When it comes
to IT solutions,
the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC)
industry might not be considered cutting-edge. But
economic turmoil, coupled
with an increasingly connected globe, has wrought
some significant changes in
how project management
software is implemented at
many AEC organizations.
software use in the sector
is now widespread, at 82
percent, according to the
Construction Financial Management
Association’s (CFMA) 2010 Information Technology Survey for the Construction Industry.
Organizations in the construction sector are turning to
technology to manage projects and operations more
efficiently in the face of shrinking margins and revenues. To do so, they need project management software that works with other mission-critical systems
within the company.
“The age of knocking on trailer doors and sell-
ing a job-site solution is over,” says Brian Sommer,
president of Vital Analysis, a technology research
company in Batavia, Illinois, USA. “Stand-alone project
management is not where it’s at anymore. Companies
want to do things like increase asset utilization across
With systems integration on the rise, project manag-
ers and IT staff need to look for solutions that tie into
other systems within the corporate IT infrastructure.
According to the CFMA report, “Almost 50 percent
of respondents sourced their project management
software from accounting software vendors, thus
providing a foundation for integration. The improved
efficiencies, effectiveness and accuracy that can be
gained in business operations through the use of inte-
grated applications are being recognized.”
The second driving factor lies in the increasing abil-
ity to connect via phone and the Internet from even the
most remote sites.