As 2018 comes to a close, two things are clear: it was a transformative year in the construction software space, and there’s more activity than ever about our industry to keep up with. That’s partially why we started this blog — to help our readers understand deeper details about trends that will impact their businesses.

Our readership has grown significantly this year, so that’s telling us we’re doing something right, but for those who don’t yet know Surveyor, the Viewpoint blog, we wanted to acquaint you and showcase the 10 most read articles on our blog this year.

Hopefully they can help catch you up on the key stories you missed last year — and, if you find the content valuable, sign up for our blog. We send a weekly digest right to your inbox with all the posts from that week, so you won’t miss a thing.

Employees want the construction career ladder to be clear.

Finding skilled labor was a top challenge for contractors in 2018.

Our Top 10 Construction Blog Posts

  1. Younger Professionals are Snubbing Construction Careers — What Your Firm can do to Change Their Minds

As the labor shortage and its associated impacts continue to pose challenges for the industry, we took a look at how technology — something they are already using to help improve productivity — can help construction companies attract a new generation of workers as well.

  1. 3 Keys for Contractors to Navigate New Revenue Recognition Standards

Constantly changing standards are always going to be a compliance challenge, but a necessary evil. It doesn’t have to be all bad though. Based off a hugely popular webinar with experts from BKD alongside Viewpoint, we run through the three main things you definitely need to be doing in order to comply. (For more detail than the blog post, watch the full on-demand webinar, “Prepare for the New Revenue Recognition Standards.”)

  1. How Leander Construction is Saving Crucial Time and Mitigating Project Risks with Viewpoint Team

We love a good story from customers about how they’ve been able to improve their daily lives, and based on the popularity of this post, so do our readers. We spent some time with project manager Bobby Asbury from Leander Construction talking about how they’ve been able to streamline processes and gain time back while better connecting the office to the field.

  1. Setting the Tech Tones — An Interview with Andrea Wright

Speaking of customers, Andrea Wright, formerly of our customer Sachse Construction, recently departed to start her own consultancy focused on helping construction companies modernize. Her blueprint was Sachse, where she spent time helping manage internal change and understanding the challenges companies face in doing so — but also the vast benefits of the transformation. Hear the story in her own words.

  1. Construction software implementation involves many job roles.

    Contractors continued to digitize and modernize their operations in 2018.

    The Importance of Planning Ahead with Construction Software Implementations

This post takes what we’ve learned by working with customers for more than 40 years and pulls our best lessons together on what to expect when changing software solutions. As referenced in the previous post, change is hard — it’s imperative to have an internal team on board and plan ahead when making big changes like a new ERP.

  1. The 10 Questions You Should Ask When Considering Project Management Software

The final installment of a five-part blog series on how project management has changed in construction, this post specifically looks at what construction buyers should be asking themselves when seeking out a project management software solution for construction. We’ve pulled together the top 10 (apparently, we like those) questions you should be asking yourself before moving forward.

  1. Construction’s Digital Transformation on Full Display at Collaborate 2018

Viewpoint works hard to be a key contributor among industry organizations and at events, and much of our blog content comes directly from things we’ve learned onsite. We’ve also created several our own industry events, including our annual Collaborate User Conference, which attracted more than 2,300+ attendees to Portland this October and featured more than 130 educational and thought leadership sessions and three days of learning. This blog post recapped the event for those who couldn’t make it. (Here’s where you can save the date to attend next year!).

  1. How to Connect Your Entire Project Team

Viewpoint Team™, our collaborative project and document management software was in demand by clients this year. In this post, we break down the basics of how Viewpoint Team works and how it complements construction ERP solutions like Vista™ and Spectrum®. Of course, 2018 has been a year of big developments, and Viewpoint Team has already seen significant upgrades that allow contractors to manage complex construction drawing sets, seamlessly export project files to mitigate risk at project closeout and much more!

  1. A Discussion on Change Management within Technology Adoption — the Good, the Bad and the Profitable

We have a lot of clients — nearly 8,000 globally — and we know how valuable their feedback is, not only for us but for peers. In this post, we recap a conversation we had at one of our Digital Contractor Roadshows in 2018 where clients spoke of overcoming technology resistance and facilitating change in their organizations — it’s not all bad, but not all good either.

  1. Viewpoint’s Digital Contractor roadshows produced a wealth of thought leadership and discussion among Viewpoint clients and industry experts.

    True Tales about Construction in the Cloud

And now, by far, the number one blog post of the year. We’re not going to lie, we were slightly surprised by the engagement this blog post got, but apparently it hit a nerve — in a good way. People are excited about the cloud, about easily being kept up-to-date on the software, about the time it’s saving them and the security assurances it provides — and we heard about it!

Looking Forward to Another Great Year

We can’t wait to see what 2019 will bring. So, check back often as we promise there will be a ton of new content for you to consume. Or, visit us at www.viewpoint.com if you have specific software or technology questions Viewpoint might be able to help with. Thank you for your continued readership and support!

Posted by Andy Holtmann

Andy is Marketing Content & PR Manager at Viewpoint. He has worked in the construction software arena since 2011. Previously, he netted multiple awards as a newspaper and trade media editor.