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VBX and SmartBidNet Partner

11/03/2014 06:00:00 am | Viewed: 4301

Virtual Builders Exchange, LLC (VBX) has finalized a partnership with JBKnowledge, Inc. to integrate VBX’s online plan distribution, construction news and competitive bid reporting services Virtual Plan Room with JBKnowledge’s industry leading construction software solutions: SmartBidNet, SmartCompliance and SmartInsight.

According to VBX CEO Michael Tollette, this partnership will provide added value for clients of both organizations.
Michael Tollette, VBX CEO
Michael Tollette, CEO

“VBX provides a service to help subcontractors find up-to-the-minute bid opportunities, while SmartBidNet provides a state-of-the-art web-based platform to help prime contractors manage the bid process,” said Tollette. “We are combining these core strengths to streamline the bid process for our mutual contractor clients.  JBKnowledge and VBX share a commitment to process innovation and client satisfaction, so there is a lot of synergy between our two organizations that we can build on for future development.”
Under the agreement, VBX will retire the organization ’s current private bid management platform VBX Prime and provide access directly from the VBX Virtual Plan Room into the SmartBidNet platform for prime contractors who need to send bid invitations, prequalify subcontractors and manage document distribution. In addition, SmartBidNet clients will be able to access VBX’s Virtual Plan Room, Virtual Leads and Virtual News products, as well as related support services directly from their dashboard. “Contractors will be able to move between our two platforms easily to find and leverage bid opportunities quickly and efficiently,” said Tollette.
James Benham, President

“In partnering with Virtual Builders Exchange, we are able to integrate with premium, locally generated and managed industry data and news that our commercial building clients depend on daily.  SmartBidNet serves tens of thousands of general contractors and their subcontractors, and we’re excited to provide them with the option of accessing VBX from within the SmartBidNet system,” stated James Benham, President of JBKnowledge.
The integration will give clients who use both platforms the ability to import and bid projects from VBX’s Virtual Plan Room into SmartBidNet and the power to publish projects from SmartBidNet into the Virtual Plan Room when greater coverage is desired. 

The integration and partnership work are currently in progress and expected to go live in 2015. “We have great respect for JBKnowledge, Inc. and its President, James Benham, and we look forward to collaborating with such a dynamic team,” stated VBX CEO, Michael Tollette.
Founded in 2001, JBKnowledge specializes in enterprise applications and databases; electronic data interchange, strategy consulting, mobile solutions, and web development for the construction, risk management and insurance industries. Makers of SmartBidNet, SmartCompliance, SmartInsight and SmartReality, JBKnowledge is based in Bryan/College Station, TX, and serves construction clients across the U.S., Canada, Caribbean and Middle East. 

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Author Info

Chairman and CEO

Michael Tollette has worked for Virtual Builders Exchange, LLC. over 20 years to develop unique, technology-driven services for the construction industry.

Tollette is past-president of the International Builders Exchange Executives (IBEE); two-time winner of the IBEE Management Award and winner of the No Boundaries Award for innovation and creative vision in developing plan room services.