As many construction professionals know all too well, mobile is the way of the future. With contractors constantly needing data on-the-go, the smartphone and tablet have become some of the most useful tools at the jobsite. Although, more so than the hardware itself, the content and data generated on the device is essential.
Analyst firms have been predicting for years the impact that apps, Big Data, and the cloud will have on the construction industry, and if you haven’t already determined how these trends will impact your business already, the time is now.
This is something we have looked at closely here at Constructech magazine, and I have to say it has made it a very exciting year to be editor of the publication. At the beginning of this year, we addressed the mobile market for the construction industry by launching a brand new app, which is downloadable on both Android and Apple devices. This app has additional content in an easy-to-read format that is accessible on smartphone and tablet devices—designed just the way the construction industry works.
Next, this past summer, we launched a completely new design of the magazine, with new departments and a refreshed design. The new layout is formatted to provide the readers with additional content in an easily digestible format. If you haven’t already seen the new app and the new design of the printed magazine, I encourage you to take a look.
This has all culminated in the launch of our brand new Website, which has been months in the making. The new Website has married many of the old favorites such the Tech Index, with new content such as the Contractor Corner—an area with custom case studies about how homebuilders and contractors are using technology in unique ways.
What’s more, the new Website is responsive for mobile, meaning you can easily search for the latest about construction technology on your mobile device and digest the content in an easy-to-read format. In designing and creating the new Website, we paid careful attention to the way the content is presented on mobile devices.
With this in mind, I encourage you to peruse the new Website. Take a look at the Contractor Corner and the brand new Tech Education landing page—which includes the latest acronyms for the industry, whitepapers, as well as the Tech Index and Vendor Profiles.
Also, with the launch of this new site, I am also happy to announce the editors of Constructech will also be writing blogs about the latest announcements, industry trends, and other happening in-and-around construction. Let the blogging begin!