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By Justine Diaz
April 17, 2017
You’ve just endured a long session of battling with your Excel spreadsheets. Annoyed, you walk into a meeting and you notice a few inconsistencies in the data. One bad decision based on this report (that your boss has been so anxiously counting on) could sink your entire company’s quarterly forecasts.
Data. We might not like analyzing it. And it might not be included in our job description. But we need it, and we’re all responsible for it.
But there's a lot more to know about this vital, inconvenient, and laborsome (at best) task, called data analysis.
If you can get a 360-degree view of your business, then you can run your business more effectively. With a construction operating system, everyone from owners to execs and field teams can solve problems more quickly by putting all data sets in one place.
Each employee, on every jobsite, produces data every day just by doing their jobs. With so many moving parts, that might make it hard for you to know where to start looking for answers.
But you don’t need truck loads of data, you just need the right data. And by collecting the right information, you can better interpret the way your teams and workflows collaborate, and make better predictions about them. Owners and execs can better comprehend workflows, project scope, and budgets, and in turn, have an opportunity to raise profits thanks to you.
Instead of spending all of your time analyzing data, a construction operating system automatically synthesizes it for you,, in real time as it’s being collected in the field. This provides your business with a new underlying data “infrastructure.” So no more analysis paralysis. You get the answers to your boss’s questions, not the equations.
Traditionally, taking information from each of the various point solutions that run your company and turning them into trendable insights has been a difficult task. But when you need answers now, you need to know exactly where your data is stored––always.
If your data lives in one central place, not only will big picture trends be revealed, but you can use it as a searchable hub for any information you need.
A construction operating system is devoted to measuring, storing, and consolidating what is typically individually siloed information like at-risk tasks including slipping project schedules, hidden potential change orders, and RFI closeout time. This saves you from the wasteful inefficiencies of data mining and gets you home in time for dinner..
You’re an expert builder. And from project managers to superintendents and subcontractors, you’ve assembled a team of nothing but the best experts in their disciplines. But there’s a critical shortage in the construction workforce, and it’s not skilled labor––it’s cybersecurity experts.
And that’s ok. Because it’s smarter to piggyback on your cloud application’s security investments than shoulder that responsibility yourself. Take your valuable company data out of in-house servers and intranets and move it all into the cloud where construction operating systems live.
Because when the unlikely happens, an office fire, natural disaster, cyber theft, or a disgruntled employee threatens the security and confidentiality of your data, you’ll know it’s all in the hands of professionals. In the cloud there is less downtime, less exposure, zero threat of losing data to hardware damage, and more internal and external defenses against cyber theft.
Whether you’re a superintendent with 20 years of experience, or a rookie in the office just now learning the ropes, everyone can benefit from data. Reaching proficiency in your role is great, but comfort zones don’t ensure job security.
In order to become a more effective employee and truly master your craft, you need a genuine willingness to learn and healthy obsession with setting new goals.
A construction operating system can give you all of the feedback you need to improve upon your weaknesses and build your successes. You’ll be able to run better business meetings, manage more efficient teams, and have answers that make you an invaluable asset to your company.
You may have made major strides in the way you collect, store, and synthesize your jobsite and office data. But there is more work to be done in order to make it useful.
With a fully integrated construction operating system, you’ll get a clearer picture of how your company functions in real time––providing you with live insights into how your margins are behaving. You’ll be able to spot crucially important trends like input increases, how frequently you’re losing out to avoidable change orders, how you’re performing in different markets, and even how one subcontractor’s productivity compares to that of another.
Construction operating systems are shaping up as the next catalyst of company foresight. With a construction operating system, you’ll be uniquely positioned to reinvent the way construction is achieved.
In the end, better data makes for smarter decisions and more successful companies.
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