I had the opportunity to spend three days at Con/Expo and the AGC IT Forum Summit, which gave me the chance to chat with construction industry tech leaders. Our conversations often focused on growing concerns about data silos, training requirements, and security that stem from the growing number of apps in our industry. While our thriving app ecosystem is a welcome sign of high development activity and a focus on solving end user problems, it has brought about its own set of challenges.
Apps must integrate or they are out
Today we have a slew of apps, at last count I have over 15, each of which is a great “point solution” to a respective need. However, they are not properly integrated into the core project management or accounting ecosystems. In an effort to make us more efficient by solving specific problems we have unintentionally done the opposite by implementing app sprawl that makes finding a single source of truth difficult.