Tag: Construction

Mar 14 2008

Sword Group 2007 results

Sword Group, the France-based IT group that late last year acquired UK construction collaboration SaaS technology vendor CTSpace for just £6.5m, announced its annual results for the year ending 31 December 2007 yesterday. The group turned over €179m [£138m], up 26% from €142m [£109m] in 2006, generating a net profit of almost €19m [£15m], up from £16m. …

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Mar 09 2008

Investing in a dot.com/SaaS business: a history

In the late 1990s and into the first year or so of the 21st century, the dot.com boom say billions invested in new online ventures across great swathes of industry and commerce. The global architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry was no different. Millions were pumped into new start-ups by venture capitalists, business angels and …

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Feb 29 2008

FTP security hole

Particularly in the early days of marketing construction collaboration technology solutions, we used to get occasional suggestions that online solutions were unnecessary as “our IT department has set up an FTP site for us to manage all that file-sharing”. Hopefully, those days are long gone, but for any construction businesses that may still be contemplating reliance …

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Feb 28 2008

StoreData stagnating in 2007

  Interim results last September from the retail fit-out specialist contractor Styles & Wood showed that its StoreData division – which competes in the UK construction collaboration technology market – did not have a good first six months in 2007 (see post), but the second six months were a little better. Overall, however, StoreData fell short of …

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Feb 22 2008

Lurking in the shadows

Shadow IT is a term used to refer to those people performing IT functions within an organisation but who are not actually part of the official IT department. It can take many forms – from innocent reliance on advice from the unofficial Excel expert at the next desk, through use of work-arounds to bypass corporate systems, to the …

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Feb 18 2008

CADaaS continued (2)

My musings last week (here and here) on CAD-as-a-Service have stimulated some interest, including a SaaSblogs post, and a comment from Rami Hamodah, who, quite rightly, suggests that “offering CAD-as-a-Service is much harder to do than offering business software-as-a-service such as CRM” and wonders how demand might be stimulated. CADaaS: not if, when To respond to …

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Feb 01 2008

How big is the AEC SaaS market?

Suvendu, commenting on my first SaaS and construction collaboration in 2008 predictions post, asks “do you have an idea about the market size of SaaS for Construction industry?” I suppose the answer to the question depends upon how you define the market and then how you measure it…. So, sorry if this is quite a long answer…. …

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Jan 31 2008

Business Collaborator parent reaches agreement with Agresso

  According to a London Stock Exchange announcement this morning, the boards of Unit 4 Agresso and Coda plc (parent company of construction collaboration technology vendor Business Collaborator) have agreed the terms of a recommended cash offer for Coda, valuing the business at approximately £158m (see previous post). The strategic rationale is to create “a leading …

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Jan 22 2008

IT project failures: SaaS to the rescue

Hardly a month goes by, it seems, without news of yet another government IT project running late, going over-budget or not working as it was envisaged. High time then that public agencies switched from conventional software to Software-as-a-Service. Not just my opinion, but also one shared by a senior US official in the Bush administration …

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