Most companies have taken the step to embrace technology and implement business-applicable IT solutions such as an ERP to better manage and streamline their operations. says Ian Hauptfleisch, GM for CCS Gulf.
“However, the construction industry does present a different challenge in this regard. Earlier ERP solutions were not fit for construction purposes, and were designed with traditional businesses in mind, rendering them unable to deal the uniquely complex asset and project lifecycle focus of the construction industry. This resulted in early attempts to utilise generic ERP being less than successful for contractors and constructors. Construction ERP systems, designed by and for the construction industry, like CCS’s BuildSmart, have been available in the market for over 20 years and have become essential for contractors to stay in control and stay ahead in all facets of their business operations.
Specialist construction software that can manage the entire contract process from estimation, cost control, change management, payroll, subcontracting, plant and equipment management, inventory control through to billing and financials sounds almost too good to be true. But it is true. It is real and it has been securely implemented into the operating procedures of some of the most prominent and successful construction companies around the globe.
The real question is – what does it cost price conscious customers to not have this system. The cost of the software itself will depend on its features and scope of operation and whether it’s bought outright or leased. The total cost, however will need to take into account the following factors over and above the software price itself:
- Process Alignment
- Technical Support”