A Contractor’s Guide to Tech Adoption

How to assess technology, and why prioritizing it is imperative to success

This article is for construction industry operational leaders. Consider it a guide to successfully approaching technology opportunities across your company. Our aim is to provide insights to help guide your organization’s outlook and thinking when considering technology. Read this article before you even talk about assessing new technology solutions.

Tech Adoption Summary

1. Technology Adoption Mindset

We’re all capable of change. Every process and workflow can – and eventually must – be adapted and scaled to the times.

2. Navigating Technology 
& Software

Our approach to technology adoption has to be dynamic and as multifaceted as the work we tackle.

We all need to learn assessment, implementation and ownership of our own tech solutions.

3. Culture

If you lack a technology-friendly culture, make fixing that your first step.

4. Perception

Perspective and partnerships are paramount. Whether it’s your ERP or other tech, two oft-overlooked critical concerns need attention:

  1. Perception
  2. Assembling the right team

5. Process

When considering new technology, be prepared to change processes – even if it means extra work.

The landscape of technology and software has fundamentally transformed various sectors, and construction is no different. Given the overwhelming array of options, contractors often find themselves at a crossroads, unsure of what technology to adopt and how to implement it seamlessly.

Asking questions like, “Which software is the best fit for us?” Or, “We invested in software, but why didn’t it deliver?” is common. While it’d be convenient to offer a universal answer, the reality is the construction industry with its diverse requirements and nuances doesn’t lend itself to a one-size-fits-all solution.

Rather, we’ll need to learn how to approach this evolution as technology buyers, implementers and champions. Because it’s just that: the next evolution of our sector. Simply put, those who hide, deny or ignore this will go the way of the Dodo bird.

Toby Mitchell Classic Electric

Toby Mitchell is the dynamic force behind Classic Electric & Consulting. He’s also the Construction Technology Committee Chair for ELECTRI International. With over 25 years of experience in the construction industry, Toby is no stranger to the intricate dance of construction operations. Recognized for his deep understanding of both hands-on construction and the integration of digital tools, Toby frequently advocates for the seamless fusion of communication and technology to achieve optimal project outcomes.

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