Project Management

Software Advice spoke to thousands of buyers evaluating new construction software. Below is a report sharing key data from these interactions, shedding light into what criteria buyers are using to make purchasing decisions.

Key Findings indicate:

- The primary reason buyers evaluate construction software is to increase efficiency.
- Project management and estimating are the most-requested applications.
- A vast majority of buyers (78 percent) don’t have a deployment preference, but among those who do, 62 percent prefer Cloud-based applications to on-premise solutions.

If you or your organization is currently evaluating new construction software, how does your criteria line up with findings in their report?  Are you evaluating cloud-based solutions?

 

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I’d like to begin by wishing you a successful New Year. As we recover from the cold snap across much of the U.S., I see the hot trend with contractors is to continue to leverage technology to gain even greater productivity on jobs and improve their bottom line.

An article in ENR caught my attention in December that took a high level inventory of the technology landscape in our industry. We now have 4G networks to ferry project data around a jobsite, the advance of cloud computing networks to store and process data in the field, and the ubiquity of smarter mobile devices on jobsites. Another trend is having web-friendly project collaboration software that allows project stakeholders to better manage project documents between stakeholders.

As we look to the future – which is today – I’m pleased to share with you we will be featuring Viewpoint For Project Collaboration with BIM (Building Information Management) capabilities at World of Concrete this month. This new solution provides project and BIM collaboration tools, including an easy to use browser-based viewer for 3D BIM models, BIM Manager. BIM Manager’s browser functionality allows any project team member to review and interact with 3D BIM models, ensuring they can access and view current project specifications without the need for significant training or expensive and complicated authoring software.

BIM Manager with 3D BIM Models.

In essence, it provides a single source of information to the project team. And that keeps everyone in the loop at all times – avoiding miscommunication, minimum mistakes and provides a seamless working environment that really works.

We are also planning this year numerous updates in Viewpoint V6 Software, Mobile Field Manager and Construction Imaging that further improves the user experience and provides greater capabilities to increase automation.

Finally, we continually reach out to you to learn how we can better enable you to be successful. One of the many ways we do that is at our User Conference that is held in Portland, OR each fall. I know not everyone is able to attend, however, I thought I’d share a video clip with customers who reflected on what it means to them to partner with us.

Once again, we appreciate serving you and being your partner to enhance current and bring you new products to help improve your bottom line – today.

https://vimeo.com/user8102596/review/79725657/31b731b6b6

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Viewpoint team at NECA 2013Back in the office after a busy couple weeks in Washington, D.C. and Chicago where Viewpoint was exhibiting at the NECA Convention and Solar Power International conference.  2013 marked our third year exhibiting at NECA while this was our first year at Solar Power International, and we were pleased to meet so many new contractors while reconnecting with some long-time Viewpoint customers.  While we met a variety of contractors with varying needs, there was a particularly consistent message at both shows among folks we interacted with:

“We’ve outgrown our software.”

Now I fully understand that construction management software is not a pair of pants that can be simply replaced at your nearest Macy’s.  Whether you’re a small electrical sub or a huge commercial GC, evaluating, selecting and implementing software to manage your construction business can seem a pretty daunting task.  I completely understand your reservations as we have stumbled through our own implementation of a scheduling and project management software program in our marketing department.  However, when we began the process of finding a new system, our workload had grown so substantially that it was becoming difficult to meet existing deadlines, let alone take on new ones. We fully recognized that our current trajectory was unsustainable without the internal tools to effectively and efficiently manage our projects.

We’re nearing the end of a tumultuous year in which the government shutdown for 16 days and the US nearly defaulted on its debt and Miley Cyrus appeared on the VMAs.  Despite these shocks, 2013 has been a good year for construction firms throughout the country and all signs point to another positive year in 2014.  Given this trend, is it time to ask yourself if your firm can continue to move forward without adopting a scalable technology platform?  Because, like a pair of pants that no longer fit, your current software might start to get really uncomfortable.

- Greg Fry is a marketing manager with Viewpoint Construction Software responsible for outbound marketing activities related to Viewpoint’s mobile applications and construction ERP suite in the US and Australia.  Greg holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Colgate University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School for Global Management.  Greg is active in various industry associations, including the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA).

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Having been contacted by several companies starting to use the Viewpoint Project Management Module, ANF Group’s Delilah Alvarez wrote a series of blog posts on the lessons learned during implementation.  Here’s a taste of lesson #5:

If I could leave you with one final thought on the implementation, is that it is a work in progress.  Days, months & years after you implement the module, you will make changes.  Knowing this should not make you cringe, in fact it should be refreshing to know that you will have the ability to change/improve your workflow.

Read the rest of Lesson #5 – Rome Wasn’t Built in A Day – Lessons Learned Implementing Viewpoint’s Project Management Module at the ANF Group blog.

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Having been contacted by several companies starting to use the Viewpoint Project Management Module, ANF Group’s Delilah Alvarez wrote a series of blog posts on the lessons learned during implementation.  Here’s a taste of lesson #4:

Up until this point, I have worked on learning the software, reviewing our process & tackling Crystal Reports, but other than the VP of Construction & my immediate team, I had not consulted with our other staff.  I had already launched the software on my current project (aka “the guinea pig”), and also taken on the Project Accounting for the Ambulatory Surgical Center.  So I understood not only the Project Management module but also how this module interacts with Job Cost, Subcontract Ledger, Accounts Payable, etc.  I felt ready to launch the software company wide & cross-train our staff as each team started a new project.

Read the rest of Lesson #4 Launch Overload – Lessons Learned Implementing Viewpoint’s Project Management Module at the ANF Group blog.

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