Having clear visibility into your business shouldn’t be confined to only when you’re in the office. That especially holds true in construction where many of the most critical decisions are made amid the mud, brick, and rebar of the job site. I’ve already wrote about how reporting, monitoring, analyzing, and predicting can help you gain greater insight into your business. Today, I’ll cover why it’s important for business visibility to be as mobile as you are.
I recently read a McGraw-Hill construction industry study that showed 93 percent of respondents use some sort of mobile device on their construction sites. That’s a pretty impressive number. Why has the use of mobile devices exploded on the job site? The answer usually falls into one of three categories:
Field personnel are increasing their adoption of smart phones and tablets so they don’t have to call office staff for the latest project information or be tied to the job trailer to request or submit reports. It’s simply easier to get things done with mobile devices.
According to the McGraw-Hill survey, communication is the number one way mobile tools improve jobsite productivity. This communication can be as simple as taking and sharing project pictures online (after all, a picture is worth a 1,000 words) to communicating hours worked in the field.
Considering a construction project can involve thousands of decisions, made by dozens of people, from multiple companies, finding the best way to collaborate is key. Mobile devices can tap into cloud-based collaboration applications that allow the building team to share and handle project details, drawings, and other information more quickly.
For more information about mobile construction technology, download the mobilizing edition of The Construction Executive’s Interactive Guide to Business Visibility. In this e-book, you’ll get tips, best practices, and basic steps to start mobilizing your company. You’ll also learn what to look for in mobile applications and how to assure your mobile devices and company data is secure.
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About the Author
Deb Carpenter-Beck is a writer and marketer with more than 25 years of experience in the construction and real estate industries. She often writes about technology and best practices and is passionate about helping contractors and real estate professionals achieve their business goals. You can follow her on Twitter @DebCBConstruct.