At present, the construction team needs to do more with far less. In this competitive environment, many look at online construction management software (web-based) to help them make decisions faster, automate documentation and reduce costs.
The most important criteria for choosing the software are ease of use, focus, and affordability.
Ease of use – Software must be intuitive and easy to use. It must reflect the way the project team has communicated for years and does not ask them to learn new ways to exchange information. It must use a familiar method for formatting and presenting information so that field personnel can use it immediately, enter information easily.
If users can teach themselves with little or without training, they are more likely to use software. If the construction management software looks complicated, the project team will spend too much time learning how to use it (minimize the benefits), or avoid using it at all (worshiping its effectiveness).
Focus – Construction project management software must focus on areas where it can make the most difference, namely routine, repetitive tasks such as RFI and CCD.
The biggest benefit comes from using software to automate this information exchange that moves the project ahead every day. The first online software tries to do too much. They are too complicated and difficult to use, making many professional construction reluctant to use it. Software that does a few things well is much more valuable than one that does many things poorly.