It may seem like everyone is offering some type of project management platform these days. Before you make a decision, be sure you ask the platform provider the following questions to ensure your choice suits your business and its needs.
1. Who has access to the data?
Having a single source of truth is paramount, and a core pillar in that strategy is creating ways for companies to work from the same documents, while respecting the independent data ownership requirements.
Some solutions limit access to data, with only the license holder having complete ownership. Collaborators invited to work within those solutions do not have complete access or ownership rights to the data they create. This can create more silos rather than help break them down – and of course, slow work down while collaborators wait for access to be given.
2. How is the beginning and end of a project lifecycle defined?
For those offering outdated solutions, the project lifecycle begins when a project is won by the general contractor and ends at turnover; but this definition is rooted in the past.
A real platform solution will connect workflows and data across every phase of the project lifecycle, not just one. We firmly believe that the construction phase is critical, but needs to be part of the interconnected world of building design, fabrication, construction, and operations.
3. What is the approach to training and customer support?
You’re looking for a true partnership with the software provider you select. Ask questions to discover how they can empower your teams to better leverage technology and adopt new workflows, or if they are simply focused on driving a fast onboarding experience, before moving on to the next new customer.
Look for a customer support team, such as ours, that is dedicated to being your partner throughout the entire rollout process and beyond.
4. What does the ecosystem of partners and technology integrations look like?
Closely evaluate how the vendor defines their ecosystem. You may find some vendors market integrations that aren’t “open.” This can lead to less functionality than you expected.
Autodesk offers 200+ direct integrations (API & Partner Cards), plus hundreds of custom workflows via ACC Connect and native Forge integrations. The unified Autodesk Construction Cloud platform APIs allow developers to develop apps that integrate with the Autodesk Construction Cloud platform to extend its capabilities in the construction ecosystem.
5. Is the pricing model flexible to your needs or all-in-one?
Choose a vendor who offers licensing that is flexible. Ideally, you’re not limited in the way you purchase the technology. The best solutions tend to offer the features you need without inflating the cost to include features you may never use.
At Autodesk, we have the flexibility to meet each customer at the appropriate point based upon their needs.
Less tools means more communication
As projects grow in complexity, more and more stakeholders must come together to build something remarkable. However, too often, the general contractor is using specific software to manage the project while subcontractors are using different software applications. If everyone is operating in silos with their own tools that don’t integrate, it’s likely no one will be on the same page at every stage.
Autodesk Construction Solution’s platform connects teams and project data from design to done – reducing risk, protecting profits, and increasing predictability.
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