Triple Sight in Construction Technology

As a construction specialist working in the technology industry, our Construction Technology Architect Adam realizes the potential tech has to transform the construction industry. To help others best understand how technology in construction has evolved, and therefore where it can lead in respect to app integration, business intelligence, and security, he has broken it down into the three stages of triple sight; hindsight, current sight and foresight. Hindsight Hindsight is all about learning about and analyzing the past.

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When it comes to applications and integration in construction, integration was historically limited to main business functions. Accounting, CRM, and some light estimating functions were the only opportunities for integration in the construction space. These integrations were useful for the main operations and increased efficiency and data intelligence. However, countless other solutions could not be integrated. When it came to creating assemblies and take-offs, field reporting, and productivity capture, it all had to be done by spreadsheets or pen and paper reporting. These core business functions were, at the time, left without the benefits of integration. In the past, business intelligence was completely reactionary. It was an incredibly labor-intensive process of reporting and analysis realized most often through market research and project close-out reporting. We learned how our mistakes or oversights affected profitability and tried to correct those mistakes in the future without the ability to pivot during project execution. When it comes to security, we realize it was a different time with different risks. One of the biggest security concerns was human error and user vulnerabilities. The external risks were far fewer simply because of the nature of technology at the time. The tech itself posed a security risk because of the capabilities of the systems and the lifespan of both hardware and infrastructure. The lack of continuity plans were a hindrance on firms as well. Current Sight The current sight is all about understanding what is available now and how it can be best utilized to see maximum benefits in your operation. Currently, there are applications available for all aspects of business functions. No longer is it required for an organization to rely on spreadsheets or pen and paper reporting for core functions. Through this, the focus on efficiency is more apparent and more achievable than ever before. This is driven by tighter margins, aggressive schedules, and emerging construction practices. Currently, integration is thought of in a different way than ever before. It has become a pre-requisite and not a commodity in the application selection process. What does this mean for you? The focus on efficiency in the field is no longer the only profit driver. In order to offset the “cost of doing construction,” corporate efficiency continues to be a driving factor. Two main focuses in this arena are removing data double entry and curbing multiple sources for reporting data. We have seen a sizable increase in the use of software solutions in construction when we compare 2014 and 2015. Here is a quick snapshot of the top solutions including CRM, BIM, estimating and takeoff, field capture and reporting, and project management. Triple Sight Blog chart As it stands now, business intelligence is obtained through a strategic integration plan. This allows companies to answer two important questions: What are our economic drivers? And how can we improve these in real time? The analysis is much more flexible and can be run per project, phase, vertical, or any other way you need. Custom dashboards exist for individual roles including executives, sales, operations, and accounting. Security has come a long way and human error and vulnerabilities are combated by continuity plans as now continuity plans are prerequisites of doing business. The focus in security has shifted to external threats and internal systematic vulnerabilities. To combat this, risk assessments are imperative as they identify risks and publishing mitigation strategies. Cyber liability insurance is one of the best ways to safeguard your business today and calls for a privacy policy, acceptable use policy, network security policy, incident response policy, disaster recovery policy, encrypted devices, secure remote capabilities, protocols for user identification, authentication, and integrity. Foresight Looking at the trends in construction today and how far technology has come in this industry, we look at the possibilities of the future. SaaS and hosted platforms for application integration are going to become essential across the board.  In the future, we fully expect to see complete automation for project lifecycles in corporate offices from start to close-out. The benefits of these platforms are many but two of the top benefits are a streamlined application portfolio, scalability without additional labor-force, and a reduced TCO for IT infrastructure. In the realm of business intelligence, the best strategic planners are going to dominate the market as market strategy and prediction will be widespread throughout the industry. SMART schedules with the ability to pivot project execution plans day-to-day or even hour-to-hour will also become essential. In the near future, security as a service with risk assessment, intrusion detection, and penetration testing will be the norm. A more granular approach will be taken the managed security, data logging and auditing, role-based security settings, and behavior based security   Bringing it all together Triple sight is something we should all be implementing. Understanding where we have been and where we are going allows you to set yourself up for success. Five action items you can do immediately to get started:

