Choosing the right construction software often turns out to be a tough challenge and as a matter of fact, many construction managers are not able to realize what they should look for in a particular software package. While, undoubtedly, the market offers a lot of advanced software solutions, cost still remains as a major constraint for most of the companies. If you are looking to invest in a software solution, you will definitely want to see the returns on your investment. You have to admit that buying a software solution means incurring an expense. This is the reason why you have to make sure that your expense brings you savings in the long run through process improvements. Efficiency is what construction companies look for and if a software solution can be used to boost operational efficiency, then the companies would surely want to invest in such types of solutions.
So what should a construction manager ideally choose to make the most out of his software investment? A solution that is reliable, scalable, and flexible is what the construction industry looks for to optimize its processes and to reduce its costs and the concept of the construction software stack carries considerable importance in this aspect.
So what does a Software Stack actually mean?
A software stack refers to a collection of software which is made to function together to promote the completion of a task or to achieve a common objective. This model has been gaining momentum since the introduction of the groundbreaking cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) solutions. However, it needs to be noted that it is quite difficult to identify an all-encompassing solution that can address the diverse needs of a construction company. Managers do agree that they need full-service solutions to deal with their unique requirements, but the reality remains that most solutions that are claimed to be “all-in-one” are not effective enough to handle all the aspects of a construction project.
A major construction project can be managed with a suite of products and notably, each solution can be chosen to address a specific type of problem. This way, specific business problems can be addressed efficiently.
How to choose your software stack?
The software technologies that you select should have a collaborative impact on each other. In simple terms, you should be able to integrate them into a common suite. They can come in the form of point solutions or as a grouping of full-service systems that are combined with specialized products and services. This way, you can capitalize on a solution that is much more customized to suit your individual needs.
With software stack solutions, you can expect a faster installation and setup process. Additionally, there are service providers that offer seamless product upgrades and subscription-based payments, so you know that you will be able to reap the maximum benefits out of it.
Features that you should look for
Here are some questions that you should ask yourself while choosing a software solution for your construction project:
- What are the shortcomings in your existing software?
- How many employees will benefit from the new features that you are looking to integrate in your software and in what way?
- What consequences are you facing for the shortcomings in your existing software?
- How much time, energy, and money would you be able to save if you appropriately address the shortcomings
When you find answers to these questions, you will be able to create a list, prioritizing your needs. This will also give you an idea about the point solutions that may prove to be useful.
It is quite surprising to note that a vast majority of construction companies choose to spend 1% or less of their annual sales revenue on information technology tools. What construction managers need to realize is that software applications are tools and just like any other tool, they need to be reliable and they need to adequately address the users’ needs.
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