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Buildertrend is a construction management system for home builders, remodelers, specialty contractors and general contractors. It combines project scheduling, project management, financial management, customer management and service... Read More
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Buildertrend is a construction management system for home builders, remodelers, specialty contractors and general contractors. It combines project scheduling, project management, financial management, customer management and service... Read More
 
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CoConstruct is a web and mobile-based project, financial, and client management system for custom home builders and remodelers. It is the only single-entry estimating system that allows each user to enter a piece of information once,... Read More
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CoConstruct is a web and mobile-based project, financial, and client management system for custom home builders and remodelers. It is the only single-entry estimating system that allows each user to enter a piece of information once,... Read More
 
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Procore is a cloud-based construction management software application that helps firms increase their project efficiency and accountability by providing streamlined project communication and documentation. Users are able to manage... Read More
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Procore is a cloud-based construction management software application that helps firms increase their project efficiency and accountability by providing streamlined project communication and documentation. Users are able to manage... Read More
 
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RedTeam is a commercial construction project management solution suited for midsize commercial construction companies. It is a cloud application developed by contractors to manage pre-construction, construction, as well as project... Read More
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RedTeam is a commercial construction project management solution suited for midsize commercial construction companies. It is a cloud application developed by contractors to manage pre-construction, construction, as well as project... Read More
 
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CMiC offers a fully integrated ERP system that caters to the needs to builders, design teams, and architects across the construction industry. The solution can be deployed locally on a server, or hosted in the cloud, and offers modules... Read More
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CMiC offers a fully integrated ERP system that caters to the needs to builders, design teams, and architects across the construction industry. The solution can be deployed locally on a server, or hosted in the cloud, and offers modules... Read More

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eSUB is a mobile application and cloud-based project management solution that helps commercial subcontractors across various trades to manage day-to-day operations. eSUB offers tools to connect field workers with office managers and... Read More
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eSUB is a mobile application and cloud-based project management solution that helps commercial subcontractors across various trades to manage day-to-day operations. eSUB offers tools to connect field workers with office managers and... Read More
 
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PASKR is a cloud-based project and bidding management software designed for contractors and subcontractors in the construction industry. The solution streamlines activities right from bidding to closeout, allowing businesses to spend... Read More
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PASKR is a cloud-based project and bidding management software designed for contractors and subcontractors in the construction industry. The solution streamlines activities right from bidding to closeout, allowing businesses to spend... Read More
 
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Smartsheet is a project management application with a spreadsheet-like interface to help teams collaborate, plan projects and manage tasks. The software offers a suite of project management applications, such as document management,... Read More
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Smartsheet is a project management application with a spreadsheet-like interface to help teams collaborate, plan projects and manage tasks. The software offers a suite of project management applications, such as document management,... Read More
 
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PlanGrid is construction management solution built for general contractors, specialty contractors, design teams and owners. PlanGrid provides project teams with access to all project drawings and all related documents including specifications,... Read More
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PlanGrid is construction management solution built for general contractors, specialty contractors, design teams and owners. PlanGrid provides project teams with access to all project drawings and all related documents including specifications,... Read More
 
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Corecon is a construction software suite that offers organizations a solution for estimating, project management, job costing and scheduling. The cloud-based system features multiple dashboards which offer users visibility into all... Read More
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Corecon is a construction software suite that offers organizations a solution for estimating, project management, job costing and scheduling. The cloud-based system features multiple dashboards which offer users visibility into all... Read More

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Since 1989, Hard Dollar has helped partners maximize efficiency and profitability with its award-winning construction project management software. The software includes custom timesheet entry and scheduling integration.
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Since 1989, Hard Dollar has helped partners maximize efficiency and profitability with its award-winning construction project management software. The software includes custom timesheet entry and scheduling integration.
 
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B2W Track is a web and mobile-based solution from B2W Software (formerly BID2Win) for heavy civil construction field tracking and analysis. Accessible via any web browser, B2W Track allows immediate capture and communication of field... Read More
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B2W Track is a web and mobile-based solution from B2W Software (formerly BID2Win) for heavy civil construction field tracking and analysis. Accessible via any web browser, B2W Track allows immediate capture and communication of field... Read More
 
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As the name might suggest, PMWeb is a web-based solution geared toward construction project management. The software is built on the Microsoft .NET technology and can be accessed via a web client anywhere with Internet access. This... Read More
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As the name might suggest, PMWeb is a web-based solution geared toward construction project management. The software is built on the Microsoft .NET technology and can be accessed via a web client anywhere with Internet access. This... Read More
 
