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Grenada Marine Selects PierVantage™ For Boatyards

PierVantage continues to gain momentum with its industry leading solution PierVantage for Boatyards, announcing that Grenada Marine in the West Indies has selected the modern technology platform over the older incumbent legacy solutions.

Jason Fletcher, owner of Grenada Marine is excited to make the upgrade to PierVantage after first seeing a brief demonstration at the ABBRA Annual Conference.

“I was looking for cutting edge technology to help me better manage my business. I wanted better control and visibility over my financial operations and PierVantage gave me that and a lot more,” said Fletcher. “With over 80 employees working on many different projects, I needed better control over the parts for each project and the labor for each task. PierVantage helps us to track the flow of parts and materials from the initial estimating stages all the way through the billing process.”

Grenada Marine upgrades from QuickBooks and is the latest addition to PierVantage’s growing Customer base.

“Jason is an entrepreneur with a clear vision about his business,” said Navroze Eduljee, founder and CEO of CorVant, creators of PierVantage. “He has successfully developed Grenada Marine into a premier boatyard and clearly understands the impact that a sophisticated, yet easy to use boatyard management solution can have on his operations. Having a customer like Jason switch to PierVantage during a time of growth for his business takes savvy and portrays the confidence he has both in his team and ours. I applaud Jason for making a strategic investment by implementing the best business management solution in the marine industry,” said Eduljee.

Working in conjunction with its current customers, the PierVantage team plans to take the platform to the next level by adding powerful graphical project and resource management modules. “The enhanced Resource Management functionality that will be released as a part of our Summer 2014 Release will really set PierVantage apart and deliver tremendous value for both Boatyards and Boat Builders,” said Mike Frayler, Director of Operations for CorVant. “Our current customers are really excited and many of them have volunteered to be a part of the beta roll-out,” said Frayler.

ABOUT PIERVANTAGE FOR BOATYARDS

PierVantage is the leading cloud based business management solution designed specifically for the marine industry. Boat Yards use PierVantage to simplify job estimation, work management and invoicing, reduce their inventory carrying costs and increase the efficiency and profitability of their operation. Cloud based means the solution is easy to implement, offers tremendous reliability and security compared to on-premise systems and future upgrades are FREE and require no effort on your part. The solution is backed by a highly responsive and knowledgeable support team. Embrace change by upgrading to PierVantage and enjoy the freedom and convenience of accessing your business anywhere, anytime.
PierVantage for Boatyards gives you the features and functionality you need to do what you do best – make boats work.

South Texas Yacht Service upgrades to PierVantage™

Full Service Boatyard, South Texas Yacht Service selects PierVantage in a move to modernize the technology they use to run their growing business.  PierVantage for Boatyards is increasingly becoming the solution of choice as boatyards look to increase productivity and cut unnecessary expenses.

“We are located on the water in a hurricane zone.  Every summer we have storm scares and are constantly having to evacuate, shutdown and restart our servers," said Mark Grinstead, President of South Texas Yacht Service, LLC.  "With PierVantage, we no longer have to worry about losing our business data, nightly back-ups or server security. Our team has been extremely impressed with the professionalism of PierVantage's implementation and training process.  We are looking forward to a long and productive relationship with the PierVantage Team,” said Grinstead.

South Texas Yacht Service upgrades from DockMaster and is the latest addition to PierVantage’s growing Customer base. 

"One of our primary objectives at CorVant is to partner with progressive marine businesses looking to modernize their technology to improve business results like South Texas Yacht Service is,"said Navroze Eduljee, founder and CEO of CorVant, creators of PierVantage. "There is no reason a business in 2014 should have to “get by’ with their legacy software.  I applaud Mark for making the right decision to upgrade his business management solution and our number one priority now is to ensure he fully leverages PierVantage’s capabilities to grow his business," said Eduljee.

Working in conjunction with its current customers, the PierVantage team plans to take the platform to the next level by adding powerful graphical project and resource management modules.  “The enhanced Project Management functionality that will be released as a part of our Summer 2014 Release will really set PierVantage apart and deliver tremendous value for both Boatyards and Boat Builders,” said Mike Frayler, Director of Operations for CorVant.  “Our current customers are really excited and many of them have volunteered to be a part of the beta roll-out,” said Frayler.

ABOUT PIERVANTAGE FOR BOATYARDS

PierVantageTM is the leading cloud based business management solution designed specifically for the marine industry.  Boat Yards use PierVantage to simplify job estimation, work management and invoicing, reduce their inventory carrying costs and increase the efficiency and profitability of their operation.  Cloud based means the solution is easy to implement, offers tremendous reliability and security compared to on-premise systems and future upgrades are FREE and require no effort on your part.  The solution is backed by a highly responsive and knowledgeable support team.  Embrace change by upgrading to PierVantage and enjoy the freedom and convenience of accessing your business anywhere, anytime.

