What is data?

What is data?

By Bryce Finnerty

What is data? Many businesses struggle when accessing, finding, mining, cleaning and organizing data about their business. We help a lot of businesses… Read More


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Construction Project Management: Stop Using Spreadsheets

Having and maintaining accurate, up-to-date employee data is crucial in the construction business. If your business is rapidly growing (like so many other construction companies in the Dallas area where HingePoint is headquartered) and you’re onboarding employees, vendors, and contractors, accurate data on who your employees are and what they are working on is critical for success. Although it sounds like a simple task, project management for construction companies can be quite challenging and lead to more serious issues if not managed properly.

The Spreadsheet Problem

Many of our clients in the construction industry previously used Excel spreadsheets to manage their financial data, employee data, project status, and assets. Some were using old versions of SharePoint with unorganized data. When working with software and older systems, data about employees are prone to be full of errors (out-dated and inaccurate). The trick is to get up-to-date, accurate information out of your data management system instead of old, error-prone data. Spreadsheets are great tools for handling smaller and more manageable datasets. But what happens when you start hiring 10, 100, or even 500 employees at a time while managing employee data in a spreadsheet or in multiple, unstructured databases? It gets unmanageable - fast. As your construction business grows, more departments need human resource employee data because more information is attached to each employee. And soon, just having the right name, address, phone number, and social security number across the enterprise become more challenging if you don’t have the right controls and organization. If this data is in an actual spreadsheet, then anyone can enter and change data in that workbook. (See: Why spreadsheets don’t manage big data sets well)

The Situation

For example, a manager could get access to a Human Resource spreadsheet with employee names and other important information. Let’s say the manager has an employee named Suzanne, but she likes to be called Suzy. The manager changes the data because they can and there are no restrictions preventing it. But there is a big problem. Now the source data – the system of record – is not consistent/accurate. Suzanne will be called different names in different versions of spreadsheets. (Check out our FREE eBook on The Secret To Systems Integration: The System Of Record.) Throw time in there, too. Perhaps “Suzy” is a contractor who is keeping her time in a spreadsheet that gets sent to her manager. The manager sends Suzanne’s hours and all contractors to Human Resources so they can get paid. The manager’s project data is being merged with HR’s data. The problem is that we have two different names in the system. “Suzanne” and “Suzy”. No VLOOKUP formula or Pivot Table is going to solve this. It’s going to take someone to manually go in and fix the data. This might not seem like a big deal, but as the company grows, these smaller errors will multiply in other departments. Once this happens, the employee data cannot be trusted, and it will take a lot of manual work to fix the errors each pay period. The data problems can become so big that businesses end up just not trusting their data, causing a lot of rework, manual data entry, etc.

The Solution

A lot of construction companies we work with the hope that the software an IT company is going to install will solve the data problem. Unfortunately, this just adds another layer of complexity to the original problem. The problem that needs to be solved is how you're going to clean up your data, actually collecting it, and then showing it in a way that lets you see the data in a new light. Ideally, you want to make decisions with information that automatically reports to you. Seeing year-over-year and month-to-month views of data can quickly identify trends. With the right devices collecting the data and the right systems transposing it into information, humans can focus on making strategic decisions that will make their customers happy. That is how technology should work. And that what HingePoint can help you acheive! If you're looking to solve your company's HR and Project Management employee data problem, we'd love to hear what you're looking to accomplish! Feel free to start a live chat with our solution consultant on this page, email us, or call us at (214) 301-0000 to get started today. --

