If the recession taught us one thing, it was how to do more with less in a time when there were no other options. But even after the economic comeback, companies across the country and across every industry are doing their best to make that mantra permanent. What’s fueling the fire? Digital transformation with ERP (enterprise-resource planning) software.

ERP software aggregates, segments, communicates, and archives the data that every construction company needs to succeed. And, just as important, these enterprise-wide solutions make their end-users—from the office to the jobsite—self-sufficient and proactive. Decisions can be made in realtime from anywhere on the planet, which means projects can be better managed, with tighter budgets and turn times, and that means more satisfied customers.

Gone are the days of large IT departments and infrastructures that require constant upgrades, updates, and backups. Now, the cloud securely holds all of a contractor’s information—whether it is input by workers on remote jobsites, submitted automatically by machinery sensors, or linked with material supply chains—and ERP software makes it available through a common structure and single source. The end result is greater understanding of your construction business driven by increased communication and collaboration.

Standardized data also leads to standardized business processes that can run end-to-end online with very little manual intervention. Automation eliminates duplicate business functions and limits human involvement, along with labor and benefits costs, subjective thinking, and errors. With data at every decision-maker’s fingertips on an ongoing basis, your construction company is operating at peak efficiency as a fact-based organization. Performance can be measured more consistently, managed more consistently, and delivered more consistently.

With improved processes in place and easily accessible data, your end-users will be more empowered and more responsible. And, when teams are supported by meaningful information, your construction company will thrive with interoperability and interconnectivity across the organization. Every employee will enjoy greater reliability and visibility of information throughout a project’s lifecycle, giving a significant boost to enterprise decision-making to optimize your results.

If you haven’t made the move to a hosted browser-based ERP solution or it’s time for an upgrade, careful consideration should be given to the following. Your software provider needs to be focused on improving the user experience by driving accurate, realtime data into your employees’ hands with fewer clicks and more views. Convenient yet secure access to mission-critical information coupled with business intelligence applications, automated workflows, web-based tools, and mobile technologies will support your company’s drive to the top of your construction market.

ERP software allows you to collect, view, share, store, and analyze mission-critical data so that every employee in your organization can review and react instantaneously to information. From the back office to the jobsite, when everyone is looking at the same data, you’ll be better prepared to meet the demands of the ever-changing construction industry, the expectations of your customers, and the goals of your company.

Organizations that embrace digital transformation start running smarter businesses, resulting in immediate increase to their bottomline along with happier employees and satisfied clients.

Mike Bihlmeier is the president and is responsible for Computer Guidance’s operations.