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The one thing you need to do for your construction business

Have you looked at your company’s information technology (IT) system lately? I mean really looked at it. Is it designed to help you meet your short and long-term goals? Or are you seeing a patchwork of disjointed and many times outdated applications, operating systems, and hardware that limits your productivity and heightens data security risks?

I recently was talking with Scott Lewis, president and CEO of Winning Technologies and a frequent contributor to this blog. I asked him how construction and real estate firms can build an IT infrastructure that supports their business goals. His advice: start with a solid plan.

IT planning begins with your business objectives and determining what technology will most align with your business strategy. But putting together an IT plan is easier said than done when you are juggling multiple responsibilities. That’s especially true for many construction firms who don’t have in-house IT staff (39% percent of firms according to our 2015 Sage construction technology survey). So to help you with the process, we’ve put together these free easy-to-use IT planning templates:

As part of your planning process, Scott also suggests conducting an audit that identifies your infrastructure’s weaknesses. This includes talking with employees about how current systems are working and what improvements would make their jobs easier. (More on how to conduct an IT audit in another blog post).

Finally, make sure to think long-term when putting together your plan to assure the money you spend on technology is truly an investment in your company.

Interested in checking out the templates? Downloaded Basic Annual IT Strategic Plan, Cloud-Based Mobile Technology, or Construction-Specific Estimating Technology.