Mobile: 2016 Construction Predictions
Smartphones, tablets, apps, BYOD (bring your own device): The construction industry has certainly changed from the days of carrying around bulky laptops—or worse, pen and paper.
In fact, here is an interesting fact: The use of tablets has grown significantly from 2011 (26%), to 2013 (78%), to 2015 (86%), identified as part of our biannual Constructech IT Playbook. This report delves deep into the trends and statistics related to technology adoption, and identifies how to best develop an overall mobile strategy in construction. More specifically, it looks at how the industry is moving toward greater mobility, which includes how respondents establish policy and strategy, select devices, and choose apps. It even identifies the top players in the space—companies you might consider partnering with.
These numbers—and the recent gadgets and news coming from last week’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show)—have me thinking about how a simple invention has changed how an industry does business. That invention is the iPhone. When Steve Jobs initially announced the iPhone in 2007 and the iPad in 2010, I don’t think the construction industry was thinking about how the device would ultimately impact the space.
Granted, the construction industry has been a pioneer in leveraging mobile technology (think back to the early days of Nextel’s push-to-talk), the flood of apps and trends such as BYOD are requiring construction companies to think a little bit different about mobility.
The numbers identified at the onset tell an interesting story. The iPad came on the market and the adoption rate of tablets surged significantly. And now we have more players looking to nip at Apple’s heels (this is examined in-depth in the survey).
However, the challenges are still the same. With the technology changing so fast and furious, contractors need to stay informed and educated about where the market is headed. This is our objective with the IT Playbook—to educate you on where the market has been and where the market is going. I welcome your thoughts on the research and the market in general.
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