Success & Security
We've been improving construction management through tech since 1984.
As their Success Stories demonstrate below, project owners and construction management firms confidently rely on VPO's experience, expertise, flexibility, and security.
Credibility & Confidence
Like the customers featured in these Success Stories, every VPO customer knows they can count on us--and on Microsoft.
It’s critical to establish security rights when project participants in various roles are collaborating in a shared space. You must ensure that each team member can get all the information they should have--and none of the information they shouldn’t. We work with you to determine role-based permissions for each VPO capability. We can even set up item-level permissions so that people can only see details involving their organization or their user ID. This is particularly important, of course, for confidential information like Change Orders, Applications for Payment, and Bid documents.
Microsoft takes every precaution to make sure that your environment is up and running 99.9% of the time. Your data is yours. You own it; you control it. We invite you to learn more about Microsoft’s commitments, and read information about security, privacy, and compliance, at the Microsoft Trust Center.
Meet Paul Buckley, P.E., CCM, CMAA Authorized Trainer
Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Anser Advisory (formerly SIMPLUS)
"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."
Meet Justina Hyland
Former Director, Project Management Office, Adobe
"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."
Meet Brian Mecham, S.E.
Construction Management Lead, Bowen Collins & Associates
"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."
Meet Pam McBroome
Construction & Finance Supervisor, Nucor
"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."
Meet Brianna Navarro
Construction/Project Manager, KPFF Consulting Engineers
"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."
Meet Roger McClain
Public Utilities Engineering Manager, Park City Municipal Corporation
"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."
Meet Sheree Thomas
President, SB Thomas & Associates, Inc.
"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."
Meet Mark Fedor
CEO/Owner, Morgan Engineering
"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."
Meet Owen Cooks
Former Assistant Vice Chancellor of Planning, Design and Construction, University of Pittsburgh
"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."