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Getting Real: Is Construction Project Management Software Really Worth It?

Is construction project management software really worth it?

It’s a good question. Maybe you’ve spent the last twenty years managing your company's logistics and have it down to a science. But maybe you’ve noticed some things are changing.

You’re not imagining it. Construction projects are getting harder to manage. 78% of engineering and construction companies believe project risks are increasing. And 37% of construction professionals say their companies missed budget and/or scheduled performance targets (by a factor of 20% or more) due to COVID-19.

Do your project managers have time to do the management part of their jobs? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is often “no.” 

What does project management look like for your company?

Construction is one of the least-digitized sectors in the world, with many companies and project managers still relying on manual, inefficient processes. Productivity changes could boost the value of the construction industry by $1.63 trillion.

Dave Anderskow, president of Palmer Consulting Group, notes in a recent Trimble webinar that companies today focus on the project life cycle—from winning the job to managing the budget and resources and closing it out effectively. But while they have big-picture goals, many are still using familiar but inefficient solutions such as spreadsheets to manage projects. 

Chris Wetmore, principal at RMS Technology Advisory Practice, agrees. “At the end of the day, it's still a very, very manual process of gathering information, and because of the lack of rules within those systems, it continues to create an inconsistent data set.” 

A lack of accurate data can lead to inefficient decision-making. That’s why an easy-to-use and easy-to-understand project management (PM) software solution can boost productivity.

However, a PM software solution yields no benefits if no one learns how to use it. Wetmore says, “I've seen organizations go out and buy the best and most expensive tool, and then nobody wants to use it because it's too feature-rich or confusing.”