Deep Impact Boats Selects PierVantage™

After an exhaustive search, Miami based premier boat builder Deep Impact Boats selects PierVantage to run its operations.  PierVantage for Boat Builders is the industry’s only true cloud based business management solution built specifically for boat builders.

“Hands down, PierVantage was the clear choice for our growing business.  We are looking forward to leveraging the technology to not only give our customers peace of mind but to ensure that our production team is on top of everything pertaining to the customers build, said Randall Truesdale, CMO of Deep Impact Boats.  The other solutions we looked at just didn’t match our needs.  I am a technologist by trade, so I know the importance of having the right solution to support the daily activities in our business.  All businesses are not created equal — with this being said, PierVantage provides us the ability to customize the platform according to our specific needs.  When I saw the first demo, I knew right away, I wanted, and more importantly, I needed PierVantage to support our growing brand,” said Truesdale.

Deep Impact Boats is the latest addition to PierVantage’s growing premier Boat Builder customer base.

“With numerous well-reputed Boat Builders using PierVantage to run their businesses, this segment represents a key area of focus for our platform, said Navroze Eduljee, founder and CEO of CorVant, creators of PierVantage.  Our customer base now includes builders like Lyman Morse Boat Building Company, Gunboat International, Derecktor Shipyards, Front Street Shipyard, Zimmerman Marine and Schooner Creek Boatworks just to name a few. We have specifically developed both operational and reporting capabilities in the areas of project management, purchasing and inventory management to meet the needs of boat builders, and they love the fact that our platform continues to deliver new capabilities several times a year, said Eduljee.” 

Working in conjunction with its current customers, the PierVantage team plans to take the platform to the next level by adding powerful graphical project and resource management modules.  “The enhanced Project Management functionality that will be released as a part of our Summer 2014 Release will really set PierVantage apart and deliver tremendous value for both Boatyards and Boat Builders,” said Mike Frayler, Director of Operations for CorVant.  “Our current customers are really excited and many of them have volunteered to be a part of the beta roll-out,” said Frayler.

ABOUT PIERVANTAGE FOR BOAT BUILDERS

PierVantageTM is the leading cloud based business management solution designed specifically for the marine industry.  Boat builders use PierVantage to improve the efficiency of their custom, semi-production or production boat building operations by leveraging its all-in-one integrated solution that systematically organizes and tracks every stage of your build process. The build template gives project managers the tools they need to organize labor and material for the jobs required for each new build.  Sophisticated procurement capabilities allow you to acquire materials just in time, significantly minimizing inventory carrying costs.  Detailed operational and financial analytics provide visibility into every stage of the build process, allowing you to maximize profitability.

Front Street Shipyard Selects PierVantage™ for Boat Builders for its New Production Boat Building Operation!

In January, Front Street Shipyard announced its exclusive partnership with Newport, RI-based Trefoil Marine to begin construction on a new line of 30-foot multihull, high-performance catamaran patrol boats.To support the new semi-production boat building operation, Front Street Shipyard recently leased a 15,000-square-foot building in Bucksport, Maine, just miles from the shipyard in Belfast, Maine. Since opening its doors three years ago, Front Street Shipyard has relied on PierVantage to help them manage and grow their service business.

“As we expanded into production boat building, PierVantage for Boat Builders was the clear choice in management software,” said JB Turner, president of Front Street Shipyard. “It appears to be the only solution on the market specifically designed for this niche. Not only does PierVantage for Boat Builders help us track every stage of the build process, but it also helps us estimate and acquire materials on time, significantly minimizing our inventory carrying costs.”

Just as the team members at the new Front Street Shipyard production arm are eager and proud to begin building the new patrol boats for Trefoil Marine, the PierVantage Team is equally excited to see the features and capabilities that were developed for boat builders be put to use. 

“Front Street Shipyard is on the forefront of innovation in the shipyard business and we are thrilled to have them as a long-standing customer and now supporting their production boat building operation,” said Navroze Eduljee, founder and CEO of CorVant, creator of PierVantage.  “Having Front Street Shipyard implement PierVantage into its new operation is further validation of the tremendous value that our solution has already been delivering to them for years,” said Eduljee.”        

