SGC Earns Amazon Web Services (AWS) Consulting Partner Status

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Solution Guidance Corporation (SGC) has successfully completed the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network process of becoming  an AWS Standard Consulting Partner. As an APN Consulting Partner, SGC helps manage, deploy and run their clients  applications on the trusted platform of the AWS Cloud, including AWS GovCloud, a separate Region designed to allow US government agencies and customers to move sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements.

To learn more about AWS GovCloud, click here!

The AWS platform enables companies across verticals to perform big data analytics and meet the challenges of the increasing volume, variety, and velocity of digital information. SGC and AWS work hand in hand to deliver a cost effect, reliable solution for our clients application infrastructure needs.

SGC has been offering Cloud Infrastructure Services since 2005.

Your Office Halloween Party

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Boo! Halloween is tomorrow already and you need a last minute crash course on how to have fun but also be prepared. Halloween is one of the most celebrated holidays of the year – no need to visit relatives or host friends for the weekend. All you need to do is throw on an appropriate costume and eat candy. Unfortunately though, Halloween isn’t for everybody. Jimmy Lin, Vice President of Product Management and Corporate Development at The Network, who helps clients with ethics and compliance issues like this every day, offered some tips for throwing a office Halloween party.

1. Set a positive tone.
2. Reiterate that participation in any and all Halloween activities in voluntary.
3. Be mindful of religion.
4. Set a Halloween dress code.
5. Reiterate the harassment policy.
6. Remind employees this is still a work function.

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“New look, same great taste!” – SGC revamps website

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We’re pleased to launch our revamped website, designed with a fresh new look, user-friendly navigation, and new features such as responsive design, interactive elements, and connections to social media. It is packed with dynamic information for our visitors, from government agencies looking for certified small businesses needed for an upcoming project, to general construction companies looking for help managing their project control applications. We’ve added a new navigation style to explore our site by our various services – AEC Project Management, Information Technology, and National Security. We have also added a general search feature on the main navigation so that you can find what you need easily. Our goal in redesigning our online home was to make it easier for you to explore our services, understand what we do, and find what you need. We hope you agree we’ve accomplished that.

We hope you enjoy exploring this new resource. We welcome feedback and suggestions for new features, please email our web team.

Three-Peat! Meridian Systems Honors Top Partner for 2013

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Solution Guidance Corporation Named Meridian Systems Value Added Reseller Partner of the Year for Third Successive Year

Meridian Systems, a leader in plan-build-operate technology solutions for project-based organizations, recognized its 2012 Value Added Reseller (VAR) Partner of the Year. 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. For the second year in a row, the top partner recognition went to Solution Guidance Corporation (SGC) for performance and customer service excellence in 2013.

“Solution Guidance Corporation, Meridian’s top solutions provider for the third year in a row, is a tremendous contributor to the success of our clients,” said Mark Sawyer, general manager of Trimble Buildings’ General Contractor Division.

“SGC’s team of experienced industry professionals understands construction management practices and leverages their expertise to provide construction firms services and methodologies that maximize the value of our solutions.”

Value Added Partner of the Year
Meridian’s VAR Partner of the Year award recognizes partners who have exhibited sales and customer solution excellence in providing innovative services based on Meridian Systems’ Prolog® construction project management solutions for contractors and other architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) firms.

SGC’s business is focused on delivering Meridian project and program management solutions to the AEC industry in both the commercial and government markets. The company has a highly-skilled professional services team that blends years of practical construction experience with more than a decade of Prolog and Proliance® software implementation experience.

SGC’s staff is committed to helping clients become more successful, productive and competitive by fully utilizing Meridian products. SGC offers a unique set of fixed-price professional services packages that provide Meridian clients with the services they need without the risk associated with an open-ended professional services agreement. Establishing scope and agreement at the beginning of a project can reduce financial surprises for a smooth implementation.

Susan G. Komen – Race for the Cure

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As a women owned business, SGC supports many women causes. One that is near and dear to our hearts is breast cancer, due to the personal experiences of several of our senior executives. As such, SGC is proud to be the largest corporate sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Team. The team, started 4 years ago by Michelle Decker with her Virginia Tech, Alpha Phi sorority sisters, has raised over $40,000 dollars. A special thanks to Rachel Hise, Meagan Cullen, and Brittany Spano for all their support, help, and friendship in our collective journey to a cure. This year’s team was the 4th largest fundraising team in the National Capital Region. They have been designated as a Power Team by the Susan G. Komen foundation and will be attending the Honoring The Promise Gala to be held on Sept 20, 2013 at Eisenhower Theater in DC.

Click here for pictures from this year’s race.

