|| “James Benham of SmartBidNet launches Construction Open Software Alliance at AGC IT Forum” By Jeff Yoders published on Friday, August 17, 2012 ||
James Benham, founder of SmartBidNet, announced the formation of the Construction Open Software Alliance at the Associated General Contractors of America‘s IT Forum in Chicago today. Speaking at the Swissotel on Chicago’s Wacker Drive, Benham said the COSA will be a a community of software developers and providers who support an open standard in construction software applications, in order to provide the most useful, integrated solutions to the end-user.
“Naming standards and methods of transport are things that should be decided, as standards, going into a project,” Benham said.
The COSA is a supporter of the AGC’s AGCxml data exchange schema, released in 2008. It has not been embraced a large percentage of the construction industry and Benham said it is the COSA’s hope that a grassroots approach by software providers will encourage broader adoption.
Charters members of the COSA include Smartbidnet, Notevault, Online Plan Service, and eSub.
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|| “Construction Open Software Alliance or COSA announced at AGC IT Forum Conference; seeks to increase construction software interoperability,” By Wayne Grayson published on August 16, 2012. ||
The COSA (Construction Open Software Alliance) was officially launched during the opening keynote of the Associated General Contractors of America IT Forum Conference in Chicago Thursday. Compised of five software companies, the alliance seeks to facilitate greater integration between the software applications construction professionals depend on most.
The announcement came from James Benham of JB Knowledge Technologies Inc. during his address to IT professionals in attendance on the lack of and need for greater interoperability between cloud applications in the construction industry.
At one point, Benham asked an important question with regard to how the construction industry will adapt to the ever-changing computing landscape as it transitions more and more to the cloud.
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James Benham Introduces COSA & Shares Results of the 2012 Construction Technology Integration Report in Keynote Address at AGC IT Forum in Chicago
James Benham shares the results of the 2012 Construction Technology Integration Report in Keynote address at AGC IT Forum in Chicago, Illinois on August 16. Thirty-five percent of respondents not using any type of construction software solution. ||The results from the 2012 Construction Technology Integration Survey were presented today at the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) IT Forum in Chicago by keynote speaker James Benham, President of JB Knowledge Technologies, Inc., developers of SmartBidNet construction bid software. Compiled from the responses of over 450 industry professionals who took the survey, the results revealed interesting numbers and opinions on cloud software usage, mobile expectations, and application integration throughout the construction industry.
The most staggering statistic revealed that among the hundreds of construction companies, at least 35% of respondents in each product category were not using any type of construction software solution and as a result are using excel or other manual processes.
“Not only do we want to share these results to increase awareness of what construction software are out there and how they’re being used, but we also want to initiate discussion and feedback on how these solutions can be better integrated with the other solutions that end-users depend upon. This survey is a call to action to tech providers to improve their services and give AEC companies the capabilities they require to complete their projects,” stated Benham.
The official report will be released to survey participants on August 31st, and available upon request by visiting http://www.smartbidnet.com/ctisurvey. The results are said to be the driving force behind the Construction Open Software Alliance (COSA), also introduced by Mr. Benham during the keynote. COSA is an organization of technology providers working to create standards in open APIs to facilitate integration between the industry’s software providers.
“eSUB is pleased to participate in an effort to standardize construction software systems integration and facilitate a seamless workflow that provides the most options for our end-users. Contractors want to have choices when it comes to their software providers, and the opportunity to integrate those choices. Ultimately, that’s what drives us all to be better. With COSA, we’re laying the foundation to make that happen and it’s exciting,” stated Benny Baltrotsky of eSUB Construction Software, COSA member.
Over 200 construction information technology professionals gathered in Chicago to hear Mr. Benham’s keynote and discuss current trends and accompanying issues in the industry in order to stay on the forefront of the technological developments. In addition to Mr. Benham’s keynote presentation, the AGC IT Forum Conference featured sessions on enterprise content management, tablet computing, mobile applications, and many other current issues in construction information technology.
To learn more about the 2012 AGC IT Forum Conference and keynote presentation visit: http://www.smartbidnet.com/agcit
To request your copy of the 2012 Construction Technology Integration Report visit: http://www.smartbidnet.com/ctisurvey