You're unique, so our relationship is too.
Features and functionality are only part of the story, and your team's needs are different from other customers' requirements. That's our expectation, so you can expect us to treat your business differently. We're not like Big Software. We're a WBE delivering a flexible, full-service solution with a personal touch.
We understand. We're with you. We've got this.
A VPO subscription gets you everything you should expect from a comprehensive project management information system or construction management information system (PMIS/CMIS). But we're more than the minimum.
With VPO, you're not just getting a product. You're getting a partner.
Nimble and flexible, we’re a full-service team for all of your users--both internal and external to your organization. Plus we have the AEC experience and tech expertise you need to supercharge your construction project management from concept through closeout.
So with VPO, you're not just:
- Increasing efficiency, accountability, and effectiveness in managing complex AEC projects
- Improving previously manual processes
- Managing project workflows, handling document and file management, and facilitating scheduling and task assignments
- Helping participants find, share, and update project information
- Measuring, tracking, and reporting on progress against budgets, plans, and schedules
- Providing for centralized communications and correspondence
- Customizing as desired to streamline and enforce your own processes--without having to wait around for Big Software
- Fully onboarded and using VPO within just weeks, enjoying the familiarity of Office 365--with training, administration, and support for all internal and external users
- Confidently relying on role-based permissions, and the security and uptime of the tried-and-true Microsoft cloud
- Leveraging nearly four decades of AEC service, professional Oracle Primavera history, and tech expertise
- Continually collaborating with partners who understand how important--and how challenging--it is for multi-firm teams to complete complex builds on time, on budget, and on good terms
- Benefiting from supplier diversity by working with a certified WBE
Your Requirements & Challenges, Matched with Our Experience & Expertise
We're listening, and we hear you. Having served architecture, engineering, and construction project teams since 1984--from concept through closeout--one thing we've learned is that every customer is unique.
Because we deliver your solution in Microsoft 365, the interface and user experience feel just like many applications that your team members already know. You won’t have to spend time and effort adjusting to a proprietary system that demands a steep learning curve.
We deliver VPO in the Microsoft 365 cloud, so not only is it flexible and easy to use, but it's also safe to rely on.
Plus, we're lean and nimble rather than being a hefty enterprise system, so we deploy within just weeks, not months.
Brian Mecham, Principal Engineer and Construction Lead, Bowen Collins & Associates
Justina Hyland, in her former role as Director, Project Management Office, Adobe
Sheree Thomas, President, SB Thomas & Associates, Inc.
Roger McClain, Public Utilities Engineering Manager, Park City Municipal Corporation
We're with you.
We’re the Implementation, Training, Customization, Administration, and Support team for all of your users--both internal and external to your organization. Because we’re your end-to-end provider for onboarding and help, when your users have questions, we’re the ones who respond.
You won’t need to get your IT professionals involved to install or maintain VPO either. That's our job.
Lean on us for user adoption too. We record custom, role-based training sessions, live, for all of your participants.
Our customers report that their internal and external users get proactive, responsive, and thorough care. In addition to approaching user interactions with a can-do attitude, VPO Support team members are skilled and well-informed because they work in close connection not only with the rest of our Customer Success team, but also with VPO Product Management.
“This product is the most bang for your buck as far as construction management tools go. And the best part is, it’s totally customizable, so it’s set up exactly as I want it for maximum ease of use and efficiency on my projects. The fact that VPO utilizes Microsoft 365 applications is a huge advantage because many clients and contractors do not have a lot of experience using technology but are generally familiar with Microsoft applications."
Brianna Navarro, Associate, Construction & Project Management, KPFF Consulting Engineers
“I just know at a high level, after having worked with those other systems at other universities, that those big out-of-the-box products. . .come with less customization. You’ve got to stick with what you get out of the box. There’s also a lot more overhead in terms of maintenance on the owner side. VPO is a nice blend. We can customize most things we want. It just feels a little easier. . .Laura Nee and her team at VPO helped us pick the priorities based on where our greatest needs were. My staff was used to doing things a certain way, so we needed to take baby steps. VPO is scaled in a way that allows this kind of flexible implementation."
Owen Cooks, in his former role as Assistant Vice Chancellor of Design and Construction, University of Pittsburgh
We've got this.
With a professional history in providing Oracle Primavera software and services, we've been improving construction project management through tech since 1984. In a world of start-ups, we're a stay-up.
We created VPO in 2008 because while helping our AEC customers optimize their internal teams’ work, we began to see that a multi-firm team would build better, together, by working “at” their construction project’s own state-of-the-art office in the cloud.
We're successful because we partner with each owner or construction management firm to understand their unique needs, customize where and how they choose, administer VPO for them, and continually enhance both our work and theirs through creativity and teamwork.
We’re proud of both our longevity and our ingenuity. Having understood and adapted to changing needs and circumstances, not only have we been in business since 1984, and more than quadrupled our team's size since launching VPO in 2008, but also a quarter of our employees have been here for over 15 years. We're also proud of our status as a certified Women's Business Enterprise (WBE). We've been woman-owned and woman-led since 1998.
Supercharging construction project management, we're connecting the disparate, centralizing the scattered, securing the unprotected, organizing the chaotic, simplifying the complex, streamlining the cumbersome, optimizing the inefficient, standardizing the inconsistent, facilitating the laborious, and vanquishing the vexing--together as a team.
