When is the best time to start looking for new preconstruction software? Let’s be honest – is there even really a good time to start looking, much less a “best” time? That’s what we’re going to help you tackle today.
Starting off with the obvious, searching for a new, centralized estimating tool is never an easy task even in the most ideal conditions. When COVID-19 hit, it became more difficult than ever. There’s the issue of onboarding a tool for a team who might be scattered across the country, as well as the issue of trying to execute a well thought-out evaluation without being able to meet the vendor in person.
In spite of all these potential hurdles, though, there are some major signs that you can look for out to determine if looking for a new estimating platform is still the best choice for the well-being of your preconstruction team and the overall success of your company. Here’s a few things to take into consideration when you’re trying to decide if it’s time to begin evaluating or not.
1). Your current tools can no longer keep up with you.
If you can’t keep track of your data, if you’re struggling to train employees and share resources because everyone estimates differently depending on the office – then it’s time to start looking and seeing what the other options out there are like.
2). Support is nonexistent.
A preconstruction software’s support shouldn’t consist of a PDF and maybe an outsourced help line. You should have in-house, real life, easily accessible support. A vendor that isn’t constantly providing your tools with updates and applying your feedback to the software isn’t someone you want to partner with long-term.
3). You’ve already done some “soft” evaluation.
If you’ve attended an industry conference, or are planning to attend one, and end up speaking to some of the vendors there, you might as well go ahead and book demos with at least one of them since you’ve already started the conversation.
In short – if you’re feeling like your team is falling behind when it comes to innovation, if you want to get an edge over a competitor, if you’re just ready to shake up the status quo – evaluating a new preconstruction tool might be right for you.