BuildIT Software Update - version 4.0 major file sharing announcement (May 2007)

Dear BuildIT User,

Announcing a powerful new way to store, organize, and share all your electronic files.

BuildIT Version 4.0 is here … it's available right now and there are no added costs for these great new features. Simply log in, and click your "files" tab to see what's new. With Version 4.0 you can:
  • drag and drop one or more files straight from your hard drive, and upload them in one easy step
  • rotate and resize image files for easier uploading from digital cameras and PDA's
  • create custom folders to organize files, faxes, emails, and even documents
  • see all your files, spreadsheets, photos, drawings, and more in one easy view
  • avoid the headaches that come with emailing attachments. Just email them a "sharing link" and they can download the file straight thru the web
  • see who downloaded a file, and when
  • know exactly what jobs, emails and faxes are using any file
  • search for all kinds of files - job files, email attachment files, fax attachment files, and more!

    Your files are continuously backed up to ensure they are protected … something you will especially appreciate when your computer crashes or goes missing.

    Use any computer connected to the Internet and you have access to all your files, anywhere, anytime. It's that easy … and it should be.

    Thank you for making us part of your success!

    Best regards,

    The BuildIT Team
    1 866 585 5050 x1 





    Why contractors have resisted computers, why it's changing, and why you don't want to get left behind

    During the last decade a large number of small and mid size businesses made use of software to increase efficiency and boost profits.

    However, construction businesses have not adopted software technology to the same extent as other 'hands-on' businesses (including automotive shops, suppliers, restaurants, and retail stores).

    The reasons have more to do with the shortcomings of computers and software than they do with contractors being resistant.

    Construction has a track record of adopting technology including cordless tools, air tools, laser tools, fax machines, mobile phones, and more.

    So, what has prevented contractors from using computers to the same extent as other businesses?

    For one thing, it's been difficult for contractors to understand how computers can help because computers and software have been mismatched with their real needs.

    Construction software that:

    • is geared to managing information by the job/project (not by the transaction)
    • can be accessed by people in different locations
    • can do a wide variety of things (without learning a dozen different packages)
    • can store information generated by other software programs
    • can fax information without printing, looking up/dialing numbers, or waiting for fax machines
    • can grow with their business
    • is easy to use with how to videos (not fat boring manuals)
    • is flexible and customizable

    People have no interest in dealing with something they perceive as potentially complex unless they see the benefit. Many in construction have seen (and still see) computers as difficult and frustrating - and rightly so they have been.

    More on why contractors have sneered at computers, why it's changing, and why you need to be ready...

     Scott Hutchinson
     1 866 585 5050 ext 1

    How software systems help construction businesses sell faster (and for more money)

    Over the next 10 - 15 years, 2/3 of all private business owners will be looking to sell out and retire. These 'baby boomer' businesses have only one place to look for buyers - the next generation.

    However, the next generation has fewer people - that means a lot more businesses than buyers.

    Whenever supply is greater than demand, prices are forced down. That means many businesses will never sell; they'll just close - not much reward for a lifetime of work.

    What ingredient will set businesses apart from the crowd? What will make them sell faster and at a higher price?

    Sure they'll have customers and be profitable (but so will businesses that don't sell). The magic ingredient is that they'll have good business systems in place - which will help them sell, while competitors shut their doors and close forever.

    Construction software systems help businesses sell because buyers find business with good systems very attractive. If you were buying a business, which would you rather buy? A business with organized predictable ways of doing things or one without?

    Systems create lasting value because the seller has a well oiled machine to hand over to the new owner - a predictable working systematized business.

    Systems are the same magic ingredient that make franchise businesses and retail chain stores dominate.

    More on the advantages of systems for contractors...

    More on the advantages of tapping into proven business systems...

    More on the advantages of web based construction software systems...

     Scott Hutchinson
     1 866 585 5050 ext 1