What The Blueprint looks for in a great construction management software
Construction management software tends to vary greatly — some focus on being an all-encompassing solution for construction managers, while others aim at excelling in one particular area, such as document management or job monitoring.
As a result, comparing them can be tough. However, we’ve settled on these three aspects in particular when it comes to our reviews.
The job responsibilities of construction managers can vary significantly, but almost all of them deal with project management. As a result, we look for software that handles important aspects of project management such as scheduling and job site monitoring.
Software that doesn't deal with project management because it focuses more narrowly in other areas won’t score as highly in our "features" category, even though those solutions may have plenty of customers who are perfectly happy with the product.
More than many other software categories, construction software varies widely in terms of pricing — not just in terms of how expensive it ultimately is, but also in the pricing structure.
Some sell monthly subscription fees, others make you pay an annual fee based on how many users you have, and still others will let you just purchase the software and price it based on how many "modules" you buy.
We'll break down the pricing for each option so you can figure out how much you’ll probably end up paying.
Ease of use
No matter the industry, ease of use is of the utmost importance when it comes to software. It doesn’t matter how powerful it is — if you can’t figure out how to use it (or if it will take months to get your crew to figure it out), the software will be a net negative for your business.
A total of 40% of the score for each of the software options is based solely on how easy and intuitive we found that platform to be.
How your business can benefit from using construction management software
Why spring for construction management software? Why not just keep using a spreadsheet? There are a number of tremendous benefits you might not know about.
The ability of construction software to handle document management alone will save a huge amount of time. Many software options will manage your blueprints and permits in one place, and make it easy to share them so you’re not passing around PDFs or PNGs via email.
When a project runs into a problem, such as necessary materials being unavailable or not enough workers for a project on a specific day, you end up with delays, and that means money wasted.
If you want to increase your bottom line, the best way to do it is to implement a software solution that will make you more organized and efficient.
Have you ever made a huge mistake with payroll, or misplaced a permit you need in order to proceed with a project? That can cause major problems for your business. Software keeps all of this organized and ensures you’re not missing anything.