About HingePoint

HingePoint offers cloud and mobile applications for construction and real estate that are easy to adopt and employees love. Specializing in the systems that run the construction and real estate business including SharePointSalesforceProcoreMS Dynamics, and Autodesk. Scale and grow profitably with Financial and Project Management Dashboards, document management, and workflow automation for field to office collaboration. HingePoint 8105 Rasor Blvd. Suite 241 Plano, TX 75024 (214) 301-0000 www.hingepoint.com [post_title] => Best Practices for Construction Companies to Control Employee Data [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => best-practices-for-construction-companies-to-control-employee-data [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-10-22 00:34:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-10-22 05:34:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=14266 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 14106 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2018-02-22 03:05:11 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-22 09:05:11 [post_content] => SharePoint Project Management Solution for Commercial Real Estate With a few simple configurations, SharePoint can be the foundation for a flexible, user-friendly, and affordable Project Management Information System (PMIS). If you are not currently using Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 to manage your commercial real estate projects… you should be! First, let’s clarify what Office 365 is. Some people think of Office 365 as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for document creation and Outlook for email. Most are unaware that those are only a tiny piece of everything Office 365 has to offer. We will discuss what these apps are and how to leverage them to their fullest capabilities at a later date (stay tuned to our blog). In the meantime, you can check out the Top 5 Integration Features of Office 365 and SharePoint Online. [caption id="attachment_14105" align="aligncenter" width="850"]Office 365 Apps Office 365 Apps[/caption]

Here are 8 reasons you should be using SharePoint to manage your commercial real estate projects:

1. Chances are you probably already have SharePoint

Microsoft states that they have over 250,000 organizations using SharePoint and that over 85% of Fortune 500 companies now have SharePoint Online. You are already saving money on licensing costs by owning the SharePoint application through your Office 365 licenses.

2. Security

Using groups to maintain a scalable security environment is typically your best option because permissions are applied to the group as a whole, not individual people. So, when adjusting permissions, only one change is needed to a group (as opposed to multiple changes for different individuals). You can define a security permission from a site collection, to a site, to the lowest component of a single item or document. It's very easy to assign these permissions directly to an individual user or a group of users.

3. Collaboration tools everyone will want to use

The ability to leverage Office 365 Groups, which deliver a means of group communication, is a solid alternative to Slack and other popular messaging applications. Using Groups gives your team the ability to view, edit, share all group files, view, and schedule group meetings with ease allowing for better communications among team members. Granting external access in SharePoint Online is a breeze and no longer a time-consuming inconvenience. Simply connect a Microsoft account to their company e-mail or create guest links to give users access to folders, individual files, and sites within your environment.

4. 3rd Party Services Integration

Microsoft Flow puts real power in the hands of regular users by easily connecting and automating services vital to your business. Microsoft Flow features code-free interaction with hundreds of third-party services such as Salesforce, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, OneDrive, Microsoft Dynamics, and more.

5. Ridiculously simple reporting tools

SharePoint features powerful reporting tools to quickly view and share data. You can build, configure, and update scorecards and dashboards.

Data visualization with Power BI:

Embedding Power BI reports to a SharePoint page (display charts, dashboards, reports, KPIs, etc.) on your SharePoint site makes the information readily available to users. Additionally, the analysis/metrics tools are now available within the program instead of having to import them; so, significant time is saved on importing data from other sources. You can also use Excel to build your reports and display them within SharePoint. [caption id="attachment_14067" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Example Microsoft BI Dashboard Reports Example Microsoft BI Dashboard Reports[/caption]

6. Mobile/Tablet Friendly

Access to everything, from anywhere, and on any device. This is HUGE for the real estate and construction industry! View and work on documents while on the job site or in the field. With SharePoint Online, you have all the information you need on every device so you can get more work done with ease.

7. Task Management

SharePoint allows you to manage a set of tasks that may belong to a project, a business initiative, or a department. Users can also create customized list views, combined with out-of-the-box workflows to manage personal tasks and assign tasks to their team members or anyone else in the company.

8. Flexibility to make it work how you want

SharePoint is designed to be configured however you want and to provide the most value when managing commercial real estate projects. It can be very intimidating to try and figure out where to start with SharePoint because (by default), SharePoint is installed as a blank site without any content. At HingePoint, we have guru developers and architects that have ALL the Microsoft certifications. We can help you create customized SharePoint Online, Web Parts, .Net, and Office 365 APIs that are integrated with Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory (AD), and SQL Servers.

