Horizons has seen an improvement in information sharing, cost management, and the approval processes required by the organization. "Everything works faster now. We have the customization and customer service we need." Says Carole Mehan, Manager of Controls & Procedures at Bright Horizons.

Read the entire case study at: http://www.projectxnet.com/Customers/CaseStudies/

About Bright Horizons

Bright Horizons Family Solutions (www.brighthorizons.com) is the world's leading provider of employer-sponsored child care, back-up care, early education, and work/life solutions. The company operates more than 700 child care and early education centers across the U.S., in Europe, and Canada. Bright Horizons was recently named one of FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For in America."

About ProjectXnet Hosting Services for the AEC Industry

ProjectXnet is The Cram Group's award winning online hosting service focused on the management and support of turnkey solutions for the Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry. Solutions are available in SaaS and Traditional Licensing Models. http://www.projectxnet.com

About The Cram Group

The Cram Group is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and Meridian Systems Consulting and Developer Network partner focused on providing enterprise level Consulting, Hosting, and Development services to the AEC Industry. Core offerings include ProjectXnet online services and Support as well as Prolog Manager & Document Locator Consulting, Implementation, Training and Support services, available through their New York City office or nationwide Certified Partner Network. For more information, call 212-505-0381, or visit http://www.aeccloud.com.

SOURCE The Cram Group

The Cram Group Makes Constructech's 2009 List of Hottest Companies

The Cram Group Makes Constructech's 2009 List of Hottest Companies

NEW YORK, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cram Group, the industry proven provider of online services and support for the construction industry has been named one of 2009's Hottest Companies by Constructech Magazine.

The Constructech editorial team considered various criteria when determining the 2009 winners from some 200 considered companies. Some of those criteria included having a strong product/service aimed at the construction industry, customer satisfaction and growth, as well as outreach and educational efforts for the construction industry.

"We are excited to be recognized among a list of so many great companies, many of which we have worked with for years," says Gina Rondinelli, Business Development Manager for The Cram Group. "Our services business revolves around more than 10 of these companies products and this shows as technology evolves, so does the need to have experts like us tie it all together and provide a single source of support," says Rondinelli.

The Cram Group's ProjectXnet Online Hosting & Support Service is a centralized service offering. Areas of focus include office management, project controls, document management, financials, scheduling and BIM. "We have remained focused on our vision to converge construction domain expertise with on demand technology, and this is proof of the value our customers and thought leaders are seeing in our service offerings," says Wes Smith, Principal of The Cram Group.

About ProjectXnet Hosting Services for the AEC Industry

ProjectXnet is The Cram Group's award winning online hosting service focused on the management and support of turnkey solutions for the Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry. Over 20 products are supported. Core specialties include Prolog Manager Hosting, Prolog Connect and Document Locator Hosting combined with their Office Suite of Microsoft Professional applications. Key mobility offerings include Encompass Mobile Hosting and support for BlackBerry and iPhone mobile devices. Solutions are available in SaaS and Traditional Licensing Models. http://www.projectxnet.com.

About The Cram Group

The Cram Group is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and Meridian Systems Consulting and Developer Network partner focused on providing enterprise level Consulting, Hosting, and Development services to the AEC Industry. Core offerings include ProjectXnet online services and Support as well as Prolog Manager & Document Locator Consulting, Implementation, Training and Support services, available through their New York City office or nationwide Certified Partner Network. For more information, call 212-505-0381, or visit http://www.aeccloud.com.

SOURCE The Cram Group

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Meridian Systems Announces New Prolog Developer Network Program | TCG Named Inaugural Member

Meridian Systems Announces New Prolog Developer Network Program.  Customers and Partners Can Leverage Technical Resources to Extend Prolog, the Leading Construction Project Management Software
Business Wire

FOLSOM, Calif. -- July 22, 2009

Meridian Systems, the Plan-Build-Operate technology solutions leader for
project-based organizations, announced today the Prolog Developer Network
(PDN), a developer-oriented program that is now available to Meridian
customers and technology partners who intend to extend Prolog^® software
solutions on their own. PDN subscribers can access shared knowledge, tools and
technical resources to effectively build Prolog integrations, and quickly
leverage the power of Prolog Connect, a new Web Services development platform
for Prolog software.

“Meridian’s market leadership in construction project management software
continues to drive innovative programs, such as PDN,” said Sallie Sutter, vice
president, client services, Meridian Systems. “PDN uniquely supports its
members with easy access to a variety of expert resources, allowing customers
and partners to reduce costs and save time when extending Prolog to other
business systems and applications.”

