Builtcast Episodes

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/001_CourtneyKounkel_190107.mp3″ image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Courtney_1x1.png” social_gplus=”false” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/monarch” twitter_username=”bangertinc” ]

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/003_MikeEspeset_190206.mp3″ social_gplus=”false” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/story” hashtag=”Builtcast #BangertInc” twitter_username=”Builtcast @Bangertinc” ]

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/003_MikeEspeset_190206.mp3″ title=”Industry Leader: Mike Espeset” image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/ME_1x1.jpg” social_gplus=”false” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/story” hashtag=”Builtcast #BangertInc” twitter_username=”Builtcast @Bangertinc” ]

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/004_CurtisPeltz_190213.mp3″ title=”Builtcast: How Modern Day Estimating Was Built With Curtis Peltz” image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/CP_1x1.png” social_gplus=”false” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/curtis” tweet_text=”I’m listening to Builtcast!” hashtag=”Builtcast #ConstructionPodcast #Construction” twitter_username=”Builtcast @Bangertinc” ]

 

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/005_DennisStejskal_190218.mp3″ title=”Construction Technologist: Dennis Stejskal” image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Dennis-Construction-1×1.png” social_gplus=”false” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/?p=214475&preview=true” tweet_text=”– I’m listening to #Builtcast by Bangert, Inc.” hashtag=”Builtcast #BuildWhatMatters #BangertInc” twitter_username=”Builtcast @Bangertinc” ]

 

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/008_SethDawson_190308.mp3″ title=”Solving Complex Accounting Problems With Seth Dawson” image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/SethDawson_Paperless_1x1.png” social_gplus=”false” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/paperless/” tweet_text=”How does a construction accounting department with complex projects do away with paper? Find out how Seth Dawson of Paperless Environments did it.” hashtag=”builtcast #bangertinc #sagepaperless” ]

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/006_DanClapper_190306.mp3″ title=”Builtcast: Fueling HVAC Contractor Growth With Dan Clapper” image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/DanClapper_1x1.png” social_gplus=”false” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/hvac-dan/” tweet_text=”Are you taking the right approach when it comes to growing your HVAC contracting business and leading the competition in 2019? In this article, we go over how you can work on your business instead of in your business.” hashtag=”builtcast, #hvac, #buildwhatmatters” twitter_username=”bangertinc” ]

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/010_DustinBurns_190321.mp3″ title=”Builtcast: McCownGordon’s Technology Director, Dustin Burns, On Why Construction Is Set For A Radical Change” image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/DustinBurns_1x1.png” social_gplus=”false” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/burns/” tweet_text=”From AI to Blockchain, culture to projects – we sat down with Dustin Burns for an inside look at how tech is transforming business processes, from the bottom up. Listen and discover what’s happening now and why the future of construction will be nothing like we’ve seen before.” hashtag=”builtcast #buildwhatmatters #McCownGordon #construction #tech” twitter_username=”Builtcast” ]

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/011_JeffGerardi_190405.mp3″ title=”Builtcast: ProEst CEO Jeff Gerardi On How The Cloud Bolsters Your Preconstruction Process” image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/JeffGerardi_1x1.png” social_gplus=”false” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/proest/” tweet_text=”From no maintenance to AI, the preconstruction process is more exciting than it’s ever been before. We talked with Jeff Gerardi on how construction companies can marry estimating and ERP to win more work and boost profits.” hashtag=”Builtcast #ProEst #Technology #Construction #BuildWhatMatters” twitter_username=”Builtcast @ProEst” ]

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/KrisLengieza_190426.mp3″ title=”Builtcast: Kris Lengieza On Creating A Connected Construction Landscape” image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/KrisLengieza_1x1.png” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/procore-kris” tweet_text=”We talked with Kris Lengieza, Director of Marketplace Business Development at Procore on how tech can connect every job in construction – from the project engineers to superintendents to executives looking for growth.” hashtag=”Builtcast #Procore #ConstructionTechnology” twitter_username=”Builtcast @procoretech” ]

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/JaimeWeber_190509.mp3″ title=”Builtcast: Jaime Weber On Successful Software Implementation” image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/JaimeWeber_1x1.png” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/jaime” tweet_text=”From his time in Second City to performances at the Kennedy Center, we talked with Jaime Weber on how he took a non-traditional approach to a career in construction technology at Bangert, Inc.” hashtag=”builtcast #podcast #bangertinc #acumatica #growth” twitter_username=”Bangertinc @Builtcast @Acumatica” ]

