Contruction Today - July/August 2017 - 30
Technology | PASKR SOFTWARE
PHOTO CREDIT: W&J CONSTRUCTION
PASKR FREES UP TIME FOR PROJECT MANAGERS TO FOCUS ON IMPORTANT TASKS. BY CHRIS KELSCH
he concept behind PASKR Software's cloud construction management software remains simple,
yet for the construction industry it
could be considered revolutionary.
The idea is to drastically cut down on the
time project managers have to spend in the
office reviewing and signing documents,
and haggling with subcontractors over
problems that come up and the pricing
adjustments that come along with them.
With that extra time, project managers can
spend more time doing what they love to
do, which is build.
CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JULY/AUGUST 2017
If the idea sounds practical, it's because
it comes from someone who spent 18 years
as the CEO of a commercial general contractor. Pat Whelan, who founded PASKR
Software in 2004, recalls how inefficient his
project managers were. "All software was
accounting driven," Whelan recalls. "All of
my project managers were reduced to being
data entry clerks."
Noting that huge inefficiency when it
came to time management, Whelan decided
to come up with his own software.
"I built this software for my own firm
around 2000," Whelan recalls. "We did well
with it, so I eventually started PASKR in
2004." The timing of the launch of PASKR
also coincided with the coming of age
of the Internet, and the expansion of its
capabilities into cloud-based software.
"Originally, I knew little about software," Whelan recalls. "But I did see that
the web was moving to the next level as a
host for information."
Whelan also realized that if his product
was going to be successful, he had to do a
thorough job of educating an industry that
was and still is, to a certain extent, dependent upon an Excel spreadsheet as a means