ConstructConnect's Forms Engine lets you transform any paper document you use in the field to an exact digital replica that can be filled out on the tablet PC.
ConstructConnect's Forms Engine lets you transform any paper document you use in the field to an exact digital replica that can be filled out on the tablet PC.

I've written quite a bit about things I consider to be useful technology that can be taken into the field: tools like Punch List, which runs on Palm OS­based PDAs, and the various hand-held versions of scheduling software and information managers that are available for both Palm and Pocket PC. These products work well, especially if it's just you using a PDA or Smartphone in conjunction with your own personal computer. But it's a different story when you're trying to outfit several project managers or salespeople, none of whom is very tech savvy. For every builder putting PDAs to work effectively, you'll find ten who have tried and given up. After observing this for a few years, I've decided that it boils down to two issues: training and synchronization.

Learning and relearning. Project managers are gung-ho about having better information at their fingertips on a PDA, until they realize how much effort it takes to actually get it. Mention that they'll be throwing their trusty clipboard or day planner away, and you and your PDAs are apt to become part of the backfill. Even if they have the desire...

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