The construction industry is changing every day, and sometimes it’s hard to keep up – especially for smaller businesses. New companies and products are released every day, claiming they can help increase productivity or decrease the time needed to complete a project. The problem is, where do you start and what is the best tool for you? Let our tips guide you as you search for the right software for your company.
1. Research Technology to Improve Internal Processes.
Look at your internal processes and see where and how technology can improve on them. Companies often purchase the most expensive tool with the most features, believing it has to be the magic bullet. This can’t be farther from the truth. It’s unavoidable- changing processes in your organization will be a slow and painful process. Just try to match the software to your goals for a smoother transition.
2. Keep the End User in Mind.
As a business owner or manager, you probably won’t use this software on a daily basis. So as you weigh new technology options, remember it’s your employees who will use it. If it’s too complicated or takes up too much time, they won’t be happy… and neither will you.
3. Consider Your ROI.
Compare the cost and benefits of the software to your ROI. As you research new technology, always measure the projected ROI compared to the value. Also, take the time to learn about every possible aspect before you commit. Do not sign long-term contracts or upfront set-up fees until you know the tool is right for your company.
4. Try It Before You Buy It.
Most software companies extend free trial offers so you can test their products and make better-informed decisions. Always take advantage of the full amount of time you’ve been granted. And if you need an extension, remember that it never hurts to ask. Most companies will happily extend the trial in hopes of closing the deal.
5. Do Your Due Diligence.
Finally, thoroughly assess the company behind the product. Do they honestly understand your needs? Is this some Silicon Valley tech company trying to make an easy buck? How is their customer service? Are they responsive? Ask yourself these critical questions. Research based on your own experience with the company, do some online searches and find reasons to contact them – over the phone and by email – to help inform your decision. And if you’re able to access reviews or speak with anyone using their services, this can be invaluable help for making a final decision.
The full assessment is a worthy investment of your time. Once you have the right technology in place, you’ll see dramatic results in your business. You’ll be ahead of the game and be ready to crush the competition.