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Sage Construction Project Center is a web-based, mobile-friendly project management platform that helps project team members collaborate effectively. Owners, architects, engineers, subcontractors, and other team members can use Sage... Read More
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Sage Construction Project Center is a web-based, mobile-friendly project management platform that helps project team members collaborate effectively. Owners, architects, engineers, subcontractors, and other team members can use Sage... Read More
 
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Meridian Systems is a highly decorated software firm that has received over 20 industry awards over the last decade. Most recently, they were named to Construtech’s Top 50 companies of 2011. Their Prolog solution won top product... Read More
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Meridian Systems is a highly decorated software firm that has received over 20 industry awards over the last decade. Most recently, they were named to Construtech’s Top 50 companies of 2011. Their Prolog solution won top product... Read More

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JobNimbus is a cloud-based integrated CRM and project management solution suitable for small and midsize businesses. The solution allows companies to manage their contacts, tasks and projects along with detailed reporting capabilities. With... Read More
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JobNimbus is a cloud-based integrated CRM and project management solution suitable for small and midsize businesses. The solution allows companies to manage their contacts, tasks and projects along with detailed reporting capabilities. With... Read More
 
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PM Vitals is a project management solution for the construction industry. It is suitable for midsize to large companies and offers both cloud-based and on-premise deployments. PM Vitals offers a number of interchangeable modules to... Read More
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PM Vitals is a project management solution for the construction industry. It is suitable for midsize to large companies and offers both cloud-based and on-premise deployments. PM Vitals offers a number of interchangeable modules to... Read More
 
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VPO Cloud CM Software is a cloud-based construction management solution offering construction teams a secure online platform for managing reviews of key design and construction documents like RFIs, submittals, change orders and more. Field... Read More
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VPO Cloud CM Software is a cloud-based construction management solution offering construction teams a secure online platform for managing reviews of key design and construction documents like RFIs, submittals, change orders and more. Field... Read More
 
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Aconex is a cloud-based operation management solution for managing information and processes between companies on complex construction and engineering projects. Several functions include document management, workflow automation, bid... Read More
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Aconex is a cloud-based operation management solution for managing information and processes between companies on complex construction and engineering projects. Several functions include document management, workflow automation, bid... Read More
 
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CrewTracks is a web-based construction and field service software system. The system is suitable for mid-size concrete, heavy/highway contractor, and paving companies in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia,... Read More
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CrewTracks is a web-based construction and field service software system. The system is suitable for mid-size concrete, heavy/highway contractor, and paving companies in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia,... Read More
 

FrontRunners for Construction Project Management, July 2017

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What Is the FrontRunners Quadrant?

A Graphic of the Top-Performing Construction Project Management Products

FrontRunners quadrants highlight the top software products for North American small businesses. All products in the quadrant are top performers. Small businesses can use FrontRunners to make more informed decisions about what software is right for them.

To create this quadrant, we evaluated over 200 Construction Project Management products. Those with the top scores for their capability and value made the quadrant.

Scores are based largely on reviews from real software users, along with other product performance details (e.g., what features they offer, how many customers they have).

Is One Quadrant Better Than the Others?

Nope, Products in Any Quadrant May Fit Your Needs

Every product in this quadrant offers a balance of capability (how much the products can do) and value (whether they’re worth their price/cost) that makes them stand out in the race for small business software success.

FrontRunners has four sub-quadrants:

  • Upper Right = Leaders: Leaders are all-around strong products. They offer a wide range of functionality to a wide range of customers. These products are considered highly valuable by customers.
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  • Upper Left = Masters: Masters may focus more heavily on certain key features or market segments than Leaders do. If you need a more specialized set of functionality without bells and whistles, then a product in the Masters quadrant might be right for you.
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  • Lower Right = Pacesetters: Pacesetters may offer a strong set of features, but are not rated as highly on value. For example, a Pacesetter might offer greater functionality, but cost more.
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  • Lower Left = Contenders: Contenders may focus on a more specialized set of capabilities that are priced at a higher point. This makes them ideal for companies willing to pay more for specific features that meet their unique needs.

Depending on the specific needs of a software buyer, a product in any of these sub-quadrants could be a good fit.

Why? To even be considered for this FrontRunners, a product had to meet a minimum user rating score of 3.0 for capability and 3.0 for value. This means that all products that qualify as FrontRunners are top-performing products in their market. They appear in the quadrant in relation to how their peers performed.

For some buyers, a specific FrontRunners sub-quadrant might be best. This is because products in the Pacesetters and Leaders sub-quadrants may offer more functionality than products in the Contenders or Masters quadrants.

