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Industry-specific software has come a long way

Plusfactor wrote its first program for the construction industry in the mid-1980s — a very simple job costing application for Hartner Construction Ltd. From that simple beginning, the company evolved initially into a complete suite of software written for DOS (remember that?) and, more recently, for Windows. The latest edition of the software bears little resemblance to its predecessors. There is a very powerful new Progress Claim routine that caters for residential, commercial and civi...
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How apps can change the way you do business

Increasingly more businesses are moving towards smartphones as a business communication tool. There is huge potential in these devices to do more than just keep in touch. No matter what operating system your phone uses, there is an abundance of apps available, many of which can help improve business efficiency. It’s all about relevancy. So, depending on your business model, the product or service you sell or simply the size of your budget, you need to find the right tools for your busine...
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Cloud Computing saving time and money for construction firms

Although the challenges faced by small businesses every day in every industry may be similar in nature, never are they more acute than in the construction industry. Low margins lead to increased workloads and less time spent managing and improving. ACRIS Services identified the residential construction industry as a sector most likely to under-utilise technology to help manage their businesses. This provided Russ Stephens the inspiration to create a company with the vision to increase profits...
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Building a successful business

With the downturn in the construction industry, it is a great time to review systems and procedures in any business. This can include a review of the staffing resources to make best use of the talent of those who can help grow the business. It is also a good time to reflect on some of those business decisions made in the past, and check that the controls put in place since have helped ensure the challenges ahead can be faced with confidence. Databuild works closely with the industry to help g...
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The true cost of guestimating

What is the value of 1% to your business, and are you missing items in your quantities take-offs? If you miss a quote by as little as 1% on your jobs it can cost your business more than $50,000 a year, money that could be better spent in growing and developing your business. This doesn’t even take into consideration the cost of unhappy clients facing delays in their builds, supervisors’ down time while driving to the merchant and collecting additional material, or extra delivery co...
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Building a successful business

It is a great time to review systems and procedures in your business during a slow down in the construction industry. This can include a review of your staff and your consultants to make best use of the talent within your organisation, and searching out the right people to help you grow your business. It is also a good time to reflect on some of those business decisions made in the past and check that the controls put in place since have helped ensure you can face the challenges ahead. Da...
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Construction industry's own web-based network

Managing the building administration process just became easier with Bestquote, a business-to-business web application for the construction industry launched earlier this year. Nelson-based Bestquote is a patented job management and quote gathering system. Founder and relationship manager Peter Marr says company research indicates it may well be the only one of its kind available anywhere in the world. “The web site’s edge is it brings together building industry workers and related...
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