700 Construction Professionals Share Insights in the 2nd Annual Construction Technology Integration Survey

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Construction Technology speaker and industry expert James M. Benham will present the results of the 2013 CTI Survey at the AGC IT Forum on August 14. Over 700 construction professionals provided feedback on their company’s technology use and integration.

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Construction technology end users - builders - should be demanding the highest level of integration and collaboration from their technology and it’s our job to deliver it.

The results from the 2nd Annual Construction Technology Integration (CTI) survey will be presented on August 14 in Chicago, Illinois to over 300 members of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Nearly doubling participation in 2013, the survey had over 700 respondents from across the construction industry. They answered questions regarding technology usage and integration, mobile expectations, and how they are handling trepidation about data security in the cloud.

“We’re incredibly pleased with the response we’ve received to this year’s survey and excited to share the results with the construction industry. It is clear that there are more companies using cloud solutions than last year but their confidence in data security has not necessarily improved. I’m excited to discuss these trends with the industry’s leading IT professionals in Chicago,” stated James Benham, President of JB Knowledge Technologies, Inc., makers of SmartBidNet construction bid management software. James will be the Opening Session speaker on August 14.

Last year during his keynote at the Annual AGC IT Forum, Mr. Benham presented the results of the first CTI Survey. The 2012 CTI Survey highlighted the number of software applications construction professionals use on a daily basis but revealed that very few of those applications integrate and exchange data. Fittingly, in the same presentation he introduced a new industry initiative, the Construction Open Software Alliance (COSA), meant to promote awareness of integration among independent software providers and kick-start the end user’s desire to seamlessly integrate construction project data.

“This is James’ second consecutive appearance at this conference. His presentation was very highly rated at last year’s conference and we look forward to his analysis on the data he gathered from the CTI survey and what these trends mean to our industry. In addition an update on the Construction Open Software Alliance (COSA) will be very timely since AGC has undertaken an important industry initiative called agcXML with a goal of bringing open standards and interoperability to construction. The Construction Open Software Alliance (COSA) is planning on working with AGC to act as a test-bed for the schemas developed by agcXML project,” added Fara Francis, Chief Information Officer for the Associated General Contractors of America.

Since its introduction to the construction industry in August of 2012, COSA has received much publicity in its efforts to revitalize the agcXML standards developed in 2008. The Alliance has grown to 12 members and will complete its first two schemas for open standards in the fall of 2013. One schema will allow for the exchange of plan room and project documents, the second schema involves the exchange of time card data. COSA expects the schemas to be finalized and submitted to the agcXML Advisory Board within a couple of months.

“Our hope for the CTI Survey and organizations like COSA is to raise awareness of how other industries are integrating technology and moving collaboration forward and how construction should be doing the same. Construction technology end users - builders - should be demanding the highest level of integration and collaboration from their technology and it’s our job to deliver it. The results of the CTI survey should reignite the fire under tech providers every year, pushing us to do more for our clients,” concluded Mr. Benham.

To request your copy of the 2013 Construction Technology Integration Report visit: http://www.smartbidnet.com/construction-tech-integration-survey-2013

About JB Knowledge Technologies, Inc
A information technology services and products provider, JBKnowledge specializes in enterprise applications and databases, electronic data interchange, strategy consulting, mobile solutions, and web development for the construction and insurance industries. Makers of the SmartBidNet construction bid software, JBKnowledge is based in Bryan/College Station, TX, and serves construction clients on an international basis. Learn more at jbknowledge.com

About James M Benham
James Benham, President and Founder of JB Knowledge Technologies, Inc. speaks across the US and Canada about innovative technology in the construction and insurance industries. As an enterprise technology consultant with the ability to relay technical concepts in an approachable format, James has been a featured speaker at multiple national events such as the Construction Financial Management Association Annual Conference, Construct Canada, CONSTRUCT, Canadian Construction Association Annual Conference, and the Construction Management Association of America Annual Conference. Learn more at jamesbenham.com

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