Increased technology use on infrastructure construction projects has been an industry trend impossible to miss over the last few years. Construction teams now understand “The Why” behind innovation and its importance to the continued success of their construction management programs but often delay moving forward due to lack of understanding on “The How”.
We work with teams on what often times is one of the largest technology endeavours for their organizations and are considered experts in the industry for high impact enterprise implementations. We’ve learned a few key strategies from our most successful clients along the way.
A successful e-construction strategy is based on 3 Key Strategies.
1) Select partnerships with organizations that understand, for our industry, how to manage change across large organizations.
It’s one thing to implement a solution in one office to a handful of users, but when pioneering large scale change it’s incredibly important to work with organizations that understand at the core that these initiatives are not about technology. They’re not even about the process. They’re all about people.
Working with partners that have a willingness to gain a deep understanding of how the people will be impacted by that change and the expertise to create a clear, customized plan to help you through it is essential to your organization’s implementation success. That’s how you achieve real, long-lasting, mission-critical change.
2) Adopt a data-first approach…not form first.
Forms are the legacy method that our industry has relied on for decades but they have a lot of limitations! Forms are rigid and each is designed for a specific audience with a specific purpose.
Data first, when done right, can still meet all of the same requirements of our favorite forms but it also allows us to re-arrange that data in different ways to serve many different audiences (including their favorite forms too).
3) Select partners or internal implementers that adopt an open data philosophy.
The new paradigm is no longer a single database or monolithic technology that deliberately makes it a minefield to use your own data for whatever core purposes that you decide are needed. Rather it is moving towards best in breed capabilities that inherently allow the data within them to be shared securely with systems external to them and vice versa.
There is an evolution to things like micro-services and highly modularized architecture all built around an open data philosophy. This is the modern approach to large scale, enterprise implementations.
The flip side is if you talk to an organization that wants you to put all of your data in their single monolithic database and they don’t provide clarity on how you can share and use your data with other services, that’s a red flag to consider. There’s a better way to do things and we’ve seen first hand what a difference this shift in innovation philosophy makes in the successful delivery of construction projects and the quality of life of their team members.
Our belief is if you find the right partners and the right innovation you’ll not only love what you do, but you’ll also love how you do it.
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