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Why Construction Companies need Custom Software Applications

By Mike Henstridge

Monday, April 3, 2017

Custom software can be a huge asset for any company, especially in the construction industry. Most construction companies still work with pen and paper, and information can get lost or misunderstood. Over the past couple of years, more construction companies have added technology to their business processes and it has only helped increase efficiencies and productivity. Here are some of the top benefits of custom software development for your business:

Get Rid of Redundancy and Errors

One of the biggest benefits of using a custom application instead of pen and paper in the construction industry is that it reduces redundancy and errors. For example, custom software can be built for scheduling employees, equipment, and tracking quantities on jobs. Without a system to enter the data, paper documents can get lost or misplaced, causing payroll errors. Also, by having employees enter data into a system instead of writing it on a piece of paper, admins won’t need to manually enter information into their accounting system. This leap in efficiency can save a great deal of time, money, and resources.

Get Real-Time Data

When information is logged in a system, managers can get real-time data on projects to make smarter decisions. They can see the progress of any project at any time. As soon as information is entered into the system, managers can review information and run reports for any project. For example, it can help track employee’s time and quantities completed on projects, giving managers the ability to set and manage better project expectations. Clients can see the real-time status of their projects, reducing the likeliness of “surprises” along the way. All of these benefits result in a much more satisfied client who is likely to return for business or recommend your services to others!

It Conforms to your Business

Another benefit of custom software is in the name: it is custom made for your company. Very few companies solve all of their business needs with an out-of-the-box solution. Companies usually have to make sacrifices when using an out-of-the-box solution, which can lead to frustrations and inefficiencies. When you develop a custom solution, you will get everything you need to solve your exact business problems. Construction employees typically do not want to make a switch to technology because they have very little experience with it. When using custom built software, it can be designed to mimic what employees are used to doing manually. This increases adoption rates, ultimately leading to a more resourceful and efficient company.

Can Work with Existing Systems

Custom software development can easily work with any existing system your company currently uses. For example, it can integrate with your accounting software to easily keep your information up-to-date. You won’t spend a lot of time, energy and money modifying existing systems, or suffering when platforms aren’t compatible. You’ll know from Day 1 that it will work the way it’s supposed to with the systems you already have.

It Can Scale with your Business

Another benefit of a custom software solution is that it can grow with your company. When a new business need arises, changes can be incorporated into the system. That is something that typically can’t be done with an out-of-the-box solution. If your company grows and you need more functionality to maintain a greater level of efficiency, you’re out of luck unless you’re ready to invest in a brand new system. With custom software development, however, the ability to build to your specific needs is always an option. This flexibility works great in the construction industry because custom reports can be developed that can be used for bidding future jobs. Changes can be made any time to help improve your company’s productivity.

Overall, companies in the construction industry can really benefit from the use of custom software instead of pen and paper or out-of-the-box solutions.