These days contractors need to be mobile. They also need to communicate with workers who are mobile as well, and who may be using a variety of communications tools. PCs, smartphones, and tablets all come into play when a workforce is on the move, and technology solutions need to be applicable for all these devices.

Cloud-based solutions make it easier to access information on the go. Dexter + Chaney,www.dexterchaney.com, Seattle, Wash., recently introduced a cloud-based service management and dispatch software tool for contractors. This service-management solution offers contractors features for work order management and service dispatch, and it works within the framework of the Spectrum Construction Software offering.

With Spectrum Service Management, all the information is stored in the cloud, making it accessible by employees on the go. There is no need to download software or use designated hardware because the solution is available using any device with a Web browser.

Spectrum Service Management offers service request processing, dispatching, and work order management features. The company says managers have visibility into customer and service call history and they can schedule and prioritize service calls all on one screen. Invoices can be sent automatically when work is done.

For service-based contractors, a cloud-based solution offers the freedom to access information from many locations. Solutions such as Jonas Premier from Jonas Construction Software,www.jonas-construction.com, Richmond Hill, Ont., offer mobility. Premier is a solution for construction accounting and ERP (enterprise resource planning). Jonas says a similar screen design for various devices makes it easier to manage data in the system.

More solutions for mobile contractors are helping them keep up with the demands of the job. Mobile technology makes it possible to keep moving while never losing touch with your business.