The benefits of using software in construction

21st February 2020

Productivity in manufacturing has nearly doubled since 2000, whereas in construction it has remained flat – this is no surprise when the construction industry is one of the least digitised industries in the UK.

According to a survey, 32% of construction productivity software users saved an average of 5+ hour each week. Using software is a great way to reduce hours of admin work, cut costs, streamline processes and work faster. This is made achievable by the automation techniques some software can offer.

One of the main benefits of software is that it can centralise all of your data, documents and processes into one easy-to-use system.

Utilising software also allows businesses in the construction industry to be more productive with the time they have, by automating processes that otherwise would be done manually – for example data input, task reminders, invoices and more.

 Not only does software increase productivity, it also enhances project performance. Most modern-day business software allows you to manage and track budgets, some will even send alerts or notify you when there is a risk a project will go over budget.

The same can be said for timescales – some software has timesheet functionality so that you are able to keep track of the time taken on a project/job. It doesn’t stop there, some software even goes a step further by allowing you to manage and track your materials and automatically add material costs to a project along the way.

The ability to look at real-time projects, analyse them and have complete knowledge of the resources involved will not only save you time and money but will ensure your projects run smoothly and are completed. Having this kind of information on paper can easily be misplaced, destroyed and hard to keep track of.

Another great benefit of using software is that it allows you to keep track of all customer and prospect communication, allowing you to deliver the best customer service. As well as this, having all of your customer's data stored in once place makes it a lot easier to contact them, find or send information about projects you are doing for them.

When it comes to software, it’s always an advantage when you are able to integrate it with other applications you use. Things like Google Calendar, Office 365, Gmail, Outlook and more can be connected with your software, which means they will work in sync together and send information to each other. This is a good thing is that if you are already using an application you like, you are still able to use it from within your system and manage everything in one place.

There is a lot of off-the-shelf software available on the market, however, these products lack customisation and have ‘one size fits all’ functionality. Having bespoke software means you can include the features you want and need. Contrary to popular belief, bespoke doesn’t have to cost the earth, it can cost as little or as much as you need it to.

Oversite by Go Media, which is a software created specifically for businesses in the trades and construction industry, offers packaged and bespoke software options. Oversite also offers flexible payment options for those who need it.

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