In today's consumer-driven market, it is critical for all the OEMs and their suppliers to cut material cost and cycle time to maintain their competitiveness. An accurate cost estimate is crucial for determining a project’s eventual scope and ensures that organizations remain financially feasible and avoid cost overruns. That being said, the industry sector and type of project, regardless of the size and scope have a bearing on how stakeholders develop estimates.
Material companies across several industries are faced with significant challenges with regards to pricing their product while ensuring they reach profit targets. The use of analogous estimating techniques is not reliable if the organization lacks experience in conducting similar projects. Also, it is important that cost estimating practices that are revised with more up-to-date information. For long-term projects that take several years to complete, it vital to take currency value fluctuation and political climates into account while creating accurate estimates. Difficulty also arises when estimating costs of human resources as most estimating techniques revolve around the concept of unit-based costing, but the complexities of managing people make it difficult both to obtain accurate unit costs and to forecast the task completion time accurately.
The use of emerging technologies and state of the art software has increased productivity and sped up processes in the construction sector in the past decade with the disruption of the construction industry. Traditionally, cost estimates are developed using spreadsheets and formulas. However, in recent years, the advancement of software for cost estimating includes programs designed for specific customer-defined fields. Estimation software often integrates with other project management applications by updating cost estimates as the scope or key factors keep changing. By leveraging A.I and data analytics, solution providers are offering work management and automation platforms that enables enterprises and teams to work more cost-efficiently. With familiar spreadsheet interfaces and robust project management features, stakeholders can now create and manage cost estimates and project plans all in one sheet. Personalized dashboards and self-service reports will improve visibility into the status of cost estimates and help compare estimated and actual labor, materials, and other costs. Also, sharing and publication capabilities will foster collaboration amongst internal and external stakeholders in real-time.
Effective cost management is expected to yield a positive return on investment (ROI). Therefore, to provide accurate guidance to organizational leaders in taking decisions involving considerable value with the aim of reduction in cost is very important to be achieved in every cost estimation exercise. To help organizations select the best vendors and advance their initiatives, a distinguished panel comprising of prominent CEOs, CIOs, VCs, and industry analysts, along Construction Tech Review Magazine’s editorial board has assessed and shortlisted Material and Cost Estimation solution providers that are at the forefront of providing cutting-edge technology solutions. We present to you “Top 10 Material and Cost Estimation Solution Providers - 2019”.