In a recent post, we looked at how to choose the right construction ERP software (and get everyone to agree). We based this post on discussions we’ve had with construction industry insiders over the years. We found that because each team member has different goals when it comes to construction management, it’s important for leaders to get buy-in from their team and compile a “functionality wish-list.”
While it’s great to make everyone happy, sometimes you’re forced to make tough decisions. That’s why we suggest that in addition to your “functionality wish-list,” you also make a “deal-breaker list.” What are your must-haves? What functions can’t you live without? Prioritizing will help you narrow down your choices.
To help you in you select your new ERP software, we’ve created this buyer’s guide with 4 construction software deal-breakers.
Software Built for the Construction Industry
A good contractor knows there’s a specific tool for every job. Sometimes you can find a workaround — but a specialized tool is always fast and reliable. In the same way, construction-specific ERP solutions are the best way to go. You can empower everyday construction tasks, like creating project estimates, sharing blueprints and gathering reports, built-in tools and dashboards.
Automation & Standardization
Construction software should make your life easier, not more complicated. When searching for a tech solution, it’s important to make sure you’re not adding to your workload with redundant processes.
Look for software that cuts does on extra steps with automated functions. Even something as simple as auto-populating data, for example, can save more time than you think by eliminating manual entry.
Every player in a construction firm benefits from well-designed automation tools:
- Executives see the ability to scale with the same number or fewer employees
- Project managers enjoy quick results and reliable data
- On-site workers save time on repetitive tasks
- External stakeholders stay in the loop with auto-reporting
- Firms reduce the risk of human error caused by manual entry
Single Source of Truth
Not all document management systems are equal. To increase transparency and communication, make sure you choose unified software: a system where all project data is stored in one database. With a single database, records like financial forecasts, payroll, budgets and project communication are all located in the same place.
If, on the other hand, you store project data in multiple places, you’ll eventually get overlap. And overlap will lead to conflicting information, making it difficult to trust the accuracy of your data.
Help with Implementation
Let’s face it, the construction industry is afraid of change. Sure, executives want to streamline operations and use technology to gain a competitive advantage, but they’re concerned about how switching software will impact operations. And of course, nearly everyone wants a quick and easy transition.
Unfortunately, if you’re looking for software that requires little-to-no employee training and is up and running in no time, you’re going to sacrifice functionality. Systemic change to your digital workflow is a longer, more involved process. But the pay-off is huge. Companies increase productivity, efficiency and profit when they fully commit to digital transformation and choose powerful software that’s tailored to their needs.
A full-stack company can help you plan your implementation, train employees and make sure that you’re ready before going live. Make sure to find a company with a solutions specialist that can help you map out this journey and remove the pain-points along the way.
Remember: short-term gain = long-term pain.