How to Choose the Right Apps for Your Construction Business
March 18, 2016
Like many contractors, the owner of a growing suburban homebuilding company wanted to take advantage of the many mobile construction apps now available for smartphones, tablets and laptops. With so many available, he couldn’t tell which ones were worth downloading and which ones were just cluttering up his employees’ devices while nickel-and-diming the technology budget. So how does a construction company owner choose the right apps?
It isn’t so much the cost of the apps that’s the problem. Rather, a deluge of different app downloads can create confusion, cause delays and errors, and inhibit the smooth integration of data into accounting and project management systems.
Picking the categories
The solution is to create a list of preferred apps in various categories for employees to download only as needed. Examples include:
Creating and updating the list
It will take some upfront time and effort to compile a preferred app list. Seek input from staff and perhaps network with other contractors about their most beloved and despised apps. A particularly tech-savvy staff member can champion the task of initially compiling the list, which also might be a great opportunity to create an internship. Once created, the list will need to be reviewed and updated regularly.
Standardizing your approach
Ultimately, this contractor curated a list of preferred apps with his team and then presented them with an explanation to staff. This has allowed the company to save both time and money with a more standardized approach to its technology. Looking for more construction accounting and advisory services? Contact David Lee at 404.874.6244 and or simply fill out our form below and we’d be glad to help.
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