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/MikeGillum_190515.mp3″ title=”Builtcast: Mike Gillum On Going From Construction Labor To Construction Tech” image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/MikeGillum_1x1.png” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/acumatica-mike/” tweet_text=”We talked with Mike Gillum, Product Specialist for Acumatica Construction Edition on growing up in a construction business and what contractors think about the ground-breaking ERP.” hashtag=”Builtcast #Acumatica #ConstructionSoftware #BuildWhatMatters” twitter_username=”Builtcast @BangertInc @Acumatica” ]

 

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/BillyBall_190531.mp3″ title=”Builtcast: Change In Construction Supply With Billy Ball” image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/BillyBall_1x1.jpg” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/84-lumber/” tweet_text=”We talked with 84 Lumber’s VP of National Sales on what’s changed in the construction supply business over his 30 years in the industry and why it’s destined for growth.” hashtag=”84Lumber, #Builtcast, #BangertInc, #BuildWhatMatters” twitter_username=”Builtcast, @BangertInc, @84Lumber” ]

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/BlakeBerg_190610_1.mp3″ title=”Blake Berg From WeWork Talks Construction Tech – Builtcast” image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Blake-Berg_1x1.png” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/wework-blake/” tweet_text=”We talked with Blake Berg, Director of Construction Technology at WeWork, about his work ethic, dedication, and commitment to delivering future-forward projects at the revolutionary company.” hashtag=”Builtcast, #BuildWhatMatters, #Construction, #Technology” twitter_username=”Builtcast, @BangertInc,@WeWork” ]

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/Tim_Seth_190613.mp3″ title=”Tim McCulloh And Seth Rooker From Holmes Murphy Talk Construction Bonding In 2019″ image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/TimMcCullohSethRooker_1x1.png” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/holmes-murphy” tweet_text=”We talked with Tim McCuloh and Seth Rooker from the Holmes Murphy Surety Bonding Team about how tech can help when it comes to moving through the bonding process.” hashtag=”builtcast #buildwhatmatters #construction #bonding #holmesmurphy” twitter_username=”builtcast @bangertinc” ]

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/VanessaLinscott_190624.mp3″ title=”Builtcast: Vanessa Linscott On Staying Healthy To Build A Better Business” image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/VanessaLinscott_1x1.png” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/staco/” tweet_text=”We talked with Vanessa Linscott, President and Co-Owner of Staco Electric on her family-first approach to her business and why staying healthy and positive has led to tremendous growth.” hashtag=”builtcast #bangertinc #staco #growth #buildwhatmatters” twitter_username=”builtcast @bangertinc @” ]

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/TannisLiviniuk_190627_1.mp3″ title=”Builtcast: Tannis Liviniuk On How Construction Can Look To Other Industries For Growth” image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/TannisLiviniuk_1x1.png” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/tannis/” tweet_text=”We talked with Tannis Liviniuk, global entrepreneur and founder of Trillium Advisory Group on how construction companies can best utilize people, process, and technology.” hashtag=”builtcast, #bangertinc, #trillium, #advisorygroup, #construction, #growth” twitter_username=”bangertinc @builtcast” ]

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/BasemHamdy_190702.mp3″ title=”Builtcast: How Bassem Hamdy And Briq Are Revolutionizing Construction Data” image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/BassemHamdy_1x1.png” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/briq/” tweet_text=”AI and Blockchain in construction are more than just buzzwords, they’re here and will transform business as we know it. This week, we talk with Bassem Hamdy on how Briq is leading this innovative space.” hashtag=”builtcast #buildwhatmatters #bangertinc” twitter_username=”builtcast @bangertinc @BriqHQ ” ]

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/AaronFrumin_190724.mp3″ title=”Builtcast: How unCommon Construction Is Providing Opportunities Through The Trades” image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/AaronFrumin_1x1.jpg” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/uncommon/” tweet_text=”This week, we sit down with Aaron Frumin, the founder of unCommon Construction based in New Orleans, Louisiana on how his organization is breaking down classroom walls by providing opportunity for high school students through the construction trades.” hashtag=”builtcast #uncommonconstruction #buildwhatmatters #construction #growth” twitter_username=”builtcast @bangertinc @uccnola” ]

