GovernmentPress ReleaseStronger Together: Accela and e-PlanSoft Make It Official – Gold Partnership Extended and Now Includes Reseller Agreement - e-PlanSoft

June 9, 2020by Brandy Parslow

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Jun 9, 2020,  Irvine, CA: Accela, a leader in providing civic engagement software solutions and mobile apps, together with e-PlanSoft™, providers of the ultimate electronic plan review solution, have extended their long-standing Gold Technology Alliance partnership which now includes the newly added reseller agreement allowing Accela Business Development Executives and Client Account Executives the ability to sell e-PlanREVIEW® directly to their clients. This agreement reinforces the already strong relationship between the companies that were established in 2014 when e-PlanSoft was their first OEM partner and Accela sold the first generation of e-PlanSoft’s electronic plan review software, ePlanCheck (ePC) to their clients.

“2020 marks 6 years of providing prime bi-directional integration that complements the Accela platforms with over 1000 users in over 40 different communities,” David Avila, National Sales Director for e-PlanSoft™ reported. “With the newly added reseller agreement, Accela sales representatives can now actively sell e-PlanREVIEW® directly to their clients, and each client will still receive the same dedicated customer service from e-PlanSoft™.”

Accela strives to provide its customers with innovative platforms that enhance the user experience and deliver solutions which enable a deep connection between a government institution and their citizens.  One-way agencies can maximize their Accela investment is by integrating with e-PlanREVIEW® (EPR).  EPR is a cloud-based electronic document review software, to assist governmental agencies, AEC industries, and developers with plan review, construction, and asset review that leverages the secure AWS network and is backed by 10 U.S. patents. Recognized for being a valuable SaaS solution, e-PlanSoft™ once again provides government clients with software known for its ease of use, state-of-the-art markup capabilities, and seamless bi-directional integration to the Accela Civic Platform.

The plan review process can be burdensome on agency departments if not managed efficiently due to the time between departments that one review can take to complete, the IT burden that could result from the management of document servers, and other inefficiencies that can be experienced with back and forth office interactions when plan sets need to be corrected. With the recent ramifications of COVID-19, this is a crucial time of development for state and local governments to offer critical services electronically if they have not already done so. With the evolution of e-documents, many municipalities have already started to make the switch from a paper plan review system but were getting desktop installation software. Due to the expenses involved in desktop applications and the advancements of cloud technology, now more and more agencies are moving to cloud-based solutions. Accela recognizes this importance and the value that e-PlanREVIEW® provides in this way.

This type of solution enables agencies to provide a completely remote working capability for plan review to their staff and citizens electronically, which improves efficiency in several ways and helps keep the public safe. Seamlessly integrated to the Accela back office, clients such as The City of San Diego, Calif.The City of Omaha, Nebraska, and The State of California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development are already enjoying the deployment of e-PlanREVIEW® connected to Accela Civic Platform.  Long time clients such as The County of Kern, Calif, and The Town of Queen Creek, Arizona have also upgraded from their ePC solutions to EPR, which was developed to truly simplify the plan review process for everyone involved.  As a result, the time it takes to set up and issue permits for the electronic submittal process is cut by 60%  when compared to paper submittals. The need for customers to carry in hard copies of plans is also eliminated by completely transitioning to online permitting which sped up the permit review and issuance time. Applicants can enjoy the benefit of no longer having the associated printing costs that arose from delivering hard copies of projects in the past.

“The biggest difference clients have noted is how clean, fast, and easy to use EPR is compared to the other solutions they have tested. A quality product and an exceptional customer solution at a reasonable price point enhances the user experience overall, and providing that to our clients have been our goal from the beginning,” shared Sean Hooper, Director of Product and Customer Success of e-PlanSoft™.

e-PlanSoft™ looks forward to continuing to serve clients in partnership with Accela for years to come. For more detail on how EPR integrates to the Accela Civic Platform to support agencies nationwide, visit the recent case study here: bit.ly/Accela-Technology-Alliance-Case-Study

To experience how easy EPR is for yourself, visit the EPR walkthrough experience: eplansoft.com/epr-walk-thru-demo/

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Brandy Parslow at 949-544-0523 or email at bparslow@eplansoft.com.