Why you should be using construction software in 2020

Contractors and builders deserve affordable and specific project management software

Gone are the days of moving your business to a digital platform only to find benefits in "going paperless" while spending a few minutes each day hovering over your dusty printer.

The writing has been on the wall for years now. The savvier among us have gone to great lengths to tie together multiple systems such as spreadsheets, emails, and webmasters to deal with the construction industry's ever-changing landscape. Management finds themselves hiring and maintaining full time IT crews to allow them to get back to building things and generating revenue.

"There are times when printing off a checklist for a trade partner is more cost-effective than onboarding them into your new system."

We've all heard the argument for going paperless, and while the intentions were good, the delivery never matched our expectations. There are times when printing off a checklist for a trade partner is more cost-effective than onboarding them into your new system. Still, there are many times when the onboarding costs for a partner or employee don't compare to the savings of having a full pipeline of paperless communication of tasks, project scopes, and budgets. In 2020 your construction management software should provide a flexible and robust experience for both situations. The ability to communicate effectively, whether in the digital or physical world, is essential in the day-to-day operations of building great things and seeing profits through the complexity of modern construction jobs.

With the increasing demand from clients and the ever-growing burden of new regulations, crossing our T's and dotting our I's while ensuring that client expectations meet the reality of the job becomes an ever-increasing time and money sink. Modern construction management solutions provide a useful mechanism for tracking and cataloging typical costs, tasks, and requests. The advances in technology allow us to shift our attention from the meticulous details and focus on the bigger picture to meet the client's needs. Take advantage of cloud-based services in 2020 to ensure that your software solution evolves with you and keeps up with the information industry as a whole so that you are always dealing with the best information technology practices to date.

"Construction software is not a new innovation in 2020, but the approaches that the latest generation of software take undoubtedly are."

Clients and partners are becoming increasingly proactive and interested in processes that put you into a balancing act between your sensitive information and the requested information you hope to provide. With a spectrum of requests and sometimes arbitrary sensitivity of some information, your software solution should provide you with a generous amount of accessibility to bestow upon your clients and partners. The ability to quickly share your daily job log with a client while maintaining private notes without jumping between multiple systems or notebooks can shave off minutes of wasted labor each day. Some clients desire a more proactive role in projects so a sound construction project management system must be flexible enough to provide each client with a catalog of client selections. The curveball that 2020 has thrown our way has only increased the importance of letting clients make their selections from the comfort of their own homes. Having software to document client selections can be the difference between breaking dirt this month or putting the project on standby.

Construction software is not a new innovation in 2020, but the approaches that the latest generation of software take undoubtedly are. As your company grows, your software needs will also increase. Having scalable software is essential to ensure that your data is available, whether you are out at the job site or back at the office. The latest technology has made considerable gains with the speed and responsiveness of mobile applications. It is crucial to ensure your system doesn't break when you attempt to access it on a mobile device. It's also essential that your software doesn't require a full team of IT personnel to safely and securely run that application. We have found businesses that take advantage of the latest technology trends have emerged to deliver better software at pennies on the dollar compared to their competitors while providing more flexibility and eagerness to provide great software without all of the traditional roadblocks and boundaries of legacy systems.

2020 has brought a million and one difficult decisions to every builder and contractor's plate. At Real Build Pro, we want to help builders and contractors make at least one decision in 2020 just a little bit easier by offering a full-featured construction project management solution that brings immediate value to you and your crew, without breaking the bank (or making you want to pull your hair out). We are nothing without the great folks that comprise the construction industry, and we genuinely rely on your success for us to succeed, so if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to sales@realbuildpro.com, and you'll get a (real) response ASAP.

Thanks for reading, and best of luck in these trying times!