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Four Quick Questions to Help You Select Project Management Software

A recent survey found that the qualified worker shortage continues to be a main concern for contractors.1 But contractors can improve efficiency and productivity with their current workforces. Investing in technology can help, and implementing project management software is a great place to start.

But with so many options on the market, it can be daunting to pinpoint the right solution for your business’ unique needs. With that said, here are four quick questions to help you narrow down the options and choose new project management software that will work for your company.

1) Is It a Good Fit?
Before you begin your search, create a checklist including such items as 1) business needs to be addressed by the software, and 2) specific capabilities the software will need to have for both immediate and future needs. You may not want to purchase new project management software again in a few years, so consider whether you’re looking to grow or incorporate additional technologies later down the line.

It is helpful to pay close attention to a product’s usability, scalability, and ability to integrate with other products your company currently uses or may use in the future. This foresight can also help secure buy-in from key stakeholders early in the process.

Effective software can help manage an entire project life cycle with confidence, precision, and efficiency. Seek options that improve collaboration among all project team members, particularly between the office and the field. Mobile solutions simplify the capturing and reporting of critical project data, eliminate duplicate entry, and ensure all team members can access the most recent data. Having anywhere, anytime access to data keeps projects moving to be delivered on time and on budget.

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About the Author

Dustin Anderson

Dustin Anderson is Vice President and General Manager of Sage’s Construction and Real Estate practice in Beaverton, OR. Dustin is an active member of Sage North America’s executive leadership team.

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