The Top 10 Features Your Construction App Should Have
Running a construction business entails an endless list of challenges. Many are turning to apps to handle some of these burdens, so that greater focus can be directed toward the big picture. Here we’ve listed some of the most important features your construction app should have:
1. Cloud-Based Collaboration
It’s great to take photos and generate documents in the field, but how do you get that critical information back to the office quickly? You could take the time to save it and email it, but then another person has to download it and put it in the right place. Shorten the process, and use a construction app that can be accessed by any authorized users from various devices or computer.
Your construction app should be able to handle your business from beginning to end. From estimate creation to payment processing, you should be able to quickly access all information for a project, and see how each piece relates.
3. Ease of Use
No amount of features are worth it if you can’t use it. A great app should have a clean and intuitive design. Tasks should be completed easily with as few steps as possible, and searching for records should be as easy as using an internet search engine. By minimizing the learning curve, users spend less time learning how to use it, and start getting to work.
Don’t settle for only what you’re given. A great construction app should compliment your current workflow, not change it. In order to do so, your app should have a good degree of customization available. Whether it’s the amount of features included, display options, or even accurately categorizing information, you should be able to work as you need to at the time.
5. Unlimited Use
So your construction app is great but you find yourself hitting a wall as situations change. You’re limited by the amount of projects, clients, documents, devices, storage, or any other way to be charged more money. Your app should only be priced by the number of people actually using it, not by how much you use it.
6. Offline Capabilities
Not every job site you visit is going to have a strong internet connection, if it even is available at all. It’s frustrating if the whole app is unusable, as it completely defeats the purpose. You shouldn’t have to record or redo tasks later when you’re connected. A good construction app should allow the offline use of vital functions, with the ability to easily sync later.
7. Field Functions
Remember that a construction app is designed to be used on a mobile device. It’s only logical that it should should contain the tools to effectively complete tasks in the field such as estimate generation, scheduling, time clock punches, checklists, equipment management, job progress tracking, transaction processing, and document and photo storage. If your app lacks a vital component of your field operation, or if it isn’t powerful enough, look for one that does.
8. Easy Data Import and Export
Sometimes information needs to be used outside of the app, or needs to be imported from an outside source. For example, it could be to provide information for a client, or is used by a preferred accounting software. Ensure that your app organizes information in a way that allows you to import and export data in common file types, and integrates with your related software.
9. Support and Updates
Ensure that you’re being provided with the best experience possible. If there’s an issue, you should be able to find a solution quickly through help guides, an email, or phone call. You should also know that developers are keeping you in mind by continually improving with updates. Along the same line, support should also take your feedback into account. Don’t settle for an old and malfunctioning app, for which you dread trying to get support.
How your app stores and shares your records shouldn’t be a mystery to you. With the many benefits of technology, it could also make information theft easier. Your app should use top-level encryption, so that your information is always safe. Don’t let anyone leave the door open to your hard work.
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