At CLEAResult, efficiency is everything. The company has built a reputation for delivering end-to-end energy optimization plans for utilities, businesses, and consumers, resulting in more than 1 billion kilowatt hours of reduced energy use in schools, government buildings, commercial facilities and individual homes since 2005.
Growing to more than 900 employees in 21 offices across the United States, the company now serves more than 100 utility customers and has been recognized three times by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. But with that success came operational challenges, including an increase in the amount of data and documentation created, revised, shared and stored across a distributed network of field personnel, program managers, engineers, customer service representatives, and evaluators.
“Change control was a big challenge for us because we have to justify our savings data,” said Chad Brustin, professional services IT manager at CLEAResult. “Everything had to be evaluated by both utility clients and third-party auditors, so we needed to be sure that our calculations were accurate and defendable.”
Brustin knew he needed a Web database to manage the data on an enterprise scale and to provide transparency into the process for utility customers and auditors. Yet his IT resources were limited and his users’ technical skills varied. He evaluated Microsoft Access, but felt it would be too complex to roll out to his user base. He ultimately chose Intuit QuickBase for its security, flexibility and ease of use.
“When we started using QuickBase in 2009, we needed something to work for us companywide right out of the box, because we had an IT staff of two to service over 150 employees in seven regional offices,” explained Brustin.
Brustin started with a project management application, then built out custom applications for inventory tracking, marketing, HR, IT and customer service.
“QuickBase provided us with the ability to roll out fast and stay up to speed with changing business requirements,” says Brustin. “I could simply change a few data fields and push a few buttons, and be up and running with a working application within an hour.”
In the three years since deploying QuickBase, business at CLEAResult is better than ever. QuickBase allowed CLEAResult to focus on building processes and business systems rather than relying on people. So far CLEAResult has seen the following measurable benefits:
“QuickBase helped CLEAResult lay the groundwork for measurable, traceable data. That solid foundation has served us well as we’ve grown.”
Intuit QuickBase is a cloud-based workspace for customizable business applications that helps teams work smarter by automating tasks and workflows and delivering real-time insights through visual reports. More than 450,000 business users rely on Intuit QuickBase to improve productivity.