Front Street Shipyard is part of a growing list of major marine firms who have made the obvious choice and subscribed to PierVantage.  They include boat builders and premier service yards such as Derecktor Shipyards, Lyman Morse Boat Building Company, Gunboat, Marshall Marine, Zimmerman Marine, Pacific Fishermen Shipyard and Electric, Wayfarer Marine and Schooner Creek Boatworks to name just a few.

The PierVantage team plans to take the product to the next level by strengthening its project management functionality by adding powerful graphical project and resource management capabilities.  “The enhanced Project Management functionality that our team is currently working on will be an extremely powerful tool for both Boatyards and Boat Builders,” said Mike Frayler, Director of Operations for CorVant.  “As a part of our Summer 2014 Major Release, we are working closely with our current customers to ensure that it meets their needs and many of them  have volunteered to be part of the beta roll-out,” said Frayler.

ABOUT PIERVANTAGE FOR BOAT BUILDERS

PierVantageTM is the leading cloud based business management solution designed specifically for the marine industry.  Boat builders use PierVantage to improve the efficiency of their custom, semi-production or production boat building operations by leveraging its all-in-one integrated solution that systematically organizes and tracks every stage of your build process. The build template gives project managers the tools they need to organize labor and material for the jobs required for each new build.  Sophisticated procurement capabilities allow you to acquire materials just in time, significantly minimizing inventory carrying costs.  Detailed operational and financial analytics provide visibility into every stage of the build process, allowing you to maximize profitability.   

PierVantage for Boat Builders gives you the features and functionality you need to do what you do best – build quality boats.

PierVantage™ Rolls Out Major Enhancements!

Wilmington, DE (April 21, 2013) - PierVantage™, the only true cloud based business management solution built specifically for the marine industry implements significant enhancements with its Winter 2014 Major Release. "This is the first of at least three major releases for 2014, said Navroze Eduljee, CEO. It continues to demonstrate our commitment to delivering the best and most up-to-date management solution to our customers."

While there were over 50 different enhancements in the release, here are the major new functionality highlights:

  • Purchase Requests: Purchase requests can now be made directly from the work order or estimate. Parts and Material needed for projects will be placed in a queue for Purchasing managers to review and quickly add to a new or existing PO. Purchase Orders are easy to create and send off to your various vendors. When the parts come in, they will automatically be distributed to the appropriate work order or stock room location.
  • Estimate Templates: Easily create proposals or estimate templates for common projects that require like sets of operational activities.
  • Price Books: Drag and drop vendor price books files into our new module, easily map required fields, and the team will now have immediate access to price books when creating estimates and purchase orders. Update your price books as frequently as you like.
  • Impact for Boatyards

    Service Writers and Managers now have the ability to create an estimate template for each project or work order. The estimate template functionality is designed for common projects that require like sets of operational activities. Within each template resides all of the necessary operations and tasks to complete the project. Each operation and task is pre-populated with the required labor hours and materials to complete the project.

    When the customer approves the estimate, the work order is automatically created from the estimate without any duplicate entry. Parts and materials needed for the job will be placed in a queue for purchasing managers to review and execute PO’s. As the parts and materials are received, they are automatically allocated to the corresponding task on the work order. Of course, when time and materials get posted to the project in real time, managers can quickly view the percentages of completion of any stage of the project and/or the overall project. This gives managers the visibility they need to prevent cost overruns and identify areas of the project that need to be better managed.

    Impact for Boat Builders

    Project managers now have the ability to create a build template for each model or boat the company builds. The template functionality is designed for common boat building projects that require like sets of operational activities. Within each template resides all of the necessary operations and tasks to complete the build. Each operation and task is pre-populated with the required labor hours and materials to complete the project.

    When the customer approves the proposal, the build plan is automatically created from the build template without any duplicate entry. Parts and materials needed for the project will be placed in a queue for purchasing managers to review and execute PO’s. As the parts and materials are received, they are automatically allocated to the corresponding task for that boat. Of course, when time and materials get posted to the project in real time, managers can quickly view the percentages of completion of any stage of the project and/or the overall project. This gives managers the visibility they need to prevent cost overruns and identify areas of the project that need to be better managed.

    Please stay tuned for our Summer Release that will take Project Management to the next level including powerful graphical project and resource management capabilities.

    Pacific Fishermen Shipyard and Electric, Marshall Marine, Pierside Boatworks, and SYS Yacht Sales & Service to leverage PierVantage™ to grow their business!