Meridian Systems Enhances Field-to-Office Construction Project Management with Introduction of Prolog 9.6 Software Redesigned mobile user interface and enhanced planning tools optimize construction team collaboration and productivity

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Meridian Systems, a Trimble Company, announced today Prolog® version 9.6, the latest upgrade to Prolog construction project management software for contractors, featuring significant updates to Prolog Mobile and other new construction field management capabilities. The redesigned Prolog Mobile offers improved navigation, simplified search and provides one-click synchronization to the Prolog database. New Plan View and Checklists features provide construction teams in the field with increased visibility into critical project data for enhancing workflow productivity and quality control.

Prolog 9.6 also includes enhancements to Prolog Converge, Meridian’s Web-based construction project management application, including expanded file management and improved dashboards for greater collaboration between contractors and owners.

“Advancements in mobile applications and field technologies are driving significant productivity gains across the entire building lifecycle – from planning and design to construction and operations management,” said Lance Tressler, manager of product management at Meridian Systems.

“Prolog software has long offered contractors the most complete system of record for capturing and managing project information, from the field to the back office. Prolog 9.6 extends these benefits by delivering a streamlined mobile user experience, smart project planning and checklist tools, and increased visibility into real-time project data.”

Redesigned Prolog Mobile Simplifies Navigation and Speeds Synchronization
Prolog 9.6 includes significant updates to Prolog Mobile with an improved user interface that simplifies searching, filtering and navigation. This version now supports role-based and field-level security as well as User Defined Fields, and makes it fast and simple to synchronize Prolog Mobile data back to Prolog with one click.

New Checklist Features
The new Checklist feature included in Prolog 9.6 allows workers in the field to create or update checklists in Prolog Mobile using templates or pre-existing PDF versions of checklists for items such as quality checks, safety checks, OSHA, RFIs and more. Users also have the option to create a link to another Prolog record directly from the checklist item or import information into the templates from existing Excel checklists.

New Plan View Features
Plan View allows users to view records based on an existing floor plan. Graphical push-pins provide visual indicators of Prolog records on a floor plan and this new feature allows users to easily click and drill down on each individual item to get more information. Location-based search also makes it easy to find other project records within the same geographical area.

Additional Prolog 9.6 Features Offer Improved Project Visibility
Updates to the Dashboards and File Management features within Prolog Converge are designed to provide project teams with improved project visibility and collaboration. Users can now subscribe to files and folders within Prolog File Management and receive email notifications for specific events, such as when a file has been viewed or a folder has been updated. Prolog’s graphical, single page Dashboard highlights key project metrics and allows for the identification of areas that require attention and the ability to focus on the details necessary to address them.

“The capture and management of information from the field is crucial to the effectiveness and completion of a project,” said Marshall A. Tuck, PE, Vice President at Samet Corporation.

“These new features will go a long way in helping us capture and access data more efficiently and share information and updates with our entire project team.”

SGC Does Tough Mudder

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On April 21st, 2013, members of Solution Guidance Corporation participated in a Tough Mudder Challenge. This event is considered by many to be the most difficult mental and physical challenge available to the general public. Do to the degree of difficulty, and the fact that it is a challenge not a race, individual goals are second to teamwork. The SGC team repeatedly demonstrated the communication, coordination, and cooperation required to ensure all team members safely overcame each obstacle. The team finished the 12 mile obstacle course in less than 4 hours, which was in the top percentile. More importantly, they did it together as a team. The camaraderie developed this day will be everlasting.

Tough Mudder photos: http://toughmudder.com/event-photos/

Support the SGC Flag Football Team

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SGC sponsors a Fairfax County Division I flag football team comprised of several SGC employees. This is the first year SGC has sponsored a team and plans to do so for many years to come. We do this in the spirit of promoting healthy activity for our employees while also fostering team play and sportsmanship. In this extremely competitive league, the SGC team ened the season with a record 5-1-1. Unfortunately, the team lost in double overtime by 1 point in the playoffs.

BPGS Construction, LLC renews a deal with Solution Guidance Corporation for Prolog and Software Subscription Maintenance Agreement.

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BPGS Construction, LLC renews a deal with Solution Guidance Corporation for Prolog and Software Subscription Maintenance Agreement. BPGS Construction LLC (BPGS) is a multi-disciplined construction management and general contracting affiliate of The Buccini/Pollin Group. Since 1997, the firm has provided a broad range of integrated pre-construction and construction management services for Buccini/Pollin as well as select third parties. In that time, BPGS has constructed or program managed some of the most notable projects in the Mid-Atlantic region, serving the hospitality, entertainment, office, industrial, residential, parking, and retail market sectors.