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November 19, 2013

Information Technology for Construction Companies

Over the past few years we have noticed a dramatic increase in our clients looking to break down “silos” of information and leverage that data throughout their company. One primary area is integrated project management. Many clients have been suffering through disconnected project management and construction management systems for years; excessive double entering of data delaying critical reporting. 


In a recent article published by ConstructionBusinessOwner.com, Dennis Stekskal, Vice President of Product Management at Sage Construction and Real Estate, discusses trends in information technology and the need for construction companies to make IT a more significant part of their strategic plans.white business people drawings1113 resized 600


"Understandably, the recession caused many construction firms to put their IT plans on hold, but underinvesting in IT for extended periods of time could put your firm at a competitive disadvantage. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 percent of U.S. productivity growth comes from IT." 

One of the key points that Dennis makes is that the focus has become “getting more work done with fewer resources”.  Over the 25 years that United Solutions has been servicing the construction and real estate industries, this goal has never been more important to our clients. Companies are implementing electronic invoice approval systems, cloud based payroll time entry and service work orders and many other productivity solutions. 


Gathering the data sooner, handling the data once and producing reports more quickly has become more important than ever. In addition our clients are looking for pro-active solutions like receiving automated email alerts for action items that need immediate attention, instead of waiting to run a report to decipher what needs to get done.


It is a very exciting time in the construction and real estate industry. Dennis’s article highlights 10 worth-reading tips to guide you through the IT planning process and to help you get the most from your technology investment.


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