Eliminate Silos, Improve Collaboration, and Increase Project Success

When individual employees or entire departments don’t have the right tools to share information and knowledge with each other—or they simply don’t want to—organizational silos occur. Silos can impede communication and collaboration, both of which are essential to providing smooth customer experiences and delivering construction projects on time and on budget. Siloed teams often end up working in isolation, leading to various internal and external problems for employees, sub-contractors, and customers.

The Dangers of a Siloed Company
Whether you self-perform or manage sub-contractors, you need access to accurate, timely business information so that you can make the strategic decisions that will move projects—and your business—forward. If you run your business with disconnected project teams, you’ll face delayed project updates, duplicate data entry, greater risk of errors, and unnecessary costs.

Construction firms typically use six to 10 software applications in tandem with their main accounting system. If these applications are legacy systems, they probably aren’t very well integrated—if they’re integrated at all. As a result, the entire staff will have to jump between screens just to perform routine tasks.

For example, employees may be using a series of spreadsheets or standalone applications to complete common workflows such as estimating, accounting, project management, bid management, and project scheduling.

Does Your Construction Firm Have Organizational Silos?
In firms that have organizational silos, teams work without thinking about how that work will impact other departments. This is especially common between accounting and field operations. Here are five signs your firm has silos:

  1. Information doesn’t flow smoothly across your organization—and your entire business suffers as a result.
  2. It’s difficult to determine which projects are profitable.
  3. You worry about lack of visibility on labor costs—one of the most expensive variable components of a project.
  4. You have numerous external systems that don’t integrate, resulting in manual data entry and the errors that go with it.
  5. You’re running older technology that limits transparency, access, and process improvement.

Contact Alliance Solutions Group to move from your siloed construction software to an integrated construction solution.

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