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Microsoft offers solutions for construction sector

Microsoft is offering engineers and industry proffesionals a number of products and devices to help drive greater cost efficiency and communication in the sector

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Software giant Microsoft is looking to branch into the construction industry with new software technology, driving digital transformation in the sector.

The company demonstrated its diverse range of products and solutions at last month’s The Big 5 construction exhibition in Dubai, participating as the lead technology partner to expand its client base into what it sees as a largely untapped market.

Mohammed Arif, Windows & Devices Business Group Lead, Microsoft Gulf said: “What differentiates societies, businesses and even countries is their ability to adopt technology and the extent to which they do it.

“Microsoft’s role is to enable companies, across different sectors, the chance to embrace technology faster.”

In fact, Arif said that according to a recent MIT study, companies that adopted technology faster achieved almost 26% more profitability.

In this regard, the company wants to help construction professionals do their work faster and more efficiently through digitisation and offering the latest technological innovations.

With this, Microsoft is offering engineers and others in the industry a number of products and devices to help drive greater cost efficiency and communication in the sector.

These include the Surface Hub, Surface Pro 4 and a variety of rugged OEM devices from multiple partners including Dell and Samsung.

Empowering professionals from the field to the office, various Office 365 scenarios will also help those within the sector improve productivity and collaboration in the workforce.

Haidar Salloum, Channel Sales Director, Microsoft Gulf said: “Construction and contracting is one of the main verticals we are targeting in the gulf. However, this vertical has been hit with project delays and cut backs in budgets which has created a lot of pressure on these companies to do even better.

“Today you need to be more efficient, more cost conscious, create more aggressive cost models and further empower your employees. That is where Microsoft comes in.”

“Our offerings will help reduce costs for those in the industry, especially with our pay-as-you-go models, currently in high demand among construction professionals,” he added.

The significant shift towards smart and sustainable solutions, and the introduction of new building regulations, are encouraging companies to look for innovative ways of working, especially in the coming year.

Bas Degeling, New Equipment Business Director at Kone told Construction Week in a recent interview: “Digitalisation is definitely an important trend with technology constantly being upgraded. We can see that there is a focus on privacy of the users with such trends as security access control becoming more popular in the region.”

Gary Adams, MEA President of Parsons said his company was doing the same, explaining that Parsons needs to “stay ahead of the curve and turn the fast pace of technological change to our advantage”.

Microsoft devices and solutions aim to become accelerators for businesses in the construction sector, enabling them to thrive in a mobile-first, cloud-first world.

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