It is difficult for a company to predict how much bandwidth
will be sufficient as the industry utilizes more Web-based applications. However, two things are certain: 1) Requirements will
increase and 2) the best way to determine how much is
enough is to regularly measure company usage and make
adjustments to available bandwidth as usage consistently
approaches the maximums.
Software applications, as well as people, must work well
together in order to optimize productivity. Contractors of
all types and sizes use multiple applications to run their
businesses; the better these applications work together and
share information (i.e., the tighter they are integrated), the
more streamlined business operations become.
Smaller companies are more likely to use more generic “hor-
izontal” software that can be used by many types of busi-
nesses to perform basic tasks such as accounting, project
scheduling, and customer management. Larger companies
with more complex operations tend to invest in industry-
specific enterprise software.
When considering integrating your company’s software, here
are two questions to consider:
• How does it differ between generic and enterprise
• How will it be affected by a shift to Web-based
Generic applications are inherently more amenable to integration. For example, Excel can typically be used as-is to
export and import data to and from other applications.
However, the generic nature of such an application can
actually interfere with the smooth interoperation of software
solutions. Excel spreadsheets are often created in ways that
only one person (the creator) can fix. If a spreadsheet needs
to be reformatted to allow for integration with another application, then it may require significant effort, usually on the
part of the person who created it.
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