It’s rare to see construction contractors that don’t use estimating software in their day-to-day businesses, even though just twenty years ago, almost none of them were using these programs. Aside from the general trend for industries to adopt more technologies as our world gets more electronic, there are other reasons that make these sort of programs paramount for a contractor that wants to do his job well.
1. Time Management
If you want to stay competitive in the market, you must optimize the processes and cut back on unnecessary time spent on bureaucracy. If a company doesn’t do that, it has to hire more people, spend more time on each task, and decrease its profit margins due to inefficiency.
Currently, building estimating software offers a wide range of functions and services, which will decrease the time you spend on each task. The program will facilitate information transfers between the different processes and tasks, too, which historically has been the bottleneck that prevented projects from finishing quicker.
2. Resource Management and Tracking
Construction projects are extremely complex. From managing raw materials to human resources, you need to do a lot of bookkeeping to make sure everything is moving along smoothly. This complexity is exactly why some reports show that corruption in construction projects is relatively higher than other kinds of projects, and this causes the cost of projects to rise, along with mistrust among your clients.
This type of software makes this easy for you. Minute and electronic record keeping of every piece of information regarding shipments, materials, workers, and clients help you get a detailed view of how your projects are moving along. If you see irregularities or mismanagement, you can quickly and decisively deal with the problems. Dealing with various clients can be quite time-consuming and resource-demanding, too. The software also helps determine how you manage your limited resources and use them in a way that’ll best serve your business.
3. Report Generation
Generating reports for clients, sub-contractors, and investors are one of the key functions you must take care of. It is usually a lengthy, anxiety-inducing, and error-prone process that encompasses many processes, employees, and, traditionally, physical books.
As you can imagine, construction ERP (enterprise resource planning) software streamlines this process to a great extent. Having all the data in one place, managing it through a computer program, and having ready functions that generate visually appealing and easily understandable graphs are clear advantages a computer program provides. The amount of time and resources you’ll save on report generation is remarkable if you use the program correctly, following industry standards:
- Make sure the data entered is as accurate as possible – if the data isn’t accurate, it doesn’t matter how many reports you generate, they’ll be meaningless.
- This means you’ll be able to generate reports whenever a client or investor asks for them.
- Make sure you have a client with the technical skills to deal with emergencies if and when they rise up. Centralizing all your processes and data could potentially be catastrophic if you don’t have the capability to deal with issues quickly.
Being able to generate reports quickly isn’t only important for external parties, but it can be the driving force behind the internal functions of your company. Predicting markets, trends, and profits is an unimaginably difficult task, but there’s one thing that can help you, and that’s data. Seeing how projects fair, how costs increase or decrease, and how aggregate demand for your services fluctuate can give you key insights into the functioning of your sector and where it might be going. This will ensure you’re always on top of the game, investing in the right technologies and products and abandoning materials and services that are no longer in demand. Without the extensive data and processing capabilities these sorts of programs provide, you’ll be left in the dark when deciding the long term plans of your company.