Richard Daniels

Richard Daniels

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.

Your company has probably been in business for many years. Have you ever given much thought as to how you derived at the business processes that you currently use? Not many people do, but at some point in time, operating in this manner probably was the most efficient method for your company. Is it still the most efficient, productive method? You be the judge.

One of the important considerations in designing business software is flexibility. No two companies operate the same way. In fact, there can be huge disparities in business processes between enterprises of similar sizes. As a software entity, you can’t afford to base your design on one particular framework as you can severely limit the market you sell to. Instead, to cover as wide a range of scenarios as possible, flexibility has to become one of your primary development goals.

We technology companies far too often see things from our own very narrow perspective.  As companies whose livelihoods depend on the ability to utilize, develop, and improve on technology, we assume that other companies share the same outlook.

And then I read a LinkedIn group post asking the question “Is the construction industry open to technological changes?

Although the responses were as expected, what surprised me was one particular answer – risk!

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.

What is the right price to pay for a mobile time clock system? Do you have a budget? If so, how did you arrive at the budget? Was a flat dollar amount designated for the purchase price?

For some companies, a wireless time clock can be a commodity. Pick one off the shelf. It needs to track time by employee, date, and job. Just about every portable time clock system out there does that, so yes, it makes sense to go with the cheapest one.

Or does it?

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a policy that permits employees to use personally owned mobile devices (laptops, tablets, and smart phones) at their workplace to access confidential company information and applications. BYOD first appeared on the scene in 2009, but really didn’t gain any significant traction until early 2011.

Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group recently released the results of a BYOD survey of 2,400 mobile users across six countries and many industries, and as expected, the report shows increasing acceptance of BYOD. We’d like to share with you some of the results of this survey.

This is the third in a series of posts to help companies with their procurement process for a mobile time tracking system. In the first post, we explored the most popular reasons why companies seek to upgrade their remote time collections systems, and in our last post, we discussed the various parties involved in conducting the search.

Today, our discussion will center round important considerations in selecting a mobile time clock solution that will work best for you, but first, a brief history of the evolution of mobility in construction.

With the great advances in mobile technology – sleek, powerful devices with great form factor, near ubiquitous connectivity, incredible communication speeds, and more – mobile time tracking applications are becoming very relevant to many of today’s businesses. The cost of these applications vary greatly as do their features and functionality so it is critical to have a complete understanding of your company’s issues, requirements, and objectives before you begin your search. An in-depth understanding of these items will go a long ways in helping you find the right solution.

But who should be driving these projects?

Are you considering upgrading your time collection system? With the tremendous advances in technology, mobility in construction has become a very hot item. Companies large and small are taking the mobile plunge. I thought I would take this opportunity to review the most popular motives for upgrading your system in the hope that this can help some of our readers.

The reasons for upgrading mobile time clock applications are many, but generally fall into 4 categories: 

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