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NEW SOFTWARE
SELECTION AND
IMPLEMENTATION
IS NOT A WEEKEND PROJECT

BY ANDY HEADDING
AS A YOUNG 20-something-year-old
"kid," I came out of college ready
to take on the construction world. I
had just completed a degree in construction management, during which
I had spent nearly four years learning
about the construction industry and
was introduced to the tools I would
use to be successful throughout my
career. By tools, I mean the estimating
and project management applications
used in the construction industry.
As I walked confidently into the job
trailer on my first day, I was given a
laptop with some basic applications,
a 3" thick set of 18 x 24 drawings,
and a legal pad. There was no tablet
with electronic documents, takeoff
was done by hand, not through a

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computer-based system, and I had
no access to Building Information
Management (BIM) software, among
other things. I quickly learned that
much of what I had spent the last four
years learning had little relevance to
how things were actually being done
in the industry. Specifically, the technology available to contractors that
was being discussed in undergraduate programs was not widely used.
As the current generation of leaders
begins to step aside for the younger
generation that grew up with technology, and in a way are reliant on it, one
needs to consider the image of the
construction industry of the future.
Is your company currently working
towards what the future of the construction industry will be? How does
the construction industry overcome
its reluctance to embrace technology? How will companies compete
for the talent of individuals selecting
an industry in which to build a career?
How can contractors' software be
used to attract and retain top talent
in the construction industry?
A wide variety of software applications can be used in the construction industry. These applications are

tailored to fit specific needs of an organization. In theory, it is possible to complete an entire construction project,
from preconstruction through project
closeout and all other functions of an
organization, without using a sheet
of paper. Regardless of the opportunity to use technology and increase
efficiency, construction continues to
be one of the more labor-intensive,
paper-heavy industries. Whether that
is due to the lack of comfort with or
distrust of technology, the construction industry always seems to revert
to "how we have always done things."
Several factors are significant
when selecting software to navigate
the future success of a contractor's
business. Ideally, once a decision has
been made, that software becomes
part of the contractor's daily process,
a source of truth, which should remain
in place over the next several years.
Every company's culture, personnel, and needs are unique. There are
no predefined or identified paths to
selecting software; however, there are
several best practices that improve the
likelihood of success. The selection
process is not easy, and it takes time,
energy, and resources. Changing out



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Surety Bond Quarterly - Fall 2017

NASBP Upcoming Meetings & Events
2017–2018 Executive Committee
From the CEO: Advice for the Advisor!
How Can Construction Contractors Expedite Payment on Federal Contracts?
The Growing Importance of the Bond Producer in the Efficient Resolution of Claims
Practical Tools to Help Jump-Start Your Company’s Cyber Plan
Bond Agency Owners: The Hardest Part is Letting Go
New Software Selection and Implementation is not a Weekend Project
Is Canada Soon to Have Its Version of the Miller Act?
2017 NASBP Resource Directory
Surety Bond Quarterly - Fall 2017 - Intro
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Surety Bond Quarterly - Fall 2017 - 6
Surety Bond Quarterly - Fall 2017 - 2017–2018 Executive Committee
Surety Bond Quarterly - Fall 2017 - 8
Surety Bond Quarterly - Fall 2017 - From the CEO: Advice for the Advisor!
Surety Bond Quarterly - Fall 2017 - How Can Construction Contractors Expedite Payment on Federal Contracts?
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Surety Bond Quarterly - Fall 2017 - 13
Surety Bond Quarterly - Fall 2017 - The Growing Importance of the Bond Producer in the Efficient Resolution of Claims
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Surety Bond Quarterly - Fall 2017 - 16
Surety Bond Quarterly - Fall 2017 - 17
Surety Bond Quarterly - Fall 2017 - Practical Tools to Help Jump-Start Your Company’s Cyber Plan
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Surety Bond Quarterly - Fall 2017 - 20
Surety Bond Quarterly - Fall 2017 - Bond Agency Owners: The Hardest Part is Letting Go
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Surety Bond Quarterly - Fall 2017 - New Software Selection and Implementation is not a Weekend Project
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Surety Bond Quarterly - Fall 2017 - Is Canada Soon to Have Its Version of the Miller Act?
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Surety Bond Quarterly - Fall 2017 - 2017 NASBP Resource Directory
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