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/TracyAppersonIMA_190802.mp3″ title=”Builtcast: Tracy Apperson And The IMA Financial Group Talk A Team Approach To Construction” image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/IMA-Group_1x1.png” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/ima” tweet_text=”We talked with Tracy Apperson and her team at IMA Financial Group about how taking a team approach to insurance, claims, and more for the construction industry leads to better problem solving.” hashtag=”builtcast #buildwhatmatters #imafinancialgroup” twitter_username=”builtcast @bangertinc” ]

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/023_BrianSchwartze_190809.mp3″ title=”Builtcast: Kinzler Construction COO Brian Schwartze Talks Hiring In Construction” image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/BrianSchwartze_1x1.png” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”https:bangertinc.com/brian/” tweet_text=”Our guest today Brian Schwartze, is the COO at Kinzler Construction Services – he’s a featured speaker at the Build What Matters Summit – so if you like this episode, he’ll take a deeper dive into what we talked about here at the summit.” hashtag=”builtcast #KinzlerConstructionServices #Construction #Hiring” twitter_username=”Builtcast @Bangertinc @Kinzler” ]

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/024_JohnGoacke_190826.mp3″ title=”Builtcast: John Goecke Talks How Stratusvue Is Incorporating Machine Learning Across Their Product Lines” image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/JohnGoecke_1x1.png” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/john/” tweet_text=”This week, we sat down with John Goecke, President & CEO of Stratusvue to talk Machine Learning in construction, a fairly new topic for this industry. What we found out is that Machine Learning will unlock new potential for file sharing across the construction landscape.” hashtag=”builtcast #podcast #stratusvue #construction” twitter_username=”builtcast @bangertinc @stratusvue” ]

[smart_track_player url=”Builtcast: How Michele Roberts-Bauer Is Developing The Next Generation Of Construction Trades” title=”Builtcast: How Michele Roberts-Bauer Is Developing The Next Generation Of Construction Trades” image=”Builtcast: How Michele Roberts-Bauer Is Developing The Next Generation Of Construction Trades” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/michele” tweet_text=”We sat down with WCOE KC member Michele Roberts-Bauer, the President of ABC Heart of America to uncover how the industry is working together.” hashtag=”builtcast #podcast #ABCHeartofAmerica” twitter_username=”Bangertinc @Builtcast” ]

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/026_DustinAnderson_190903.mp3″ title=”Builtcast: Dustin Anderson Talks How Construction Technology Is Changing The Landscape Of Business” image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Dustin-Anderson-1.png” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”http://35.225.144.56/dustin” tweet_text=”Our guest this week is Dustin Anderson, Vice President of Construction And Real Estate at Sage. We wanted to talk with Dustin because construction technology is a rapidly changing and developing world and we had to ask … what is the company behind the #1 selling construction software doing to move that needle forward. What we found out is that it’s all about looking at where they’ve been and simply put … listening to their customers.” hashtag=”sage #builtcast #bangertinc #buildwhatmatters” twitter_username=”bangertinc @builtcast” ]

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/builtcast/027_AndreAndKerri_190917.mp3″ title=”Builtcast: How Kerri Brocker And Andre Davis Are Disrupting Construction” image=”http://35.225.144.56/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Kerri-Brocker-Andre-Davis_1x1.jpg” social_linkedin=”true” social_pinterest=”true” social_email=”true” permalink=”35.225.144.56/built” tweet_text=”We wanted to talk with Kerri and Andre because of their innovative approach to building out interiors from hospitals, to offices, and more. What we found out is that their technology is truly disrupting the way not only the initial construction phase is performed, but the way we think about the entire lifecycle of a structure.” hashtag=”built #builtcast #buildwhatmatters #bangertinc” twitter_username=”bangertinc @builtcast” ]

The Time To Move Construction Financials To The Cloud Is Now

In this article, you will learn why it is time that construction financial management moves to the cloud. From real-time data to real business applications, making the move to a true cloud solution outweighs any negative side effects.

The Time To Move Construction Financials To The Cloud Is Now

In this article, you will learn why it is time that construction financial management moves to the cloud. From real-time data to real business applications, making the move to a true cloud solution outweighs any negative side effects.

The Silver Lining

If there is one silver lining for contractors that will come of the Coronavirus crisis it will be the light shining on the need to harden construction businesses against these kinds of events in the future. Now that we have all been awakened to the fact that a pandemic can reach our shores and affect us in ways we could not imagine only a few short weeks ago, as business owners we are wise to act on our new knowledge.

Before COVID-19, few contractors were thinking of or had a plan for a remote work scenario. Now, we are all either doing it or at the least thinking of it. If you are working remotely, it is likely via a stop-gap solution like remote-controlling your office computer from home. This can work in an emergency, but certainly not for the long-term. Additionally, stop-gap solutions do not address the entirety of the needs your company has, like issuing payments and providing management reports.

