Tag: GroupBC

Jun 19 2018

Salesforce and construction – much more than CRM

Salesforce logo

Like several other software giants, Salesforce is exploring opportunities in the construction sector – and looking to develop construction-specific offerings, not just to sell more CRM seats. At the invitation of Andrew Bowles (a long-time industry contact – he worked at what is today GroupBC from 2003 to 2012), I attended the inaugural meeting of …

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May 22 2018

ThinkBIM, 13 June 2018, Leeds

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From common data environments to satellites, the next ThinkBIM conference in Leeds is a great opportunity to learn about BIM and other data initiatives. I have been a long-time supporter of the ThinkBIM initiative run by Leeds Beckett University and other partners.* Almost since the start of the UK BIM programme in 2011, Leeds has …

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May 14 2018

NBS BIM Report covers CDEs

NBS 2018-CDEs used

NBS’s latest UK BIM survey suggests Viewpoint’s CDE is the widely used, but is the picture distorted by reliance on architects’ responses and under-representation of civil engineering? Almost since the beginning of the UK’s BIM implementation programme in 2011, NBS‘s annual BIM Survey has shed some light on attitudes to and adoption of building information …

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Apr 25 2018

The next big AEC SaaS acquisition?

After Trimble’s US$1.2bn bid to acquire Viewpoint, which SaaS construction collaboration business might be the next to be acquired? Last summer, a year after Aconex had bought Conject and before Oracle had announced its bid to acquire Aconex, I was invited to speak privately to several groups of technology investors about the global SaaS construction …

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Jan 10 2018

New CEO at GroupBC

Sanjeev Shah and Wes Simmons, GroupBC

Reading, UK-based SaaS collaboration vendor GroupBC has appointed construction software industry veteran Wes Simmons as its CEO. He succeeds Sanjeev Shah, who is taking on a new role in developing GroupBC’s strategic industry partnerships (see GroupBC news release). Simmons was until recently managing director of construction ERP vendor Eque2, where he grew the business from …

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Dec 18 2017

Oracle to buy Aconex – reaction

Aconex share price to 18Dec2017

Admiration, apprehension, concern, excitement – SaaS construction collaboration vendors react to Oracle’s pitch to buy Aconex. Market reaction to Oracle’s Aconex acquisition announcement yesterday saw a predictable leap in Aconex’s share price on the Australian Securities Exchange. From Friday’s close of A$5.29, Aconex shares rocketed 44% to close at A$7.63 (just below Oracle’s offer price), …

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Oct 05 2017

Opentree integrates with Viewpoint For Projects

BIM is a collaborative process increasingly supported by an ‘ecosystem’ of solutions that can seamlessly exchange information. Opentree provides some ‘glue’ between internal WIP and CDEs. At the Viewpoint EMEA user conference in May 2017, I met some of the people from Teesside, UK-based Opentree and talked about its Cabinet product, which facilitates the publication of information …

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Sep 28 2017

Live from GroupBC user conference 2017

Today, I am at the user conference of GroupBC, previously Business Collaborator, at the Coin Street Conference Centre in London’s South Bank – and will be updating during the day. As well as an overview of recent company and software developments, the day will see presentations from customers Thames Water, Sainsbury’s and Balfour Beatty, plus …

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Sep 26 2017

CEMAR sticks to its NEC expertise

Ben Walker, CEMAR CEO

CEMAR is focused purely on contract management and its expertise in NEC contracts has helped it achieve leadership in this specialist cloud-based software market. Gloucester, UK-based construction contract management software vendor CEMAR is single-minded in its focus on construction contracts and on the NEC suite in particular. This focus has seen the company enjoy year-on-year …

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Jul 20 2017

GroupBC revenues up 33%

Vendor turnover July 2017

Re-energised following its November 2014 MBO, UK construction collaboration vendor GroupBC is growing revenues and increasing profitability. Reading, UK-based GroupBC (previously known as Business Collaborator) is one of the longest-established SaaS construction collaboration technology providers in the UK. It started as part of the software solutions arm of the Enviros environmental consulting and software group …

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