Posted: July 18, 2018
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Whether you’re an estimator for a medium-size drywall contractor or a project manager for a large GC, picking the right construction software can be a huge challenge.
Sure, everyone loves the idea of improving speed and accuracy to drive greater profitability. But will your company see ROI quickly? Pumping the brakes until you’ve checked all of the required boxes is never a bad idea. Nobody wants to have buyer’s remorse after-the-fact.
Not to worry! We’ve got some great tips to help you focus and prioritize key objectives and requirements to help with your digital takeoff and estimating software selection process.
Start the process of getting everyone on the same page with a pencil and paper. (Not really—you can use a laptop!) But this exercise is truly about “writing down” system requirements and dependencies—along with all of the software functions and capabilities required.
First, start by making a list of your key objectives. Here are some questions to kick off the process from our eBook, Estimators Guide to Assessing and Picking the Right Software:
After you’ve set your objectives based on these answers, you can zero-in on the right software requirements.
Rank Top 10 Requirements
Give yourself a high-five if you managed to nail down your objectives. Not every construction business makes it this far when it involves investing in and prioritizing IT. In fact, the 2017 JB Knowledge Construction Technology Report showed that only 21.8% of construction companies spend 1% of their annual sales volume on IT.
Now, it’s time to dig into the nitty-gritty of your software requirements by prioritizing these 10 requirements—rank them from most important to least important. This will help you assess your needs:
With your requirements set, you can now move forward with researching and selecting software. If you’d like to learn more great tips, download our eBook, Estimators Guide to Assessing and Picking the Right Software, now.
Did you know the 2017 JB Knowledge report again named On-Screen Takeoff as the top takeoff tool with 41.5% of survey respondents—beating out 14 others in the takeoff software category? Start your free trial today and see for yourself how easy and fast takeoff can be.