Five Cloud-Based Solutions Every Construction Project Manager Should Know About
By Jenna Puckett
Construction project management isn’t rocket science. But coordinating the numerous stakeholders, contractors, clients, and corresponding documents involved in large construction projects often makes the process much more complicated than need be. Projects can become chaotic without project management tools and features to help streamline construction operations. However, finding the right solution for your business can be an overwhelming process, especially as technology rapidly changes to keep up with the construction industry’s unique demands. As projects get more complex and the construction industry moves toward building information modeling, project management systems that use cloud-based computing are becoming vital. Cloud-based solutions foster collaboration, transparency, and efficiency throughout the construction process. Additional benefits include:
- Accessibility: One of the biggest limitations for companies using traditional software is that information can only be accessed on the computer where it has been installed. Software as a Service (SaaS) provides freedom and mobility. Users can access the software easily and collaborate from any location using a mobile device.
- Simplicity: Cloud software requires no hardware or infrastructure and minimal IT help. There is no software to install on your computer and new versions are always compatible.
- Scalability: The pay as you go model of SaaS provides options and flexibility. Changing your subscription plan to accommodate additional users or storage needs is fast and immediate.
If you’re looking to improve your construction management processes, the following list details the best cloud-based PM solutions available. Procore: Procore has over 450 client companies managing more than a thousand construction projects with their software. With over 180,000 registered users, Procore recently earned a spot on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 list. Procore was designed from the beginning as a web-based application by professionals with firsthand construction industry experience.
Aconex: Aconex is a global cloud solution used by more than 500,000 people across 70 countries, as well as several Fortune 500 construction and engineering companies. Aconex is the most widely used SaaS collaboration platform in the world for construction, infrastructure, energy and resources projects.
EADOC: EADOC was founded by Eric Lawin 2006 after his experience working for a large contractor on commercial and industrial projects. He combined his knowledge of the construction industry with his experience in the software industry to prototype and build a fast, secure, and easy to use web based collaborative construction management app.
Jonas: Jonas Software is a leading provider of North American construction and service contractor solutions. Their project management solution integrates with payroll, inventory, and accounting to provide a robust system suited for enterprise projects.
Viewpoint: Viewpoint Construction Software has been a global provider of construction-specific solutions for over 35 years. Their enterprise ready solution was recently named included among Construction Executive’s 2014 Hot Products list.
Additional solutions to consider: BuilderTREND, Co-construct, Corecon, Dexter + Chaney, Projectmates Software as a Service can help streamline business processes, foster collaboration, and eliminate software maintenance and incompatibility issues. Cloud-based solutions like the ones detailed above provide the necessary tools to keep your construction projects from becoming chaotic – and best of all, they receive continuous updates from the vendor, making sure you’ve always got the latest features.