PDN subscribers can access and leverage a library of core software when
developing integrated applications between Prolog and other systems, as well
as make use of framework tools to develop new Office Business Applications
(OBAs). OBAs streamline how project-team members and contributors interact
between Prolog and Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook. With PDN, subscribers
can quickly customize the preconfigured OBAs included in the Prolog Connect
Collaboration Pack.

PDN allows members to greatly increase the development efficiencies and rates
of success of by accessing a catalog of common development patterns and code
samples provided by peer subscribers and Meridian Technical Services.
Subscribers can also receive mentorship opportunities by periodically
requesting design reviews from the PDN community.

Finally, subscribers will have access to shared knowledge where members can
network and share successes and challenges to reduce cost and save time
building integrations or extensions by accessing tools created by subscriber
peers and Meridian Technical Services.

Meridian welcomes the following partners and customers as new PDN members:

 American Reprographics Company (ARC)                       NoteVault
 Adenium Systems                                            PCI Group
 Bovis Lend Lease                                           Southern Precision
 CubisOne                                                   Stantec
 Data Builder, Inc.                                         Turner
 Dimension 5 Solutions                                      The Cram Group
 Kelar Pacific                                              Vela Systems
 Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM)

PDN subscribers can validate their development skills by earning an
individual, technical certification (Meridian Developer) at no additional
cost. A Meridian Developer certification spotlights individuals who can
deliver the highest level of support for Prolog Manager software.
Certification requires completion of an online exam and four development case
studies.

For more information on PDN visit:
www.meridiansystems.com/products/proliance/developernetwork.asp.

About Meridian Systems

Meridian Systems, a Trimble Company (NASDAQ: TRMB), is the Plan-Build-Operate
technology  solutions leader for project-based organizations (PBO^2). Building
owners, construction  and engineering firms, and public agencies use Meridian
software to effectively manage capital  building programs and facility assets.
Meridian offers construction project management and infrastructure lifecycle
management solutions that reduce project costs and schedules across the
plan-build-operate project lifecycle. To learn more about how project-based
organizations are benefitting from Meridian solutions, download a user study
from FMI by visiting: www.meridiansystems.com.

Contact:

Meridian
Tamara Kaestner, Marketing Programs Manager, 916-294-2375
tkaestner@meridiansystems.com

The Cram Group Offers Prolog Connect via ProjectXnet Hosting Service

The Cram Group Offers Prolog Connect via ProjectXnet Hosting Service.  Solution facilitates collaboration for Prolog Manager Customers and collaborators.

NEW YORK, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cram Group now offers Prolog Connect from Meridian systems via their ProjectXnet hosting service. Several ENR top 400 customers have already embraced the new hosted service offering.

Prolog Connect is a Web Services platform extension for Prolog Manager that permits applications and people to securely connect and share construction project information over the Internet regardless of location, type of system or technology. Designed using the latest in Service Oriented Architectures and XML technology, Prolog Connect allows organizations to integrate enterprise applications, and users to develop and use role-based applications that connect to a centralized Prolog database.

Companies with disbursed teams and collaborative partners can benefit from Prolog Connect as an extension to their existing investment in Prolog Manager. The solution hosted in one location, along with other mission critical applications results in a rapid, reliable deployment that is supported by a single source of responsibility.

"Since 2001 we have been hosting a wide range of applications for construction industry participants. We also have a strong background in implementation led by experienced professionals from the construction industry. This puts us in a unique position to offer industry leading hosted solutions while understanding the needs of the Architecture Engineering & Construction (AEC) Industry. Combined with our in-house development capabilities we can also provide customers maximum flexibility to customize their solutions," says Gina Rondinelli, Business Development Manager, The Cram Group.

About ProjectXnet Hosting Services for the AEC Industry

ProjectXnet is an industry leading hosting service focused on the management and support of turnkey solutions for the Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry. Over 15,000 users from international and regional companies rely on ProjectXnet technologies daily. Services are available for more than 20 applications from key industry vendors. Other core offerings include, integrated remote desktops based on Microsoft Office & Exchange Email, as well as support for BlackBerry and iPhone mobile devices. Solutions are available in SaaS and Traditional Licensing Models.

About The Cram Group

The Cram Group provides enterprise level Consulting, Hosting, and Development services that enable Corporations and Construction Industry participants to deploy integrated technology solutions for today's ever changing business processes.

For more information, call 212-505-0381, or go to http://www.aeccloud.com.

