Integration is a vision that everyone in construction is looking to achieve. Technology tools continue to provide new and exciting ways to piece this puzzle together, and one of the latest is turning a few heads in the industry.

Pantera Global Technology Inc., www.panteratools.com, Pleasant Prairie, Wis., wants to bring owners, general contractors, architects, and subcontractors together under an online “community” to help share and access data. This is a Web-based product with the purposes of creating the largest community of users in all of construction with access through one integrated portal. One interesting aspect is the fact the software is available at no cost for what it calls “entry level product.”

The software provides complete file sharing, document management, contact management, messaging, reporting, collaboration, construction project leads, and contractor directory functionality. Each of these options can either work integrated with the print and delivery functionality built-in and serviced by the company’s network of print partners.

The company is founded by Dewayne Adamson, who has experience in both the construction and technology sides of the business. He was the cofounder of Plan Express, a national printing and distribution company that featured online planroom with print functionality. The company was eventually bought by iSqFt, www.isqft.com, Cincinnati, Ohio.

With this latest venture, Adamson will have some stiff competition as the market for “collaboration” features various different technology providers. Various systems, ranging from program and project management to document management, feature some aspect of collaborative features.

But it seems that some contractors are already seeing the value of the system. Hunt Construction Group, www.huntconstructiongroup.com, Scottsdale, Ariz., has signed a three year contract with PanteraTools.com to provide Pantera’s Bid Management and Document Management product.

As research shows, contractors will be looking to invest more in technology going forward—results of the 2013 Constructech IT Playbook show 42% look to invest in new technology and update current investments throughout the course of the next 12 months.

The market for construction software is constantly evolving with new players entering the ring at all times. Traditional players continue to solidify their space in the market, but always need to be on the lookout for up and comers in the market. In all, it continues to be an exciting area to watch.