IVO Blog

  • What kind of pricing does IVO Systems offer?
    Watch below to learn about IVO Systems pricing. [00:00:01] Hi, Eric Christensen here with IVO Systems, enjoying the unseasonably warm weather in Wisconsin, so when it’s nice, you go outside, which leads us into IVO Systems pricing, you know, we offer a full suite of products that will serve all of your operational needs. But we are a new company and we understand as a new company the value of getting good customers and really partners moving forward. So we are able to offer and lock in some favorable long term pricing right now. So please see the link below […]
  • How can I schedule a demo and what can I expect from one?
    Watch below to hear from co-founder Eric Christensen to learn more about demos. Transcript: [00:00:00] Hey, Eric Christensen here with IVO Systems, enjoying the beautiful April weather, unseasonably warm here in Wisconsin, the state capital, and wanted to touch base with you about what can you expect with setting up a demo with IVO Systems. We really, to start off, understand the construction industry and want to help move the construction industry forward. We know what accounting software is out there. We know what building software is out there. And frankly, we created an operations software for your day to […]
  • Does my company need experience working with software to use IVO Systems?
    At IVO Systems, we are trying to move the heavy civil construction industry forward with our software, and we understand that there’s many companies who don’t have any software because they aren’t sure if it will meet their specific needs.  Even if your company has no experience, using IVO Systems is easy to understand and implement, and we are here to help every step of the way. With our combined heavy civil industry experience, we’ve created IVO Systems to translate what your needs are into a single source of truth, and not having experience with software is not an issue […]
  • What special features does IVO Systems have?
    At IVO Systems, we like to think of Gall’s Law when we describe what our core values are for our software. Gall’s Law states that “all complex systems that work evolved from simpler systems that worked. If you want to build a complex system that works, build a simpler system first, and then improve it over time.” We created our software to be as simple and as user friendly as possible, and that is what makes our software special. Eric and Bob’s experience in the heavy civil construction industry- running operations and managing equipment- has given us the knowledge to […]
  • Who is not our ideal customer?
    If your company is too small- with only five pieces of equipment and under 10 employees, you don’t need software to help track and manage your company. You can use software such as Excel or even a legal pad with smaller numbers, but once you get to a certain level and add bigger branches or divisions with more employees and equipment, you are going to need a platform like IVO Systems to help you keep track. On the contrary, companies that are too large, with international branches and tons of employees, are most likely going to be too big for […]
  • Customer Testimonial: C.W. Kick with Midwest Mole
    C.W. Kick is the equipment manager at Midwest Mole, a boring tunneling, directional drilling and railroad services construction company. Midwest Mole completes heavy civil construction projects across the country and C.W. takes care of buying, selling, fixing, storing and transporting their heavy equipment and is in charge of their shop trucking operations and yard. C.W. has over 20 years of experience in the heavy civil construction industry and the heavy equipment market. Why did you choose IVO Systems’ platform over other software options? I think the biggest reason is just the simplicity, kinda always have a joke when it comes […]
  • Why is IVO more useful for my company than using a platform like Excel?
    For a company of the right size, IVO Systems is an improvement over Excel or Google Spreadsheets. These tools are often used to manage equipment, preventative maintenance schedules and employee information and they are helpful for keeping track of data. But with these tools, you’re bound to have errors, and tracking history when issues arise can be challenging. By using IVO Systems and aggregating all of this information- your equipment, your preventative maintenance, employee schedules- it is much easier to figure out where things are and what needs to be done. IVO Systems allows you to have a historical record […]
  • How long is a contract? How do I make payments?
    At a minimum, we do one-year contracts with new customers who want to use our software. This is a long-term commitment by both parties, and we want to provide our operational software for your company and give adequate time to use it and understand how it works. We want partners who understand what it’s going to take to implement the software and are actively trying to use software to improve their operations. Although one year is minimum for us, we’ve had customers that have found that IVO Systems is a good fit for them and vice versa, and have signed […]
  • Can you collect hour meters and manage mixed fleets?
    We understand that most companies work with mixed fleets of equipment- with different manufacturer and third party GPS telematics, and other equipment without any ‘GPS tracking’. At IVO Systems, we created our platform to manage any type of equipment. If you have GPS telematics enabled equipment we aggregate GPS telematics data and present them in an easy-to-review format for your convenience. With this layout, you can easily tackle any issues with equipment or specific units as soon as they arise. In addition to this capability, our platform allows you to manage equipment manually moving locations and enter hour meters in […]
  • How is IVO Systems different from HCSS and B2W?
