Construction Cloud, Mobility, Unified Collaboration, and Software Solutions
The construction industry is ever evolving, and its demands for more innovative technology to support its growth is increasing. Expect to see these construction technology trends in 2016.
Since late 90s, the construction market has steadily migrated to web-based construction management software for increased mobility and collaboration. The ubiquitous “cloud” provides construction firms, project managers, and employees on the field with anytime, anywhere access to essential information and applications.
As the trend of using external cloud hosting providers continue to increase, construction companies can leverage cloud capabilities without investing resources in high capital expenses for in-house infrastructure, operating costs, or IT personnel. Many find construction cloud solutions as a critical component to competing effectively.
Mobility in Construction
Projects begin and end in the office or trailer, yet requires handling between the site and employees on and off the field. Today, mobile devices are no longer limited by their calling features. A cloud hosted construction management software on an Internet-enabled tablet or smartphone allows workers to manage projects, store and upload works in progress, pull daily reports, and labor hours for more efficient workflows.
Unified Collaboration (UC) for Projects
As in any fast paced industry, construction projects rely on streamlined collaboration between multiple parties. UC solutions allow owners, contractors, engineers, and managers to communicate with each other and 3rd parties from their PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone under the same company network.
Voice-over-IP (VoIP) solutions are readily available with enterprise-grade features such as HD quality calls, IM and Presence, Call Receptionist, Fax to email/ email to fax, and video conferencing to boost efficiency and productivity for construction firms.
Proprietary CRE Software
The majority of construction industry firms experience greater satisfaction with proprietary software vs. free applications. According to industry research, proprietary software’s key advantages over free or open-source licenses are Usability, Cost, Reliability, Interface, Features, and Support.
Some of these Construction industry trends aren’t only emerging, they’re booming! In 2016, the market will shift tremendously towards a construction cloud to host CRE, Property Management Accounting software, Project Management software, Estimation and Bidding software and the like to increase productivity and efficiency.
As technology solutions continue to transform the construction industry in 2016, we can expect accelerated growth and faster completion rates than ever before.
Trapp Technology works with several construction and real estate firms to cloud host their Sage and CRE software. 30 Day Test Drives are available for new construction cloud clients. Find your software or choose a custom construction cloud solution at trapptechnology.com/TestDrive: https://trapptechnology.com/testdrive/.
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