With construction projects becoming more complex and a continued lack of skilled workers, companies more often need to rely on software to help fill in the gaps. Technology can be key to help businesses become more efficient, and thus more profitable. In order to do this, contractors need choice.
This was a theme reiterated by Dustin Anderson, vice president, construction and real estate, Sage, on a Sage Media Briefing call earlier this month, saying that Sage’s new strategic direction is to be open and provide the “power of choice.” The objective is to nurture its existing customers.
Such is the case for Sylvia Lamas, controller, Tricorp Group, Inc., who was on the call and said she was excited that she had choices and that the technology she was using, including Sage Paperless and Office Connector, help give her the information she needs to know on a daily basis.
She also explains that software has changed the way people work in accounting in construction. Today, silos are disappearing and employees can do more across accounting than they ever have done in the past. “Software has enabled us to do more with our 40 hours of time than it ever has,” she explains.
This is also evident in a case study released by Sage of Coastal Pacific Landscape Management, which less than a decade ago was a one-man shop and today is a flourishing enterprise with 50 employees and 20 vehicles. This company’s CEO, Tim Saunders, recognized that in order to grow his business he needed to work more on the business than in the business—and technology helped him do that. The company leveraged Sage Estimating, eTakeoff Dimension, and eTakeoff Bridge.
Another big trend highlighted during the conference call was a conversation around best-of-breed software. Anderson said that best-of-breed is now back, as one vendor can’t solve all of the challenges in the construction industry today. From BIM (building information modeling) to other new, emerging technologies, construction companies need an arsenal of partners to help deliver technology. Further, what is needed today is a shared language to define interoperability in order to enable the solutions that are on the market today to easily communicate with each other.
This comes at an interesting time, as Anderson says that 75% of infrastructure that we need in 2020 doesn’t exist today. We are at an inflection point where construction needs to build more complex projects faster. The only way this will be accomplished is through the effective adoption of cutting-edge technology solutions.
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