Category: Functionality

Kajima Uses Buzzsaw to Help Win PFI Projects

Been there, done that…. This Autodesk Buzzsaw news release comes some four years after Kajima found BIW was the key to PFI success (subsequently signing a corporate deal).

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“Extranets” or “client workspaces”?

Beyond the architecture, engineering and construction industry, the legal profession was another field which took to ‘extranets’ in a big way. A Legal Technology News article suggests that the term may have morphed: into "client workspaces". The term may have evolved in the legal world, but I can’t see us shifting towards such a term …

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“It’s too slow” – blame online radio

Occasionally, as vendors of web-based construction collaboration technologies, we face protests from users who say the extranet solutions are too slow (usually because they don’t offer the almost-instantaneous responsiveness of software loaded onto their hard drive or perhaps their local area network). As ASPs, we can do a lot to ensure that our applications are …

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SoSaaS

I have written in this blog before about ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS). I recently rediscovered Phil Wainewright who I used to read regularly at ASPnews.com; I am now reading his ZDNet.com Software as Services blog, and I have just picked up on a great abbreviation he devised earlier this year: SoSaaS. Standing for Same …

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Extranets to embrace Ajax?

After reading about Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML – not scouring powder!) in Information Age last week, I was browsing Information Week online when I found this interview with a Microsoft product manager. It grabbed my attention because a) it reminded me how responsive Google Maps is, and b) it asked me to imagine that …

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Why do insurers overlook the advantages of extranets?

Reading Silicon.com today, I was struck by a leader article: Insurers must account for disaster recovery, which argues that insurers fail to reward those businesses which take a responsible attitude to data back-up and security. Apparently, when it comes to insuring businesses with multimillion-pound liabilities, insurers often pay little or no regard to where and …

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Autodesk announces new version of Buzzsaw

Just found a boring news release on PRnewswire announcing new Autodesk Buzzsaw functionality. It's not going to change the UK construction collaboration technology market – just about everything highlighted in the release is already offered by competing solutions from other vendors. The new Buzzsaw functionality focuses on automating business processes, and includes: increased breadth of …

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RICS e-tendering guidance note: a review

Just over two weeks ago (11 November), I spoke to the East Midlands branch of the RICS about e-tendering. This is currently something of a hot topic, following the publication of an RICS guidance note in late October and a small flurry of articles about the guidance in magazines such as QS News (I particularly …

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Be Valuable: The Saxon report

Yesterday, I went to the London launch of the report “Be Valuable”, written by Richard Saxon, and published by Constructing Excellence. It was a fascinating event, not least because it highlighted the all-too-often blinkered or short-termist view of construction commonly applied by construction professionals. Instead, Richard urged us, why not look at how the built …

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IT perils for SMEs

The UK construction industry is hugely fragmented, with the vast majority of active UK firms classified as small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Even if we ignore the large number of self-employed sole traders, there are still tens of thousands of construction businesses employing just a few people, and according to two news items I’ve read …

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