In the day-to-day, managing time, projects and employees is crucial to your firm’s operations. When client projects are on the line, adopting efficient processes helps your team to remain on time and on budget with the quality work you are supplying. Are your technology systems holding your firm back?
Here are four common ways technology is holding your business back from being modern and efficient:
1. Project Management Software Frustrations
Your project management solution might work well in some scenarios, but it has limitations when it comes to entering time and providing accurate job costing. It does not do everything you need, and it is not as customizable and flexible as you would hope. If you have a costly project management software solution that is not serving as you need it to, it is holding you back from achieving higher levels of efficiency and quality results for your projects and clients.
2. Disparate Software Solutions
Because your project management software does not do everything you need, you may need to use add-on solutions in addition to your main system. The problem arises when your business applications do not integrate. Having disconnected systems is like riding a bike with a flat tire and loose handlebars. It might work (sort of), but you will be limping along.
3. Choosing On-Premises Over Cloud
The benefits of the cloud are improved accessibility by utilizing servers connected to the internet, lower costs and enhanced security. For companies with multiple locations, cloud computing can eliminate the need to duplicate services at each location. Employees can access a simple virtual environment with all the applications they need in one spot for one flat-rate monthly service fee.
4. Communication Troubles
Are your field supervisors still using pen and paper to communicate from the field to the office? This is a common practice, but it slows down efficiency and keeps your firm archaic. The risks of losing paper receipts or purchase orders are high, especially when customer data and payment information are involved.
Best Practices for Construction Technology
In your line of business, large transfers of money are happening, and cybercriminals are targeting your space specifically. Leveraging the best practices for cybersecurity and technology is no longer an option to keep your business and client's data and money safe. Follow these cybersecurity best practices to help your firm avoid a ransomware attack from happening in the next six months.
Solving Technology Limitations
With all these potential roadblocks to the technology available for your industry, you might feel you are locked in place and will never move past these common limitations. The key is to think of your technology with a strategic mindset.
As one of the highest investments in your firm, your technology is best suited to be strategized, planned, and budgeted for on the same level as sales, operations, finance, and other vital business functions. With a proactive business planning approach to Information Technology, you will eliminate IT surprises and frustrations, automate technology processes, and see happier and more productive employees.
From on-site to in the office, learn how to ditch the pen and paper for the last time and automate your systems to create efficiencies across the board.