Like so many industries, construction is rapidly maturing. Companies are increasingly relying on data, analysis and collaboration tools to remain competitive and streamline processes. Falling under this umbrella, construction firms count on software for tasks such as submitting proposals, evaluating costs, tracking workers’ locations and meeting tight deadlines.

“When you evaluate construction management software, several considerations come to mind: cost and budget tracking, document sharing, collaboration, and project management and administration. Not all construction management applications perform all functions equally well,” said Christian Burger, principal and owner of Burger Consulting Group, Inc. Burger is a construction industry veteran who consults nationally and internationally with commercial, civil and specialty contractors to develop objective IT solutions.

“Right now, there are several players in the market all working toward the same objective (or at least close), but they are coming at it from different angles.”

So, when one is on the hunt for the “best” construction management software, the first rule to keep in mind is that you’re likely not looking for just one solution. You’re more likely to take a hybrid approach, tailoring the solution to meet your needs to the best of your ability.

Start with your core needs

When evaluating vendors, start with what your core needs are. Where are you experiencing your biggest barriers and what is slowing you down? Many firms first seek to streamline one of these core functions.

Project management (PM). Meticulous project management is critical. The right PM software solution will give you the insights you need to meet all your project administration needs, such as scheduling, submittals, RFIs and changing costs.

Enterprise resource planning (ERP). ERP software digitizes your accounting, payroll and financial management needs. The goal: to eliminate or reduce paper use and gain a more holistic view of finances. ERP is a critical function across all construction Read More Here