US software trends: collaboration, SaaS, mobile, integration

Courtesy of US-based I have just been viewing some video interviews with software vendors at the USA’s Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) annual conference in Texas last week.

Software company executives were asked for their thoughts on the construction software market, and listening to their comments I found support for recent posts on the renewed US focus on collaboration (see US AEC market ripe for collaboration vendors), the growing importance of mobile-based solutions (see previous post, Android-based Smartbuilder1 launched, for example) and of Software-as-a-Service in general. Given that these were mainly finance and accounting software people talking, there was inevitably a bias towards financial management, but this wasn’t always seen in isolation – integrating document management with accounting was another trend identified (perhaps supporting BIW’s push into the north American market with Sage CRE – see post – and its technology push to provide project cost control functionality).

You can view the three videos via the following links:
Video 1: What’s Driving Firms to Implement New Construction Software?
Video 2: Which Segments Are Most Active in Implementing New Software?
Video 3: What Functionality Do Construction Buyers Want?

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