Conclusion

If you properly implement SharePoint, it will transform your company’s productivity. Employees will be more efficient, you’ll have better access to your company’s data, and you’ll be able to better report on key metrics. HingePoint’s custom SharePoint solutions have helped many companies struggling with unorganized data and manual, multi-step processes. Those same customers have transitioned into a more organized, productive organization through automated workflows and easy-to-find information. Interested? We'd love to have a conversation about what you're working on. Start a chat with our Solutions Architect on this page, give us a call at (214) 301-0000, or contact us here. --

About HingePoint

HingePoint offers cloud and mobile applications for construction and real estate that are easy to adopt and employees love. Specializing in the systems that run the construction and real estate business including SharePointSalesforceProcoreMS Dynamics, and Autodesk. Scale and grow profitably with Financial and Project Management Dashboards, document management, and workflow automation for field to office collaboration. HingePoint 8105 Rasor Blvd. Suite 241 Plano, TX 75024 (214) 301-0000 www.hingepoint.com [post_title] => 8 Reasons to Use SharePoint as a Project Management Solution for Commercial Real Estate [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => using-sharepoint-for-commercial-real-estate-project-management [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-04-24 02:46:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-04-24 07:46:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/blog/sharepoint/using-microsoft-sharepoint-as-a-project-management-solution-for-construction-industry-copy/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13915 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2018-01-12 09:10:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-01-12 15:10:32 [post_content] => If you are not currently using Office 365 and Microsoft SharePoint to manage your construction projects… you should be! With a few simple configurations, SharePoint can be the foundation for a flexible, user-friendly, and affordable Project Management Information System (PMIS). First, let’s clarify what Office 365 is. Some people think of Office 365 as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for document creation and Outlook for email. Most are unaware that those are only a tiny piece of everything Office 365 has to offer. We will discuss what these apps are and how to leverage them to their fullest capabilities at a later date (stay tuned to our blog). In the meantime, you can check out the Top 5 Integration Features of Office 365 and SharePoint Online. Below are the reasons why you should be using SharePoint to manage your construction projects:

1. Chances are you probably already have SharePoint

Microsoft states that they have over 250,000 organizations using SharePoint and that over 85% of Fortune 500 companies now have SharePoint Online. You are already saving money on licensing costs by owning the SharePoint application through your Office 365 licenses.

2. Security

Using groups to maintain a scalable security environment is typically your best option because permissions are applied to the Group as a whole, not individual people. So, when adjusting permissions, only one change is needed to a group, opposed to multiple individuals. You can define a security permission from a site collection, to a site, to the lowest component of a single item or document. It's very easy to assign these permissions directly to an individual user or a group of users.

3. Collaboration tools everyone will want to use

The ability to leverage Office 365 Groups, which deliver a means of group communication, is a solid alternative to popular messaging applications, such as Slack. Using Groups gives your team the ability to view, edit, share all group files, view and schedule group meetings with ease allowing for better communications among team members. Granting external access in SharePoint Online is a breeze and no longer a time-consuming inconvenience. Simply connect a Microsoft account to their company e-mail or create guest links to give users access to folders, individual files, and sites within your environment.

4. 3rd Party Services Integration

Microsoft Flow puts real power in the hands of regular users by easily connecting and automating services vital to your business. Microsoft Flow features (some) code-free interaction with hundreds of third-party services such as Salesforce, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, OneDrive, Microsoft Dynamics, and more.
Integrating SharePoint can be frustrating. We Can Help »

5. Reporting tools that are ridiculously simple

SharePoint features powerful reporting tools to quickly view and share data. You can build, configure, and update scorecards and dashboards. Data visualization with Power BI: Embedding Power BI reports to a SharePoint page – display charts, dashboards, reports, KPIs, etc. on your SharePoint site makes the information readily available to users. Additionally, the analysis/metrics tools are now available within the program instead of having to import them; so, significant time is saved on importing data from other sources. You can also use Excel to build your reports and display them within SharePoint.

6. Mobile/Tablet Friendly

Access to everything, from anywhere, and on any device. This is HUGE for the construction industry! View and work on documents, while on the job site. With SharePoint Online, you have all the information you need on every device so you can get more work done with ease.

7. Task Management

SharePoint allows you to manage a set of tasks that may belong to a project, a business initiative, or a department. Users can also create customized list views combined with out-of-the-box workflows to manage personal tasks and assign tasks to their team members or anyone else in the company.

