5 Key Tips to Choosing the Right Construction Technology
Set yourself up for success during implementation and adoption in your business.
Do you find yourself spending too much time researching different software? Over the past few years, we have seen rapid digitization of the construction industry take place.
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Over the past few years, we have seen rapid digitization of the construction industry take place. In many cases, this has been driven by the broad availability of mobile technology, cloud solutions, and the need for construction companies to optimize their business to remain competitive.
The moment you start shopping around for new technology one thing becomes clear, there are a lot of options out there claiming to be the silver bullet to all your concerns.
Define what you are trying to accomplish and set clear guidelines.
In speaking with hundreds of construction companies, we often observe that while there is a clear sense of a gap in productivity, optimization, or risk management it is often painted with a very broad stroke. It sounds like; “we want to get better at…”.
While it is not always evident at the very beginning of the process, it is important to set clear goals and objectives.
Create a list of key functionalities.
Having a clearly defined plan focussed on what specific issues you are looking to address will provide you with the information you need to write up your own list of functionalities. The first pass at this will look like a fairly broad view on what you need, something like “better document management” and evolve into a more detailed list with needs like tracking of metadata for each document or document sharing without email attachments.
Quantify value and benefit.
One of the most difficult parts of the process is to quantify the gains and benefits you see from each software you review. Whatever you do don’t let anyone but you be in charge of this process. If the software company offers to run the analysis for you it is important to take a step back after the fact and validate the data. One common misconception is that time saved is money saved, money is only saved if you stop paying for that time (termination or reduction of hours).
Enroll your team in the process.
As we discussed strategies to create a list of key functionalities earlier we started to touch on what might be the single most important aspect of selecting new technology to help manage your construction company.
Without an engaged team no matter how great the software is it will not provide you with all the gains that are possible. I often compare software to gym equipment, if your team does not buy into its benefit and does not use it, then it is useless to your business.
By letting your staff have a voice and a lens into the selection process you will gain major momentum that will carry you forward once you start rolling out the software.
Set yourself up for success during implementation and adoption.
Choosing the right software will have a huge impact on your business as long as you successfully execute implementation and gain adoption. No matter what anyone tells you out there, there’s no silver bullet.
Success often looks a lot like hard work and strong planning. It is critical to have one or two champions on your team to make sure they help your team and the software company collaborate to make sure the setup is right for your business and that the team receives clear information about timelines and expectations. The way you introduce the software to the team and the training cadence will often determine how successful the adoption will be.
5 Key Tips to Choosing the
Right Construction Technology
Set yourself up for success during implementation
and adoption in your business.
Our experience has shown that companies who give themselves the time to set things up right, get the buy-in of the team, and invest in training the team while optimizing workflows get the most value out of the software they select.
At RedTeam we absolutely believe in the value that can be created by leveraging the right technology for your construction company, we also understand that many variables have to be considered when selecting and implementing new software. We hope this information helps you in your search and we look forward to the chance of learning more about your needs.