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nology provides that if a project manager
or subcontractor leaves the project, another
project manager or subcontractor can immediately step in.
Early Adopter Stage
Though the advantages of using PASKR
software are apparent, the overall construction industry is still in the infant stages of using such software, still preferring
the tubes of documents commonly seen
at construction sites. Whelan estimates
that only 4 percent of the industry is using
software like this, so there is tremendous
room for growth.
Whelan notes surveys done by Texas
A&M University found that, in some cases,
general contractors still use from four
to seven different kinds of software on a
project, whereas PASKR could be a simple
one-step solution. "I think it's applicable to
any project," Whelan notes. "A user who is
progressive understands the power of a col-
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'You realize very quickly that extra time
is what gets you more work.'
laborative tool. Traditionally, if they enjoy
creative tasks they will enjoy the freedom
from menial tasks."
Even if some of today's general contractors do not fully appreciate the value of
PASKR, it is easy to see why Whelan remains optimistic. "About 10 years ago there
was a large push in the industry to create
a degree for construction management,"
Whelan explains, "and that group came out
of college understanding and looking for
technology to improve processes."
In other words, as that group rises to
management and decision-making roles,
they will be looking for products such
as PASKR. Whelan also notes that the
experience of working on a construction
project remains very different from many
white-collar industries: Every day unfolds
differently, with different pacing and different emotion levels as challenges arise. "One
of the tasks we have is to get the contractors
to not be so emotionally tied to a certain
way of doing things," Whelan explains.
"Many of our potential customers are used
to doing things a certain way because they
have been successful at it."
Whether it's a 20-year veteran in the
industry or a relative newcomer, PASKR
offers the same value proposition for them,
summed up in the company's moniker:
* P-Productivity - to improve opportunity for growth;
* A-Automation - to eliminate manual
* S-Standardization - to set the same
standard for every manager;
* K-Kinetic - to promote organizational
* R-Results - to increase the quality of
life; more time and profits to do what
Whelan also stresses the importance of
building his own culture at PASKR because
the software company is still in its infancy.
PASKR software has been used
for more than $3.5 billion worth
of construction since 2010.
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