Use of IT increases amid labor shortage

Construction contractors experiencing the industrywide labor shortage increasingly are using information technology (IT) to get the most out of their current staff members.

In a recent survey released by the Associated General Contractors of America and software company Sage, 85 percent of 1,281 respondents said they use or plan to use cloud-based mobile construction applications. Additionally, 40 percent said they will increase their IT investment. In a 2012 Sage survey, only 16 percent of respondents said cloud computing was important for their businesses.

Jon Witty, vice president and general manager of Sage Construction and Real Estate, Atlanta, told Bloomberg BNA using software helps contractors estimate what is necessary for a project while cutting what is unnecessary.