One of the most popular questions construction businesses question is how construction digitization helps. The simplest answer is that there isn’t a single best way to go about the process.
The value from digitization includes reducing overhead and dynamic changes in business agility and performance. Determining how to get through the process will depend on your business’ specific needs and goals.
Below are some of recommended steps to implement your own construction digitization process below.
- Determine Who, What, and How with Your Business Strategy
The first factor to consider is your overall strategy. As digitization mainstreams, businesses are discovering that simply purchasing a piece of technology is not the end of the process. It needs to be part of an overall strategy to determine the technology you invested in will work with the rest of the organization.
Carefully consider who will be responsible for leading and determining your digital strategy and goals, what you envision your end goals to look like and how you can monitor and maintain your business on track and inline with those goals.
- What to Consider with Your Digitization Process
Once your overarching strategy is in place, you can organize your digitization process. First, identify your business work flow and process and create a wish list of items you would want to see improved with implementing technology solutions.
You may desire a solution that combines all areas of your business (accounting, project management, service, estimating, etc.) with construction management software.
Other businesses find purchasing one specialized solution to represent a particular part of their business (i.e. service or accounting) and then eventually integrating with additional solutions is more desirable.
With so many factors to consider, some goals you want to ensure you accomplish with your digitization approach include:
- Eliminate the need for duplicate entries
- Eliminate excess paperwork
- Automation of certain work flows
- Mobile functionality
- Planning Ahead
After you decide what construction management solution will drive your business, you’ll want to consider what the next technology you’ll invest in will be. In construction, that could be drones or connected power tools.
Most importantly, will it tie in with the rest of your organization’s digital infrastructure? If they don’t operate together, you may lose your investment.
Early implementation is the time when most issues will arise, as aspects of your business that you may not have considered during the planning process come to light.
Will your new inventory system properly reorder materials when your equipment getting low? Is your new estimating software accessible by an electrician on a scissor lift, or will he waste valuable time walking back and forth to the construction trailer to look at the marked-up plans?
Once full implementation is reached, your business will function very differently than it once did. You may have implemented a paperless office, with documents automatically synced from one department to another.
An estimator can continue working from his laptop as seamlessly as he would from the office. A construction worker will install a light fixture exactly where it belongs because of helpful overlay plans accessed from their phone
Digitization is causing significant disruption in our industry. Global surveys have shown that two-thirds of business leaders believe they need to start digitalization within the next two years or suffer the consequences of being left behind.
By approaching digitization in an intelligent fashion, you can take advantage of these changes and build your market share in the process.