8. Flexibility to make it work how you want

SharePoint is designed to be configured however you want and to provide the most value when managing your construction project. It can be integrated into just about any construction software you have. But... It can be very intimidating (and frustrating) to try and figure out where to start with SharePoint because by default, SharePoint is installed as a blank site without any content. Wouldn't it be nice if you had access to guru developers and information architects who could get SharePoint up and running for you (and integrated into your current construction software)? From SharePoint consulting to creating and implementing the plan, we're here to help.
We'll take your SharePoint integration burden away. Get SharePoint Help »
We can help you create a customized SharePoint setup with whatever you need (such as Web Parts, .Net, Office 365 APIs, SharePoint Online and Integration with Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory (AD), and SQL Server). If you properly implement SharePoint, it will transform your company’s productivity. Employees will be more efficient, you’ll have better access to your company’s data, and you’ll be able to better report on key metrics. HingePoint’s custom SharePoint solutions have helped many companies struggling with unorganized data and manual, multi-step processes. Those same customers have transitioned into a more organized, productive organization through automated workflows and easy-to-search information. Integrating SharePoint can be confusing and difficult to integrate with custom construction software. Let us guide you through the process and do the hard work of integrating SharePoint into your current construction software.  

About HingePoint

HingePoint delivers cloud, mobile and analytics solutions for the construction industry. Specializing in the systems that run the construction business including SharePoint, Salesforce, Procore, Microsoft Dynamics, and Autodesk. Scale and grow profitably with Financial and Project Dashboards, document management, and workflow automation for field-to-office collaboration. [post_title] => Using Microsoft SharePoint as a Project Management Solution for Construction Industry [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => using-microsoft-sharepoint-as-a-project-management-solution-for-construction-industry [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-11-30 13:43:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-11-30 19:43:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=13915 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13140 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-09-26 09:24:21 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-26 14:24:21 [post_content] =>

Business Intelligence in the age of artificial intelligence

Business intelligence -- which is the ability to make better decisions on real-time, visual data -- will be the reason for the next renaissance. The last renaissance was after the printing press revolutionized humanity by causing literacy to increase after its invention in the 1440s. But literacy didn't actually skyrocket until the Industrial Revolution made literacy economically valuable. Instruction manuals for machines became important to read during the Industrial Revolution. Books were cheaper and more subjects were available. Kamal Hathi, a general manager at Microsoft, said spreadsheets were the printing press of data literacy. But artificial intelligence will make data literacy skyrocket like the industrial revolution made literacy skyrocket. Artificial intelligence will remove the need to understand statistics and code because it will automatically find interesting trends and outliers for users. Business intelligence and artificial intelligence will democratize data so it will be available to everyone, not just data scientists.
Cool Stuff We Learned about Power BI at Microsoft Ignite Power BI now has the ability to turn on forecasting, see trends, and automatically see clusters with one click. Go to analysis tab and click add forecast and it automatically and immediately adds a forecast. No statistics or coding is required. Now Power BI has the ability to show drive times and demographic data by merging existing information with Geospatial data by Esri. Companies can also publish and share Power BI reports from local servers, instead of using it through the web. That’s good for organizations that don’t want or can’t put certain data in the cloud, but they can still get the Power BI functionality.

