Technology has changed the way businesses operate. This is obvious in the construction industry where completion of a project hinges on constant monitoring, communication and tracking. Many companies have already automated their businesses by implementing construction management software, and they are seeing amazing results. It’s helped to facilitate effective collaboration and communication, and it keeps the business at the forefront of the ever-changing demands of the industry.
However, not all companies are leveraging technology to address common business concerns. Sometimes implementing something new can seem risky, but in reality greater risk comes with continuing to do things the way you’ve always done them. Here are three of the most common misconceptions for why a company’s leadership believes they can’t implement construction management software, and how we think you can solve them.
“It’s a complicated implementation that takes a long time.”
Companies often put off adopting new technology or procedures because it’ll disrupt the work they feel is more important. While adding anything new to your plate always comes with a learning curve, if you feel like you can’t add anything to what you are already doing, this is in fact the perfect time to focus on automating the tasks that don’t require your specific expertise. By implementing construction management software, you take the tedious but necessary administrative tasks off your plate in the long run allowing you to focus on the tasks that’ll optimize your business, reduce your risk and just make your day better.
“It’s not affordable.”
Many business owners see the price tag that comes with new technology and decide it’s too expensive; however, if you reframe how you look at construction project management software into person-hours, you’ll realize that it’ll save you money. How many hours does your team spend tracking down information, writing, submitting and filing RFIs, expenses, etc.? Construction project management software reduces the person hours required for all of these tasks from hours to minutes, and the cost of those person-hours is saved. You can now have each project manager and project administrator take on additional projects. Your team will reduce the amount of build time since they can spend more time building than filing or finding paperwork.
“Our current system works fine.”
We have all heard the adage, “If it’s not broken, why fix it?” Sometimes we don’t know when something’s broken. Is your process broken if you are at capacity and can’t take on any other projects with your current resources? Is it broken if your team is spending hours updating or checking information, but there hasn’t been a major error or mistake yet? Would you see these systems as broken?
It may seem easier to continue with a system you’re familiar with that doesn’t seem broken, but you’ll never be able to scale your business if you continue using the same system that has you working at capacity or spending hours on repetitive tasks. Technology like construction project management software allows you to increase your capacity without adding person-hours. It gives you the opportunity to optimize your processes to allow every person on your team to have a better day, every day. Sometimes, to make your company the best, you have to find a better system even if you believe your current system works.
Have you found yourself voicing these misconceptions when asked about adding a new technology to your tool belt? Instead of letting one of these be the reason you don’t optimize your business, determine if investing in construction management software will outweigh your concerns and help you scale your business.