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W H I T E P A P E R VIEWPOINT.com As the construction industry continues to evolve, more and more contractors are overhauling their organizational and financial software systems to keep pace with modern construction demands. Many are opting for cloud-based, integrated construction enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms that tie together functions like accounting, financial management, project management, materials and equipment tracking and more with one unified set of data. The benefit of these systems is that they extend access to data and collaborative tools to entire project teams—in real time. No longer does the back office have to wait for project managers to make it into the office to enter information from the field like job progress reports or labor usage and time collection data. In the field, workers can get access to real-time project data, plans and more via mobile devices. Meanwhile, the entire construction ecosystem of owners, architects, engineers, subcontractors, vendors and more can simply log in to see up-to-the minute stats on exactly how their projects are progressing and what action items are needed. TECHNOLOGY RESISTANCE REMAINS Yet, there are still a number of construction professionals that remain wary of change. For some, it might be a matter of finding the time to make a technology switch. For others, it might be software cost or lingering concerns over issues like data security or hosting options — concerns that those researching or considering modern construction technologies are quickly realizing have largely been alleviated. One group of modern technology holdouts, however, prefers the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality, preferring to work with manual processes or outdated software systems because that's what they're used to, and comfortable with. Few successful construction companies today operate with this mindset, yet technology holdouts can still make up a good portion of even tech- savvy contractors' workforces and software end users. Many of today's construction-specific technologies are not being used to their fullest capacities by end users, and construction professionals have indicated that getting complete buy-in from all of their employees on the advantages of using new technologies has been a challenge. 5 Steps to Achieving Technology Buy-In

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