You wouldn’t accept a system where your team in the office couldn’t talk to your team in the field, so why would you have technologies that can’t talk to each other?
Syncing construction data across platforms is a critical information technology step that is easy to overlook because it sounds highly technical and time consuming. But the reality is something much simpler: a digital workforce management platform that connects your entire organization.
Construction data, the information that you have about your labor and projects, is only valuable if you can put it to work improving your business. While previously I wrote about the 4 Steps To Make Your Construction Data Useful and the value of transparency, analysis and project roadmaps; here I’d like to take you through the next step on your journey with the information you collect every day.
Syncing your existing construction data with a cloud-based workforce management platform will grant you insight into your labor pool, help you realize time and cost savings and assist you in making strategic decisions on individual jobs as well as your entire set of projects.
How Do I Sync Construction Data?
Communication isn’t just important on job sites—you also need systems that are capable of talking to one another. LaborChart can be integrated with resource planning, accounting, time tracking and project management software platforms. Construction workforce management integrations create a single robust platform that lets your entire team work with the same set of data and have a central point of contact in the field and the office.
Our team built a platform that talks to other applications like Procore and facilitates importing and continually updating data. We let you control what information is shared to ensure a secure and transparent set of data. Embrace the idea of controlled transparency. By opening a dialogue between platforms, you also encourage collaboration between divisions that might have accidentally siloed by the systems you’ve adopted. Companies like Swinerton have utilized LaborChart to track labor in the field and navigate remote work amid challenges presented by COVID-19.
Why is Syncing Construction Data Important?
Just as a whiteboard has the ghost of old projects with dry erase marks or a spreadsheet can get locked up with broken formulas, data needs to be cleaned. You don’t want outdated information driving your decisions or costing you time. Syncing construction data yields immediate benefits with very real cost savings.
- Your data is updated automatically. Break the cycle of repetitive, administrative tasks. Remove unnecessary steps to save time and avoid duplicate entry. By moving away from the manual process of entering project information on a whiteboard or spreadsheet, you can cut down on potential data entry mistakes. You can also realize significant time savings like Tony Vielhauer, a general foreman for Nebel Construction Services, Inc., who estimates that using LaborChart saves him 12 to 15 hours a week.
- Your data is always up to date. Contractors that want to stay ahead of the curve rely on real-time information. Inaccurate project data prevents you from seeing the bigger picture across multiple projects and accurately scheduling labor. By syncing LaborChart with Microsoft Azure, Helix Electric was able to gain a better understanding of its workforce across multiple regions and develop a talent pipeline with early identification of potential leaders.
What Can I Do Once My Construction Data Has Been Synced?
While syncing data between enterprise resource planning software and the LaborChart platform lets you trust the information in your system and save time, it can also provide some long-term process improvements to labor scheduling and project forecasting.
Once your construction data is synced, you can create custom reports to dive deeper into your labor pool, project efficiency and look for potential margin fade. Syncing construction data also provides your team with real-time information, so you can make better decisions at critical junctures. With a clearer picture of your workforce, you’ll understand your needs internally and have more confidence when it comes time to bid for new work.
With QuickConnect™, LaborChart can sync your construction data with our digital workforce management platform in as little as five business days. Reach out to see how integrating data can fuel your organization’s growth.