This means that, while all of the products on the quadrant meet our minimum market criteria (in this case, project scheduling, project tracking, document management/control and job costing, as well as at least three of the following: change orders, punch lists, purchase orders, RFI and submittals, materials management and/or transmittals), products in the Pacesetters and Leaders sub-quadrants are likely to offer additional functionality (or integrations with these applications), such as bid management, customer relationship management and accounting.

Conversely, products in the Contenders and Masters sub-quadrants may focus more exclusively on the core Construction Project Management functionality.

You can download the full FrontRunners for Construction Project Management report here. It contains individual scorecards for each product on the Frontrunners quadrant.

How Are FrontRunners Products Selected?

Products Are Scored Based on User Reviews and Other Data

You can find the full FrontRunners methodology here, but the gist is that products are scored in two areas, Capability and Value.

To be considered at all, products must have at least 10 reviews and meet minimum user rating scores. They also have to offer a core set of functionality—for example, project scheduling, project tracking, document management/control and job costing, as well as several smaller features such as change orders, punch lists and purchase orders.

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One Last Thing—How Do I Reference FrontRunners?

Just Follow Our External Usage Guidelines

Check out the FrontRunners External Usage Guidelines when referencing FrontRunners content. Except in digital media with character limitations, the following disclaimer MUST appear with any/all FrontRunners reference(s) and graphic use:

FrontRunners scores and graphics are derived from individual end-user reviews based on their own experiences, vendor-supplied information and publicly available product information; they do not represent the views of Gartner or its affiliates.

Runners Up

Providers listed as Runners Up were considered for inclusion in the quadrant, but were ultimately not included for one or more reasons: they did not have enough reviews; they did not meet the reviews score minimum; they did not meet the ultimate Value and Capability minimum scores; or they did not meet our functionality requirements for the market.

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A-Systems JobView
AccuBuild
Acculynx
APE Mobile
Archdesk
ARES PRISM
AroFlo
Assignar
Axxerion - Project Management
B2W Maintain
B2W Track
Bidtracer
BIM 360
BIM Track
Bizprac
BL1
BluVue
Bolt
Bouw7
BrickControl
Brix
Budgetrac
Builder 360
Builder Information System
BuilderMT WMS
BuilderStorm
Building Supply Controller
BuildingBlok
BuildIT
Buildmetric
Buildshop
BuildSourced
BuildStar
BuildTools
Candy
CATCloud suite
ClickHome
closeout
Cloud EPC
CM Fusion
COBRA Contractors Software
COINS
CommittedCost
Computer Guidance eCMS
CompuTool
ConEst IntelliBid
Congrid
Construction Partner
ConstructionOfficeOnline
Constructware
Contractor's Cloud
Contractor's Office
ControlBoard
Corecon
Cosential
Dataforma
Deltek Ajera
Deltek Project & Portfolio Management
Deltek Vision
Digital Time Capture
Digmaa
Docketbook
EADOC
EasyBuild
EasyPQQ
EHS Insight
EJM Construction
ePROMIS Enterprise
Estimator360
eTakeoff
Explorer Eclipse
Expo-Net
FACS
FCS Control
FieldAware
FieldLens
Fieldwire
FINALCAD
FinishLine
Fluid Contract Manager
Form.com
Forms On Fire - Mobile Forms
FreightTrain
GALA construction software
GamePlan Cloud
GoldMine Premium
HD Project Cost Management
Hit-Office
HomeFront
iFormBuilder
IFS Applications
In4Suite
iSqFt for General Contractors
JBKnowledge Smartinsight
JetStream
JobNimbus
JOBPROGRESS
Key2Act
Knowify
Kordata
Kosmas
MacDraft Professional
Maestro by Maestro Technologies
Manage-IT by Atser
ManagePlaces
Mark Systems IHMS
MarketSharp
MaxCon
Microsoft Dynamics GP
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Mobile Forms by Device Magic
Mobilengine
MyServiceWhale
MySmartPlans
NetPoint
Newforma Project Cloud
NextPlans
Onware
OpenText ECM
Orbis Pro
OROCON LEAN PM
Owner InSite Construction Project Management
Pantera Project Insight
PASconcept
Paskr Project Management Suite
PlanNext
Plus series
PM Vitals
PMWeb
Praesto AE
Primavera Contract Management
Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management
Priority Task Scheduling by EstimateGuard
Pro DBX
ProContractor
Program Leader by Effective Project Solutions
Project DocControl
Project Drive by TGMT Systems
Project Insight
Projectteam.com
Proliance
ProTenders
Pruvan
RADAR Construction Software
RAKEN
Rave Build
RENOMii
RSMeans Online
Safran Project
Sage Construction Project Center
SAM - Superintendent's Automated Manager
SAP S/4HANA
Service Pro by MSI Data
Sharenology Projects
SimpleBuild
SIS Compass
Site Specs
SiteDiary
SiteMax
SKYSITE
Smart Contractor
SmartBidNet
SmartDraw
Spitfire Project Management System
Tenderfield
ToolWatch Enterprise
Total Service
TPL FPM
TradeSoft
Traqspera
Trimble ConstructJob
Trimble Prolog
Twenty20 Construction Cloud
Viewpoint For Projects
Virtual Construction
VirtualBoss
Vista by Viewpoint
Visual Planning
Xledger

