Much has changed since we wrote the original post for this subject back in June, 2011. Smartphone sales are expected to roughly double between 2011 and 2015 as shown in the following diagram courtesy of Statista:
Statista estimates that handset penetration per capita in North America is expected to reach 104% by the end of 2015. What all this really means is that mobile technology is much more ubiquitous. The overwhelming portion of the populace has some kind of mobile device.
Combining this with the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies that have evolved in the last few years and the fact that much of the work force is younger, contractors are taking advantage of these changes to implement mobile technology in construction at a pace not previously seen. Companies that fail to do so will not remain competitive.
Probably the biggest factor in choosing a mobile time tracking application is determining what application meets your most important needs at the lowest possible cost. No system can be the right solution for everybody. Low price systems will save you money, but will they do what you need them to do? High end systems may meet your requirements but can also have many features that you may never use.
Although an in-depth discussion is beyond the scope of this article, here are a few points to consider:
In our previous post, we began the discussion on how and why flexibility is an important component of a well-designed mobile time tracking system. Similar to humans, flexibility in a construction time clock application allows the user to enjoy better control of their system. In this post, we will explore some of the details of a flexible mobile time clock program.
Flexibility is a very, underrated quality - in just about every facet of life.
Being physically flexible allows us to continue to do our everyday activities. In sports, the better your flexibility, the more control you have over your body and the less susceptible you are to injury. As we age, we generally lose flexibility, which in turn, means we lose the ability to do some of the things we could do when we were younger. That’s why it is so important to retain as much flexibility as possible. Staying flexible significantly reduces the chance of experiencing occasional and chronic back pain and other injuries. Increased flexibility generally reduces stress and releases tension.
By now, most companies with workers in the field know that mobile communication devices can provide huge benefits in terms of efficiency and productivity. According to a recent analysis of small and midsized businesses in the construction industry commissioned by Sage, almost nine out of ten (85%) decision makers believe mobile technology has a positive effect on their company’s productivity. Everything from blueprints to electronic time cards is now being utilized on mobile devices. Field managers often have instant access to company information, and can communicate immediately with office or other staff members.
A mobile time tracking system is a productivity tool. It allows you to collect payroll and other field information in a format that can be used by your accounting/ERP/payroll systems. It does so in a way that eliminates the need to write down the information on paper, and later, automatically transfers that information to the office without manual re-entry. A flexible, well-designed remote time tracking application can dramatically improve productivity for both your field and office employees, and in doing so, save you significant amounts of money.
One of the keys to a productive wireless time tracking system is a highly flexible integration component.
So you’ve warmed to the idea of upgrading your time collection processes. You see the benefits of a mobile time tracking system and are ready to move forward.
So, what’s next? Just how do I get started?
There is definitely a process that should be implemented and followed in order to give the project the best chance to succeed. We have outlined a guideline for such a process.
As discussed in an earlier post, many construction companies are by default, risk averse to purchasing new software. In that post, we discussed the different types of risks these entities can be subject to. But in addition to risk, there are also other significant barriers that stand in the way of contractors looking to purchase a mobile time tracking system.
Construction is a very competitive industry.
In many segments of construction, a contractor submits bids for a project or job. In some cases, like municipal entities, the bids submitted are sealed and not opened until an announced future date at a public forum.
Because of this bidding dynamic, contractors are always looking for an edge. This edge can be created through two main paths.
Last night, before Congress and the nation, President Obama laid out a plan for creating jobs and restoring vitality to the American economy. The plan includes a $447 billion package of tax cuts and spending initiatives that the Administration believes will provide the impetus for job creation and overall economic growth.
Let take a look at what has been proposed: