6 Best Practices for Creating an RFP

Writing an RFP or request for proposal can be a daunting task. At its core, it seems simple enough- you have a problem and you want vendors to offer their solution. Giving prospective vendors a good look into your company, how you work, and what you need from them isn’t easy, however. Bringing clarity must be balanced with seeking knowledge. This fine line has to be walked after scouring the internet for a list of vendors who you think will suit your needs.

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Construction Tools for the Industry to Embrace

The construction industry has been slower than other industries to embrace technology in all areas of business. The construction industry, however, has at its fingertips, an incredible number of tools that can make daily tasks easier. Some of these tools are automation tools and others can help you track and stay connected. We have assembled 10 tools for the construction industry to embrace now.

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Do you need a Chief Security Officer?

Cyber security is an increasingly important topic. Whether you are in the construction, financial, legal, healthcare, education or many other industries, your data needs to be both accessible and secure. Internal and external security threats can affect your operations, earnings, and level of trust your clients have with your organization. With the growth of cloud-computing and mobile technology the demand to keep sensitive information and data secure will only increase.

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Modern Day Matchmaking in the iPaaS economy

Finding your perfect match means more than just a feeling when we talk about the iPaaS economy. Ultimately your perfect match needs to help you accomplish one task- outsell your competitors. Customers demand all of the workflows be accessible from one interface, they want to use one dashboard, and they want to access it from anywhere. Here’s how to outsell your competition: Focus on the Technology itself Ask your software provider what you are really getting. The technology needs to be:

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More bang for your buck: Cloud vs On-Site backup

The debate between cloud backup and on-site hard drive backup has been ongoing. There are pros and cons to consider for each including speed and reliability. Each of the solutions has its own vulnerabilities and risks associated with putting your company data on them. However, if we set all of those aside and only look at the bang for your buck, which one would win? For the hard drive option, when it comes right down to it, the larger storage space you want on your hard drive, the more you will pay.

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Project Collaboration: The Basics

When working for most organizations, projects can take up a big portion of what you do. Collaboration is essential whether it’s with an established team or across departments. Your team needs to have a certain level of competency and ability. There are tons of tools out there to help you make your team organized and more efficient. These tools range in price and features so you can choose the tool that will be the best fit, but don't forget some of these basics for successful projects: 1. Forgetting what it’s all about Yes, implementing tools can really help your teams collaborate better. But don’t forget that project collaboration is really all about the people. Make a team that has the right people and this will get you further than any tool.

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Technology’s Impact on Safety in Construction

Working on a construction site can be hazardous. According to OSHA, construction fatalities account for 19.5% of the total fatalities across all industries in the U.S. It has been a long-standing factor of the construction industry for contractors to have to balance trying to meet their safety goals with the knowledge that devastating consequences are possible. Safety policies and procedures exist to keep workers as safe as possible, such as OSHA standards for a workplace to be free of known dangers. Even with these policies and standards, hazards still exist, but that doesn’t mean a worksite has to be unsafe. Technology has stepped up to create safety measures that didn't exist before.

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The Difference Between iPaaS, aPaaS and SaaS

Integrations are taking more than just the software industry by storm. Companies in every industry are demanding data be able to flow across different software and different applications. Integrations can heavily increase efficiency and gain a competitive edge through streamlined operations. Companies need to stay away from deploying integrations that will stand alone in a silo in order to reap as many benefits as possible. This means integrations need to be intelligent. The main integration types today are iPaaS, aPaaS, and SaaS.

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The Importance of iPaaS

Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) is a platform for building and deploying integrations within the cloud and from the cloud to enterprise. These cloud integrations can add a greater depth of capability for an organization while simultaneously reducing cost. iPaaS use could eventually expand to buying, selling, and exchange of integration flow. Secure and reliable platforms for integrating any number of solutions in any industry are increasing in popularity. A recent Garter Report predicts that by 2016 35% of all large organizations worldwide will use iPaaS in some way.

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The iPaaS+™ Difference

iPaaS Businesses can no longer survive with software operating in a silo. They need their business systems to communicate across the enterprise and deliver meaningful insights to a variety of stakeholders. Doing this in a consistent and cost-effective way is the trick. The scope of developing, monitoring and supporting a single integration can be out of reach for most organizations. This is where iPaaS vendors come in. The services they provide are now more valuable than ever. Businesses are able to leverage iPaaS to enable subscribers to implement integration projects involving any combination of cloud and on-premise endpoints- data sources, applications, web services, APIs and processes. Some iPaaS benefits include:

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UAVs and Constructions

UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), more commonly referred to as drones, have taken off in recent years. When we hear about drones we usually hear about them in the context of the government using them in warfare or surveillance or individuals flying them as a hobby. However, much more practical applications exist. The construction industry could gain a huge value by using UAVs in a few different ways. Uses and Benefits UAVs in construction can be used for photogrammetry. Equipped with cameras and programmed for a flight pattern over a construction site allows UAVs to get a detailed lay of the land, where in the past a crew would be sent.

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