Using Performance Dashboards in Construction Management
Construction Management Software systems are typically designed
for Enterprise configurations, which usually include Executive Dashboard
modules geared for quick views of every facet of the business; generally
in real-time data.
Executives of large companies and corporations do not want to be
bogged down with a lot of confusing details, so Executive Dashboards
most often include the primary business indicators; either specifically
designed for the business, or from preset module component preferences
built into the software.
For example, executives at very top levels might need to see only
the rolled up Profit and Loss indicators; sales reports; yearly
or monthly comparisons, and perhaps current market data; maybe even
some of the competition's position; and other things pertinent to
steering the company toward maximum growth and efficiency.
Executives at lower levels might need to see where the rolled up
P&L data is coming from, such as which business units or construction
projects are impacting those particular indicators. These executives
might also want to know how some of their direct reports are managing
their responsibilities, thus they might opt for being able to view
data for each segment within their jurisdiction, in order to interject
proactive motivation or assistance when it is most important.
Other executives might want still another set of indicators. Clearly,
each business model and each business unit will dictate just which
indicators make the most sense for each sector of the business at
Many forms of data are available through Executive Dashboards in
most Enterprise systems with the proper interfaces and data feeds
established. Construction companies certainly benefit from mapping
their business processes and methodologies to reflect the synergistic
relationships between all segments of the business, and marrying
that to the Construction Management software functionality.
Executive Dashboards are surely important pieces of any Enterprise
system, and, as such, are often integrated into Construction Management
Software packages. Just because some Construction companies dig
in the dirt does not mean they should not have a clear and clean
overview of their business operations. Executive Dashboards can
provide that overview in real-time, if properly setup and connected.
In addition, there are a number of third-party Executive Dashboard
software solutions available that are designed to interface with
the more commonly used business software packages. These add-on
modules can often be seamlessly integrated into existing software
Of course, it is important to remember the importance of accurate
data, with any software system. The adage "garbage in - garbage
out" is so very true when it comes to relying on information
to make important business decisions. Not many executives would
appreciate learning the data they were using was fictitious or otherwise
not real. Such dilemmas can ruin companies rather quickly.
Every member of any business team must always ensure accurate,
timely data input to Enterprise systems. After all; the data, as
they say, "is only as good as the one who inputs it."
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