Top Reasons To Move Your Construction Financial Management To The Cloud

However, a crisis like this is not the only reason that moving your financial management software to the cloud makes good sense. There is a confluence of events that are worthy of attention and action. Here are a few:

  • All of the most commonly used construction financial management systems were first developed in the early to mid-1990s. Now, a completely different era of technology exists, and legacy systems have reached the limit of their development
  • All of these same products rely on many “third party” or white-labeled add-ons to function in today’s world. This creates multiple logins, dissimilar user interfaces, and opportunities for support calls (read cost and downtime)
  • All legacy systems have a licensing model that is per user, which limits deployment and prevents staff that could use these systems from having access without incurring additional expense
  • Few (none?) of them have native dashboarding capabilities
  • All rely on the outdated model of an on-premise server or a “rented” server in the cloud, adding significant IT infrastructure costs

I could add more to this list, such as the lack of effective deployment of mobile technologies, but the reasons listed should start you thinking – isn’t there something better? There is …

The Last Technological Event In Construction: The Advent Of Windows

Before we get into talking about what is better, a bit of background is necessary. The last time there was any significant technological event that created a sea-change in how contractors operated the management of their finances was the advent of the Windows operating system. Windows came in the early ’90s, 30 years ago. Since then, the systems developed in that era have served contractors well. They have been upgraded, added-to, and massaged in different ways over the years.

However, fundamentally, they are at their core the same and cannot outrun the pace of technology as a whole. The Windows platform was a game-changing event, don’t get me wrong. Contractors could do more, get better information, and perform accounting functions more quickly than in the prior green-screen world. These improvements made the investment worthwhile, and frankly, the return on the investment has been incredibly good. After all, what other purchases made in the 1990s are you still using on a daily basis?

 

The New Technological Sea-Change Is Here  

Now comes not just one sea-change event, but two, one technological and the other environmental. First, we have the Coronavirus, an environmental event with consequences that few of us would have expected. It has shaken vibrant businesses to their core, put others under, and left nearly all of us scrambling to find ways to work from home effectively and keep our people productive and our customers not only happy but functioning.

The old legacy systems were never designed to operate in this environment, and it shows. The technological event is the arrival of cloud-based ERP systems for construction. Cloud construction ERP is a much bigger game-changer for contractors than Windows was 30 years ago.

This new generation of construction ERP has all the things that the old legacy systems do not. To give you a few examples:

  • They are built on new technology, which frees you from maintaining or paying someone else to maintain an IT infrastructure
  • They are accessible from a browser on any device, making a seamless transition to remote work
  • Dashboards are built-in, plus they have single sign-on and two-factor authentication
  • In the case of Acumatica Construction Edition, there are no user or seat-based license fees. This will change how you deploy software and has a broad range of applications that are a part of a single platform and not developed somewhere else.

These abilities will change the way you think about software deployment and the uses you put it to.

To understand the impact that cloud construction ERP systems will have, think about these things:

  1. Your current legacy system was designed in an era when applications like project management were not even thought of
  2. Back then, the internet was a newborn, we were using dial-up modems to send email
  3. The smartphone was still 15 years away

As advanced as legacy systems were at the time, they are very far behind when it comes to the modern era. In the 1990s they were revolutionary, but today the limitations of that time are not serving us as they once did. Unfortunately, there is no magic that can transform a legacy system into a modern cloud ERP system, no matter what some software publishers might like us to think.

 

Get Ready (Excited) For Cloud Construction ERP  

Now comes cloud ERP for construction … so what’s the big deal? The big deal is that you get a platform designed with all the modern tech natively incorporated, With Acumatica Construction Edition you are released from seat-based licensing and have your entire business covered on a single platform with open APIs for integrating other core software systems. You get productivity gains, dashboards, and you effectively harden a significant part of your business against events none of us can control. We are all thinking about how to run our businesses more effectively, be more efficient, and trim expenses while expanding our opportunities. I would be safe in saying that we are all more focused.

 

Stop Accepting The Status Quo  

While the COVID-19 virus is forcing us to focus on things that were relatively invisible only a few weeks ago, the fact is the need for a modern cloud ERP for construction was there before COVID.

