Thinking about buying a new digital snagging tool? Those decisions can be tough, as they involve quite some resources. Don’t make any hasty decisions and make sure your digital snagging tool is one that you will use for many years to come. Choosing a digital snagging tool, here are five questions you should ask:
1 – What restrictions are there and how much will it cost?
What is the worst thing about buying new software? If you ask us, that would be the hidden costs, a.k.a. the in-app purchases. Therefore, you should check this before buying any new software. You can do this after you’ve downloaded a new app from the Play Store or App Store. When you open the app, more often than not you are given a slither of an app and then you must pay to access more. When you are looking for a new snagging application you have to be sure of what the final price is for what your needs are otherwise you may find yourself paying up to four times as much as the initial investment.
2 – What platforms does it work on?
Apple and Android are the two biggest players in the smartphone/tablet market. This means that the majority of people will have either an Apple or Samsung device. When you are buying a new digital snagging tool you want to make sure it works across all devices, so you can collaborate with different people outside of your team.
3 – Does it use the cloud?
Why the cloud you might ask? Snagging is a big task and involves a lot of people, by using the cloud you are uploading your information to one central secure location where multiple people can work together on resolving snags and defects. If the app cannot use the cloud then that snagging information is not available to everyone.
4 – Will you get training?
One of the issues many companies come across is training for the use of the application. Whilst it is shown to be simple in the presentation and demo, it becomes harder when you attempt it yourself. If the developer also offers on-site training, alongside tutorials, helpful tips and tricks then you will be able to work more efficiently knowing you are using the app properly. If they don’t offer training then you will never see the full potential of the application leaving you to discover it yourself…which no one has the time for.
5 – How can I work with my sub-contractors?
The majority of snagging is done by Principal or Main Contractors who need to make sure their sub-contractors installations are done properly. So it begs the question how are you able to include your sub-contractors into this digital snagging tool? If you had one snagging application that all the sub-contractors could use, organisation, communication and accountability are going to improve. But by having several applications a wicked web of disorganisation is weaved.
We hope these five questions have made you think about some of the things you should be asking when it comes to a new digital snagging tool.
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