Category: Vendors

4Projects revamps website

4Projects has launched a new corporate website, revealing a new brand identity. The accompanying news release notes the site also includes "opportunities for … individuals who might be seeking a new challenge in our dynamic working environment", and – perhaps indicative of recent turnover within the 4Projects ranks – the recruitment page lists four posts …

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Autodesk Buzzsaw not ‘consistent’ market leader

"Since 1999, Autodesk® Buzzsaw® has consistently led the market for project collaboration and management solutions." What’s wrong with this assertion (made on the Autodesk website here)? Well, ignoring the claim to market leadership (made, after all, by just about every construction collaboration technology vendor I know), it’s the word ‘consistently’. The statement – probably an …

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Retail shake-up

Late on Friday evening, a consortium led by property tycoon Robert Tchenguiz finally agreed a £1.1 billion deal to take over the Somerfield chain of supermarkets (the group has some 814 Somerfield stores and almost 500 Kwik Save outlets). Analysts appear to think the consortium is mainly interested in the group for its high-street properties. …

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Avanti reality check for extranets (2)

Towards the end of yesterday’s CICA annual convention, I met Mervyn Richards, one of the leading figures on the Avanti project (see 22 September post). He gave me a bit of background to the somewhat negative comment (about extranets and their workflow handling capabilities) made at last month’s CE members convention. Apparently, the comment was …

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Construction Computing Show

The Construction Computing Show at the Barbican in London is now less than a month away. I will be co-presenting a seminar on the first day (9 November at 12.45pm) with an NCCTP colleague, Duncan Mactear from 4Projects, on the topic "Making Collaboration Pay". The NCCTP will also have a stand at the event as …

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BricsCad Vista v. Microsoft Vista

Best known for its CAD solutions, Belgium-based BricsCad also has BricsCad Vista, which it describes as: "the first professional Internet based communication, collaboration and project management platform allowing unlimited use for a yearly flat fee, encouraging organizations to open up Vista’s powerful feature set to all projects and all people involved – in the company …

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Do exhibitions work? (2)

Following my 22 September post, I visited the PropIT show at London’s Olympia this morning. It wasn’t very busy. I spoke to four different exhibitors and they all told roughly the same story: it was busy first thing yesterday but then tailed off, while today had started like yesterday afternoon…. I commiserated with the organiser …

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EC Harris stays with Citadon

Citadon has announced that EC Harris has signed a new contract to use Citadon Collaboration Workspace (CW) to drive collaboration on up to 50 new construction projects throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It’s not a major development. The deal continues a relationship between the businesses dating back to 2000 when EC Harris was …

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Charging crisis (2)

In my initial Charging crisis post I wondered about the ‘elephant hunter’ sales person analogy. BIW CEO Colin Smith has filled in a gap in my knowledge. In IT businesses, apparently, sales personnel were advised to nurture three different types of account: ‘rabbits’ that could be converted into frequent, small sales; ‘deer’ that would yield …

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The IPCRES File

No, it’s not a misprint. IPCRES is the strange name given to a group of UK businesses, describing themselves as "the industry-leading Project Management & Property IT Solution Providers". One of the group is extranet provider Cadweb; the others are ICON (design standards software), EPC Integration (project management) and The FM Company (facilities management). I …

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