Stephen Malkin

Manager – Cloud Accounting
03333 445775

Construction on the Cloud?

28/09/2016

Running a construction company, more than in many other industries, means keeping lots of balls in the air at the same time – managing projects, contractors and subcontractors, preparing bids, assigning schedules, getting paid. You may have workers on different sites up and down the country and even overseas. Keeping track of all of it can seem a daunting task and one of the biggest limitations for construction companies using software via one stand-alone computer is that the information can only be accessed from that one location. Enter cloud-based accounting. Now you can access your financial and planning data from any device no matter where you are, so long as there is internet access. The best of the cloud accountancy packages can offer:

  • • Cash accounting for VAT
  • • Ability to raise invoices and credit notes that can be emailed/printed
  • • Project costing linked to specific building sites or projects
  • • Auto bank feed
  • • Fast data entry
  • • Clear reporting – project by project or by area or as a whole
  • • Reliability both in short and long term

Once you’ve got to grips with an accounting package ” in the cloud” why stop there? In the world of construction management, there is an app for every need. Here is a quick round up of a few – we at Anglian Cloud are not endorsing any of these but with our IT partners we can help with which work best with which cloud accounting software and with each other:

Managing your mobile workers

The app Synchroteam works like a mobile control centre, giving your mobile workers all the information they need to work efficiently and communicate with you in real time. It also provides interactive assistance features, like instant driving directions, one-touch contact calling, and the ability to review job descriptions and reports.

Automating your estimating, project management, job costing and scheduling

Like the idea of everything in one place – take a look at Corecon V8 – an integrated estimating, project management and job costing for small to medium-sized construction businesses. With this handy app you need only enter data once, a boon in the construction industry where one small change impacts a number of people, processes and documents.

Improving collaboration with other sites, contractors, and customers

Textura (now owned by Oracle) offers a variety of apps covering the project lifestyle from design and bid management to payment. Many construction companies have found it invaluable in helping keep projects on time and under budget.

Managing contractor bids

One of the most popular ‘invitation to bid’ software apps is SmartBid. It will allow general contractors access to a web-based and mobile platform to streamline your bid data, documents and subcontractor communications.

For Custom Builders

Co-construct keeps the selections process simple, fun, and flexible for your clients while getting on-time decisions, accurate financials, and a solid paper trail. Clearly presents specs, pricing and files in a way that your team and clients will understand. With cross-feature integration client choices immediately update the price, budget and projected cost for both fixed-price and open-book projects.

File Sharing specifically for the construction industry

Skysite helps you store, organise, access, mark up, sync and easily share and track all your project documents. One small but important detail is that documents are sorted by revision dates, not upload dates, thus keeping you accurate. These are just a few of the innovative new tools available to make your life as owner or manager of a busy construction company that bit easier. It is by no means an exhaustive list – for more apps that could help your business, take a look at GetApp - a software marketplace that helps businesses discover business apps. Start with putting your accounts onto a cloud-based package and once you see how that benefits your business and frees your time, there will be no stopping you!

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