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Construction Management Stairs

A colleague recently shared with me the below graphic from a Caterpillar presentation he attended, which got me thinking about how managers and owners run their construction businesses. I know the way I’ve managed my company over the years has changed. As we’ve grown we’ve put more formal processes in place and my focus has shifted more toward the bigger picture.

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From Petroglyphs to the Public Cloud

During a recent trip to Arizona, I visited the V-bar-V petroglyph site in the Verde Valley. For those not familiar, petroglyphs are engravings made into rock surfaces and can be found throughout the world. I found the V-bar-V petroglyphs fascinating to see, but it was their story that really captured my imagination. It turns out that some of the engravings were almost certainly used as part of a solar calendar to help guide the critical timing for crop planting—critical because given the length of the growing season, you could harvest two full crops if you timed things just right.

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What Bidding Practices Say About Your Construction Company

I was recently on LinkedIn and noticed a question in one of the group forums asking readers to identify the biggest problem facing construction businesses today. The answers ranged from finding quality employees to wanting more control over project documents. One theme, however, seemed to dominate the thread. Intense bidding competition is driving prices so low that contractors cannot both make a profit and perform quality work.

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Cloud Computing and the Construction Industry (part 2)

Last week I discussed three of the biggest perceived reasons why companies hesitate to put their data in the cloud or rely on cloud-based construction software. By perceived, I mean reasons that are based on impressions, sometimes false impressions, of what cloud computing is all about. This week, as promised, I’ll focus on a couple of the real reasons why some companies are slow to adopt computing in the cloud.

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Spending Money to Make Money

Last week I wrote about the counter-intuitive advantages of paying invoices on time, or even paying them early. In that discussion, I briefly mentioned automated invoice payment and the use of paycards. Because I have witnessed contractors not only save money but actually make money when they combine these two approaches, I thought I would share some specifics.

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Construction Business Management - Paying Bills

A friend of mine has a habit of not paying his bills until the day they are due. He’s also known for driving to the post office right before it closes on April 15 to file his taxes. His reasoning is simple—he doesn’t want to give up his money any sooner than he has to. Over the years, I’ve worked with many construction companies who also wait as long as possible to pay their vendor and subcontractor invoices for the same basic reason. But in business, there are other considerations that lead to the counter-intuitive conclusion that it is usually better to pay on time or even early.

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Cloud Connections - ERP Software

Last week in the blog entry Dark Clouds, Silver Linings I discussed a few of the most frequent concerns I’ve been hearing about the construction industry’s move to cloud computing. I left one concern for this week’s blog since I felt it deserved a little more explanation—the topic of software integration and what that will look like in the cloud.

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