Estimating and Preconstruction

Top 5 Tips for Choosing & Implementing New Software

By June 16, 2021 September 22nd, 2021 No Comments

With 25 years of experience developing and implementing innovative construction estimating software, we’ve become experts in educating people about adopting new software. From exploration to implementation, we’ve witnessed the mistakes, the challenges, the failures, and the success of not only multiple contractors but ourselves when choosing new digital tools.

Beck Technology’s core values are passion, innovation, and caring and though we really do want you to choose us for your preconstruction software, we’re honestly here to help you make the right decision. That’s why we find it so important to keep close ties with our partners—they give us insight into how precon teams work, the pitfalls they face, so we can collaborate on offering them—you—the best solutions that win bids.

Better yet, we don’t keep this information close to the chest—we not only host regular webinars with preconstruction professionals, but we also post informative articles on our blogs. Throughout the years, we’ve outlined all the steps you need to take when you began considering new preconstruction estimating software—from evaluating your current and future needs to updating and maintaining after full implementation, we have multiple guides to walk you through the process.

If new software is something you think will help you, your team, and your company, you need to take the following five steps for a successful switch from your outdated software to one that will revolutionize the way you work.

Your journey starts here.

  1. How do you know when it’s time to start looking at new software?

We’ve narrowed it down to three simple questions you need to ask yourself.

  • Are you increasingly expected to turn around estimates with greater accuracy but less time?
  • Do you often realize you’re not on the same page as the project owner?
  • Are you ready to be a champion for change on your team?

If you answered yes to at least one of those questions, you’re ready to start evaluating available software. Click here!

  1. How to start looking

There are a gazillion construction software on the market and sifting through the noise seems like a very large time-sucking project which is counterintuitive to the reason why you’re looking at new software in the first place. Don’t worry, we’ve saved you the headaches and outlined what not to do when evaluating software. Click here!

  1. Narrowing down your choices

After listing your needs and wants and finding the few software with those features, it’s time to get serious with a deep dive into each. We created an easy-to-use spreadsheet that will help you eliminate the tools on your list that won’t grow with your company. Click here!

  1. Requesting a Demo

It’s easy for software sales executives to give you promises to seal a deal, but don’t trust the lip service of someone trying to meet quotas. Make them stand up to the plate and give you a demo.

  1. Building a business case

Convincing the decision-makers to purchase is probably the most challenging step in the process of choosing new software. From price to timing and every other excuse in the book, there is always some reason why your company says they can’t move forward; however, you need to make the case that not investing in technology is determinantal to the future of your business.

We’ve listed the three ways to build a business case and how to present it to your boss. Click here!

Do you have any questions about the process of purchasing new software? Leave your questions in the comments and we will do our best to answer all of them.

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