Striking a balance between price and functionality is critical for construction companies looking to adopt technology solutions, such as project-management and estimating software. Too much functionality can complicate the adoption process by lengthening personnel’s learning curve, and result in an elusive ROI (return on investment)—especially if the more complicated solution comes with a higher price tag.

To avoid this bottleneck, builders and contractors should have a firm grasp on the functionalities their particular construction company needs from a software solution. Room for growth is important, but so is avoiding the trap of too much functionality.

One company, McCormick Systems, www.mccormicksys.com, Chandler, Ariz., recently revamped its entry-level estimating software solution for specialty contractors. The WIN 1000 solution is designed to meet the needs of small-to-mid-size contractors at an affordable price.

McCormick Systems provides construction estimating and project-management software for specialty contractors. The company says WIN 1000 comes in various editions to serve contractors in four markets—electrical, ABS (automated building systems), T&D (transmission and distribution), and plumbing and mechanical.

“Entry level” does not mean devoid of functionality. For instance, the solution includes a complete database with items and assemblies. WIN 1000 also can be customized even further by offering three versions: single-user; “Gold,” which allows multiple users in the same location; and “Platinum,” which allows multiple users in multiple locations.

For contractors worried about outgrowing the solution, McCormick offers a 100% trade-in credit for upgrades to its WIN 3000, 4000, and 6000 systems.

For construction companies, cost is a major barrier to entry when looking at new software solutions. Considering an entry-level solution could help lower this barrier and get the company up and running more quickly.