How Construction IT Services Can Solve Industry Challenges

A one-size-fits-all approach simply won’t cut it for construction IT. Off-the-shelf software is like a pre-built shed. It’s ready-made, easy to set up, and perfectly functional for basic needs.

When you think of construction, you likely envision men in hard hats, wearing tool belts, and working with their hands. It seems like a simple picture, but modern construction projects comprise much more. To build projects accurately and efficiently, construction relies not just on workers, but on an ecosystem of software, hardware, and data. 

Unfortunately, the construction industry has historically been one of the slowest to digitize, and challenges like outdated technology and scattered data can have a significant impact on a company’s bottom line. In this piece, we explore some of the most common construction IT challenges companies face and how to solve them.  

What are the Biggest Construction IT Challenges?

Construction hasn’t always been at the forefront of technological adoption, and delaying tech advancement comes with its own set of hurdles:

Outdated Technology

One of the biggest construction IT challenges companies face is outdated technology. Many construction companies still rely on legacy systems that have trouble integrating with modern technologies. Because the shift to new programs feels daunting, some companies have delayed for as long as possible—relying on spreadsheets and paper to move things from the office to the job site and beyond. 

In a recent survey by ProCore, participants were asked what impact economic/industry volatility has had on the way their company thinks about digital transformation. 32% of respondents reported they need new technology that can help drive operational efficiencies and cost controls.

Data Mismanagement

Technology is just one piece of the puzzle. Construction data—often scattered across different platforms—can be a nightmare to manage. A lack of data visibility also makes it difficult to track progress, identify trends, and make informed decisions. 

Most worrisome is that poor data management puts companies at risk for data breaches. According to a 2021 Data Breach study conducted by Kroll, data breaches in construction alone increased by 800% from 2019 to 2020. Another study by IBM Ponemon showed that 74% of construction-related organizations aren’t prepared for cyberattacks and don’t have an incident response plan in place. The top barrier to cyber resilience reported by respondents? Insufficient planning and preparedness.

Lack of Software Customization 

Finally, a one-size-fits-all approach simply won’t cut it for construction IT. Off-the-shelf software is like a pre-built shed. It’s ready-made, easy to set up, and perfectly functional for basic needs. But when you need a custom workspace with specific features, the pre-built shed will cause more frustration than efficiency. 

Instead of working around limitations of off-the-shelf software, companies need software that works around them. Custom IT software is like clay—moldable and adaptable to your needs. It can give you functionality, scalability, and a perfect fit for your workflows.

Recent Tech Growth in the Construction Industry

A 2022 study by McKinsey & Company found that a much overdue tech shift in the construction industry is occurring. Between 2020 and 2022, construction companies invested an estimated $50 billion in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) technology, which is a staggering 85% increase over the previous three years. 

This surge in investment reflects that construction companies recognize the potential technology has to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and gain a competitive edge. If you work in construction and are looking to streamline your operations, finding the right solutions at the best value is key.

Alphabyte Offers Custom Construction IT Solutions 

Alphabyte Solutions exists to solve problems by harnessing the power of data. Our construction IT solutions streamline your operations and boost productivity from the ground up. 

Here’s what you’ll get when you partner with us:

  • Up-to-date technology that improves efficiency: Our construction IT solutions help you leverage the latest technology to optimize workflows and boost overall productivity.
  • Robust security and data protection: We implement robust security measures to safeguard your valuable project data.
  • Custom IT solutions tailored to your unique needs: We create custom applications that help you optimize project oversight and gain valuable insights into your data.

Construction IT services are an important investment in your company’s future. As explained in the 2021 Construction Technology Report, “Consider IT as an investment not an expense. Investing in a dedicated IT team pays for itself by allowing employees to focus on their expertise, or ‘do less better.’ IT will always pay for itself in the long term by improving productivity and reducing human error.”

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Contact Alphabyte Solutions today for a free consultation! During the consultation, you can speak with one of our experts who will answer your questions and provide you with valuable insights and recommendations. You can also read more about our construction IT services and explore case studies with past clients.