What Kind of Construction Software do I Need?
April 30, 2015
We all want the shoe that fits. But when it comes to construction project management software, there are so many choices that it can be hard to find the right aisle, never mind the right shoe.
Understanding the advantages of project management software is easy. It helps facilitate and improve communications among team members. It drives organization with document/file management. And once your team adapts you will all work faster, smarter, and more efficiently.
However, it’s not always easy to decide on which product/software to go with…
How do I decide?
1) Understand how your team operates
Not all construction companies are created equal, nor are all project management software packages created equal. To select the best software package, you should first assess how your team operates and what daily tasks they’re tackling. For example, if half your staff is tracking labor expenses and customer orders you should probably find something that has accounting integration as a core feature.
2) Look for tools that solve YOUR problems
At the end of the day, we use software to solve problems. So it’s crucial to find a tool that will give you all the features you need, and nothing more, to solve problems. If you end up buying software with tons of features that you don’t need, they will end up causing even more problems.
3) Evaluate Cost
We’re all in business to make money, and software costs can have a big impact on the budget. There are a lot of “enterprise” options out there that require long-term contracts of 10,000k and up per year. Make sure the ROI (return on investment) is worth it before diving into a big financial commitment. You may be able to get by with a more affordable solution that doesn’t require commitment, like CM Fusion.
4) Try before you Buy
Get a sample of the software and use it with your team before you whip out the credit card. Would you ever buy a car before taking it for a test drive? Software shouldn’t be any different. Look for options that offer a free trial or demo account so you can get familiar with the tool and make sure it’s something you see you and your team using for the next several years.
CM Fusion for Project Management
We designed CM Fusion specifically for project management. This means you’ll get a tool that focuses on managing construction projects. We also designed it specifically for small business General Contractors, so you get all the features you need and nothing more. This keeps the software truly simple and easy to use. And in terms of cost, we’re as affordable as it comes starting at only $99/month including a 30-day Free Trial. Learn more at www.cmfusion.com.