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Modern Construction Companies Can Not Rely On Texting & Excel

Despite living in an age where technology is part of almost every part of our day, many construction companies still use Excel to run their sites, tracking their finances and estimates to win their bids. While spreadsheets are an easy tool, they're often pushed beyond their means - especially considering the value that data brings to a business; it is increasingly obvious these tried and trusted tools are no longer up to the task. 

The modern construction side thrives on communication.

Despite living in an age where technology is part of almost every part of our day, many construction companies still use Excel to run their sites, tracking their finances and estimates to win their bids. While spreadsheets are an easy tool, they’re often pushed beyond their means – especially considering the value that data brings to a business; it is increasingly obvious these tried and trusted tools are no longer up to the task. 

Let’s look at what this means for your construction business.

Texting and Excel Are Inefficient 

Texting and Excel are useful for many things, but they won’t provide you with the worksite visibility you’re looking for. Put another way; they don’t offer a shareable “live” view of the on-site project.

Neither method can provide a master copy of your data, making it difficult for individual stakeholders to see where things are in the big picture, how tasks are progressing, what’s coming up next, and who owns what. When it comes time to run reporting, the whole process is hampered by information scattered across multiple platforms.

Employing the wrong tools can significantly affect your lookahead planning, leaving your teams with no real-time visibility into the project and a vague understanding of who is responsible for what.

Keep information Concise 

Project managers devote over 45% of their time hunting down updates or generating endless reports. 

There’s no excuse for project teams to get stuck in meetings that last far longer than they should simply because many participants are unaware of what’s going on on the worksite. This adds to the animosity between the numerous teams and encourages the blame culture that exists across the supply chain. 

As a Project Manager, you don’t want that to happen.

When considering your long-term plans, consider the impact of saving time on administrative activities by establishing a single, constantly updated source of truth that seamlessly syncs across the worksite and office.

Standardization 

 Standardizing your design, collaboration, and construction processes is a viable choice. More importantly, it will reduce the workload of your already thinly stretched teams by assisting you in preventing mistakes and identifying critical issues early on.

A construction-specific technology like Traqspera will help you handle a large amount of historical data to systematically understand your projects’ development patterns and put together an effective plan of action.

The Grand Plan

One thing is certain, regardless of the scale of your building projects, all of your tools should be real-time connected to ensure that no data is lost or delivered late.

Text may be a great tool for conveying real-time information. Still, it has one major flaw—the information you share via Text or Excel (email, or other means) is almost instantly incorrect, and a new version becomes the source of truth. 

Traqspera takes this a step further and has implemented an offline sync for your data, so if you, your team, or even your office cannot connect to the Traqspera app, your data will be stored on the device and automatically sent and synced when the connection is reestablished.

Book a demo with our team today if you’re ready to level up your business’s construction project management tool from texting and Excel. Traqspera’s flexible platform works with any workflow and onboards in a fraction of the time of other ERP solutions.

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