Having researched the massive benefits to be gained from employing an end to end, fully
integrated Construction Software solution and having selected your business partner to
provide it, there are 5 key steps to ensuring you begin to reap the benefits as smoothly and
quickly as possible. Change in any organisation can be met with resistance from the ‘old
guard’, it is only natural to have an element of fear regarding the unknown so plan ahead
and follow these simple guidelines.
- Goal setting and Strategy
It is incumbent on any serious business owner or operator to have specific goals and
milestones to achieve in order to set out and reach commercial targets. The strategic
elements of how to get there and the tactical actions that break this down further should be
aligned to reaching those goals and will be a pivotal part of the processes and procedures
that are put in place for the departments and teams to be able to deliver. Construction
software is specifically designed to provide the functions and capabilities to manage, track
and report on these processes so make sure your goals and strategy are clearly defined at
the outset before embarking on the implementation of your software solution.
Pull Together an Implementation Team
Implementing software that is going to have a significant impact on your organisation is not
to be taken lightly. Appoint stakeholders from each of your departments to be involved in
the implementation. These need to be individuals with the commercial experience to
understand how each segment will be impacted and will need to allocate an appropriate
amount of time to the project. Having input from key figures throughout the process from
initial contract tendering, estimation, finance, project management, sales, finance (and
every other department) will ease the transition and ensure potential issues are addressed
and thought through at the early stages rather than firefighting after the event.
Executive Buy in and Support
Introducing Construction Software is not an IT project alone and will have wide reaching
implications and benefits across the entire organisation. Although it is technology based,
the software solution is going to be a user friendly integrated system that will pull all
departments in the same direction as one team. This is business transformation and an
enhancement that should be embraced as a positive game changer from everyone from the
top down. Executive teams should lead by example and actively encourage all team
members to understand the benefits and improvements that will be gained from
implementing the systems and ensure everyone is completely on board. Positive
engagement at all levels will significantly ease the transition. Removing some of the fear of
change and replacing it with excitement would be ideal to make sure everyone is talking
about business transformation rather than change.
Phased Roll Out
Planning the roll out with a definite timeline and clear roles and responsibilities will be
important in achieving the implementation on time. Planning how it will be embedded in
sequence will ensure that the adoption is done at a manageable pace and with minimal
disruption. Create a ‘road map’ to monitor and report progress along the chain to all stake-
holders to keep everyone on track and fully engaged.
Depending on the size of your organisation, you may or may not have a change management
team in place. Adopting Construction Software is going to introduce a great deal
of change (thankfully positive ones) that will impact efficiency, profitability, workflows and
transparency. These changes are also going to make project management and completion
significantly easier and, in most cases, eminently quicker (the administrative side and removal of
process delays combined with maximized effective deployment of resources will deliver these
enhancements, we are not trying to suggest that the software will speed up the actual physical
There are likely to be continual improvements, additions and enhancements to follow the initial
implementation so consider appointing an internal team to manage these going forward, as well
as to manage the implementation itself. The experienced and reputable construction software
providers in the region will be able to assist you in this so make sure to include these discussions
in the software selection process. The most experienced providers will have successfully
embedded their software into companies just like yours and will have a wealth of knowledge and
advice to share with you.
You have made the smart choice to improve and streamline your processes. With the right
construction software provider working with you, your business will be able to successfully report
the return on investment in the swiftest time frame and smoothest transition.
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