Successful projects include spending time building a realistic business case for new construction software. This includes defining expected business benefits, identifying opportunities for process improvement and preparing your staff for change.
Rockville, MD (PRWEB) November 09, 2012
A 2012 report from Panorama Consulting Group states that 63 percent of companies experienced problems during new software implementations. This is especially true in the construction industry, where most construction software vendors use technology as their main selling point. While technology can provide contractors with a competitive advantage, a new report published by CTS Guides, a leading publisher of construction software reviews and ratings, explains why technology alone isn’t enough to ensure a successful implementation.
The special report, titled “Why Technology is the Least Important Factor in Your Construction ERP Project,” was written by software expert Jeff Cann, a principal consultant at Spotlight, Inc. In the report, Cann explains the problem with technology-driven construction management software projects and outlines a three-part formula for achieving desired outcomes.
“Choosing the wrong construction management software is a painful and expensive mistake that contractors don’t need to make,” explained Cann. “Successful projects include spending time building a realistic business case for new construction software. This includes defining expected business benefits, identifying opportunities for process improvement and preparing your staff for change.”
Cann argues that, in addition to technology, process and people are crucial elements of construction software projects, with an emphasis on ‘people,’ stating that, if a contractor’s employees are not adequately prepared for the changing business practices or aren’t properly trained to take advantage of the new software, promised benefits may not materialize. He then goes on to outline the steps for ensuring that this doesn’t happen.
Contracting firms that are considering a construction management software purchase can click here to access Cann’s full report on the CTS website. Visitors are also invited to download CTS' free Construction Software Selection Kit.
ABOUT CTS GUIDES
Established in 1983 by Sheldon Needle, CTS was the first company to perform hands-on, independent evaluations of software for the middle market. Since then CTS has helped over 23,000 companies select new software and technology. Today, CTS offers software reviews, ratings, evaluation tools and expert advice that help contractors select new construction management software. The company's recourses are also widely used by CPAs, consultants and software resellers to assist their clients during the software selection process.
ABOUT SHELDON NEEDLE
A former CFO, consultant and software designer, Sheldon Needle has authored or co-authored more than 20 books on software selection and has contributed articles to major publications, including the Journal of Accountancy and Nation’s Business. CTS was the very first company to do hands-on, independent evaluations of software for the middle market. Sheldon speaks with business owners and managers every day about construction software selection and makes personalized recommendations based on their needs and budget. He is widely known and respected throughout the business software community for his independence, integrity and software selection expertise.