Because your staff has learned to navigate the challenges of on-premise software and take those tasks as just part of the job of operating your accounting system, the shortcomings have become normalized. “It’s just the way it works” comes to mind. Maintaining your own network and servers and backups are accepted because “that’s the way we have always done it.” Many also hire outside managed IT services to remove the burden from internal staff, seeing it as a more cost-effective way to keep the internal network and attached workstations operating while freeing up staff time to do the work they are charged with.

The result of all of this becomes normalized as well, simply accepting these normals as a cost of doing business. Pretty soon, everything gets expensive and unnoticed; accepted because you need it. As these costs and methods of operating have become a normal part of operating your business, they fade into the background. Since legacy software continues to work and produce the results that you have always gotten, your attention naturally is applied in areas of seemingly greater urgency. I am here to tell you: there is a better way.

 

The Advantages Of True-Cloud Construction ERP  

If you are thinking about the items I have mentioned above, you likely have a good idea of where many of the advantages a Cloud Construction ERP like Acumatica Construction Edition offer. Here are a few highlights

  • The need for internal IT and network infrastructure is eliminated
  • The need for managed IT services is eliminated
  • Backups are automatically made in the cloud and stored remotely
  • The need to perform software updates is eliminated
  • Freedom from user-based or seat-based licensing
  • Unique dashboards for every position in your company on desktop and mobile
  • Collaboration is inherent
  • Elimination of several dissimilar applications and their related costs
  • Reduced training requirements
  • Modern interfaces with banking, expense reporting, document signing, and more
  • Built-in CRM to manage and make your sales pipeline visible
  • Configurable approvals and notifications across the system
  • All system functions can be performed in a mobile environment
  • Built-in project forecasting

These are just a few of the advantages.

 

The ROI Of Moving To A True-Cloud Construction ERP  

The icing on the cake is that when you add up the true cost of maintaining a legacy software system, it is often quite a bit more costly than a modern construction ERP. However, direct cost comparisons are a short-sighted way to look at the actual value a true-cloud solution brings to your company. A direct cost comparison leaves out the value that modern tech delivers, along with intangibles such as how your technology stack is useful in recruiting top talent and giving your customers and employees assurance that your company is a leader in the industry – not antiquated.

What do you do with this information? The place where I would start is to become educated on what a cloud ERP can do for you, how it can affect your operations, and how it will impact your bottom line. Most importantly, how you would deploy software differently if it were mobile and there was no added cost for broad deployment?

I would consider the remaining life span of your current software and whether it makes sense to ride it out to the end. I would think about the fact that new technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence are already being built into Acumatica Construction Edition and that those technologies will further enhance the competitive advantage that cloud ERP for construction has.

 

Not All Cloud Software Is Created Equal  

There are some landmines in the marketplace today. Being in the cloud is a hot topic and generates a substantial amount of interest. Therefore, software vendors want their products to be seen as “in the cloud” and leading the marketplace. But beware. Cloud systems do not get created overnight and they are expensive to develop. Cloud systems are new to the construction industry and because they are so expensive to build, there is a very short list of true-cloud solutions.

The landmines to avoid are the companies boasting a cloud solution when in reality, it is their legacy software hosted remotely and charged for on a subscription basis. Just because the software is accessible via the internet and is charged for monthly, does not make it a true-cloud ERP. Nor do these systems move your company forward relative to what you use today. Here are a few things you want to look for in a true cloud ERP, one of them you may find counter-intuitive:

  • All that is required to run the software is any browser, any device, and an internet connection
  • All functions are available on a mobile device through a native app
  • There is no long list of customers to reference that have been on the platform for years
  • There is an open API for interfacing other modern, mobile software applications
  • There is no seat-based pricing
  • The user interface is consistent across all applications
  • There is at least some artificial intelligence already built into the system
  • There is solid security, including two-factor authentication

If any of these are missing, you want to peel that onion a bit further.

 

Conclusion  

COVID may be bringing some of the shortcomings of legacy software systems into sharper focus, but the reality is that finding the right construction cloud ERP should be on your radar and in your plans in any case. The advantages are compelling and the cost savings are real:

  • Legacy construction accounting software is costly to operate
  • Legacy systems are expensive to expand and deploy
  • On-premise technology is at the end of its life cycle
  • True cloud is the now and definitely the future
  • Wider deployment of your software is an advantage
  • Direct cost savings are likely
  • True cloud ROI is significant
  • Watch for “Fake-Cloud” offerings
  • Hosted on-premise solutions are a band-aid stopgap

If you are ready to start the conversation, send me an email below, or connect with me on LinkedIn.

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