Quit the Spreadsheet

Use the tools large enterprises use, control your data with SharePoint

Managing Data with SharePoint Will Transform Your Business

Are you managing your entire company from a spreadsheet? How are you going to grow with those document management tools? Does your SharePoint work the way you want it to? If you properly implement SharePoint, it will transform your company's productivity. Employees will be more efficient, you'll have better access to your company's data, and you'll be able to better report on key metrics. HingePoint’s custom SharePoint solutions have helped many companies struggling with unorganized data and manual, multi-step processes. Those same customers have transitioned into a more organized, productive organization through automated workflows and easy-to-search information. HingePoint covers the AEC Industry and is the author of The AEC Industry 4.0 Report and the Autodesk Industry Report 2017. HingePoint helps construction and real estate development companies take control of their company’s information. We combine systems, software, and data so all company information can be seen and accessed from one screen, like a smartphone or computer. HingePoint provides Procore, SharePoint and Saleforce consulting for Commercial Real Estate and Construction companies. HingePoint also helps the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk and Procore products with enterprise systems. We are a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry. Our clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management. We provide BIM with ROI. Results Guaranteed…Literally Guaranteed. [post_title] => Why are Business Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence Important? 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But a big problem that has arisen from the onslaught of drones is how can general contractors or property owners use drones to add value to what really matters – better monitoring and managing their projects and actually get useful insights out of the drone flights? Drones that just fly high over job sites are limited with their ability to capture the entire site, and imagery taken by workers from ground level are usually out of context and hard to manage. It’s been extremely difficult to bring a drone’s construction-verification imagery, especially into a 3D BIM model. But Dronomy has software that offers a robust solution to this problem. “It adds knowledge to construction,” VP of Business Development said Gil Mildworth said. Dronomy is a very exciting Israeli startup that created SiteAware, powerful technology that transforms off the shelf consumer drones into a sensor with brains that can create 3D “as built” models of construction sites just by flying a construction site. What makes this company even more exciting is their ability to get the drones to autonomously fly low and close to the actual structure, capture high-resolution data from all angles which allow for high-accuracy analysis of the construction project. Dronomy can use the aerial imagery to build 3D models that can be overlaid and compared to BIM “as planned” models. General Contractors can compare each BIM model created by Dronomy to the previous model comparing “as planned” to “as built” over time. The solution, called SiteAware by Dronomy, also integrates to the existing workflows of the GC’s to provide automated content adding visual perspectives to punch-lists and for RFIs. “We allow GCs and owners to continuously and remotely monitor their construction projects, adding unparalleled insights. The ability to compare the intention and the actual result of the construction is what adds value” Mildworth said. “You can even see what changed in the project automatically over time with our 4D progress report.” Dronomy, HingePoint SiteAware automatically highlights the delta or what has changed between models so the user can easily see and document what has changed on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. “You can get half-inch-level accuracy for measurements just with simple autonomous drone scan of the work site,” Mildworth said. The software is ideal for construction sites that are building from the ground up, like commercial or high-rise buildings, and sites that have many buildings, like a large apartment complex. This is where Dronomy differentiates itself as compared to others in the market. [post_title] => Dronomy’s SiteAware Links Drone Data to Revit Models, Transforming Construction Sites with Drones [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => dronomy-siteaware-links-drone-data-to-revit-models [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-01-24 05:03:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-01-24 11:03:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=13050 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13058 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-08-07 14:45:44 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-07 19:45:44 [post_content] => SharePoint is an incredible data management tool that helps organize and find on-demand data for your business. One of the greatest things SharePoint can do is give employees in different departments the ability to have their data easily accessible and organized in one place, instead of hunting for it. What do we mean by data? We mean contracts, project information, policies, employee training, and metrics. But there is a lot more to data than just simply having it. See our free, online eBook to learn more about getting the right kind of data in your business. How companies hunt Companies have historically not trusted the data they have about projects or HR tasks like employee training. Instead of going to a trusted system of record or data source, employees must hunt and gather the data. There are many ways to hunt. Often, companies who do not trust data will have a lot of meetings about projects and find information through email, instead of looking at the system of record. Here are four areas where SharePoint helps companies be more efficient and have more accurate, accessible information for employees. Projects Management Dashboard – Project management dashboard is important because it keeps helps you stay on top of your projects. You can get your projects done faster, cheaper, better with fewer mistakes. SharePoint can even predict when your projects are finished, provide all necessary documentation for a project and details. Sales Contracts and RFPs — We’ve seen businesses use SharePoint to track contracts with governments and track hundreds of RFPs. SharePoint can even report on RFPs and – if a company has the information – the competitive intelligence needed to win an RFP, all at a push of the button. Human Resource Portal for Corporate Policies and Procedures & Employee Training – One company we worked with had a paper sign in sheet to determine who went to mandatory training. Human resources would spend countless hours following up with employees to see who finished mandatory, government training. Now, employees can self-report by checking a box in SharePoint, and all the information is automatically reported. Performance Metrics –  A lot of companies track how well they are doing with SharePoint. They track how well they’re completing their tasks, compliance with various procedures, safety incidents, sales numbers, and contract wins. Again, with performance metrics reporting in one place, employees are not forced to track information down.

