May/June 2015

I have to admit this is an exciting time of year at Constructech magazine. The May/June issue is always a popular one among readers, as it focuses on a topic on the top of mind for many—mobility.

For this issue, I had the pleasure of working both with construction companies, as I did research for the cover story, and technology providers, as I coordinated materials for our annual App Catalog, and if I have learned anything from my work in the past month, it is that the construction-technology space is not standing still.

In speaking with construction companies, the strategy for mobility today is very different than it has been in the past. It is all about finding a way to extend the data generated in the field with the systems already in place at the office—and let me tell you, the contractors I interviewed this month have done some very interesting things with apps.

I encourage you to read this month’s cover story because it brings into focus something for everyone. If you are a large GC, consider what Brasfield & Gorrie has done. If you are a specialty contractor, take a look at my conversation with the CIO of Murphy Co.

I had an opportunity to speak one-on-one with project managers, operations executives, CIOs, controllers, safety managers, and more to gain the perspective of every side of the job, and how apps play a role. I encourage you to turn to page 12 to read more. The contractors I had the opportunity to speak with tell a very compelling story about why apps matter.

On the other side of the coin, I also worked closely with the technology providers on this year’s App Catalog, and here is the exciting news for our readers—the market is changing and there are new providers looking to step up to the plate and become a mobile partner to your company. To learn more about these companies, click here.

As I mentioned at the onset, this is a very exciting time of year here at Constructech magazine. In addition to the May/June issue we are also beginning to do the research for the annual Constructech 50—and certainly a big topic such as mobility is going to play into which companies stand out and which companies are falling behind. Each year we spend months vetting the top technology companies in the construction market, in an effort to provide you—our reader—with a better understanding of where the market is headed. Stay tuned. There is a lot more to come.

Laura Black

Things Are Getting Exciting
Every year we struggle with deciding what’s the best read issue. We start out with the Outlook Issue right out of the gate. It is clearly a very strong issue. Everyone seems anxious to read the year’s predictions from those that appear to be smarter than the person sitting next to them. So as editors we find ourselves interviewing industry pundits, tech providers, and a whole lot of people to tell us why they have their pulse on the next big wave in technology.

As the year progresses we jump right into the Top Products. This past issue we sunk our teeth into looking at the best products that have been released during the past 12 months. Based on combing through we could glean from all the data we were able to access to this point we picked some pretty impressive products. Now we are midterm and we are looking at the best apps. And as Laura has done so well in pointing out in the cover story we have some top notch players that are mixing things up. Check out the cover story on page 12. It’s a must read because the market is readying itself for yet another big wave of change.

And here’s the last point, as we were putting the final touches of this issue to bed we had already started our research on the Constructech 50. Entries were coming in and the painstaking research was already underway. So what’s the best issue of the year? It’s really in the eye of the reader. However, if there is one thing I do know is that major progress continues to be made and as editors we continue to strive to work harder and harder to give each and every one of you the best editorial content to help improve your bottomlines. Happy Reading!

Peggy Smedley
Editorial Director

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