    Wilmington, DE (February 20, 2013) - PierVantage™, the marine industry's first and only true cloud based solution built specifically for boatyards, full service marine facilities, and boat building operations is excited to announce that Pacific Fishermen Shipyard and Electric, Marshall Marine, Pierside Boatworks, and SYS Yacht Sales & Service have signed on. Starting in early 2014, these businesses will join numerous other cutting edge boatyards, boat builders and marine facilities who utilize PierVantage to gain a competitive advantage. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to be working with some of the most respected boatyards and boat building operations in the world, said Navroze Eduljee, CEO of CorVant™, the creators of PierVantage. We continue to see a consistent flow of boatyards and boat builders reaching out to us as they consider upgrading their outdated technology solution or one that was not specifically built for their business. Our solution is designed and built to improve the efficiency of business processes, provide unprecedented visibility into operational and financial aspects of the business and deliver a secure, reliable and scalable platform that is conveniently accessible from anywhere using only a web browser. We speak with owners and general managers who are becoming increasingly frustrated with manual processes and workarounds associated with their legacy systems that tend to stifle staff productivity. Many of them are saying enough is enough; we have to make a change -an indicator that marine companies are feeling good about their growth prospects and recognizing the need to deploy new technology to improve their efficiency and productivity, increase profits, and become more competitive.

    In my role as General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, I have dealt with numerous accounting software programs and companies, both smaller custom and larger corporate enterprise programs that can really do it all. We have actually first used the smaller custom type then upgrade to the larger corporate enterprise type. The problem is they don't adapt well and modifying them to our shipyard type of business is a nightmare. PierVantage is different, I am impressed with the team and with its capabilities. With the continual product enhancements, organized implementation process and great support, I am pleased with my decision to implement PierVantage for our growing shipyard, said Doug Dixon, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of Pacific Fishermen Shipyard and Electric, LLC (Seattle, Washington).

    Gunboat Selects PierVantage!

    Wilmington, DE (September 23, 2013) - Gunboat International, manufacturer of high performance cruising catamarans, has selected PierVantage to run their production boatbuilding business in Wanchese, North Carolina.

    We needed to replace our business management solution with something that was designed for boat building rather than general manufacturing, said Peter Johnstone, Founder of Gunboat International. PierVantage and the company behind the product came highly recommended by industry leaders who have been working with PierVantage since inception. I made a fairly quick decision to go with PierVantage and although it is early in our relationship, we are making great progress and are excited to employ the new tools they are building to support each stage of the production line. I am confident PierVantage will help us become more efficient and productive. I also travel quite a bit meeting new customers, going to shows, and meeting vendors, so having a cloud based solution makes it easy for me to stay connected with my business, which is very important to me.

    Gunboat selecting PierVantage is an exciting time for the evolution of PierVantage, said Navroze Eduljee, CEO of CorVant, the creators of PierVantage. As it stands today, PierVantage is very strong and capable helping custom boat building companies and service yards manage their operations, but up until this point we have not had the opportunity to work with a semi-production boat builder. Peter and his team have years of experience working in semi-production and production boat building companies and know exactly what functionality they need us to build to support their production line.

    Gunboat is scheduled to Go Live on PierVantage on October 1, 2013.

    About Gunboat

    Over 12 years ago, we set out to create the safest world cruising sailboat that could be conceived. TRIBE launched, and pioneered a new high performance cruising catamaran segment. With rugged high tech structures, breakthrough ocean-going designs, and luxurious interiors, word of our work quickly spread. The knowledge gained from our seven different series, and 12 years of refinement and innovation continue to push us to ever improve and evolve the segment we started.

    Gunboat owners average 250-350 miles a day offshore and typically cover over 10,000 miles a year. Gunboats are sailed continuously by their owners. For fun, a Gunboat raced the largest sailboat in the world in the TransAtlantic Race, and won. About 2 million sea miles have been sailed by Gunboats.Now, Gunboat manufactures very refined series at 55, 60, and 78. For more information, please visit www.gunboat.com.

    PierVantage™ signs Kittery Point Yacht Yard, Concordia Company, Derecktor Shipyards and Schooner Creek Boat Works!

    Wilmington, DE (April 04, 2013) - PierVantage, the marine industry's first and only true cloud based solution built specifically for boatyards, full service marine facilities, and boat building operations is making way in 2013, signing on Kittery Point Yacht Yard, Concordia Company, Derecktor Shipyards and Schooner Creek Boat Works. It has been an exciting first quarter so far for the PierVantage team. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to be working with some of the most respected boatyards and boat building operations in the world, said Navroze Eduljee, CEO of CorVant, the creators of PierVantage. The addition of Kittery Point Yacht Yard, Concordia, Derecktor Shipyards and Schooner Creek Boat Works is a sign that marine companies are feeling good about their growth prospects and looking to deploy new technology to improve their efficiency and productivity, increase profits, and become more competitive. We are seeing a significant uptick in companies looking to upgrade from Quickbooks, DockMaster, WatchCaptain and other general accounting solutions.

