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Basic technology is no longer a competitive advantage - not even for the small to medium sized contractor. Basic technology is now the norm.
The good news is that the difference between keeping up versus actually building a scalable IT Architecture that can support your business today and well into the future is minimal if you have a basic understanding of the components.
Your IT systems are so central to your operations that they should not be a black box. You and any of your managers should be able to identify and understand the basics of the system. The goal of this section is to provide that information.
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One of the components of our RCCA (Rapid Construction Company Assessment) program is a detailed assessment of your IT Systems. Many companies qualify for a free RCCA and this program can provide a detailed roadmap for your IT and other systems.
The IT World is rapidly changing and highly specialized. While I specialize in working with the architecture level planning, tying the IT systems into the business processes and training people on the use of the specific applications for construction there are a lot of underlying specialties that pull this all together. The people and companies I turn to for these specialties are below:
- Bandwidth, Backup & Network Services: Most of the network architecture is relatively easy to purchase and setup the basics but before going to far you should consult someone about internet access, bandwidth requirements including bundling services to include remote locations, data security and backup, and general network engineering/implementation. The person I turn to for all my needs is Chris Cooper and his company Span-The-WAN.
- Going Wireless - Jobsite & Remote Locations: In construction we often have to work in locations where hard wire access isn't always available. In some cases it is often cheaper and faster to have the telecom company drop the line on a nearby pole and then use a secure wireless link to connect your jobsite trailer. Depending on the location of your office or home you may need similar equipment there. Steven A. Williams is the founder and owner of WirelessGuys. They have been designing, selling and installing wireless systems for just such situations for over 12 years and is the most knowledgeable integrator I've worked with.
- Database Design & Integration: While most of your applications will work off-the-shelf on this architecture there may be a point which you need something custom designed for your company such as having timecard entry via your intranet site go directly to your accounting system. The person I turn to for database needs is Michael Beims, owner of 3 In 1 Technologies. Together we've completed many time saving projects with rapid ROI. His company specializes not only in the design and implementation but also in training so you get an end-to-end solution.
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