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Jun 29 2017

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A mobile Site Diary – at a price!

Script and Go’s Site Diary complements a mobile-first construction project management application but the suite is not competitively priced compared to others.

Since the 2007 advent of smartphones and the later launch of tablet products, the number of mobile applications designed for construction has grown and grown. I have seen numerous apps for snagging / punchlists / quality control – some stand-alone, others integrated with SaaS platforms – and talked to businesses about apps for health and safety, permits to work and other workflows (see previous post about construct.pm, for example).

Site diary applications have also occasionally featured in this blog (eg: Contract Communicator in 2009, and Note Vault in 2014), while a quick web-search for the term pointed me to, among others, Site Diary Plus and Tradies. A new addition to the market comes from Rennes, France-based software development company Script&Go.

Script&GoScript&Go already offers a mobile-first construction project management application BatiScript, which can be accessed by tablet, laptop or smartphone.

In September 2016, Script&Go acquired another application, Site Diary, from Appear Network (incidentally, a backer of an EU-funded project called MobiCloud which I have seen presented at COMIT events). In the last nine months this app has apparently been developed further and was launched on 21 June 2017, priced at €12 per month (c. £10.50 or US$13.70).

BatiScript pricing

(Updated – 17 August 2017) Strangely to me, the BatiScipt product appears to be licensed per device (see pricing) suggesting that if you want to access the BatiScript platform across all three platforms, you will pay €84 (Premium use on Tablet) plus €44 (back office on PC) plus €19 (on smartphone) – a total of €147 per month to rent the software (for a minimum of two years) or to purchase the software, a total of €2270 (€1290 + €690 + €290), plus 20% maintenance (€454).

However, the company’s Khaldon Evans (see comments) says:

“… We have to improve the pricing web page so it’s clear. Our highest price is €84 per month that’s it. With the €84 per month, the person doesn’t need to buy back office or smartphone. The smartphone version is if you have subcontractors and you want to have access to your site and collaborate with them about defects etc. You can negotiate with the subcontractors about who will pay the €19 per month.

The back office (PC version), is for people who work in the office and rarely to never go to the field. They will be able to manage the progress of their subcontractors, issues raised, create reports, assign task etc. A back office user doesn’t need to buy the premium €84 version for tablets.

Based on all the features that BatiScript offers, our price is less than the competitors.”

Reflecting on Khaldon Evans’s explanation, I would say that while the rental cost to individual users might be a maximum of €84 per month, the costs to a construction business may still aggregate to €147 per month if they have a smartphone user, a back-office user, and a subcontractor who quietly adds an allowance for €19/month to their invoices.

The rental approach (“… the ‘rental’ mode engages you in a 2-year commitment period”) certainly differs from the flexible, no minimum period, pay-as-you-go approaches of many other vendors of cloud-based construction software – which are often available at no extra cost on other devices (and would you commit to using this system if your construction project was, say, only 12 months long?).

Contrast this approach with, for example, Asite (one of the few UK-based vendors who don’t base their pricing on project-based licensing); the London-based construction SaaS vendor offers its basic product for just €19 per month, with the most expensive subscription still half that of Batiscript at €75 per month.

Permanent link to this article: http://extranetevolution.com/2017/06/a-mobile-site-diary-at-a-price/

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  1. Bill Parker

    Very interesting, a glimpse into the minds of their marketing people…

    Pricing is important and I think it would be extremely useful to publish a list of ‘indicative’ or ‘base’ pricing for the main UK system suppliers, basically how much does it cost to trial a one million pound scale project, I have found that contacting them directly can be like an inqusition and that just makes me think that the more they know about me, then the more they can stretch their pricing out – I never buy anything that doesn’t show a price…

    A comparison of main features would be useful too, desktop / tablet / phone, usability, main design / site specific features – I am not the least bit interested in HR features or QA (not QC) features – I have that, its part of being in business – but teamcentric features and system ‘owner’ features are important, ease of use, training required, local terminology and UK applicable features – remember the Aconex access to the Australian construction jobs market and materials suppliers…

    I love your annual revenue/profitability graphs, it helps to focus on the winners and losers, but actual functionality doesn’t show in a financial graph, so is the revenue indicative of the features or those marketing blokes…

    1. Tony

      Hi Bill

      And thanks for the mention Paul.

      Our pricing is totally transparent. $19 per user for Adoddle Lite. This gives you total collaboration for data management (drawings , contracts, ideas etc) with a built in viewer for any file format, including workflows on all of your devices.

      Then for the whole shooting match from Sourcing, Project Management, eProcuremnt , CDE and cBIM its €74 per user.

      We have set up fees and training on top.

      Check us out at http://www.asite.com

      Also check us out at http://www.buildearthlive.com and you can see how we are evolving the idea of the built environment.

  2. Khaldon

    Hi Paul,

    I believe you have wrong information about the BatiScript pricing in your article. We have to improve the pricing web page so it’s clear. Our highest price is €84 per month that’s it. With the €84 per month, the person doesn’t need to buy back office or smartphone. The smartphone version is if you have subcontractors and you want to have access to your site and collaborate with them about defects etc. You can negotiate with the subcontractors about who will pay the €19 per month.

    The back office (PC version), is for people who work in the office and rarely to never go to the field. They will be able to manage the progress of their subcontractors, issues raised, create reports, assign task etc. A back office user doesn’t need to buy the premium €84 version for tablets.

    Based on all the features that BatiScript offers, our price is less than the competitors.

    I would appreciate it if you correct this BatiScript pricing section in your article as it is false and misleading information about the product.

    Overall I appreciate this article that you wrote about Script&Go and its products. We are adding BIM to BatiScript in the fall so if you would like to know more about that, please feel free to contact me and we can set up a Skype or Phone call.

    Regards

  3. Paul Wilkinson

    Thanks, Khaldon
    I have updated the article to reflect your comments. If I have still got it wrong, please let me know.

    What would be the overall monthly rental cost to a business if, for example, it was working on a project and had three tablet users in the field, plus one back office user compiling reports from the three users?

    Regards
    Paul

    1. Khaldon

      Thank you, Paul, for updating the article.

      For this quotation is will depend on what exactly the 3 users in the field will be using BatiScript for. If they are just using it to correct and create defects (snags) then they all can buy the BatiScript reserve. The cost would be 3x€19(tablet/smartphone) + 1x€44 (back office) = €101 per month

      Some companies who bought BatiScript has just one tablet that they share among all 3 users in the field if they want the field workers to have the premium version (has all the features as the back office). This is normally when it’s a small site. The total cost would be 1x€84(tablet) + 1x€44 (back office) = €128 per month

      For bigger sites and they will need all 3 field workers to have their own premium version tablets, that cost would be 3x€84(tablet) + 1x€44 (back office) = €296 per month.

      Note*: You can create reports, management documents, QA/QC, checklist, upload plan from the tablet if you buy the premium version.

      For these reasons is why BatiScript is not a product you can purchase online directly, a business will need to first speak to one of our representatives and we will guide them to the correct price based on their needs.

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