Category: Vendors

Dec 20 2005

Needed: a new NCCTP standard: how to account for extranet ‘traffic’

In addition to vendors’ reluctance to release accurate and realistic statistics relating to their user bases (see recent posts here and here), I also find it difficult to get a clear handle on how much user activity each construction collaboration technology vendor is managing. Let’s take a couple of topical examples. First, a recent Aconex …

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Dec 14 2005

Harvard conference, March 2006

Earlier today, I attended a meeting of the NCCTP marketing group. We reviewed our conference last month, and started making plans for the 2006 edition (probably in October this time). We also discussed our plans to undertake some market research to investigate what benefits our users gain from our various construction collaboration technology solutions. This …

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Dec 14 2005

Buzzsaw: second-most widely used ASP? (2)

After yesterday’s post (expanded upon by Nathan Doughty here), I tried a few web searches to find out how many users Autodesk claims for Buzzsaw. In November 2002, Autodesk claimed to have "more than 65,000 users"; this grew to 105,000 users from 750 companies (according to an April 2005 article), then 125,000 last month (November …

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Dec 13 2005

Buzzsaw: second-most widely used ASP?

At AECnews.com, Randall Newton offers a Reporter’s Notebook: A Day at the Virtual Builders Roundtable, a US event organised by practitioners for practitioners. From his notes, two items stood out to me. First: "The general consensus regarding FTP (File Transfer Protocol) as a tool for collaboration seems to be, if you still have FTP hanging …

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Dec 12 2005

Changes at BuildOnline? (2)

About six weeks ago, I pondered on management changes at BuildOnline. Today, I learned (thanks, Richard!) that the BO website now features a six-strong management team; the non-exec chairman and CEO are now accompanied by no less than three managing directors – for northern Europe (Bob Godfrey, like the chairman an ex-i2 recruit), southern Europe …

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Dec 12 2005

‘Spinning’ out of control

Ralph Grabowski has picked up on one of my favourite gripes. Describing PR or marketing ‘spin’ as Logical fallacies, he notes how many firms quote ‘anonymous authority’ to describe themselves as "leading" (as in "Cadweb is the leading and most established provider of Project Extranet services in the UK" – an extravagant claim for a …

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Dec 09 2005

Extranet blogging: a lonely experience

The emergence of corporate blogging has been discussed on these pages before, but it seems it has yet to take off in the collaboration technology space in the way it has in the CAD world, for example. At PR, Marketing and the Business of CAD, there is talk about the domination of the CAD blogspace …

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Dec 07 2005

US collaboration market share data (2)

Since my 5 December post about US market share data, Wes Smith of AECondemand has asked: "Are there any stats here on actual number of users across the leading offerings?" Assuming Wes means US stats, I cannot recall finding many (Citadon claims a ballpark-sounding 60,000 users, e-builder says it’s got 20,000 users, while there were …

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Dec 05 2005

Hochtief to standardise on BuildOnline (2)

Since my previous post, I note that BuildOnline has now posted the news release on its English website, still with the brash claim by Mark Suster that BO pioneered the on-demand business model. Tweet

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Dec 05 2005

US collaboration market share data

According to a PRNewswire release, Meridian leads the US AEC market for project management software – based on returns to Constructech Magazine’s 2006 National Construction-Technology Survey (price: a mere $250!). When it comes to collaboration: "no single company dominates the collaboration space, but a range of providers have taken market share, including Meridian in the …

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