Field Focus Latista Technologies is now offering software applications that help builders work more effectively in the field. Latista Field Service lets quality managers run inspections, supers manage punch lists and scheduling, and service techs run warranty management applications. The software integrates with popular home builder software products from such developers as Timberline, Mark Systems, and J.D. Edwards, now owned by Oracle. Latista offers rugged (i.e., built to military field specs) Tablet PCs for running the field applications. Prices on the software for a one-time licensing fee vary by configuration. The rugged tablet PCs cost between $2,500 and $3,500. Visit for more information.

SAP Win Software maker SAP may be finally turning the corner in the home building industry: John Laing Homes recently announced that it will use the software SAP for Engineering, Construction, and Operations. The large home builder is looking to SAP to help it more effectively manage trade partner relationships, community scheduling, and financial management. SAP will be backed up by modeling software from IDS Scheer. Visit for more information.