Category: Vendors

Rok set on in-house capability

The print version of UK trade magazine Contract Journal has a monthly feature called ‘Company’ life in which CJ offers insights into working life within well-known construction groups. This uses a standard set of questions and includes one on whether the company makes use of project collaboration tools. The company under the spotlight in the …

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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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Buzzsaw: second-most widely used ASP? (3)

Further to my 14 December post, I see Randall Newton has picked up on the same claim by Buzzsaw. His starting point for a post entitled Constructware Announces Big Growth in 2005, But Who’s Number One? is yesterday’s end-of-2005 highlights announcement by Constructware (see release). Randall describes the latter: "generally regarded as second to Autodesk …

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NCCTP challenge

Early January is traditionally a time for New Year’s Resolutions, and for predictions about the year ahead. True to my form in previous years, it’s taken me almost a fortnight to formulate my (work-related) good intentions for 2006 – and my predictions may take even longer. One resolution was formulated over a festive pint or …

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NCCTP AEC collaboration market research

As previously mentioned, the UK construction extranet vendors’ association, the NCCTP, is commissioning an independent market research agency, Benchmark Research, to undertake a survey of end-users of its members’ technologies. After attending the kick-off meeting today, I know the research is likely to take place during late Spring 2006, with the results revealed at an …

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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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Christmas working (2)

Since my pre-Christmas musings about those who might work over the holiday period, I have had chance to analyse traffic regarding users of BIW Information Channel. Despite the widespread UK AEC industry shutdown, there were still individuals who logged in to work between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. In total, BIW saw 553 logins …

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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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Asite CEO goes permanent

Almost missed this in the Christmas run-up, but (thanks, Richard) on 21 December, UK collaboration technology vendor Asite announced to the London Stock Exchange the following directorate changes: following the appointment of Mr. Gordon Ashworth as acting Chief Executive Officer in March 2005, that this position has now been made permanent Mr Tony Ryan, Sales …

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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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