Building with Technology
The Industry Norm
The Construction Industry is as tight as it gets when spending money on technology. “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” is the mantra. Rightly or wrongly a lot of skyline has been built using this catch phrase. In recent times however small margins and a competitive market have forced players to look for an edge through innovation, technology and cloud software.
The Market Changes
Software in particular has been stagnant for a long time. Now with the emergence of genuine web based software, real time data capture of operations is possible. Usability of cloud software is actually increasing productivity. The dilemma of taking up new software just to stay in touch with competitors, is the challenge facing construction and trade based companies.
Legacy style software vendors are starting to recognise that they can’t compete with the technology, functionality or affordability of cloud based solutions. These vendors face spending millions on rewriting old software combined with requiring staff with a different skill set. Many are exiting the market or selling their client base to international players. These international players struggle with market entry due to lack of local infrastructure including web servers and a lack of local support staff.
Time for a Change
This situation is leaving clients with no choice but to review their current software. It is crucial to gain a full appreciation of what is now available that is specific to the local industry before making the huge decision of taking on new Construction Management Software.
Considerations for New System Choice
New pricing models are available that make transition more affordable and integration with other ‘best of breed’ software easy to achieve. Storage and security of data in case of disaster and full functionality via a mobile device are both some of the standard expectations of what software technology should be today. If you are stuck on an old system, now is the time to take a look at these new and local web based technologies. Keep an eye out for our article on “Selecting a job management system”.
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