Tag Archive: Business Collaborator

Feb 03 2015

SaaS social support

Using social media for customer support is commonplace in many global corporations but old-school construction SaaS vendors lag behind new start-ups in its adoption. Use of social media for customer service has been on my mind a bit recently. Last week, I provided some Twitter training to CIOB branch administrators and one of the questions related to …

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Jan 05 2015

More mobile, BIMaaS, ‘Big data’ and M&A?

Paul Wilkinson dusts off the ExtranetEvolution crystal ball to see what 2015 might bring: more mobile collaboration, BIM-as-a-service and ‘Big Data’, maybe. In the noughties, I wrote several New Year blog posts with predictions about SaaS and collaboration in the coming year. In January 2008, for example, I predicted: Further polarisation of the UK construction collaboration …

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Dec 08 2014

Business Collaborator BIM 1.0 released

Newly independent Business Collaborator has announced the latest release, v6.3, of its core Software-as-a-Service, and its first BIM module, including a “state of the art” model viewer. Less than two weeks after Business Collaborator announced its management buy-out, the Reading, UK-based construction collaboration technology provider has announced the latest release, v6.3, of its core Software-as-a-Service …

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Nov 27 2014

New era for Business Collaborator after MBO

SaaS construction collaboration pioneer Business Collaborator is set for a new lease of life as a £4m management buy-out changes its relationship with UNIT4 and promises a new push on BIM. After years of working as a subsidiary of other businesses, the management team at Software-as-a-Service vendor Business Collaborator, led by MD Sanjeev Shah and largely …

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Nov 21 2014

Aconex’s IPO prospectus reviewed

Aconex’s IPO prospectus delivers a wealth of information, but there are some omissions too. I have been browsing through the IPO Prospectus (sent to me – thanks! – by an Australian contact) published on 17 November to support SaaS construction collaboration vendor Aconex‘s on-off-on-again flotation. The exit of private equity partner Francisco Partners is significant, I think, but …

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Jul 16 2014

SmartBuilder and Woobius close down

Late last month I learned that Dublin, Ireland-based Android mobile construction application developer SmartBuilder was closing down. A brief message to me from founder and CEO Peter Daly explained “Despite the promise of the new app we have been unable to source additional funding.” It appears that the company’s May 2014 effort to rename and reposition itself …

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Jun 27 2014

Asite joins other AEC SaaS players in G-Cloud

In December 2013, I reported that Viewpoint’s UK subsidiary 4Projects had been accepted as a supplier for the UK government’s G-Cloud programme. Today I learned (news release) that London, UK-based Asite has also joined the G-Cloud gang. Asite CEO Tony Ryan said: “Our appointment to the G-Cloud framework builds on our long-standing relationships providing project …

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Jun 26 2014

Valuing the UK SaaS construction collaboration market

I was recently asked what proportion of the UK market used a construction collaboration system from a particular vendor, and this led on to a conversation about the overall value of the UK market for SaaS collaboration. It depends… Calculating this is fraught with difficulties: First, some of the smaller vendors do not publish full …

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May 22 2014

Think Project! updates – and integrates

Munich-based SaaS construction collaboration vendor Think Project! has announced the forthcoming release of a new update to its web-based platform. The stand-out items for me are the integration features, underlining how sophisticated SaaS tools are increasingly being linked to other back-office enterprise systems, and not just by proprietary connections, to seamlessly share data between different …

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Jan 21 2014

2014: year of AEC mobile?

As we increasingly access data and application on the move, AEC SaaS vendors will need to embrace the mobile cloud more in 2014. This morning I read a .Rising US news item predicting desktop traffic would be overtaken by mobile and tablet by July 2014, underlining, yet again, the growing importance of mobile and tablet traffic …

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