Wireless technologies change how construction firms do business
March 13, 2013
The advent of mobile devices has made it possible for firms to deploy construction software in the cloud and give staff the ability to communicate more effectively and collaborate on important decisions. This is especially true for smaller companies that rely more and more on smartphones and tablets. According to a recent survey released by AT&T, 85 percent of small businesses reported using smartphones and nearly seven out of 10 are using tablets.
"For small businesses today, wireless solutions have become part of their DNA," said Cathy Martine, executive vice president of small business solutions for AT&T.
As devices are getting smarter, construction firms are able to ask more of them to aid their workforce in a greater number of processes. The survey revealed 41 percent of small businesses report all their employees use some sort of mobile device to work remotely, while 31 percent leverage mobile applications to save time, increase productivity and reduce costs on integrated, less cost-efficient solutions .
Devices critical to business success
Many small construction firms are beginning to move more of their processes to cloud, and mobile devices are becoming more important. The research revealed 66 percent of businesses with fewer employees admitted that they could not survive or would have trouble maintaining their current processes without the use of wireless technologies. This is especially true for the use of business apps, with 47 percent of firms using them said they would have trouble keeping their heads above water if they weren't able to access such solutions.