Under The Hood—How Well Do You Know Your Software Engine?

by John B. Chaney

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When you’re in the market for a new car,do you ask the dealer to take a look under the hood? Or, do you simply take his word that the vehicle runs properly out of fear that you won’t know what you’re looking at?

After all, automotive technology has vastly changed over the years; now, more than 50 microprocessors are needed to properly operate a vehicle’s systems and features.

Similarly, cloud computing, tablets and smartphones, mobile apps, and other technology advances have changed the construction software marketplace dramatically. Just as the days of the shade tree mechanic are fading into the sunset, so too are the days of asking what operating system is required or how much RAM is needed. But even though the technologies have significantly changed, it is still necessary to know what’s under the hood.

This article will take you on a tour of today’s software engines to help you become familiar with how cloud-enabled and mobile friendly products work and what questions to ask as a confident and informed consumer.

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