The world of construction can be pretty hectic. Most managers find themselves duplicating most of the work, doing a lot of correction and wasting a lot of paper. However, there is an easier way out. Construction management software is a system that is a one stop shop for all the construction processes. It deals with accounting, purchase order, change order, job costing and many others. It is meant to make management easier so people can concentrate on the construction rather than reporting. There are many kinds of construction software for contractors but most are able to be customized according to the clients’ needs. The question one should ask therefore is what to look for when planning to purchase this kind of a system?
The first thing to consider should be your needs and requirements. This is nothing different from what you do on every other thing in your life such as when you are looking for the best options for crossbows. Your needs and requirements come first before anything lest you end up with a bow that does not suit you. I beg to digress. There are obviously standard features but every company or project has its own needs. One should therefore select after much research a system that has most of the features they need. The people who will be using the system should also be put into consideration. Is it a management only thing or is it accessible by everyone. This is done so they can consider security reasons and sensitivity of information. Other obvious factors include whether the vendor will be supporting the system after purchase and how easy it is to use that specific software because the users are not programmers but constructors.
Good commercial construction software should also be secure, multi-user access and should be able to be accesses from outside the office or site. This means that it should preferably be web based so authorized people with password can open it from anywhere. Budget is also a major consideration. Software requires a server, technicians, licenses, back up and maintenance. Support from the vendor is paid for separately and so is maintenance. All this should be planned for in the budget before making the choice. The initial price of the software might be cheap but the implementation expensive so all these should be looked at.
The next thing one should look for in a civil construction software is its ability to integrate with other systems you already have. Software such as QuickBooks and CAD are very common and important in every office so they should be able to work with your new software. It should also be able to open in other devices such as mobile phones and iPads. The technology it works on should also matter because some are outdated and slow.
Last but not least, the company or the software vendor is a big consideration. They should be reputable in making quality software and giving good support. Their products should be affordable and they should give ample warranty. They should be quick to solve problems and to supply equipment in case of repairs and maintenance. Lastly they should be flexible, near and experienced. All this information can be sourced from other companies and friends. The best way to buy software especially because of construction job costing is through referrals.