The Real Reason Stopping you from moving to Digital Takeoff

If you are still practising manual takeoff, then you may wonder if you are truly satisfied, or simply a victim of complacency? As the saying goes, “Success breeds complacency, in turn, complacency breeds failure.” You may think that it is foolish trying to reinvent the wheel, however, digital takeoff, which has been around for the last 20 years, is in essence improving the wheel so that it is fast enough to race against market demands. Today, we explore the real reasons that may be preventing you from making the change.

“It costs too much and takes too much time to learn…” – Lack of Research and Resolution

We have all heard this before and this is definitely a time where ignorance is not bliss. Sure, there may be an upfront cost associated with purchasing and maintaining new software, then a downtime trying to learn it, however, the result outweighs the initial investment by many folds. The real problem here is a lack of research and resolution.

First, you need to determine and accept that there is a need for change. What are your competitors offering that you could not? Are you not submitting bids quick enough? Perhaps you are not as accurate as you want to be? Then, you will need to identify what you actually need. Do you need a full suite software? Or to ease the learning curve, something similar to eMeasure which improves your takeoff whilst still allowing you to use your familiar Excel spreadsheet? What are the file types this software must support? Is there comprehensive training and support readily available? Once you have answered your questions and pinpointed a few solutions, you will be able to produce a breakdown of the costs, which nine out of ten times will reveal that the opportunity cost in deploying a new software is minuscule compared to the problems you can solve.

“We have always been doing this way so this is the way we will do it…” – Fear of Change

In retrospect, you’d probably disagree with yourself on this one, especially when your competitors have already moved away from “the way we have been always doing this”. The human brain is (conveniently) programmed to naturally take the shortest and most familiar route where the least cognition is involved. We end up choosing the familiar route because we are afraid of the unknown, which may lead us further down the path to failure. When considering a new software, you may doubt yourself with questions such as; “Will I be able to use it?”, “What if I am the only one who fails to learn it?”, “Will my reputation be tarnished because of this?” – it is perfectly normal to have these feelings, you just have to learn ways to ease and overcome them.

First, you have take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Write down the answers using the WIIFM rule- “What’s In It For Me”. There are many benefits to be reaped if you grind through the unknown. Even the most distressing situation becomes more gratifying if you can see the positive side of things. Then, make sure to plan and schedule an itinerary to get the right training. Most software deployments wrongly focus on planning and implementation only, with training to the side. What most people overlook is that technology rarely fails, it is people who is at the heart of the problem. Finally, seek help and support whenever needed. Don’t feel like a blockhead because you need help, humility is an element which will help you exceed your limit and foster continued growth.

What should I do now?

Don’t sit on the fence and watch the boat sail. The one “real” reason stopping you from using a new technology is yourself. Those who are able to realize the urgency and then conquer their fear of change are the ones who will get a piece of the pie. Grab a pen and paper and start putting in words why you need a change, what you need in a software to tackle the changes, some possible software solutions, the benefits which could be realized from going through the change, a tentative training schedule and contact point for support. If you would like to discuss what eMeasure could do for you, or if you any other questions, please feel free to contact us here.

(!) Please note that eMeasure is no longer available to purchase or rent. RIB Software have taken this decision so that development efforts can be focussed on RIB’s flagship iTWO costX range. Click here to find out more about iTWO costX takeoff 2D, which features the same underlying engine and workflows as eMeasure, plus several other advanced features.