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Top 7 Take-aways from the 2019 Construction Technology Report

JBKnowledge recently released the 8th Annual Construction Technology Report. From the amount allocated to IT investment and training satisfaction, to the continued prevalence of spreadsheets (even when there is dedicated software) and the factors that limit technology adoption, here are our top take-aways from the report.

First, a brief overview of respondent demographics:

  • 50% of the responders were $1M-$50M, and 50% were over $50M
  • 44% of responders were in the Eastern US (NE down to FL and Alabama)
  • Only 51% maintain on-staff IT resources

"There is no surprise that Gartner’s prediction of a 6% increase in IT spending remains unrealized for the construction industry. The fact that IT spending has remained at a virtual stand-still for its third year is beginning to cause concern. Echoing the trends in IT budgeting, billing IT to projects remains almost entirely unchanged."

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Top 10 Strategic CIO Priorities For 2020

Article written by Rob Preston and appears on Forbes.com

Speed. Security. Agility. Innovation. Automation. Insight. These are the words leading CIOs keep coming back to when explaining their technology, business, and organizational priorities.

For example, listen to how Sally Gilligan, CIO of clothing retailer Gap Inc., thinks about how the company’s major cloud migration, started about a year ago, has accelerated its innovation process (priority #1 on my list). Provisioning IT infrastructure to code new products used to take Gap about eight weeks; now that infrastructure can be online in less than an hour.

“If you think about it, I just took eight weeks out of my lead time to develop,” Gilligan says. “So our teams are truly thinking about how to code the solution and less about which building blocks are needed. It’s a subtle shift, but it’s incredibly empowering—and, actually, quite fun for the engineering team.”

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The Construction Industry: Poised for Constructible Change

Article written by Chris Moor on ConstructionExec.com

The construction industry is ripe for improvement and brimming with potential. It’s also expected to be a 10 trillion-dollar industry by 2020. Today, construction constitutes 13% of the global gross domestic product, yet it’s well documented that productivity growth remains dramatically low. In reality, construction is emerging from old ways of thinking and challenges that span people, processes and technology. 

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2018 Construction Technology Report

Survey Says: Contractors Committed to Tech, Industry Still Faces Hurdles

Highlights from JBKnowledge’s 2018 Construction Technology Report

Article written by Andy Holtmann on the Viewpoint blog.

Now in its seventh year, the annual Construction Technology Report compiled by JBKnowledge is one of the most impressive surveys in the industry, providing the latest trends on everything from construction software, IT budgets and workflows, mobile apps, emerging technologies and more. The 2018 Construction Technology Report is now available and we recommend checking it out.

Here are some of the key highlights and themes we saw throughout:

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Top 10 Strategic CIO Priorities Of 2019

Article written by Rob Preston and appears on Forbes.com

CIOs head into 2019 amid a relatively strong, though volatile, global economy. This volatility will only further unsettle their often-precarious position of having to take on new digital projects and innovate at an accelerating pace while also having to lock down costs. It all makes for a “schizophrenic” state of affairs, notes one CIO.

As in past years, CIOs have to make hard choices. Principal among them: how to shift the investment balance from legacy systems to new, mostly cloud-based applications, capabilities, and technologies (artificial intelligence, blockchain, data analytics) while improving security, reliability, and scalability. Oy.

In this, our seventh annual list of the 10 most important challenges CIOs face and opportunities they must grab in the year ahead, we shine a spotlight on several new priorities, but we also update certain ones from past years. As we noted in past years, real change doesn’t happen in discrete annual steps.

Your priorities may vary—based on the size of your organization, your industry, and/or your management’s appetite for change and ability to invest. But consider these 10 a starting point.

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The 2019 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook Report

Press release from AGC

Seventy-nine percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2019 but an almost equal percentage are worried about their ability to locate and hire qualified workers, according to survey results released today by the Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate. The findings are detailed in Contractors Remain Confident About Demand, Worried About Labor Supply: The 2019 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook Report.

“Construction executives appear to remain confident about their market prospects for 2019 and plan to add headcount to cope with the added workload,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association's chief executive officer. “Even as they are optimistic about growing demand, contractors are concerned about finding qualified workers to execute projects.”

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Top 10 Strategic CIO Priorities Of 2018

Article written by Rob Preston and appears on Forbes.com

CIOs across the globe are constantly evaluating a fusillade of emerging technologies, business models, and economic movements being fired at them. Machine Learning. Blockchain. The Internet of Things. Industry 4.0. The Subscription Economy. Autonomous Everything. Digital Transformation.

No question, as we begin 2018 the priorities in front of CIOs are daunting, just as they were last year…and the year before that.

But no CIO can ignore the considerable business opportunities those technology-based advances present: lower costs; more efficient supply chains; more secure networks and data stores; more dynamic and reliable products; more personalized customer service; and—if CIOs and their teams get it right—more abundant, loyal customers.

In this, our sixth annual list of the 10 most important challenges CIOs must take on and opportunities they must seize in the coming year, you’ll notice some priorities return from last year, with important updates. As we said last year, real change doesn’t happen in tidy annual increments.

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FMI Releases 2017 Talent Development Study

FMI Corporation, the leading provider of management consulting and investment banking services to engineering and construction, infrastructure and the built environment, recently released its 2017 Talent Development report. The publication reveals emerging trends around talent development in the construction industry and paints a mixed picture of how firms are retaining and developing their people.

Key statistics from the study include:

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Software Trends in the Construction Industry

Article written by Astrid Young and Randi Sherman, and appeared on the Dexter + Chaney blog

When construction companies experience growth, there is a need to streamline business processes, boost efficiency, and make the most of their administrative time. Though the construction industry has significantly ramped up its adoption of new technologies in recent years, there are still some growing pains and learning curves when it comes to pulling the trigger on software.

With many companies today, the need for a solution becomes apparent at a certain level, such as when there is an increase in the volume of work, during times of expansion, or when new hires need to be trained. Alternately, it could be that a costly mistake was made somewhere down the line, or a dispute or lawsuit occurs, highlighting the need to take a more disciplined approach to business and project management.

Smaller construction companies still tend to lag behind in terms of software integration. According to a recent study published by Software Advice, the majority still use a manual system or a spreadsheet as their current method.

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2016 Construction Technology Survey

JBKnowledge conducted the fifth annual Construction Technology Survey in partnership with the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), and Texas A&M University’s Department of Construction Science. Over 2,600 industry professionals responded to the survey between June 20, 2016 and August 1, 2016. The final report reveals the comprehensive results from the 2016 survey with commentary and analysis from the perspective of a construction technology consulting and solutions provider.

Some of the key findings include

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