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A technology checkup: Just what the doctor ordered

The health of your construction company depends on keeping your finger on the pulse of your business. And just like with people, warning signs can tell you when and what you need to change to keep your business in tip-top shape. So, when it comes to making sure you have the right technology in place, an annual “checkup” seems like a good idea.

Where do you start?

Watch for symptoms

Over the years, I’ve worked with a lot of construction companies, all in different stages of maturity. It seems that the same symptoms often signal a need to take technology to the next level.

Evaluate IT vital signs

An audit of your IT system should also be a part of your annual checkup. “A review makes sure your IT applications and infrastructure continually support your business goals and allow your team to be as efficient as possible,” said Steve Handly, of Aktion Associates, in a previous Sage Advice blog post. Not only can an audit make sure you have a more cohesive IT system, it can also uncover software capabilities you may not know that you have. “Many times, companies install software upgrades without realizing the enhancements that are included,” Handly explained.

Make changes

Your IT checkup should reveal a number of improvements. Set priorities based on which changes will provide the biggest benefit to your business. And don’t feel that you have to implement all the changes at once. As in life, sometimes the best way to achieve your goals is to improve things a step at a time.