Tag: Construction

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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Jan 17 2008

SaaS and construction collaboration in 2008

After Reviewing 2007, I started thinking about some predictions or trends for 2008. My first instinct was simply to repeat last year’s five, but that would be too easy. Instead, I have decided to update two, and add three new ones. Here are the first two (the others will follow over the next couple of days). …

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Jan 09 2008

Paperless (or, at least, less paper): catch ’em young

Since construction collaboration technologies first grabbed some peoples’ attention in the late 1990s, there has been a lot of debate about the extent to which such IT tools can save paper, particularly given some professionals’ preference for paper and their resistance to on-screen marking-up and commenting on drawings, etc (see my Moaning Architects post, 3 November 2005). I have argued …

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Jan 09 2008

IT paying ‘lip service’ to sustainability

An article on Computer Business Review says UK companies are failing to use IT to reduce or improve their environmental sustainability, even though they believe that technology is key to tackling the problem. The article, UK companies paying lip service to green issues, is based on a Datamonitor survey, commissioned by BT Global Services UK, in …

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Jan 09 2008

4Ps confusion

Within the UK construction collaboration technology market, vendor 4Projects is sometimes abbreviated to 4Ps (‘four peas’). The latest news release on the 4Projects’ website therefore initially confused me, as it concerns a partnership with another business known as … 4ps (a local government project delivery specialist, apparently). Tweet

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Jan 02 2008

Reviewing 2007

Last year, I made five ‘Extranet Evolution’ 2007 predictions. Were they correct? 1. Growing acceptance and use of web-based collaboration tools within the UK construction industry It was something of a no-brainer. The continued revenue growth trends of the leading UK-based vendors shows there is a strong appetite for the applications. I was also encouraged by the …

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Dec 17 2007

Web conferencing and sustainability

Two-and-a-half years ago, when I was putting the finishing touches to the final chapter of my book manuscript, I sketched out ideas of how web-based conferencing solutions might be used to replace some face-to-face meetings in construction projects. At the time, I focused on the convenience aspect of such ‘net meetings’ and their value alongside …

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Dec 12 2007

Aconex results hit by legal row

Some three months ago, I had a look at the 2006 financial results for Australia-based construction collaboration vendor Aconex, noting that its 2007 results would be available in November (as per Aconex marketing chief Frank Carron’s comment). After a slight delay (auditors requested an extension of time as some areas required additional testing), the latest …

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