  • Create an internal committee
  • Define your critical applications
  • Business Continuity Plan
  • Define your economic driver & true profitability
  • Leverage internal communication solutions to cut down on lost time

Ryvit Announces Partnership with Viewpoint to provide Streamlined Data Management to Construction Industry

ST. LOUIS – June 30, 2016 – Ryvit ([url=https://ryvit.com]https://ryvit.com[/url]) today announced joining the Viewpoint Development Partner Program. The partnership formalizes the addition of Vista™ by Viewpoint to Ryvit’s iPaaS+™ platform economy of complementary software solutions. The integrations streamline exchanges between Vista and applications used by the construction industry for CRM, Time, Expense Management, and other point solution applications used by the Construction Industry.

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As part of the Ryvit iPaaS+™ platform, Viewpoint will directly extend its integration offerings to include connection to more applications like ToolWatch, Concur, AmericanExpressCAR, Wright’sExpress, ConstantContact, TruQC, and Salesforce. Vista™ by Viewpoint – the industry leading construction and accounting software solution.

  Viewpoint is a provider of innovative construction-specific software solutions to the global construction and capital project industries. Viewpoint provides the tools needed to improve project profitability and visibility, manage risk, and effectively collaborate with the entire project team. Vista is a fully integrated, scalable and comprehensive suite of software solutions that helps contractors manage all areas of operations. Solutions include Accounting/HR, Project Management, Project Collaboration, Mobile, Estimating, Content Management and Service Management, Vista scales easily and integrates with all key third-party software.  This suite of applications is built on the award-winning Microsoft® .NET Framework using the SQL Server® database for timely reporting of critical data. “We are very pleased to form a strategic partnership with Viewpoint.  By combining Viewpoint’s expertise in ERP, with Ryvit’s vision for the common subscriber’s application mix, we can define exciting new opportunities for data integration and data transformation. Partnering with Viewpoint is absolutely key for servicing our core focus area—the construction industry.  Extending the customer’s Vista investment with integrations to leading point solutions can equate to millions of dollars in productivity savings each year for the industry. We have worked with our Ryvit architects, and we have come up with an incredible game-changing way to do business with the addition of Viewpoint Vista on our platform,” Maureen O’Neill, Ryvit Sales Channel Leader. The solution today for application vendors is iPaaS+TM, Integration Platform as a Service plus a whole lot more.  Ryvit delivers modern integration for software vendors with an iPaaS+™ ecosystem of integrations and applications. Ryvit is not an SDK or toolkit.  Ryvit develops and maintains integrations, taking the burden off the end-users and the software application companies. “Joining the Ryvit eco-system extends our capabilities to deliver choices to our customers who are using other industry applications  to increase efficiencies and provide even better visibility into the data needed for improved decision making,” said Matt Harris, Senior VP of Product at Viewpoint. “Ryvit’s iPaaS+™  approach to integration for the construction industry advocates open and connected systems throughout the enterprise based on the preferences of the end user organization. There is a demand from users to be able to access, update and change data from their application of choice from any device.  That demand extends to integrations with other construction point solution applications running on the desktop and in the field.  We effectively remove the integration product development and lifecycle management workload for our partners,” said Tom Stemm, Ryvit CEO.  

About Viewpoint Viewpoint is a provider of innovative construction-specific software solutions to the global construction and capital project industries. Viewpoint provides the tools these industries need to improve project profitability through better visibility, risk management and real-time team collaboration.  Viewpoint solutions address the full construction life-cycle from planning/bidding to construction and facilities maintenance.  Viewpoint’s solutions are offered on a variety of platforms, including Cloud, Mobile, SaaS and On Premises. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, USA, and with offices in the UK and Australia, Viewpoint has become the technology partner of choice, with customers located across the globe in more than 28 countries. These customers include more than 40 percent of the ENR 400, and over 20 percent of the ENR 600. For more information, please visit www.viewpoint.com.

