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“We’re looking for the easiest way to simplify everything we do”—that sentence came from one of our clients as our annual Users’ Conference kicked off at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel early last week. He was shooting the breeze with the Dexter + Chaney marketing team as we were setting up. I had asked him what he was hoping most to take away from this year’s conference and his answer, while simple, spoke to the heart of what we strive to provide for our clients.

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Construction Software Purchase Home Run

Jumping the gun on a software purchase is like walking up to the batting plate without a bat. You’re not prepared and you will be thrown curve balls. Before you look outside for solutions, first look inside and identify your company’s problems. When the fast balls start flying, it’s important for you to be able to separate the flashy “nice-to-haves” from the fundamental “must-haves.”

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Construction Software Automation

This is ultimately a blog about construction software, but stay with me as I put on my “Top Gear” hat and take you on a trip through an automotive analogy. I remember first learning how to work on cars a number of years ago, a number that is becoming disturbingly large. This was back in the day when owning a timing light was pretty standard and checking the points, plugs and condenser was pretty routine. Opening the hood of my ’72 Nova, I could actually identify just about everything I saw there.

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Hands-on Training Quells Modern Technology Resistance

As you’re reading this, I’m probably traveling—on my way down to Puerto Rico for an industry conference. I note this not because I want to brag about 80 degrees and a cool breeze (though I do), but because for the past month, I’ve been practicing my very, very rusty Spanish in order to adapt better when speaking to any of the locals. In order to brush up, I’ve been using a wonderful app on my phone called Duolingo. It makes learning—or relearning—Spanish simple and fun, yet nets significant results.

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Software Implementation - Thumb

In part one of this series, we looked at five things to consider when setting out to review and purchase new business management software for your contracting business. Once you’ve settled on a solution, it’s time to put it to work. Implementation of software these days tends to be a much smoother process as technologies improve and less (or no) hardware is needed.

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Implementing New Software - Thumb

Just about every contractor today has some form of business and construction management software playing a vital role in keeping projects moving and revenue flowing. Odds are, you’ve worked with or at least entered data into some of these systems. However, when your company outgrows its current software or the software fails to meet specific needs, it may be time to start looking at what new solutions are on the market.

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Fast Moving World - Speed & Quality Construction Software

A couple of weeks ago, I traveled to see a customer of ours to film a video shoot for our annual Innovator Awards. The videos—of which we feature three per year at our annual Users’ Conference—highlight client companies that have shown excellence, growth and thoughtful business and operations management through the use of our Spectrum® Construction Software. While I won’t name the company now, so as not to spoil the official announcement, I did want to share a particular thought or two from my visit.

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