Buyer's Guide

by Eileen O'Loughlin,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: September 20, 2017


Most construction managers know the names Primavera and Prolog, but there are more than 100 additional project management programs on the market. There are systems for general contractors, subcontractors, building owners and construction managers. Some are sophisticated enterprise-class systems, while others are simple solutions for the solo construction manager. We’ve put this comparison guide together to help make sense of this fragmented market.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

Functionality in Project Management
Construction Project Management Software UserView | 2014
Common Features of Construction Project Management Software
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Benefits and Potential Issues
Market Trends to Understand

Functionality Included in Project Management Applications

“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Sure, but with the right systems in place, construction managers can deliver more projects on-time and on-budget. And that’s exactly what construction project management software is designed to do, among other things.

The core of a top project management system is its document control module for change orders, submittals, transmittals and requests for information (RFIs). To make collaborating easier, many vendors offer Cloud construction document management software to allow managers and other team members to access mission critical documents anywhere with an Internet connection.

Other core modules include budgeting, cost control, critical path method (CPM) scheduling and punch list management. More advanced systems will include modules for bid solicitation, procurement, online plan rooms, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) tracking and photo and sitecam management. The functionality map and table below it can help you understand the specifics of what these applications do.

Construction Project Management Software Functionality

Construction Software BuyerView | 2014

In 2013, Software Advice spoke to thousands of buyers evaluating new construction software. We recently analyzed our interactions to learn what criteria buyers use to make purchasing decisions.

We found:

    1. The primary reason buyers evaluate construction software is to increase efficiency.
    2. Project management and estimating are the most-requested applications.
    3. A vast majority of buyers (78 percent) don’t have a deployment preference.

For more insights from our survey, including insights from technology leader Steven Mulka, founding partner of SIS Software and member of the Association of General Contractors (AGC) IT Steering committee, check out our Construction Software BuyerView | 2014.

Common Features of Construction Project Management Software

Module What it Does
Change orders Tracks all change orders submitted across projects and updates the budget to reflect the most recent costs.
RFI & submittals Tracks time and date of RFIs and submittals and whether a response has been sent/received.
Document control Archives all project documents to facilitate collaboration and keep everyone updated on the most recent plans.
Project scheduling Assists with planning tasks (and when they need to be completed) in order to keep a project running smoothly.
Equipment & resources Helps allocate how a firm’s equipment and other resources (e.g., labor) are used across projects.
Bid proposals Helps solicit and track bids from subcontractors to find the right team for your projects.
Transmittals Stores a record of communications sent or received between all parties involved for future reference.
Purchase orders Logs all items purchased over the course of working on a project to track and manage expenses.
Job costing & budgeting Monitors current costs against the budget to track the cost to completion.

When evaluating systems, it’s important to dig into the features each program offers. For instance, you’ll likely want to assess the project dashboard of each package you look at to make sure that the key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics important to managing your projects are front and center. Of course, you’ll also want to know how customizable this dashboard is so you can adapt it to your unique business needs.

Procore Software Project Overview Dashboard
Project management dashboard from Procore
 

Once you decide which features you need, you have a choice between buying best-of-breed (i.e., standalone) systems or implementing applications available within a full-suite construction software offering. Best-of-breed systems generally offer more sophisticated functionality and allow managers to implement the system faster without depending on other departments, like accounting. Meanwhile, full-suite programs offer tighter integration between the project management application and the valuable financial data stored in accounting and job costing application. You can also choose between proprietary, open-source or free construction project management software based on your technology needs.

