Construction Information Technology Blog

Construction-specific project management software for contractors

Posted by Dave Robertson on Jul 26, 2013 11:27:00 AM

Following the 2013 construction project management software benchmark report, Software Advice further states that when you are choosing contractors for your project, find out what PM (project management) tools they are using, because research suggests that construction-specific PM software helps contractors complete jobs on time more frequently than those who don’t use it.

More specifically, contractors who use construction-specific PM software are 1.5 times more likely to report that they almost always complete projects ahead of schedule rather than the those utilizing general PM software. Furthermore, these contractors are also 5 times more likely to report that they almost always finish projects early than those utilizing custom-built PM software.

The article also elaborates on several PM software in the market and how they help streamline the business process and improve communications. For more information, read the full coverage here: http://blog.softwareadvice.com/articles/construction/why-you-should-ask-your-contractor-what-project-management-tool-they-use-0708/

 

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Topics: Construction industry, Construction software

2013 Construction Project Management Benchmark

Posted by Dave Robertson on Apr 29, 2013 6:30:00 AM

Software Advice, ­­a demand generation company (headquartered in Austin, Texas­­) has just released their 2013 Project Management Software Benchmark Report, a study that gauges software adoption and effectiveness in the construction project management industry.

Over the last two months, Software Advice surveyed 230 construction industry professionals about their project management practices and outcomes. While the survey surfaced many important findings, three key points stood above the rest:

  1. softwareadvice reportConstruction project management software produces superior outcomes. Construction project management software users were the most likely to report that their system met their needs, with 72 percent of users indicating satisfaction. They also reported finishing projects on time and on budget more frequently than any other type of software user.

  2. Construction project managers are embracing Cloud technology. 57 percent of survey participants relied on Cloud-­based software to manage their construction projects. This indicates that project managers are open to using software hosted and maintained off­site.

  3. Preconstruction planning is a top challenge and priority in 2013. 56 percent of participants reported that inaccurate project estimates were an obstacle to delivering projects on budget. Meanwhile, 70 percent noted that changes to building plans were an obstacle to delivering projects on time. In recognition of these challenges, project managers stated that they would focus on the estimating, takeoff and bidding processes as a top priority in 2013.

In 2013 and beyond, Software Advice will be tracking how well technology evolves to help project managers address these challenges and priorities on the job site. For more information on this survey, and to access a detailed report analyzing findings, visit the 2013 Project Management Software Benchmark Report.

Topics: Construction industry, Construction software, Cloud computing

Is it better to lead or follow?

Posted by Dave Robertson on Sep 1, 2011 7:32:00 AM

There are a lot of companies selling technology services to the construction industry. Reading their websites often yield pitches like; “New”, “Innovative”, “Unique”, “Industry Leading”, and so on. In truth, a number of these companies are simply executing a ‘close follower’ business strategy. Few of them were actually at the leading edge of innovation in developing the core concepts and proving the markets for these new services or products. They may well however, be very good at picking up on a positive trend and taking advantage of it. Despite the patent laws, there is no rule in business that says the innovator is the only person or entity that can take advantage of their innovation or ideas.

This is on my mind as our company goes through the tedious and expensive process of patenting some of our company’s latest innovative work. We can protect our particular implementation but nuanced implementation of our concepts and ideas will inevitably come to market. We know this as we have observed others over the years whose feature set seem remarkably similar to what we offered … a few years ago.

construction technology leaderThere is no surprise, shock or dismay on our part when we see this manifest itself in the market. In many ways it is satisfying to know that we actually have an excellent track record of reading, understanding and implementing what the market needs and wants. Our clients benefit from having several years more of additional efficiency or new revenues as a result of working with our technologies. In our case when faced with the questions of whether to lead or follow the answer is clear … we choose to be leaders!

 

 

 

Topics: Electronic document management, Construction industry, Construction software

Construction Software - Buy it or ‘Rent it’?

Posted by Dave Robertson on May 26, 2011 7:48:00 AM

Our company has been delivering Software as a Service (SaaS) since we were founded in 2000. At that time what we did was generally described as Application Service Provider (ASP). The latest iteration incorporates the more ethereal sounding ‘cloud computing’ reference. Whatever term you use the functionality consists of accessing software via the Internet rather than from your local computer or server. So, is this an effective way to acquire and use software applications?

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In his recent report titled Construction Software State of the Industry Report, Don Fornes who is the CEO of Software Advice concludes that “Software as a Service is in the right place at the right time”. In the report he says, “Software as a Service is gaining momentum in many software markets. In fact, we would agree with other IT prognosticators that SaaS is a major structural shift in software deployment and is here to stay. We’ve seen this model succeed in the project management segment where there is a clear need for the collaborative benefits of web-based software. Moreover, the current recession is making the SaaS model more attractive to contractors because:

  • Subscription pricing can easily be added to a project’s general conditions;
  • Low up-front costs allow project managers to avoid an onerous approval process; and,
  • Faster and less expensive implementation makes the new systems more digestible.

We have not seen much demand for SaaS accounting, estimating or service management, although we do get asked about it now and then. We also have not seen many vendors emerge to deliver that sort of solution. We would not be surprised to see SaaS accounting and/or estimating solutions emerge over the next few years.”

As a company that has been significantly ahead of the wave on this method of delivering useful functionality to the construction industry for many years we can easily agree with Mr. Fornes statements. We already deliver powerful solutions for the estimating community and are experiencing significant interest in some of the latest functionality we deliver online including planrooms, document control, onscreen takeoff, online bid submission and submittal management. The industry trend is definitely moving towards increased use of SaaS.

Topics: Online bidding, Construction industry, Online planroom, Construction software