The numbers are well cited: 69% of construction organizations are manually re-entering data from application to application. The lack of standards and integration among technology systems in the construction industry have hampered adoption of software in the past. However, recently, many tech companies are making big moves to look beyond traditional ERP (enterprise-resource planning).
In the past week, a few of the big construction software providers have made big announcements that will lead to great mobility and data sharing in the construction industry. The result will be heightened productivity and reduced risk on projects.
One example comes from Rhumbix, which offers a mobile platform for construction jobsites, and CMiC, which provides construction software for leveraging accounting, payroll, and project data on the jobsite. The companies say the integration of Rhumbix into CMiC’s platform will complement each company’s offerings.
This also points to a bigger trend taking place in the construction industry today—the need for single database platforms that will give users access to all relevant data captured from various departments in a construction project.
In this case, the integration will offer a new field application, designed for foreman, which will provide data to those working on a project, while also enabling collaboration across the project team.
While this is one example, another demonstrates how integration can lead to greater data sharing in the construction industry today. Arcoro, which offers HCM (human capital management) software solutions and Acumatica, which provides cloud-based business management software, recently announced a new partnership.
Through this partnership, Acumatica is now able to offer time and attendance, applicant tracking, and onboarding solutions from Arcoro platform companies including ExakTime and BirdDogHR, which enable construction companies to fulfill all federal and local labor law reporting requirements and maintain compliance.
With the systems in place, construction companies will be able to manage the day-to-day HR (human resources) and business tasks and make better business decisions using strategic data from the systems.
As more integration continues to happen in the months ahead, construction companies will be able to tap into the data needed on projects—both in the office and at the jobsite, helping complete projects faster.