Construction Today - May 2017 - 18
* Fear of change - Few things are more
embarrassing than standing up to give
a client presentation, then fumbling
around with unfamiliar software on an
unfamiliar device. Yes, lugging around a
heavy laptop is painful, but at least it's a
pain you're familiar with and can manage. No, you can't get to the data you need
on the fly, but that's just how things have
always been, right? When a $100 million
job is on the line, the devil you know may
look better than the devil you don't.
* Time - GCs are a busy bunch of people
who wear many hats. If they're not on
a project, they're out chasing new work
or jumping in to help a colleague. The
forest might be on fire, but they don't
have time to worry about that because
they're putting out the fire that's on
their own desk. Learning a new way of
working takes time, as do establishing
new systems, populating them with
data, and maintaining them over the
long haul. Ironically, you have to invest
time in new technologies to reap longterm time savings.
We can achieve convenience
by embracing the mobility
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and device developers
are putting out products with
preferences in mind.
Change Is Coming, Like It or Not
Despite all of this innate resistance to change, the construction
industry's transition to a mobile-enabled workflow is inevitable.
Except for the rare individual actively resisting technology, all of
us live in a commercial world, interconnected with mobile phones
and tablets. Even the least tech-savvy among us now have Wi-Fi in
our homes. The world has been moving toward complete mobile
connectivity for decades, and most of us understand that this is a
good change that has many benefits for our daily lives.
Only by embracing the mobility learning curve can we achieve
the same level of convenience and efficiency at work that we arrived
at long ago in our personal transactions. Unprecedented connectivity has made our personal lives easier now than ever before, and our
work lives can be too.
Old dogs can and will learn new tricks, and technology-savvy
younger workers are eager to take the lead. To incoming millennials,
life and work and technology are intertwined. Software and mobile
device developers are churning out new products with their preferences and lifestyle in mind. Your entry-level workers' mobile mindset is the driving force that will take your construction business into
the mobile age - ready or not.
So let go of the risk aversion and fear of change. Figure out how
to invest the time and money. Because when you spend less time
driving and setting up equipment, you can spend more time doing
analysis, giving clients the information they want and winning work
- or just making pancakes for your kids.