Construction and energy companies have always played on a different field level than businesses in other industries. Because most of their activity occurs at remote job sites, they have traditionally operated with severe limitations. Information exchange between the “field” and the “office” has typically been on a delayed basis, meaning many decisions were often made on dated information.
Buying software can be a very harrowing experience. The motivation usually comes from problems your field and/or office users have had to deal with until they reach the breaking point, at which time, they want you to fix the issues, pronto!
So you start doing your due diligence and begin researching the available options. You find out that there are approximately 50,000 potential solutions, or so it seems, and now, you’ve got to narrow your choices down to a few.
At this point, you make a few phone calls, send out a questionnaire, or maybe you even do some cursory demos to get down to smaller list of feasible options. Now you schedule more in-depth demos, gather your people together, and listen to the various presentations.
Do you enjoy buying software?
Not many people do.
Purchasing software is rarely an easy task, even when it is free. When you may have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars, it can get downright terrifying. Companies delay purchase decisions for weeks, months, or in some outlying cases, years.
But why is this?
Mobile and cloud-based time tracking systems have come a long way in a short period of time. From very basic beginnings these applications have become increasingly sophisticated, utilizing the latest technology to quickly and accurately track labor time, equipment time, and other jobsite information.These programs have consistently provided significant improvement in worker efficiency and productivity, but they are not free. Any purchase of or subscription to a mobile time and attendance system should come only after a thorough analysis of the return on investment (ROI) on such a program.
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Welcome to the modern age of labor time tracking. No longer are businesses tethered to paper timesheets and punch cards, endless corrections and hours of payroll processing. Now your company can access the time clock anywhere at anytime with mJobTime's mobile time tracking software.
With paper timesheets your certainty is limited and ineffective; accuracy depends in large part to who's clock you're relying upon, and by trusting your team members to consistently manage their efforts. You're taking the focus off the bigger responsibility of producing for your company.Inevitably people will forget to write things down or punch in/out, leaving records incomplete and inaccurate, which leads to much larger challenges when working with billable time and cost tracking analysis.
Additionally, digital punch clockcapabilities are limited by the manufacturer's software and there are no customizations for your specific business needs. Does it work with my accounting software? How often they ever release updates? Who knows?
mJobTime will be exhibiting at the Collaborate 2014 Viewpoint User Conference, September 22-26, 2014, in Portland, Oregon. Viewpoint Construction Software is a global provider of construction-specific software solutions and services for all aspects of construction management. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Viewpoint also has offices in the UK, Australia, and Canada.
We recently talked to a prospective customer who was looking to purchase a mobile time tracking software application. They were looking for many of the same features and functionality that we offer, but there was one big thing that separated them from most of the prospects we talk to – they already had a mobile time clock application.
On numerous occasions, the first question posed to us by prospective customers is “how much does your system cost”. On one hand, we totally understand the question. Cost is a very important factor!
But should it be the first question asked?
The answer in the great majority of cases is an absolute NO!
As a rule, a mobile time clock vendor should want to get more information about their prospect to make sure they know what the relevant issues are and can provide an appropriate solution. But to keep things simple, let’s assume that the vendor’s software is a good fit for the prospective customer. As a result, they submit a proposal to the prospect.
Two posts ago, we began the discussion on how and why flexibility is an important component of a well-designed mobile time tracking system. We continued the discussion in our last post, by going into further detail about adaptable integration with accounting and other applications, and a flexible user interface. In this post will demonstrate the flexibility needed to handle contractors both large and small.
As we mentioned previously, no two businesses have the same processes. Everybody does things a little differently. People want to track different information. What is important to a big heavy highway contractor is probably a lot different than, for example, a smaller plumbing contractor. Let’s compare the likely needs of these two types of contractors.