Restoration has changed a lot over the past 30 years. At dinner with someone who was an estimator back in the 1980s, he recalled adjusters doing estimates by long hand and not trusting the calculator. Flash forward to Restoration today, and we are way past the calculator and into cloud-based Restoration Management Applications that are even available on mobile technology out in the field. The Restoration Industry has come a long way, and if you think it won’t keep moving, you making a costly mistake.
One of the questions we get asked a lot is, “how do I keep up?” Out answer is to generally start embracing and stop fighting technology. The lack of adoption of technology is generally an indicator of someone that won’t thrive in a new landscape. Technology is clearly here to stay in our industry, and embracing it early makes keeping up much easier.
If Technology is not in your wheelhouse, start small. Using a Restoration Management Software does not mean you have to use all of the features it offers right away. While you will want to pick software that will last you a long time and that you can grow with, it is not necessary and most likely not advisable that you use every feature on day one.
Keeping up with the latest requires connections to people that can help. Hire technology lovers at your company and choose technology providers that are willing to spend time with you, one that offers excellent customer service and training to take some of the learning and teaching burden off of you.
Next Gear Solutions made DASH software to be easy yet powerful. Just because DASH offers so many exciting features does not mean you have to use all of them day one. Restoration Management Softwareshould be more than software; it should be a relationship with a group of people that will help you keep up with how Restoration will be done tomorrow. At Next Gear, we believe our job is to help take restoration contractors into the future by teaching and helping to implement new technology into your business in every aspect, always looking toward restoration tomorrow.