AVOID THESE MISTAKES & MAKE CONNECTIVITY LESS COMPLICATED
It’s never easy to bring new technology to the job site, but some equipment owners make things harder than necessary. If you’re transitioning to a connected site and hope to make the process a little less complicated, here are five mistakes to avoid.
- Shop for technology. It’s NOT a good idea to start the buying process with specific technology products in mind. You’re better off focusing on key business problems. Where are the inefficiencies in your operation? What are your biggest time wasters and cost drivers? How much more money could you make if you removed the bottlenecks? Identify the challenges first; then solve them with technology.
- Don’t ask for help. At times it may feel like you’re the only one in the room who doesn’t understand this stuff. So, to avoid embarrassment, you keep your questions to yourself–and that just leads to more confusion. The truth is, nearly everyone needs help choosing and using construction technologies. Just make sure you work with a professional who knows your business, understands your equipment and has experience applying and supporting the technologies you’re considering.
- Go big or go home. Once you’ve decided to embrace technology, it may be tempting to overbuy—make one big investment and get it over with. That’s not a good idea, at least for most of us. Start small with a 2D grading system. Add payload control to a couple of loaders. Use the basic data from your onboard telematics system. Getting comfortable with change one step at a time helps make the whole experience less overwhelming.
- Proceed without a plan. Just because you start small doesn’t mean you’ll stay small, so don’t take off on any technology journey without a plan for the future. Work with a supplier that will be there for the long term, one who can help you clarify your goals and map out incremental changes. And make sure the technology you’re deploying today can be scaled up when you’re ready.
- Rush the training. It happens all the time. Companies buy technology, cruise through training, then wonder why they’re not getting the benefits they had envisioned. For best results, engage a professional and insist on training that’s practical and hands-on. Keep the training groups small. Go slowly. Repeat if necessary. And remember: your biggest concern isn’t the cost of training. It’s the cost of an improperly trained team misusing or underutilizing an expensive investment.
Don’t make these common mistakes as you deploy technology. Instead, focus on solving business problems. Work with a trusted partner. Start small. Plan for growth. And take plenty of time for training. You won’t eliminate all the complexity, but you’ll increase the odds of a faster, more successful change.