In various ways I have been involved with eBusiness in construction since the late 1990s (I’ve even written chapters of books about construction eBusiness), and the adoption of eBusiness technologies has grown considerably over the past 15 years. But many parts of the industry are still reliant on paper-based processes when it comes to many construction business transactions – this is one area that firms such as Textura (post) are seeking to address.
And more and more IT businesses are waking up to the need to help data flow more seamlessly rather than maintaining separate and isolated business information silos. I have talked to vendor user conferences about this, identifying SaaS, mobile, BIM, social media and Big Data as among the disruptions that challenge conventional approaches to IT delivery.
Watching this space, UK group Construct IT for Business is supporting a research project, run by a task group, TG83, of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB, for short), looking at eBusiness in construction. If you are interested in contributing, here’s a survey link (though I didn’t get the promised invitation to complete the survey – broken?). And if you are interested in the current state of mobile – remember there is an ongoing COMIT survey too (post).