Like most of the construction industry, field technicians are mobile by nature, and with an influx of construction software more readily available on mobile devices, this segment of the market has more options to access vital data on smartphones and tablets.

Field techs may carry devices running on iOS, Windows, Android, or a combination of all three, and as such need to be able to access information on any smartphone or tablet device. Another big consideration for many is the ability to store and forward, which means still being able to access and log information even when an Internet connection isn’t available and wirelessly sync when back in range.

Construction software providers continue to come to market with new solutions targeted at this segment of the construction industry. One example comes from WennSoft, www.wennsoft.com, New Berlin, Wis. The company announced its release 3 of WennSoft Evolution, which includes integration with Microsoft Dynamics AX.

The company says WennSoft Evolution was built on the xRM framework of Microsoft Dynamics CRM to address user requirements, and now is extending WennSoft Evolution to include Microsoft Dynamics AX to ensure users can start with the functionality they need to support their business and grow their solution as their business requirements change.

Field technicians can access data from any device, while dispatchers can drag and drop appointments into the schedule. Sales and marketing also have access to campaigns, contract renewals, and warranty communications from the software. Additionally, project managers can access data on any type of job—whether the project is work-order based or if they manage complex projects.

The software is designed for specialty trades, oil and gas, renewable energy, heavy construction, and manufacturing and distribution markets. This is one example of new software targeted at brining a user-focused experience to field service organizations.

As the construction industry continues to make the move toward greater mobility, technology providers continue to come to market with new product announcements. These advancements will bring data to the place contractors need it the most—the field.