    I don't think changing operating software platforms is something any business owner or its employees look forward to. It is difficult to change from something that is not broken. We wanted a platform whose architecture and flexibility was built for tomorrow, said Tom Allen, President of Kittery Point Yacht Yard. With PierVantage's cloud based solution, we don't need to worry about evaluating our software platform every 10 years to keep up with the times -- release updates are seamless. Not having to worry about maintaining dedicated server platforms is a big plus and having access to our data from anywhere enhances both our efficiency and customer service. The quality and detail of information that can be extracted in simple and clear report formats is impressive and reflects their understanding of our industry. Any decision worth making should not be easy. Though our decision to change was not, CorVant's support team made the transition for us much easier than I anticipated. Their level of post implementation service only affirmed our decision.

    CorVant Announces Hiring of Stephen Bullard as Senior Sales Director

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    Wilmington, DE (August 25, 2012) - CorVant, LLC, a developer of SaaS-based, industry-specific business management solutions for small businesses, is proud to announce that Stephen Bullard joined the Company Senior Sales Director.

    Prior to joining CorVant, Stephen spent six years providing professional services and promoting marine operational software to boat yards, boat builders, dealerships and marinas throughout North America. Stephen's experience has given him a deep understanding of marine services, in particular - project management, yard operations, service management, customer account management, financial analysis, forensic accounting, and inventory management.

    In his new role, Stephen is primarily responsible for PierVantage sales and marketing efforts. He is also actively engaged in providing advisory services to our boatyard customers. "Stephen is a great addition to the CorVant team. His extensive experience in the Recreational Marine Industry and his deep understanding of boatyard and marina operations gives us greater depth in an important industry segment," said Sukumar Narayanan, CorVant's Chief Operating Officer. Stephen completed a 12 month course in boat design at the Landing School in Maine and has spent his entire life on the water logging more than 15,000 miles sailing in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Additionally, Stephen currently holds a U.S Coastguard's Captains License, and is licensed to handle power and sailing vessels up to 100 tons.

    CorVant Announces Hiring of Gregory Miller as Vice President of Sales and Marketing

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    Wilmington, DE (August 25, 2012) - CorVant, LLC, a developer of SaaS-based, industry-specific business management solutions for small businesses, is proud to announce that Gregory Miller joined the company's leadership team as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

    Greg brings more than 18 years of experience of helping companies achieve aggressive sales targets and implement marketing strategies.Prior to joining CorVant, Greg was President of the Portland Marketing Group, where he was responsible for business development as well as leading all aspects of business and sales operations. With prior experience in a variety of progressive senior leadership roles within MBNA America/Bank of America, Greg has a proven track record of building deep marketing and sales competency and a solid reputation for increasing revenues and profitability.

    In his new role, Greg will oversee the company's sales teams, develop the CorVant brand, and drive sales and marketing strategies. "With his extensive experience managing and leading high performance sales teams, Greg is an outstanding addition to our team as we work aggressively towards increasing penetration in our target verticals," said CorVant's CEO and Founder Navroze Eduljee. "We are excited to have Greg join the team. His addition will bring greater rigor and discipline to our sales process and to establish CorVant as a leading solution provider to the small and medium business segment," said Sukumar Narayanan, CorVant's Chief Operating Officer. Miller earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and economics from LeMoyne College, New York. Greg is also an experienced Captain, holding a U.S. Coast Guard Masters License (100 Tons).

    Cordjia Cloud Solutions Changes Name to CorVant™

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    Camden, Maine (February 13, 2012) – Cordjia Cloud Solutions, LLC, also doing business as Cordjia Marine Solutions, LLC, announced it has changed its name to CorVant, LLC to better reflect the company 's expanding product line and strategic plan, which now includes delivering industry specific, cutting edge business management solutions to new markets beyond the marine industry.

    The name CorVant, a combination of "core" and "advantage," emphasizes the company's charter as a provider of comprehensive solutions for small businesses that help them achieve a competitive advantage. CorVant's solutions allow companies to better manage their core operations, better meet customer needs, and deliver a quick return on investment compared to competitive products.

    The CorVant product line includes PierVantage™, the marine industry's only true cloud-based business management solution, and FulVantage™, a solution that provides wholesalers and distributors with the tools they need to deliver a unique and personalized B2B and B2C online buying experience. With FulVantage, sellers have the pricing flexibility and process efficiency they need to attract new customers, increase the loyalty of existing customers, and drive profitable business growth.