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7 Red Flags That Scream 'It's Time to Update Your PMIS'

Modern technology can be a game changer for successful project management in today's rapidly evolving construction industry. But many organizations (even your own?) are still using outdated construction project management platform.  

You might think you have been getting by fine with your building construction software.  

“People say they have platforms. That is not really what they have,” said Tim LaChapelle, Vice President/Chief Digital Officer at Parsons. “A platform is the ability to pull new capabilities in and have it be usable by customers in new and different ways. It is important to recognize what you want to get out of it, what you are measuring, what are your terms of success.”     

What you do not realize is that your current system is holding back your projects and impacting your bottom line. If you are wondering whether it is time for your organization to update its software used in construction management, here are seven obvious signs to watch out for: 

1. Lack of Flexibility: Is your current program management information system (PMIS) rigid and unable to adapt to your changing project requirements? If you find yourself constrained by fixed processes and workflows, it is time to consider an update. 

2. Disconnected Systems: Are you managing various aspects of your projects using multiple, disconnected software tools or spreadsheets? This fragmentation can lead to inefficiencies, errors and miscommunications that hinder project success. 

3. Missed Deadlines: Are you consistently missing project deadlines due to issues with your PMIS? Delays can cost your organization time and money, affecting project profitability and client satisfaction. 

4. Inadequate Reporting: Does your current system struggle to provide the customized reports and insights you need to make informed decisions? Effective reporting is essential for project management and stakeholder communication. 

5. Security Concerns: Are you worried about the security of sensitive project data, such as cost estimates, bid prices and intellectual property? Outdated PMIS systems may lack modern security features to protect your information. 

6. Growth Challenges: Is your organization experiencing growth, but your PMIS cannot keep up? Scalability is crucial to accommodate increasing project volumes and complexities. 

7. Poor Collaboration: Is effective communication between project team members and stakeholders a constant challenge? An updated PMIS should foster collaboration by centralizing information and streamlining communication. 

If you recognize one or more of these signs within your organization, it is time to seriously consider updating your construction management collaboration software. Embracing modern technology can not only enhance project management efficiency but also ensure your organization remains competitive in a rapidly evolving industry.   

Dive into the eBook, No Limits to Where a PMIS Can Take You, to learn how using a project management information system can help you take your construction projects to the next level. Do not let outdated systems hold you back—invest in a modern PMIS to unlock the full potential of your construction projects. 

About the Author

Kathleen Edwards is a Content Manager at Kahua. She is a communications professional with over 13 years of progressive marketing experience and holds a BS in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama.

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