Of course, it's also important to select a trade-specific system to fit the firm's needs. For instance, an architectural firm should evaluate architectural project management software and engineering firms should evaluate software developed specifically for engineering firms. Finally, buyers can choose between software as a service (SaaS), or “Web-based,” systems and on-premise systems.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Before you dive into the details of a particular vendor offering—and start reading project management software reviews—you will want to identify yourself as one of the buyer types we’ve detailed below. Most buyers fall into one of these groups:

General contractors. These buyers are looking for robust functionality that will help them track costs, manage documents and in many cases, schedule the project. Project managers at these GCs will seek best-of-breed solutions, while C-level executives may push for integrated construction management and accounting suites. Example vendors: Maxwell ProContractorMX CPM, Paskr, Primavera, Procore, Prolog, Sage.

Building owners. These buyers manage a portfolio of capital projects, and keep tabs on the timing and costs of all projects in in aggregate. They seek best-of-breed program and portfolio management systems that enforce accountability for all parties, while encouraging collaboration over the Web. Example vendors: Aconex, eadoc, e-Builder, Expesite, Paskr, PMWeb, Primavera, Procore, Prolog, Sage.

Independent construction managers. Construction managers require advanced construction project software functionality that includes budgeting, costing and document control. However, smaller managers may not have the resources to deploy enterprise class CPM systems. These buyers will do well with SaaS systems or independent desktop licenses. Example vendors: Paskr, PMWeb, Primavera, Procore, Prolog.

Sub contractors. These buyers approach managing projects from the standpoint of maximizing their crew’s performance, while minimizing liability. This requires subcontractor project management software with scheduling functionality to make sure the right crew is on the right job at the right time. Document control is critical to create a “paper trail” on change orders, transmittals, RFIs and other documents. Example vendors: ConstructJob, eSub, JobTrac, Primavera, Procore, Project DocControl.

If you're looking for software to manage projects outside of construction, please review our project management software guide.

Benefits and Potential Issues

Project management software is almost an imperative for mid- to large-size builds as it’s difficult to grapple with the sheer volume of information that accompanies these projects. Of course, most firms stand to benefit from investing in software to automate some of their processes.

Firms that implement and make use of these systems stand to realize the following benefits.

Improved accountability. The document control capabilities within a system create a virtual paper trail for plans, change orders, submittals and transmittals. This minimizes the finger pointing often plagues troubled projects. As a result, it helps minimize liability and can change the behavior of participants to keep projects moving efficiently.

Financial visibility. With a budgeting and cost control module is in place, the manager will have far greater insight into actual costs relative to estimates, as well as the likely cost to complete the project. If the system is integrated to accounting and job costing systems, the data will be even more accurate and offer valuable financial insights.

Improved collaboration. The Web-based nature of modern systems are allowing team members to work together more closely. Specifically, parties can review and mark up plans, submit RFIs and receive responses—all over the Web in a single, secure repository.

The primary challenges that arise from deploying these solutions center around adoption and data entry/integration. The value of a system tends to increase as more users are added. Each new user improves the level of collaboration, and reinforces accountability. As a result, it is critical that a broad set of users—inside and outside the company—adopt the system.

Too often individuals shun new systems and stick to historical manual methods, like Excel spreadsheets or legacy desktop applications. Ensuring adoption starts with involving a broad set of users in the selection process. Too often individual managers evaluate systems without executive and peer buy-in and this will limit the successful adoption of these systems from the onset.

But as the IT industry adage goes, “garbage in, garbage out.” The technology will only produce results that are as good as the quality of the data that is entered into the system. This is particularly true when it comes to financial data. Sophisticated buyers will seek to integrate their project management and job costing systems.

Market Trends to Understand

These market trends should be considered as you select a software product and vendor.

Software as a Service (SaaS). SaaS, or cloud-based software, is prevalent in this market. There is a substantial need for improved collaboration between participants, and Web-based construction tools make that possible. That, and the cost and ease-of-implementation benefits of SaaS have made Web-based systems very popular. Most systems are now SaaS or Web-enabled and we recommend that buyers seriously evaluate these systems.

Mobile applications. The nature of construction requires that managers spend time in the field, and those managers want to stay connected to their software applications. As a result, there is huge demand for construction apps. The booming popularity of smartphones and iPads is accelerating this trend. Pay close attention to the mobile apps available, and platforms supported, for each vendor.

LEED credit tracking. LEED certification is increasingly popular, but requires diligent LEED tracking during construction. More and more systems are offering LEED tracking applications. These automate detailed tracking of points required to achieve certification. Firms that will be building to LEED standards should carefully evaluate the LEED tracking capabilities of the software products they consider.

Improved offerings from full-suite vendors. Traditionally there has been a trade-off between the deep feature set available from best-of-breed vendors and the seamless integration that results from implementing an integrated suite. In the last few years, a number of full-suite vendors have released stronger applications that can hold their own against best-of-breed solutions.

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