About Ryvit Ryvit’s expertise lies squarely in the crossroads of the construction industry and software integration.  Ryvit is a new fresh approach to integration for the construction software industry. Once we have access to an API, we can quickly develop and onboard our partners to the platform, who then can rapidly attach to any other application that makes sense.  Ryvit enables connectivity and collaboration for software companies with other business critical applications without additional coding by software company developers or implementation teams. By doing the heavy lifting, Ryvit alleviates the burden of software integration development from construction companies and our partners. In early 2011, Tom Stemm our CEO, identified an opportunity in the market to deliver software development services in a new way to provide scale and interoperability among industry focused applications.  As a recognized authority on innovative integration and development, he set the course for the Ryvit strategy.  He paved the way for companies to acquire integration capabilities with economy of scale by launching a platform that ensures ease of entry and maximum participation for partners.  Tom takes a serious and integral approach to integration, unlike most solutions on the market– we are not an SDK or a simple import/export tool–we build, implement, deliver, and manage the comprehensive integration platform required for meaningful efficiency gains and insightful analytics spanning best-in-class applications. For questions on the release or information about the Ryvit integration partner platform contact Ryvit.  https://www.ryvit.com

Create an Intelligent Jobsite

Construction jobsites are evolving. Technology is playing a bigger role in every aspect of construction projects – from the way engineers and designers collaborate to the way we track onsite employees. Although the industry as a whole is slow to adopt technology, construction has not been untouched the technological advances – even the small mom and pop shops are now finding ways to integrate technology into their projects. Making your jobsite intelligent is becoming paramount as more technology continues to be integrated into construction projects. Gone are the days when hard copies are the only documents being passed between the jobsite and the headquarters.

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An intelligent jobsite means the ability to accurately track data is taken to the next steps and that data is applied to your projects in real time to help contractors make well-informed decisions. The intelligent jobsite does not have gaps in communication and uses all of its’ resources in the most efficient way possible. A few tools are necessary to achieve a truly intelligent jobsite, but they are all fairly easy to adopt.

The Right Applications The right applications will take you far in your intelligent jobsite. The applications to track every aspect of your project and keep everyone well informed are becoming more user-friendly and accessible. There are applications to track the bidding process, tools and equipment, onsite employees, and even calculate roof pitch. Mobile devices with access to cloud-based applications are even more effective at creating an intelligent jobsite because users are able to collaborate in real time. Accessing and sharing the same files at the same time means fewer errors or miscommunications when it comes to the most current status of a particular document be it a spreadsheet, a blueprint, or a request for information.

Mobility You can’t have an intelligent jobsite without mobility. Oftentimes, this means mobile devices, such as tablets, are being used on the jobsite to track progress and keep lines of communication open at all times. Having the right applications won’t help you to the fullest if you do not provide your onsite employees access to these applications through mobile devices. Mobility will help your key onsite contractors save time and energy that was once used to track others down and get answers. Some have called mobility a “mobile office” meaning the devices used have taken the place of running back and forth from the jobsite to jobsite. Daily updates on project status help a project stay nimble. If there needs to be a change in the project timeline, everyone knows about it. If machinery breaks down, photos can be sent and documentation can be created.

Integration Integrating your applications really seals the deal for your intelligent jobsite. Integrating your applications means you are able to push and pull data between applications in order to ascertain the insights you need. Your applications will be able to talk to one another in real time so you are never behind on the latest updates. Integrating your applications allows you to implement business intelligence and make sense of all of your data and ultimately make better business decisions. There are several ways to integrate your applications. Standard integrations exist between some solutions but others will need to be custom integrated. This can get expensive, so a third option exists. Integrating with iPaaS (integration platform as a solutions) will allow you to connect to any number of applications you would like to use for a monthly fee versus paying for each custom integration. Your BI solution needs to be able to scale to support data volume, user volumes, and concurrency. If not, you could run into problems when it comes to the daily revenue generating activities. Remember, your product implementation could include million or even billions of records and the data your company acquires will only grow. Scalability should be a main consideration for you as you look into different solutions.   With an intelligent jobsite, you and your team will always be on the same page and have the ability to collaborate in real time from the jobsite. You will also be able to make your data work for you to help you make the best business decisions possible.