Competitive and Profitable Construction: What does it take to get there?

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The short answer is… update your operations and transform the business… it is time to modernize and embrace the cloud. But you might be surprised what that means.

Construction firms need to be more data-driven, analyzing and responding to conditions revealed by the various systems supporting operations. Turning a profit on complex projects means applying automation to manual processes and workflows, introducing more collaborative tools, and delivering real-time data. This allows gaining greater insight into the operation’s performance and profitability. The foundation for all of this is the cloud platform, extending connectedness beyond traditional boundaries.

Digital transformation and the adoption of agile and connected cloud platforms can result in productivity gains of 15 percent or more and greatly reduce costs. These improvements are the way to address fading profits even as the pace of business increases. (

There are several factors that typically weigh down the operation and cause profits to fade. Strained IT resources are a big item for most construction companies, where technical people spend far too much time building and maintaining on-premises servers and networks. Maintaining on-premises equipment adds up fast. A single IT manager can easily cost around $150,000 per year, and the “cost of cybersecurity compliance raises the price by an additional $200,000.” (5 Reasons Contractors Need to Modernize Their Operations to Stay Competitive and Profitable by Trimble Viewpoint)

Even when you factor in the costs of hardware, software, and IT personnel, those do not include the hidden expenses that come with the use of on-premises servers, such as disconnected and siloed data that requires manual processes to use, duplicated data entry (increasing the potential for human error), and increased labor costs. When you figure in all the capital costs and expenditures, on-premises solutions can cost up to four times as much as their original purchase price. On the other hand, NOOBEH cloud servers, deployed on the Microsoft Azure platform, offer reliable, cost-effective solutions to support the variety of important business applications and integrations that high-performance operations require.

NOOBEH cloud services address the pain points businesses have with their IT. We help businesses implement services that promote collaboration for real use-cases, and we help with ways to connect data so it can be analyzed to unlock greater value across the entire enterprise. Let in-house IT focus on activities that bring value to the business, finding ways to innovate and improve how things get done. Replace cumbersome, manual processes with software and systems that facilitate greater automation and integration, eliminating redundant data entry and improving the quality of information.

Construction projects are becoming larger and more complex, and project owners want the latest technologies, real-time reporting, and comprehensive approaches to compliance. Today, industry-leading contractors are embracing connected cloud technologies so they can scale and future-proof their businesses.

The modern contractor takes advantage of connected platforms, automation, and real-time data that feeds data analysis and business intelligence… innovations only available with the cloud. That’s what NOOBEH delivers!

Joanie Mann

Joanie Mann

Focus is on Digital business transformation for small/medium businesses. As the principal consultant for Cooper Mann Company and Noobeh's Director of Cloud Services, Joanie Mann provides support and guidance for businesses seeking to implement cloud solutions and hosted services in their IT environments and consults with solution providers to develop or expand application hosting and application delivery service offerings. Joanie is the Director of Delivery for Noobeh Cloud Services (a division of Mendelson Consulting), and is on the board of advisors of ACE Cloud Hosting &

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