VPO employees, customers, and users come together and work as partners so they can turn the corner and reach project completion with success and satisfaction.
We help our customers’ construction project teams build better, together.
“VPO is so easy to use and implement that we’ve found that we don’t need to add additional staff on larger projects. . .Other systems out there are enterprise solutions. You have to have a full-time staff person to administer it. An entire IT department has to set up securities, whether it’s one project or 10 projects. Just the cost to implement something like that is astronomical.”
Paul Buckley, P.E., CCM
Senior Vice President, Anser Advisory
“We are not a construction firm. We are a steel-making company that is growing rapidly with several large construction projects going on at the same time. Previously, each division had its own approach to managing its construction projects, and the construction group was searching to find common practices to track ongoing projects. With a growing number of ‘brownfield’ and ‘greenfield’ projects, we realized we needed a single, cloud-based platform with heightened security protocols to bring consistency, standardization, repeatability, and greater efficiency to the way that we manage our internal construction projects.”
Pam McBroome, Construction & Finance Supervisor, Nucor
“The VPO platform enables us to work as if we are all in the same room when in reality, we’re dispersed across the country or overseas. . .Working with our customers becomes more of a collaborative, interdependent effort, which ultimately facilitates change management. We are saving time, controlling costs, maximizing resource utilization, increasing throughput, and making fewer mistakes--which were our goals when we implemented the VPO solution. VPO was able to tweak and customize our dashboards and get us up and running right away. The VPO training methodology was also spectacular. After a couple weeks of training and remote support from VPO, we began operating on the platform. Our people embraced it right away because it made their jobs easier. . .today we don’t know how we would operate without it.”
Mark Fedor, CEO, Morgan Engineering
On Budget, On Time & On Good Terms
The difference between VPO and off-the-shelf applications from Big Software? It's our people.
Each VPO team member is dedicated to the success of our customers and our colleagues. Our motto and core values reflect that dedication.
As their Success Stories demonstrate, project owners and construction management firms rely on VPO's experience, expertise, flexibility, and security.
VPO becomes the primary source of truth for all of our consultants. It’s the site of record for any drawing and document, for any project, for real-time reference anywhere, anytime. Everyone was setting up their own project sites in SharePoint. The lack of consistency was a major problem. We didn’t have one central place where we can look at the entire portfolio of projects. It was a much more decentralized delivery process.
Everything is within the realm of implementation with VPO. If I’m out of the office and if somebody wants to know about a bid on a project, that information is available right there on my phone. I’m not going to have to chase down a project manager who may be unavailable. The ability to run what-if reports on how many projects we have bidding next week, for example, really helps. We will then be able to translate that data into a more robust way to tackle workload management.
The VPO platform enables us to work as if we are all in the same room when, in reality, we’re dispersed across the country or overseas, instead of having project communications and interactions become fragmented by relying on email, everyone involved in the project can access the platform to stay on the same page. Working with our customers becomes more of a collaborative, interdependent effort, which ultimately facilitates change management. We are saving time, controlling costs, maximizing resource utilization, increasing throughput, and making fewer mistakes--which were our goals when we implemented the VPO solution.
We are not a construction firm. We are a steel-making company that is growing rapidly with several large construction projects going on at the same time. Previously, each division had its own approach to managing its construction projects, and the construction group was searching to find common practices to track ongoing projects. . .We realized we needed a single, cloud-based platform with heightened security protocols to bring consistency, standardization, repeatability, and greater efficiency to the way that we manage our internal construction projects.
Because many of our clients are public entities such as schools and authorities, their projects carry more stringent documentation management and records archiving requirements to maintain transparency into a project’s execution. Many people don’t realize just how much paper and documentation are involved with public construction projects, and streamlining the flow of documents and automating, managing, and archiving communications are an important part of the services that we provide.
Our clients hire us to keep projects on schedule and under budget without sacrificing quality or cutting corners. VPO is a great tool for helping us consistently achieve those goals while maximizing resource utilization. Documents are located and questions are answered a lot faster, and the system saves us a ton of time, and money because there’s no extraneous effort to locate information or documentation. Everything is so easy to access or update, and everything is tracked. There’s no need to do things by hand or make manual updates.
As our construction management business continued to grow—and we had more projects to manage concurrently—we began looking for a better, more organized, single-platform solution. While all of the vendors could handle the basics of processing submittals and change orders, we wanted a solution that was more customizable. With VPO, we’ve streamlined our workflows, improved communications with clients and contractors, and have realized an effective quality control function in the process.
With VPO, SIMPLUS [since acquired by Anser Advisory] is more productive. We do more with less people, take on more work, and make more money. It’s also been a tool that our clients have embraced, making them more productive. VPO is so easy to use and implement that we’ve found that we don’t need to add additional staff on larger projects. VPO helps reduce that need, adds value, and makes us more competitive. We’re doing much more with less people, resulting in higher revenue.
VPO is compartmentalized very well and provides the access control tools that we need to automate information flows as well as workflows. By managing user access and tying that access into workflows, we are realizing additional efficiencies as well as the heightened transparency required of a governmental entity. And, at the end of the project, everything is archived, preserving a public record on every project.