Tag Archive: Ian Howell

Aug 16 2016

Newforma now playing cloud catch-up?

It’s over 10 years since my first posts about US-based construction provider Newforma, and during the intervening decade the company has executed a gradual, but now almost complete, about-turn. In June 2006, Newforma was dismissive of cloud-based applications: senior executives described project extranets as “digital landfills” and insisted that we now call Software-as-a-Service had no traction in …

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Oct 14 2014

More on Newforma’s SmartUse acquisition

I met up with Newforma CEO Ian Howell in London on Friday (10 October) and asked about the recent SmartUse acquisition (see post). From his perspective, the deal was the next stage in Newforma’s “mobile-first strategy,” building on previous deals (2012) to add mobile and cloud-based capabilities to the Newforma portfolio, while satisfying the company’s VC …

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Apr 15 2014

Newforma extends mobile and cloud functionality

Newforma, once mainly known for its on-premise project information management, is extending its mobile and cloud construction collaboration offerings. New Hampshire, US-based construction software vendor Newforma has today announced three new mobile apps, plus an update to an existing app, to improve on-site project information management for users of its on-premise Newforma Project Center (release …

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Oct 15 2012

BIM, SaaS and mobile driving Newforma developments

Once scathing of the attractions of Software-as-a-Service, Newforma is now actively embracing the cloud, SaaS, BIM and mobile, and eyeing potential social media ideas for future product development. Last week I learned more about Newforma, developer of the enterprise-based Newforma Project Center application and now a recent entrant to the Software-as-a-Service collaboration space with its …

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Aug 17 2012

Newforma now embraces cloud

US-based vendor Newforma has done a U-turn on its attitude to SaaS construction collaboration. Some six years ago (June 2006), I wrote my first Extranet Evolution blog post about Newforma Project Center after reading some provocative statements about the merits of cloud-based construction collaboration solutions from Newforma executives Bob Batcheler and Ian Howell. Former mindset …

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