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How can enterprise systems help construction companies to become more efficient?

Traditionally, the construction industry has relied on the manual completion of tasks and disjointed systems, which has led to a lack of visibility across the organisation. A well designed, implemented and supported enterprise system can help businesses to overcome these obstacles, increasing efficiency and streamlining business processes.   Five benefits of an enterprise system for construction companies are: Real Time Data A well designed, fully integrated enterprise system ensures that all data is up to date. This is essential for all parts of [...]

Why construction companies should encrypt their data…

Construction companies hold a lot of important, confidential and personal data concerning projects, contractors, clients and employees. It is important that this data is kept safe, as the ramifications of a data breach can have far reaching consequences for all involved. With the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), data protection is more important now than ever. The GDPR has replaced the  Data Protection Act (1998) from 25th May 2018, providing individuals with more rights about how their [...]

Ransomware: How you can protect your business

Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of ransomware attacks affecting businesses, with more than 700,000 ransomware attempts being recorded in a single year alone. Ransomware attacks can freeze entire systems, prevent operational continuity and cost a significant sum. In addition to downtime costs, it is estimated that victims have paid over £150 million to cyber criminals! So how can you protect your business from falling victim? It is true to say that there is no such thing [...]

Three Critical Business Risks Associated with Email

Email is a core business application, enabling individuals to communicate within and outside of the organisation with ease. However, the use of emails is not risk free with three critical business risks of corporate data loss, external threats and operational dependency being of prevalence. Corporate Data Loss Large volumes of corporate data are an asset to every business and the breach or loss of such data could have wide ranging implications. The risks have recently increased further, following the enforcement of [...]

Why are construction firms a prime target for cyber criminals?

Cyber attackers do not discriminate against industry or size and for this reason, cyber threats have become one of the most prominent risks to businesses in the modern world. What makes cyber-attacks even more dangerous is the variation of delivery methods which now include phishing, ransomware, viruses and the list goes on. In an industry that is traditionally hands-on, with much of its business conducted offline, it is surprising to many that the construction industry is one that is most [...]

Top Construction Tech Trends

We all know that technology is bringing huge business benefits to the construction industry, including lower costs, increased efficiency and higher levels of productivity. Certain technologies are well suited to the industry, where businesses are constantly under pressure to complete projects within time and budget. Having worked with numerous construction companies as their trusted Managed IT Services provider, we have compiled a list of top technology trends that can be harnessed to make a positive difference within the construction industry [...]

Are you ready to make tax digital?

Following the publication of this blog, we have been informed by Sage that there will now be a Making Tax Digital solution available from Sage for older versions of Sage 200, so Sicon have withdrawn the new MTD VAT Submission module with immediate effect.   Making Tax Digital is an HMRC requirement for businesses to electronically submit their VAT return directly from an accounting system for return periods starting on or after 1st April 2019. This will fundamentally change the processes [...]

Construction Technology: Weighing up Costs and Business Benefits

Talking technology with some Managed IT Services Providers means that costs are often considered further down the line, with initial conversations focussing on business pain points and benefits of various solutions. However, cost is often a high priority to construction businesses who are constantly under pressure to close projects on time and within budget. Of course it is important to consider business benefits, as a Managed Services Provider ourselves we know the massive rewards technology can bring, but it is [...]

GDPR- The Challenges and Benefits to Small Business

The General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on 25th May and presents one of the most challenging overhauls that many marketers will have ever faced. Nowhere is that truer than in small businesses. The ICO’s National Radio Campaign The Information Commissioner’s Office recently launched a National radio campaign aimed primarily at small businesses. The ICO’s radio campaign called “Making data protection your business”, tells people about the GDPR, what it means and who it applies to, including small businesses. It [...]

How construction firms can leverage technology

Over the past ten years businesses across all sectors have adopted new business technologies to drive organisational efficiency. However, some sectors have been more likely to invest in technology than others. As the scale and complexity of construction projects has advanced, the construction sector has not necessarily leveraged modern technologies to realise their goals. When applied effectively, technology can drastically improve the efficiency and productivity of organisations in the construction sector, which is constantly under pressure to complete projects on [...]