Collaboration is key to success — especially in construction. With a large network of employees, managers and stakeholders, coordinating team members is a difficult part of any construction project. In recent years, a lot of tools have been developed to smooth the way for construction firms. But are high-tech solutions more effective than traditional systems? We think so. Here are 5 benefits you’ll only get with the most advanced solutions:

1. Mobile Teamwork

Project goals can be communicated and changed in real-time with mobile software. The entire team gains access to powerful tools like BIM, daily journals and shareable video logging. Employees can complete challenging assignments with fewer mistakes and fewer wasted resources.

2. Standardized Data Sharing

With standard reporting software, stakeholders can receive frequent project updates from the field while executives receive at-a-glance company data.

3. Unified Platforms

A unified mobile and desktop platform keeps things simple so that collaboration remains efficient at all times. Tools won’t overlap between project management and financials, and documents will remain integrated. This means no more endless searching for documents and no more conflicting data.

4. Connected Employees

Mobile solutions remove the barrier between on and off-site workers, allowing users to bypass tedious communication channels. Mobile software also offers financial insight, building models, high-level project data and personal accountability through instant sharing. With this new level of collaboration and a range of mobile tools, on-site workers become equipped to handle more diverse responsibilities.

5. High-Security Communications

Coordinated collaboration software and a unified database enables open communications while maintaining tight security. The most frequent problems with construction firms’ security often stem from a lack of communication between IT, executives and on-site workers. Streamlining the sharing of data and keeping it in a single database encourages communication and removes the pressure placed on individual players.

Today’s most advanced project management software brings an entirely new level of functionality to the table. It’s clear: There’s no shortcut for mobile collaboration. To find out how firms successfully implement mobile solutions, check out 7 Tips for Developing a Mobile Strategy.