In its 6th publication, the annual report is a standing institution offered by JBKnowledge. The ConTech Report offers an in-depth analysis on the latest technology trends and budgeting habits of the construction industry. The report is designed to serve as a tool for contractors to compare their IT strategy and technology adoption to those of over 2,000 other construction professionals.
This year’s report is gaining the attention of construction publications wanting to share valuable snippets with their audiences of construction business owners and contractors. The report covers IT, BIM/VDC strategy, staffing solutions, workflow management, and the adoption of new construction technology such as drones, 3D printing, pre-fabrication, and more.
What is the construction industry saying about the ConTech Report?
In the first days since the 2017 Construction Technology Report’s release, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America remarked, “The most surprising [finding from the 2017 ConTech Report] was the type of software that contractors have recently replaced or implemented.” (source: “Construction Technology Report Reveals Interesting Insights“)
Construction software vendors, like Viewpoint, expressed their surprise at the ConTech Report’s data findings in the article “Why Are Contractors using fewer Software Applications?” Viewpoint mused; “particularly interesting is data suggesting companies are using fewer software solutions than they were in 2012.”
For PlanGrid, The ConTech Report helped bolster their push for security as part of a construction company’s IT strategy in their piece “Why SSO Integration Needs to Be Part of All Construction Company’s IT Strategy–Security, Increased Productivity and Reduced Costs.” PlanGrid explains, “…many employees don’t understand the real necessity of security to begin with. In fact, according to a recent JBKnowledge construction technology report, nearly 80% of IT staff admit that only half of their employees really understand and apply their security policies.”
Web-based tech publication TechTarget weighed-in with a short interview of JBKnowledge’s CEO, James Benham, with accompanying insights from the 2017 ConTech Report. “The percentage of respondents that reported spending 1% of their annual sales volume on IT increased to 21.8% in the 2017 survey from 14.1% in the 2016 survey. Meanwhile, the segment of respondents that reported spending less than 1% of their sales volume on IT shrank to 46.4% in 2017 compared with 55.9% in 2016,” TechTarget writes in their piece “Architecture firm taps AEC technology to drive digital strategy.”