PATH - A Public Private Partnership for Advancing Housing Technology

July 12, 2006

PATH Roundtable Explores IT Systems
as Key to Improved Productivity

Although IT business tools have been used by other industries to enhance workplace productivity and efficiency, the homebuilding industry has been slow to adopt tools designed to decrease cycle times, improve management efficiency, and increase sales. To discuss the impediments to IT adoption and potential strategies for successful IT system implementation, PATH convened builders and IT software developers last month at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference. The building companies present at the roundtable included JTS Communities, Kemp Land Company, Kimball Hill Homes, McCutcheon Construction, and Mid-Peninsula Housing. They were joined by IT software developers BuildLinks, Pivotal Corporation, and Pharaoh Information Services.

The discussion focused on business process review and integration, IT system integration, and training. Participants stressed the necessity of carefully planning an IT expansion or upgrade, with establish realistic expectations for resources and timelines required for successful system roll-out.

PATH will continue to explore the challenges of IT adoption by studying the current use of IT applications by builders, ultimately identifying tools that will help them to better navigate the process of IT system selection and implementation.

This project is aligned with PATH's IT Roadmap and its 2003 study “Information Technology to Accelerate and Streamline Home Building.” A builders' guide to IT adoption will be available in 2007.

For more information:
Kate Fried

Content updated on 7/14/2006

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