Building industry still not using IT to the full, survey finds

UK house-building companies have begun to tap into the benefits of IT, but many firms still have some way to go according to an industry survey.

UK house-building companies have begun to tap into the benefits of IT, but many firms still have some way to go according to an industry survey.

The Vanson Bourne survey of 100 companies revealed that although 71% said IT was key to their business, relatively few were using IT to solve business-critical issues.

Although 41% of respondents said they had problems managing information internally and externally, only 33% said they had ever used collaborative IT systems.

The survey, commissioned by software supplier Autodesk, also revealed that 28% of site and construction teams still did not have access to computers, rising to 36% among companies with fewer than 500 employees.

Paul Fleming, business consultant at Autodesk, said that although the industry was beginning to see IT as vital to business progress, many companies were not using IT systems to manage business processes.

"We still uncovered pockets where there was little recognition of inefficient processes, of opportunities for error or money draining away," he said.

For example, the survey found that 33% of senior and middle management did not know how much their company was spending on tendering and 31% did not know how was spent on printing and postage.

The research report said that unlike many industries such as manufacturing where the processes have been honed to the bone, there were still opportunities for house building companies to streamline workflows through the use of technology.




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