As SaaS construction collaboration technology vendors have sought to differentiate themselves from document management providers, we have seen how some have focused on various areas of workflow (eg: contract administration, project costs, health & safety) in recent years. In the process, one or two vendors have dropped, or reduced, their use of the term ‘collaboration’, preferring compliance-related phrases such as “project control” (eg: US-based Meridian’s Prolog; UK-based BIW Technologies began to use this term a couple of years ago as it entered the US market; and I notice ePin is now using the term in a Google Ads campaign – above).
The latest example of the term’s use that I have seen comes from Unit4 Collaboration, which is using LinkedIn (“Are you interested in Project Controls?“) to invite people to a seminar next month in Reading, UK. The half-day event is being held at the town-centre Forbury Hotel on 28 September, and is focused on new functionality in Unit4 Collaboration’s Business Collaborator application: BC Assure. Working with utility client Thames Water, Unit4 Collaboration says it has developed a quality assurance module that:
“makes it easy for project and programme managers, clients and suppliers to manage the quality and compliance of projects at every stage via a secure and fully-auditable platform in The Cloud.”