Setting standards for greater construction collaboration

|| This article was written by Dennis Stejskal and published on Sage Construction and Real Estate Blog on November 7th, 2014. ||

Every construction company should have the freedom to use whatever construction software best fits its needs without running into roadblocks that prevent information exchange. As an early member of the Construction Open Software Alliance (COSA), Sage, along with other member firms, is steadily working towards this goal.

In my last post, I talked about how software integration has been the holy grail of the construction industry for years. Today, the quest for integration has only become stronger as contractors automate more tasks and software becomes more specialized.

How do we get the various software applications used by contractors to talk with each other?

In 2008 the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) developed the agcXML standard as the first effort to standardize and encourage the efficient exchange of data between software solutions in the industry. Then COSA, an organization of software providers, joined the effort in 2012. Working alongside AGC to develop complementary standards, COSA also served as a voluntary test group for agcXML. That partnership took on a new dimension with the recent AGC announcement that 

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