SOURCE The Cram Group

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The J Companies Receives 2008 Constructech Vision Award for Innovative Use of Technology

NEW YORK, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Constructech Magazine has honored The J Companies with a Gold Award in the Builder/GC Commercial $6-$25 million category at the 2008 Vision Awards held August 21 in Chicago. The Constructech Vision Awards honor companies that have realized the advantages of applying innovative technologies to their everyday businesses. Technology Enabler awards were also awarded to Meridian Systems and The Cram Group, an authorized Meridian technology partner, for consulting and development services for Prolog(R) Software. "The 2008 Vision Awards winners exemplify the drive and innovation necessary to be successful in the construction industry," said Mike Carrozzo, editor of Constructech Magazine. "As the impressive group of previous Vision Award winners has done, these companies have chosen to improve their businesses by implementing leading-edge technology solutions, serving their customers more efficiently. Each of them deserves the recognition they have achieved this evening."

Any company involved in residential, commercial, and heavy construction, subcontractors in all trades, architectural and engineering firms, corporate owners, facility management companies, government agencies, and land developers are eligible for these awards.

J Companies was awarded due to their innovative use of technology and their decision to work with The Cram Group, a New York City based AEC Industry technology consulting firm, to implement their ProjectXnet ASP and managed hosting services. This resulted in an integrated deployment and continued service provision for Accounting, Project Management, Document Management, Email and Mobile communications. Specific products were Master Builder, Prolog Manager, Document Locator, Microsoft Office and Blackberry devices.

"By employing on-demand technology and consulting resources, our staff spends less time waiting and more time doing business," says Robert J. Brot, principal, The J Companies. "Additionally, the ongoing evolution of our structured processes supports implementation of standards that lead to better organization and efficiency. This in turn enables more time to be spent focused on educating employees on the 'business of the business,' resulting in quicker development of industry professionals, and ultimately a more satisfying work experience."

For complete information on Constructech Vision awards, please visit http://www.specialtypub.com/constructech/press.asp?release_id=86.

About The Cram Group

The Cram Group is an industry proven provider of software implementation, training, development, and managed hosting services focused on the AEC industry. They provide extensive project management related technology services to ENR top 400 companies, smaller general contractors and owners companies such as Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Turner Construction Company, The New York Times Real Estate Division and The Pentagon Renovation Program. Their ProjectXnet Managed Hosting Services are used by small and large companies worldwide. The Cram Group is headquartered in New York City, NY. For more information, call 212-505-0381, or go to http://www.aeccloud.com/

About The J Companies

The J Companies were founded by Allan J., David J. and Robert J. Brot, three brothers who grew up in the contracting business. The J Companies concentrates on construction, development, pre-construction planning consulting and construction monitoring with experience in every aspect of residential or commercial real estate and construction. Additionally, there is no aspect of the real estate business that they fail to approach with a builder's sensibility. With roots that go back more than 50 years, The J Companies offer a practical realism to every project in which they are involved. For more information: visit http://www.thejcompanies.com/.

  Contact:
  Nelli Timasheva
  The Cram Group
  +1-212-505-0381 Ext. 2
  ntimasheva@thecramgroup.com

CONTACT: Nelli Timasheva of The Cram Group, +1-212-505-0381 Ext. 2, ntimasheva@thecramgroup.com

Web Site: http://www.specialtypub.com/constructech/press.asp?release_id=86 http://www.aeccloud.com/ http://www.thejcompanies.com/

Faithful+Gould Has Signed a Multi-Year Enterprise Agreement With ProjectXnet

Faithful+Gould Has Signed a Multi-Year Enterprise Agreement With ProjectXnet NEW YORK, July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Faithful+Gould has signed a multi-year, enterprise-wide agreement to host Epoch and other software applications on ProjectXnet, The Cram Group's managed hosting service. ProjectXnet enables Faithful+Gould's clients and project teams to host industry standard applications.

Epoch, the Faithful+Gould program and contract cost management solution, has been created by Faithful+Gould's in-house team of IT specialists. Epoch's open architecture allows seamless integration with other applications and systems used by project controls professionals and by client organizations. The solution is specifically implemented for major clients across a number of industrial sectors to enable access to cost information for all project stakeholders. Through ProjectXnet's hosting capabilities, Epoch is able to play a major role in Faithful+Gould's success with world class companies like BP, Amgen, and General Mills. Epoch is guiding companies through the process of planning and executing the construction and maintenance of their strategic capital facilities.

"ProjectXnet has brought a significant benefit to our customer base by web-enabling Epoch," says Mark White, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President for Faithful+Gould. "The support and close working relationship we have with the ProjectXnet operations team is critical for Epoch's success and the adaptation of our rapidly expanding customer base."

