As with many business processes in the construction industry, the manual procurement process is becoming the eprocurement process as workflow in many areas of the construction project move to the cloud. Similarly, construction companies, contractors, and suppliers are more often taking advantage of Web-based technologies to automate the order cycle and achieve greater transparency and efficiency.

One company, Barnsco, www.barnsco.com, Dallas, Texas, a concrete construction material and equipment-rental company, has adopted a technology solution that will benefit its customers—which include concrete suppliers and contractors—by leveraging the Internet during the procurement process.

Barnsco is using the InsiteCommerce platform solution from Insite Software, www.insitesoft.com, Minneapolis, Minn., to power its ecommerce site, which is set to launch this fall. The platform provides integration with a number of ERP (enterprise-resource planning) systems and multiple cloud-hosting options.

Once launched, Barnsco’s new site will provide an improved way for contractors and suppliers to interact, particularly those who rely on the Web while making business transactions. Barnsco says by integrating InsiteCommerce with its SyteLine system, the technology will streamline and automate the order cycle.

Contractors are also taking a closer look at cloud eprocurement solutions, and construction teams could play a role in leading the charge when it comes to streamlining the purchasing process. Electronic-procurement solutions offer different benefits for the various players in the supply chain. For contractors, the technology allows users to compare items across suppliers, negotiate contracts via the Web, and manage the overall purchasing process online.

Skanska, www.skanska.com, Stockholm, Sweden, is one such contractor that recently implemented a new eprocurement solution. To read more about how it is using technology to manage the entire purchasing cycle, check out the March/April issue of Constructech magazine.

Moving processes online can help ensure materials are where they need to be when they need to be there. For Barnsco, an ecommerce solution is also a way to reach a new generation of customer—one that lives and works in the cloud.