    Many of our customers already use HCSS products, specifically HeavyBid and HeavyJob. We recommend those products for bidding your work and tracking how your bid is playing out with daily time cards for each bid. Those products are great, and we are not competing in the bidding or detailed time card market. We see our value in providing services that help you track, dispatch and maintain your equipment. We provide a price for your entire company to have access to the software- for tasks such as scheduling employees, any project notes, and many other features. We focus on improving and […]
  • IVO System software updates and bug fixes
    At IVO Systems, co-founder Bob Lien developed our software in-house, and we built our platform to be as simple as possible. We have a combined 25 years of experience in the heavy civil construction industry, and we’ve had our fair share of software that over-complicates our needs. We know what we want out of our software, and we’ve worked hard to eliminate any unnecessary features in order to streamline our platform and make it as efficient as possible. If you come across any bugs or issues while using IVO Systems, we make ourselves available to help you and resolve any […]
  • What are the challenges of managing heavy equipment?
    Co-founders Eric Christensen and Bob Lien both used to work in the field and office at a heavy civil company, and were frustrated with the information gap between the two. There’s a lot of steps taken to ensure you have the right equipment- calling the dispatcher, talking with the foreman and other operators, all to make sure you know where the equipment is located. We didn’t like having to chase down equipment, and we knew there was a better way. We like to think of our software as an online magnet board. If you have many pieces of equipment you […]
  • What experience do our co-founders have and why did they want to create IVO Systems? Bob Lien
    Bob Lien is one of the co-founders of IVO Systems. His background is in the heavy civil construction industry, and he has experience as a web software developer. At his last position, Bob helped manage the heavy equipment fleet and dealt with a lot of software, including leading the implementation of HCSS Equipment360.   Bob was not satisfied with the options that were available for software, due to their high costs and their lack of features that were necessary. He and Eric then partnered to create IVO Systems- a software solution that would fill these gaps.  IVO Systems help customers get […]
  • What experience do our co-founders have and why did they want to create IVO Systems? Eric Christensen
    Eric Christensen is one of IVO Systems co-founders. He was born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in civil engineering. He started as a design engineer and inspector and then became a senior estimator at a construction company in Cottage Grove, just outside of Madison, Wisconsin.  During his time there, he became a professional engineer, master plumber and certified soil tester. He felt that these certifications made him a more well-rounded and knowledgeable engineer when working with and presenting to other engineers and owners.  While working in a technologically advanced company, Eric […]
  • How To videos
    Below are videos on various topics to help guide you while you use IVO Systems. For any further questions, please contact us at (608) 509-7431 or support@ivosystems.com.
  • Customer Testimonial: Mitch Urbanowicz with Monona Plumbing and Fire
    Mitch Urbanowicz manages the site utility and earthwork division for Monona Plumbing and Fire. In addition to managing their fleet of heavy equipment for earthwork and plumbing divisions, he has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry and heavy equipment market. He uses IVO Systems everyday. Below is our interview with Mitch. Do you use other software daily? Does your company use other software daily? I mean, the only software we actually use daily would be like Sage, which is our accounting software or Outlook or something like that. It’s not- no other type of tracking software, equipment, […]
  • How does implementation work?
    The implementation process for our software is very simple. We provide excel spreadsheets to customers so they can enter the information that they have into our spreadsheets that we import. If you have current, up-to-date lists of your equipment and project locations for TrackVO, and hour meters for MaintainVO, we can very easily and quickly import that information into IVO Systems for you to start using our software right away. During the implementation process, you send us your spreadsheets and we’ll set up meetings to review that information and use our industry specific experience to make sure you have set […]
  • What kind of customer support does IVO Systems offer?
    As a new company, we aim to offer the best customer support we can. As our company grows, it’s our goal to be able to offer 24/7 customer service. While we cannot promise that at this time, we are always available to call and we’ll always get back to you within 24 hours or less, with a plan of action to address your concerns. We understand how important your operations are and we will do everything in our power to answer any of your questions within the business hours we are available. When you do call, you’re going to get […]
  • Who is IVO System’s ideal customer?
    We can help construction companies of all sizes and types improve their operations, but our main focus right now is the heavy civil construction market, because that’s where both of our co-founders have the most experience. Trying to manage your operations is not always easy- you may have multiple spreadsheets that need to constantly be updated by people in the field and people in the office. This means that occasionally, things can get quickly mixed up or missed completely. If your company has found itself in a situation like this, we can help you. You need software to help manage […]
  • Why does IVO Systems not provide bidding software?
    There’s many options for bidding software in the heavy civil industry. If you’re large enough, using bidding software is necessary. We at IVO Systems understand the need for bidding software, but we also understand how different bidding software is from what we do- primarily operational software. We recognize that typically, you might bid 20 jobs for every one job that you get. You need to set up each bid for each job as quickly and as accurately as possible. When you do get the job, you need to revise and update the information you have in order for it to […]