In the past decade, technology has become critical for construction companies that want to win more business and stay ahead of competitors. With more mobile devices in use at the office and on the construction site, it’s no surprise that cloud construction software has emerged as a key factor in managing projects and profitability.
In this article, we’ll share what we think are the top 4 benefits of using Acumatica mobile construction software to manage your construction business.
1. Reduce Project Delays
Delays and rework in commercial construction projects can cost millions of dollars in lost revenue and negatively affect your reputation. While most companies can’t predict the weather or plan for delays around permitting and licensing, mobile ERP can at least help you efficiently manage and organize project tasks that you CAN control.
For example with Acumatica, a construction manager in charge of various job sites can access and manage costs across all projects and company operations – on the job site or in the office. Having real-time visibility and control over multiple job sites through mobile technology will reduce incidents and project delays.
2. Manage Projects in Real-Time
In the past, paper-based processes (i.e. timesheets, project tasks, etc.) needed to be completed back in the office. As a result, there was often delays and inefficiency.
With Acumatica cloud-based construction software, changes made in the mobile app to items such as RFIs, project issues, and timecards are updated and synced to the main accounting software database automatically. In that way, Acumatica provides a distinct advantage even when you’re not in the office and, for example, there’s an important purchase order that needs to be approved to keep the project moving along.
You can even setup alerts to notify managers and key employees when approvals are delayed or a project issue starts to creep up.
3. Improve Communication and Accuracy
Without mobile technology, the back office typically has no idea what the field workers are doing until they come in and do paperwork at the end of the day. But Acumatica mobile technology allows project managers to track time spent on-site, and to keep better and more accurate time cards that will save on labor costs.
With real-time updates and notifications, the data entered on a smart phone, tablet, or PC in the field will instantly feed into the back-office accounting system. With workflow capabilities, finance staff can review and approve data such as payroll before updating the system. An employee can easily capture expenses on their smart phone and route it to their supervisor for approval, saving time and ensure that their expenses will be paid in a timely manner.
4. Enhance Business and Project Visibility
With Acumatica ERP, you can track business operations across different work departments and locations right from your mobile device. Unlike paper forms, mobile apps enable you to customize documentation and create reports in the field. With real-time data and updates, it becomes easier to anticipate demand and plan business processes accordingly.
The Risk of Falling Behind
Most construction accounting systems were developed in the 1990s and now struggle to keep pace with the way construction businesses are evolving. Technology moves quickly and renders older systems inefficient which can hold back your entire business in the form of higher costs, lost bids, and less satisfied customers. With almost all legacy accounting systems, employees in the field must enter data twice – once on location and again when they reach the office. This double data entry opens the door to errors that are annoying and time-consuming to correct.
With cloud ERP like Acumatica Construction, employees simply enter the data on their mobile device and the information is automatically synced back to the cloud ERP software. And when that happens, productivity increases, communication improves, and the entire construction cycle runs more smoothly and profitably.
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