I was talking with a Subcontractor yesterday who happens to work on the same project as we are in San Mateo.
We were discussing our online site for managing the project and she said that, although our site was great, her problem was that she had 4 other online sites she had to work with on this project.
She had to use an FTP site with one Architect, e-Builder with the other Architect, our online site, the GC's project management program and another one required by the Owner.
She loved the fact that the project was going more digital, but was frustrated about where to turn to for correct, up-to-date information. Normally, she would always get a paper copy of changes and that would be her notification that something was different. Now she has to go online to see if there are any changes and on top of that, she is being held increasingly responsible to be aware of the changes to the project websites, plural.
I believe the days of the "online planroom" are dead or dying. Simply having information digitally just doesn't cut it anymore. Successful software will integrate multiple products and allow for all these different solutions to work together, in one single place. It will HAVE to be the central repository for information, but it will also need to feed and share information to the other programs on the project.
The amount of information is increasing at an incredible pace and it will be impossible to keep up without a focus on interoperability.
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