Geeks aren't contractors, contractors aren't computer geeks

Few in contracting have a background or interest in computers. People usually start out doing hands-on work then move up in a company or move on to become contractors themselves.

For most people in construction, it's tough to even know what questions to ask when looking to buy software. Learn more about different kinds of software and what to consider when buying...

On top of software there are computers to buy, setup, network, and maintain. Plus there's software to instal, upgrade, learn, and backups to do. Learn why BuildIT's construction software is different...

Identifying what you want (and need) your system to do can feel like swimming in a blender. It means knowing what software is available as well as understanding its capabilities. Learn what construction processes can be systematized using BuildIT...

Search the web and you'll find hundreds of software packages, they all do different things, in different ways, with prices all over the map. Each claims to be the ideal solution. Learn more about the different kinds of construction software...

Just look at the kinds of problems people in construction face day-in-day-out. They don't need any more headaches. More on killer problems faced by contracting businesses (and how you can reduce and eliminate them)...

It's a lot of work to buy, install, and keep a software system up and running. It's a lot less work with web based construction software...

 Scott Hutchinson
 scott@builditsystems.com
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1

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
 scott@builditsystems.com
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1