By offering Epoch to clients via ProjectXnet, Faithful+Gould enables owners' project controls team to effectively manage all program and project cost functions from any computer with an Internet connection. Further, the ability to host multiple applications within a ProjectXnet environment also allows Epoch to integrate with 3rd party solutions used for estimating, scheduling, web-based reporting and project dash boarding.

About The Cram Group & ProjectXnet The Cram Group is an industry proven provider of software implementation, training, development, and managed hosting services focused on the AEC industry. They provide extensive project management related technology services to ENR top 400 companies, smaller general contractors and owners companies such as Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Turner Construction Company, The New York Times Real Estate Division and The Pentagon Renovation Program. The Cram Group is headquartered in New York City, NY. For more information, call 212-505-0381, or go to www.thecramgroup.com, www.projectxnet.com.

About Faithful+Gould Faithful+Gould is a construction consultant and member of the WS Atkins group of companies (www.atkinsglobal.com). As one of the world's leading total solutions providers for the built environment, Faithful+Gould has been providing support services to private companies and the public sector for more than 60 years. The firm supplies services to clients in the aviation and transport, commercial, education, energy, food and beverage, government, health care, hospitality, and pharmaceutical industries. Headquartered in New York City, Faithful+Gould employs more than 580 professionals in 24 cities throughout the U.S. For additional information please visit www.fgould.com.

SOURCE The Cram Group

Hottest Companies Award Winners for 2005

Carol Stream, Ill., July 7, 2005 – Constructech Commercial magazine, a leader in identifying technology and automation solutions for the commercial construction market, today announced the winners of its third annual Technology and Automation’s Hottest Awards. The July issue of Constructech Commercial will profile the winners in the commercial space and the August issue of Constructech Residential will highlight the winners in the residential market. “I would like to congratulate all of the commercial solution providers that were named a winner of this year’s Technology and Automation’s Hottest Award,” says Editorial Director Peggy Smedley. “The success of these companies continues to indicate a changing sentiment in the industry towards the use of technology.”

Of the many entries received, Constructech editors chose a select seventeen solutions providers as “Hot,” five designated as “Companies To Watch,” and two selected as “Up and Coming” companies.

Those chosen as “Hot” include: Accubid, Concord, Ont.; Autodesk, San Rafael, Calif.;Citadon, San Francisco, Calif.; Computer Methods Intl. Corp., Toronto, Ont.; Cyntergy Technology, Tulsa, Okla.; Deltek, Herndon, Va.; HeadsUp Technologies, Overland Park, Kan.; Intuit Construction Business Solutions, Santa Rosa, Calif.; Meridian Systems, Folsom, Calif.; Primavera Systems, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.; Sage Software, Reston, Va.; Skire Inc., Menlo Park, Calif.; Tally Systems, San Diego, Calif.; The Cram Group, New York, N.Y.; USGN, Phoenix, Ariz.; WennSoft, New Berlin, Wis.; and WinEstimator, Kent, Wash.

The five companies chosen as “Companies to Watch” are: Corecon Technologies Inc., Huntington Beach, Calif.; E-Ring Inc., Madison, Ala.; Explorer-Software Inc., West Vancouver, B.C.; GiveMePower Corp., Calgary, Alta.; and ToolWatch Corp., Englewood, Colo.

Additionally, the two companies chosen as “Up and Coming” are: Congistics Corp., Wilton, Conn.; and FieldRanger, Portland, Ore.

“The editors of Constructech are excited to honor these companies for their innovative solutions,” says Senior Associate Editor Mike Carrozzo. “What is very encouraging for the market is the broad mix of products that were named hot this year.”

The Technology and Automation’s Hottest Awards are open to any technology or automation vendor with an innovative product that targets the construction and facility management communities. Nominees were judged based on their responses to the following:

  • Description of product/service and what makes it unique.
  • Growth record for the past three years.
  • What makes your company “hot” compared to your competitors?
  • What accomplishments or hurdles has your company had to overcome?
  • Any awards or recognitions that your company had received.

If you would like to purchase the July issue of Constructech Commercial to read the complete story on these companies, please contact Dawn DeStefano atddestefano@constructech.com.

For more information please contact Mike Carrozzo at 630.933.0844 ext.257 or visit the Constructech Website at www.constructech.com.

About Constructech Commercial Constructech Commercial provides an intimate view of the technology and automation solutions that are shaping the commercial construction space. With a specialized focus on the needs of the construction industry, Constructech Commercial is the one source for technology solutions in this space.