Jul 28 2006

QS News covers NCCTP extranet research

QS News is the latest journal to publicise the NCCTP market research published last week (see 20 July postContract Journal wrote about it earlier this week); read "QSs back web portals" (strange that they chose to use the word ‘portals’ – not a word employed in the NCCTP news release at all). The article noted QSs’ strong commitment to extranets but went on:

The survey contrasts with a gloomier assessment of the e-tendering process from the RICS, revealed in QS News last month. The survey found that only 7% of QSs were sending and receiving documents purely electronically and that the vast majority (64%) that were using digital communications were using email rather than a web portal.

I’m not surprised there is a difference. Construction collaboration technologies (aka: project extranets) are much more widely used than online tendering tools, and familiarity quickly breeds enthusiasm. E-tendering tools are also a relatively more recent development and have also had to overcome occasional confusion with the more controversial topic of reverse auctions. As understanding and uptake of e-tendering grows, hopefully future RICS surveys will show a much greater uptake of the technology. In the meantime, you can read about the RICS e-tendering survey in this article: Why is the pen still mightier?, and a response: Paper Issues.

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