The past couple of months have seen a flurry of UK deals reported on the websites of the leading construction collaboration technology vendors. For example:
- BIW Technologies has just announced a three-year corporate deal with contractor Fitzpatrick
- Business Collaborator signed up Parkman Mouchel in June
- BuildOnline is to support Thomas and ADAMSON and the City of Edinburgh Council in their bid to become the ‘most active city’ by 2020 (see release here)
In July Aconex announced a deal with architecture practice Woods Bagot in Dubai, but only four out of over 50 previous Aconex releases on its website relate to UK projects (two on Belfast’s Victoria Square scheme, one on White City and one on Bluestone contractors). Other vendors have been noticeably silent on the ‘new deals’ front (Asite‘s last publicised deal was in April 2005; I had trouble accessing the news sections of 4Projects‘ website today), but I don’t think this can be taken as an indication that customer interest in ‘extranets’ is waning. There may be entirely valid reasons for the lack of PR (for example, I know from my own experience that some customers may not want their suppliers to make such announcements.
BuildOnline has also got round to publishing on its own website its press release regarding its dispute research (see my 25 July post: Construction disputes: are extranets the answer?), and a couple of articles – from Utility Week and Construction Today – preaching the virtues of on-demand software.