I wrote last month about US construction collaboration vendor e-Builder and its impending major announcement. I waited well into July to see what this would be, but nothing appeared on the e-Builder website until just over a week ago when a release finally appeared, backdated to 29 June.
e-Builder announced “the launch of e-Builder Enterprise 6.0, the next wave of on demand capital program management software”, aimed at owners and owner’s representatives for whom enterprise class systems were too expensive to purchase or manage. With Enterprise 6.0, e-Builder says it:
“delivers an integrated, customizable enterprise project management solution for companies of all sizes. Simply put, it’s easier to learn and can be implemented in days and weeks instead of months and years and requires a much lower cost and time investment than traditional systems.”
Given that some US vendors (eg: BricsNet, Autodesk Constructware, Meridian) already seem to offer enterprise class collaboration solutions, I am not sure this development will have the “resounding impact in the industry for years to come” that e-Builder promised. The company now offers three levels of product (within an over-arching Framework):
- Enterprise – “an integrated capital program management solution …”
- Collaborator – “a web-based document management and collaboration system for construction projects”
- Professional – an “integrated document management and collaboration system for A/E/C professionals”