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Mobile Apps - Construction Software

Mobile apps are significantly changing the way we go about our everyday business. They help us work faster and smarter from anywhere. So it’s no surprise that businesses are increasingly adopting them to enhance their own operations. If you’re a contractor and you’re not using mobile apps now, think about this—your competitors probably are. Don’t get left in the dust. Here are three key reasons to go mobile.

Home Building Software

Overall growth in the construction industry indicates now is the time for contractors to take advantage of an improving economy to expand their business. Whether their market is retail, warehouse or lodging–where growth is expected to be strong—or in a segment that relies on federal funding like marine or direct federal construction—where forecasts are less optimistic—finding and retaining qualified people can be a challenge. Who would have thought that the downside of an improving economy would be a workforce shortage? Yet that’s exactly what contractors across the country are faced with as the industry prepares to hire again.

Practical Magic - Web Based Construction Industry Software

Before I co-founded Dexter + Chaney in 1981 with my friend and colleague Mark Dexter, we both worked for a consulting company. It was far from the norm for our construction clients back then to have computers in the office, let alone at their job sites. After we left the firm to start Dexter + Chaney and develop construction software, this remained the case throughout much of the early years of our business. I even recall a marketing pamphlet we created titled “Why Your Contracting Business Could Use a Computer.” Or something along those lines.

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Online marketing can be inherently difficult in certain industries, construction being one of them. Marketing the stellar work your construction company does may not be as sexy as unveiling the latest iPhone, but with the right approach, you can tell a story that is compelling and relevant to your target audience.

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At our Connect 2015 Users’ Conference (our 19th annual) a few weeks ago, we honored three companies as finalists for our Innovator Awards: Houston, Texas-based Pieper-Houston Electric L.P.; Cameron, Texas-based EBCO General Contractors Ltd.; and Seattle, Washington based Unity Electric Contractors and Engineers. The Innovator Award recognizes the innovative uses of our Spectrum® Construction Software and technologies by contractors that allow them to take their company’s success to the next level.

Top Construction Software

Last week, we held our 19th annual Connect Users’ Conference. It’s a humbling experience to have hundreds of attendees converge at our Seattle venue. Many traveled from across the country to spend a few days with us learning about our software, so we worked hard to make the experience worth everyone’s time, effort and expense.

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I had the opportunity to sit in on a recent webinar we presented with FMI. The webinar, “Understanding Today’s Workforce,” discussed some of the emerging trends and best practices with the ever-changing labor force in the construction industry. Jeremy Brown, the presenter and a longtime consultant with FMI, noted there was an underlying theme for the future of the construction industry workforce—millennials are moving in and that the construction industry had better be ready to meet their needs.

Construction Management Software

There are many reasons to take pride in being part of the construction industry. Ours is an industry that builds wealth and a better standard of living by actually creating something, not just through creative finance. We build and service tangible, practical, and necessary structures and infrastructure. A contractor and everyone working with them on a project can point to that project after completion and say “We did that.” And it is usually something that lasts.

An “Accidental” Technology Epiphany

Sometimes, even a bad situation can cast a positive light on just how far technology has helped us simplify our daily lives.

Technology gets a bad reputation at times with the constant connection to the Internet with smart phones, tablets and other devices. Some argue that technology has taken away the “personal touch” of communication. Since I am in the technology industry, I feel that I have to defend all these new technologies in the face of older, sometimes more trusted methods of communicating.

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It’s that time of year again here at Dexter + Chaney. The dogwoods are blooming, the mountain snows (what little we had this year) are melting, training staff are giving practice presentations in our training room, account managers are calling through their client lists, and the marketing team is drinking extra coffee. It must be time for our annual Users’ Conference.

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