Tag: collaboration

NEC case study in “Building”

Last week I mentioned the NCCTP supplement to Building magazine (published Friday 14 September). After a slight delay due to technical problems, the whole supplement is now viewable online. I noticed a small coincidence between the supplement and the main magazine. The latter included a lengthy piece by Davis Langdon‘s Simon Rawlinson: “Procurement – Target …

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Novedge interview

I was flattered last week to be interviewed by Franco Folini of the Novedge blog, keen to know my thoughts about how construction collaboration technologies might be employed on AEC projects in the future and examine some of the issues affecting adoption. The finished interview is now online here.

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Aconex 2006 results

Having looked at the financial results of most of the major UK construction collaboration (extranet) vendors over the past few months (for example, Business Collaborator yesterday, StoreData earlier in the month), I realised that I hadn’t really examined Aconex in any detail. Although active in the UK and a member of the NCCTP, Aconex is an …

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A good six months for Business Collaborator

This morning’s London Stock Exchange announcement by Coda of its financial results for the six months ending 30 June 2007 include some snippets about UK collaboration vendor Business Collaborator‘s financial performance in the same period. Business Collaborator turnover was up 18% on 2006 to £1.381m, generating a £240k profit, marginally up on 2006’s £232k. According …

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People, processes and technology

Attend almost any AEC industry conference or seminar where construction collaboration technologies are discussed and you will usually hear something to the effect that successful collaboration is 80% about people and processes and only 20% about the technologies involved (in my book, I even ventured that the balance could be more like 90/10). This type of guidance …

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Valuing a SaaS business

Last week, I briefly speculated on how you value an IT business, skimming across several alternative approaches before focusing on the ‘precedent’ approach in the context of UK construction collaboration software vendor 4Projects’ MBO. I did suggest being a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business might improve its valuation, but I didn’t know by how much. Over the weekend, however, …

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Causeway acquires Elstree Computing

With my July holiday and the MBO at 4Projects, another event in the UK construction computing world almost slipped under my radar. Causeway Technologies (vendor of Causeway Collaboration) acquired Elstree Computing (ECL – with its own Information Manager document management and collaboration solution) last month (see Causeway news release). “With over 2,000 customers and employing 150 …

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More on the 4Ps MBO

This week’s management buy-out of 4Projects was reported in north-east England newspaper The Journal this week.  The 1 August report, Wear IT specialist out to double its revenue, adds little to the news releases on 4Projects‘ and August Equity‘s websites, though it does revise last year’s turnover figure downwards by £200k to £3.2m from that previously reported in …

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Autodesk Buzzsaw adoption

A news release from Autodesk gives some clues about the scale of adoption of its Buzzsaw construction collaboration application. The release reports “a powerful but steady growth in European sales”, with Autodesk’s Mark Ellis adding: “We had been experiencing an average of two new customers a week for the past nine months, but more recently …

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ShareWorkz: intranet and extranet collaboration

I, and several of my colleagues, have received emails from Microsoft VAR ICS Solutions about ShareWorkz, described as “a functionally rich, best practice intranet and extranet collaboration platform, based on Microsoft SharePoint technology, that enables you to build a collaboration solution in less than one hour”. While it describes itself as “a world first”, I guess …

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