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SPECIAL SECTION: CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Though a decade or more behind other industries in the deployment of ECM technology, construction is now seeing the value beyond the low-hanging fruit: invoice routing. Contractors are deploying ECM for capture, processing and storage of HR and project management documents, billing backup, invoice routing and processing, and fieldbased forms like QA/QC and safety. Document management tools were underutilized in the past, but quickly are moving toward confusing. Everyone seems to want to be in the content management business, from Google and Amazon to collaborative storage platforms such as SharePoint, DropBox and Box. All of these solutions handle one or more aspects of storage and retrieval fairly well, but none represent the comprehensive solution of ECM. These solutions provide not only independent and secure storage, but also workflow tools, forms capture capability and record retention. However, they are more costly and complex to deploy, which will drive many companies to the easier and less costly collaboration platforms. Others simply will store documents within their core applications. Collaboration Collaborative platforms for projects are in vogue again. While typically beneficial for larger owners and general contractors, this approach is adding challenges for the specialty contractors that are forced to use one, two or three different systems beyond their own for many project management-related activities. Even some general contractors can be inconvenienced when an owner demands use of a particular system, forcing contractors to maintain important project documents and records in a solution outside of their control. Software Licensing Software developers continue to change licensing models as vendors move away from local or network-based licensing to SaaS models. The benefit is getting a bundled set of solutions for a fraction of the cost, and they can be accessed easily by people all across the company. Additionally, employees companywide have easy access to software they may have had limited or no access to in the past. This can help to transition processes like BIM to the field. However, many companies are moving away from traditional licensing completely. Also, some bundles provide solutions the company doesn't want or need, which can drive up the package pricing. Mobile Many, if not most, contractors have deployed some form of mobile solution to their jobsites within the last three years. Some are using it for timecard collection and routing or entry of production units. Others have integration with their project management and collaboration systems or document management solutions so they can initiate RFIs, capture photographs and access drawings. But with increased access to technology and bandwidth in the field, as well as more tech-savvy users, comes greater complexity and demand for IT support. BIM The mechanical and plumbing trades, as well as the structural steel supply chain, have been modeling for decades. The movement toward the general contractor taking a leadership role is still relatively new, but only for certain areas of the country. For example, in the West and mountain states, general contractors have been using a BIM process for nearly 10 years. Many general contractors now have a virtual design and construction (VDC) department and CONSTRUCTIONEXEC.COM management, utility billing, mobile applications and project collaboration. At the same time, they have to embrace integration with complementary products that potentially could rob them of seat revenue. These vendors also are feeling pressure to deploy on a legitimate cloud platform and, in some cases, SaaS approach. If this were not enough, their customer bases are getting larger and more vocal in their demands for better platforms, more advanced tools to work with the data (e.g., business intelligence) and, as always, increased functionality. Many construction companies have made the transition to a new ERP solution in the last five years, and probably hope to not address that mass of code again anytime soon. The good news is, those that have made the plunge can channel their IT department, staff and software investment dollars to potentially more rewarding initiatives-ones that ultimately are less disruptive. 41 http://www.CONSTRUCTIONEXEC.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Executive - September 2016

Industry Insider
In Brief
Washington Update
Construction Markets
Risk
Safety
Workforce
No Bounds to Success
Special Section: Construction Technology
Business Development
Community Outreach
Viewpoints
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