Efficiency is important in every market, but it’s particularly critical in the construction software industry. With highly competitive bid processes and projects that contain many moving parts, only firms that offer cost-effective bids can survive and grow. This is why the lean construction movement has become so popular, and why many companies are looking for ways to streamline.

But how can executives find and eliminate inefficiencies? What costs can be cut and what investments should be made?

According to Construction Executive (CE), lean construction is about “ensuring the right people receive the right information at the right time,” and CE suggests that one of the best ways to achieve this goal is with cloud and mobile technology.

Advanced collaboration is the key to lean construction, alongside smart practices like material prefabrication. Mobile tools offer a new level of access to information for onsite workers as well as remote project stakeholders. Standardized reporting tools can reduce the need for time-consuming meetings while transferring crucial data through the cloud.

Traditional lean construction methods are simply not enough, CE explains. Paper schedules and conventional spreadsheets are less flexible than mobile technology. And when a sudden change order hits, the Cloud can provide crucial data and scheduling information for both you and your client.

The competition becomes more lean and efficient every day, and smart executives know that to keep up they must continually evolve. In the highly mobile world of construction, there’s no substitute for advanced ERP.

To see what happened when Govan Brown embraced lean tech, check out this case study.