Quit the Spreadsheet

Use the tools large enterprises use, control your data with SharePoint

Managing Data with SharePoint Will Transform Your Business

Are you managing your entire company from a spreadsheet? How are you going to grow with those document management tools? Does your SharePoint work the way you want it to? If you properly implement SharePoint, it will transform your company's productivity. Employees will be more efficient, you'll have better access to your company's data, and you'll be able to better report on key metrics. HingePoint’s custom SharePoint solutions have helped many companies struggling with unorganized data and manual, multi-step processes. Those same customers have transitioned into a more organized, productive organization through automated workflows and easy-to-search information.   HingePoint covers the AEC Industry and is the author of The AEC Industry 4.0 Report and the Autodesk Industry Report 2017. HingePoint helps construction and real estate development companies take control of their company’s information. We combine systems, software, and data so all company information can be seen and accessed from one screen, like a smartphone or computer. HingePoint provides Procore, SharePoint and Saleforce consulting for Commercial Real Estate and Construction companies. HingePoint also helps the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk and Procore products with enterprise systems. We are a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry. Our clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management. We provide BIM with ROI. Results Guaranteed…Literally Guaranteed. [post_title] => 4 Ways to Use SharePoint For Company Data Management [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 4-ways-to-use-sharepoint-to-manage-company-data [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-09-05 13:34:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-09-05 18:34:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=13058 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12501 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-08-07 06:48:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-07 11:48:53 [post_content] => A good way to determine if you have a good data management strategy is to see how technology helps you manage data. You should be able to tell if you are doing the work of a human, a device or software, as explained in the previous chapter. HingePoint put together this open-ended evaluation to determine how you use technology and if it helps your data management strategy. Does it help or hinder you from working on what matters? Let’s find out. We want to:
  • Define what matters to you, your company and your customers.
  • Determine if what you spend most of your time on is what truly matters to your customer or company.
  • Determine who else needs input on how you work.

Questions

  • What must you deliver to your customer or boss?
  • What is the end result that you are supposed to produce?
  • Does it require software, applications,
The Quagmire of the Wrong Technology Now let’s look at if technology helps or hinders your work.
  • Are you looking for lost documents?
  • Are you looking something up because it’s not in your system, files or where you store your data?
  • Are you doing the work that a device or system should be doing to finish your work? If you don't know about our oversimplified workflow, you should learn it.
  • Do you do redundant tasks, like enter data in multiple systems to finish your work?
  • How productive are you? Are living by the 80/20 rule?
Other People you Depend On
  • Do you need to get data or information from someone else to complete your deliverable?
  • Are other people counting on you?
  • Do multiple people enter the same information in multiple times?
Next, let’s see if technology can do anything else for us. Let’s be realistic.
  • Based on all this information, what do you want technology to do for you?
  • If technology could do anything in a perfect world, what would it do for you?

