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&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).
(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.