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Ask the right questions about your IT strategy

Most businesses approach technology as an evolving challenge. You don’t want to overspend on bells and whistles you’ll never fully use, but you also don’t want to get left behind as competitors use the latest tech tools to operate more nimbly.   Read More  >>

Blockchain may soon drive business worldwide

“Blockchain” may sound like something that goes on a vehicle’s tires in icy weather or that perhaps is part of that vehicle’s engine. Indeed it is a type of technology that may help drive business worldwide at some point soon — but digitally, not physically. No matter what your industry, now’s a good time to start learning about blockchain.   Read More  >>

Why business owners should regularly upgrade their accounting software

Many business owners buy accounting software and, even if the installation goes well, eventually grow frustrated when they don’t get the return on investment they’d expected. There’s a simple reason for this: Stuff changes.   Read More  >>

6 tips for hiring, training and managing Millennials

Contractors continue to face a serious shortage of skilled workers, both on the jobsite and in the office. But there lies hope in “Millennials” — that is, prospective employees between the ages of 18 and 35. This article offers six tips on how to hire, train and manage these young workers.   Read More  >>

What’s the big deal about telematics?

Under a simple definition, telematics is the electronic transmission of information from machine parts to a central database. In the last few years, software developers have stepped up their games in offering systems that deliver practical data about vehicles and heavy equipment to contractors and their fleet managers. This article explains how telematics can help contractors save money on vehicle maintenance.   Read More  >>

Are payroll cards a good idea for construction companies?

In this issue’s “Contractor’s Corner,” we answer a query about the feasibility of payroll cards for construction companies. Under this practice, employers issue workers a magnetic-striped card (much like a credit or debit card) that links to a payroll account. As the article explains, doing so offers cost savings and convenience for the business but comes with significant legal and administrative risks.   Read More  >>

Is it really time to upgrade our accounting software?

Technology is tricky. Much of today’s software is engineered so well that it will perform adequately for years. But technology is also getting better all the time. And contractors who aren’t getting as much out of their financial data as their competitors are could be at a disadvantage. On the other hand, if a construction company doesn’t need any major accounting process changes, it probably doesn’t need a major accounting software change either. This issue’s “Contractor’s Corner” discusses some of the considerations involved in this decision.   Read More  >>

How can I get my technology in order?

In a recent survey of contractors, more than a quarter of respondents reported that they haven’t integrated all of their software. This issue’s “Contractor’s Corner” looks at implementing a companywide strategic IT plan. Doing so involves defining IT objectives and then taking a phased approach to adopting technology — just like a construction project!   Read More  >>