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  HingePoint covers the AEC Industry and is the author of The AEC Industry 4.0 Report and the Autodesk Industry Report 2017. HingePoint helps construction and real estate development companies take control of their company’s information. We combine systems, software, and data so all company information can be seen and accessed from one screen, like a smartphone or computer. HingePoint provides Procore, SharePoint and Salesforce consulting for Commercial Real Estate and Construction companies. HingePoint also helps the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk and Procore products with enterprise systems. We are a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry. Our clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management. We provide BIM with ROI. Results Guaranteed…Literally Guaranteed. [post_title] => Evaluate your Data Management Strategy with HingePoint [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => data-management-strategy-evaluation-hingepoint [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-09 02:56:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-09 08:56:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=12501 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12956 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-07-31 10:50:29 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-31 15:50:29 [post_content] => What is data? Many businesses struggle when accessing, finding, mining, cleaning and organizing data about their business. We help a lot of businesses using SharePoint, Salesforce, and Power BI and other enterprise tools, and almost always, they need help migrating, mining and cleaning their data. We want to explain the data that can maximize your business. What is it and what kind of data do you need to transform your business so you can make quicker and more accurate decisions? Types of Data Bad Data – Several companies we worked with have Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems. A CRM is software that keeps track of your customer and prospect information, like Salesforce. Sometimes the information in the system gets unorganized. For whatever reason, the data in the CRM cannot be trusted. The phone numbers don’t match with the right customers. Address fields are not lined up and the information cannot be trusted. This is bad data. The test to determine if you have bad data is to ask yourself, “Would I make a major business decision based on this data?” If the answer is no, you might need help cleaning your data. Good Data – Good data is accurate; it can’t be faulty. It’s got to be true data and it reflects what happened in the real world. If you hired a new employee and his name is Jonathan, your human resources records, and all other records need to state that the new employee's name is Jonathan. Not Jon or Jonathon. Obviously, good data is the opposite of bad data. It’s data that is clean and accurate. Think of the CRM again. All fields are lined up and it can be trusted. But this is not the best form of data. Information can be accurate, but if it’s difficult to find and analyze then it is not going to do very much for you. If the goal is to analyze your data to see trends and make decisions, the data needs to be accessible and visual. HingePoint Data – This isn’t just a shameless plug for our business; you do need more than just good data. Let us explain. A hinge point is a point where things change. A HingePoint is a point where something literally pivots. It’s the turning point where you are going to see a significant change take place.To get HingePoint data it needs to be good, accurate and visual data. The goal of Hinge Point Data is to give you the insights that revolutionize and transform your business. Data is accurate, clean and can be trusted about a particular subject. But you need to be able to easily compare and contrast this data. Data helps us understand what is really going on, then we can make more informed decisions. It can help you make predictions and forecasts by understanding the trends of your business. HingePoint covers the AEC Industry and is the author of The AEC Industry 4.0 Report and the Autodesk Industry Report 2017. HingePoint helps construction and real estate development companies take control of their company’s information. We combine systems, software, and data so all company information can be seen and accessed from one screen, like a smartphone or computer. HingePoint provides Procore, SharePoint and Salesforce consulting for Commercial Real Estate and Construction companies. HingePoint also helps the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk and Procore products with enterprise systems. We are a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry. Our clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management. We provide BIM with ROI. Results Guaranteed…Literally Guaranteed. [post_title] => What is data? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => what-is-data [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-21 00:06:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-21 06:06:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=12956 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13017 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-07-28 12:45:14 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-28 17:45:14 [post_content] => If you are just starting to get your feet wet with better data management workflow for your business, here are three key aspects of data that you should consider while creating accurate reports on your KPIs.    We’d like to teach you an oversimplified data workflow that works for data management, no matter what company you are in.  We think there are three pieces to a data workflow: 
  • Devices 
  • Systems (like software) 
  • Humans 
 This is how we categorize data flow when we onboard a new client. We’re going to use the airline industry to show you the different categories of data management.
Devices – device We should use devices to collect data. Sometimes people must collect data. But if we can use a tool it will save a lot of time and get rid of a ton of busy work. Let’s look at the airline and weather example. Instead of making people continuously report the temperature in various cities, devices collect this information. Could you imagine how much tickets would be if people had to report this data?  
system Systems (Like software) – Many times devices collect data and then people turn it into information for senior leaders to make decisions. Many employees in corporate America are “Deck Donkeys,” which means the solely create decks to share information. These Power Point decks are typical graphs, reports, etc. Taking the airline industry example, instead of someone constantly making reports on the weather and showing where there is inclement weather, the airline industry has software that automatically reports on severe weather. Based on the weather, systems can predict airport congestion, taxi times and even what runways will be available and when. You can read a blog o n how The Weather Company uses systems for prediction.
human Humans – Humans ultimately make the decisions. Let’s look at the airline industry one last time. After looking over the information on freezing temperatures, the information is funneled to the pilots, control towers, and airlines so they can make the best decisions for passengers. More from The Weather Company:
Airlines cannot change the weather, but they can mitigate the effect if they know the impact in advance. By understanding situations and the potential of their impacts ahead of time, airlines can execute time-sensitive strategies (such as flight cancellation, flight swaps, reserve crew, and etc.) to mitigate such impacts.
Could you imagine what would happen if ALL this work was completed by a human? There would certainly be errors and airline prices would be even higher! With the right devices collecting the data and the right systems transposing it into information, humans can focus on making strategic decisions that will make their customers happy. That is how technology should work for us.

Chapter Eight:

Data Management Strategy Evaluation with HingePoint

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Chapter Two

4 Reasons You Don’t Have Clean Data

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Construction Project Management: Stop Using Spreadsheets

Having and maintaining accurate, up-to-date employee data is crucial in the construction business. If your business is rapidly growing (like so many other construction companies in the Dallas area where HingePoint is headquartered) and you’re onboarding employees, vendors, and contractors, accurate data on who your employees are and what they are working on is critical for success. Although it sounds like a simple task, project management for construction companies can be quite challenging and lead to more serious issues if not managed properly.

The Spreadsheet Problem

Many of our clients in the construction industry previously used Excel spreadsheets to manage their financial data, employee data, project status, and assets. Some were using old versions of SharePoint with unorganized data. When working with software and older systems, data about employees are prone to be full of errors (out-dated and inaccurate). The trick is to get up-to-date, accurate information out of your data management system instead of old, error-prone data. Spreadsheets are great tools for handling smaller and more manageable datasets. But what happens when you start hiring 10, 100, or even 500 employees at a time while managing employee data in a spreadsheet or in multiple, unstructured databases? It gets unmanageable - fast. As your construction business grows, more departments need human resource employee data because more information is attached to each employee. And soon, just having the right name, address, phone number, and social security number across the enterprise become more challenging if you don’t have the right controls and organization. If this data is in an actual spreadsheet, then anyone can enter and change data in that workbook. (See: Why spreadsheets don’t manage big data sets well)

The Situation

For example, a manager could get access to a Human Resource spreadsheet with employee names and other important information. Let’s say the manager has an employee named Suzanne, but she likes to be called Suzy. The manager changes the data because they can and there are no restrictions preventing it. But there is a big problem. Now the source data – the system of record – is not consistent/accurate. Suzanne will be called different names in different versions of spreadsheets. (Check out our FREE eBook on The Secret To Systems Integration: The System Of Record.) Throw time in there, too. Perhaps “Suzy” is a contractor who is keeping her time in a spreadsheet that gets sent to her manager. The manager sends Suzanne’s hours and all contractors to Human Resources so they can get paid. The manager’s project data is being merged with HR’s data. The problem is that we have two different names in the system. “Suzanne” and “Suzy”. No VLOOKUP formula or Pivot Table is going to solve this. It’s going to take someone to manually go in and fix the data. This might not seem like a big deal, but as the company grows, these smaller errors will multiply in other departments. Once this happens, the employee data cannot be trusted, and it will take a lot of manual work to fix the errors each pay period. The data problems can become so big that businesses end up just not trusting their data, causing a lot of rework, manual data entry, etc.

The Solution

A lot of construction companies we work with the hope that the software an IT company is going to install will solve the data problem. Unfortunately, this just adds another layer of complexity to the original problem. The problem that needs to be solved is how you're going to clean up your data, actually collecting it, and then showing it in a way that lets you see the data in a new light. Ideally, you want to make decisions with information that automatically reports to you. Seeing year-over-year and month-to-month views of data can quickly identify trends. With the right devices collecting the data and the right systems transposing it into information, humans can focus on making strategic decisions that will make their customers happy. That is how technology should work. And that what HingePoint can help you acheive! If you're looking to solve your company's HR and Project Management employee data problem, we'd love to hear what you're looking to accomplish! Feel free to start a live chat with our solution consultant on this page, email us, or call us at (214) 301-0000 to get started today. --

About HingePoint

HingePoint offers cloud and mobile applications for construction and real estate that are easy to adopt and employees love. Specializing in the systems that run the construction and real estate business including SharePointSalesforceProcoreMS Dynamics, and Autodesk. Scale and grow profitably with Financial and Project Management Dashboards, document management, and workflow automation for field to office collaboration. HingePoint 8105 Rasor Blvd. Suite 241 Plano, TX 75024 (214) 301-0000 www.hingepoint.com [post_title] => Best Practices for Construction Companies to Control Employee Data [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => best-practices-for-construction-companies-to-control-employee-data [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-10-22 00:34:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-10-22 05:34:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=14266 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 16 [max_num_pages] => 2 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => 1 [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => 1 [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => 2764f82a85819c6588ee24260c1dfe29 [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) )