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    Bob Armbrister

    President and CEO | Bob has led SPARK to serve hundreds of clients using a business-first approach to custom software. He leans on his experience as CIO at a national construction management firm to implement "The SPARK Way" – an approach of practical innovation that helps business leaders build tech that gets adopted (and brings ROI).
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    Listen: How to Build Software Roadmaps in Construction

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    What Does Design Thinking Have to Do with Building Software?

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    Manufacturing Business Planning: A Framework to Future-Proof Your Software Decisions

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    5 Benefits of Custom Construction Management Software

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    12 Construction Software Features That Your Business Needs

    The construction industry has already passed the tipping point of adopting tech. Digitization is the best path forward when

    'Think Like a Software Company:' A New Mindset for Construction Leaders

    Disconnected workflows became even more stressed during the pandemic. Heading into next year, you need a new tech strategy to

    The tech landscape has changed. How to get efficient and STOP using digital duct tape.

    Right now, construction leaders like you are doing strategic planning. Tech touches every part of that plan, but what’s the

    Construction: How to Visualize Your Data Daily with Reporting and Dashboards

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    How to Maximize Tax Benefits When Building Custom Software for Your Business

    [Disclaimer: SPARK Business Works is not a certified tax professional. Tax law is complicated and changes frequently.  Do not

    How to Plan for Digitization in a Construction Business

    Construction projects are becoming more complex. Large projects typically take 20% longer than estimated and can run up to 80%

    Why Successful Businesses Build Custom Software Versus Off-the-Shelf

    There’s a lot of different things that keep business owners up at night. You might be struggling with challenges like these:  Are

    How Custom Software Works for Any Size Business (Not Just Enterprise)

    When it comes to custom software, you might first think of big enterprises who spend millions on extensive software projects

    Custom Software: Why Starting with an Assessment is Worth Your Time and Money

    Most business leaders have a few software sales battle scars. If you’ve been burned by a provider who overpromised, you can be

    7 Reasons to Validate Your Startup Idea Before You Build It

    Startups are fun. And exciting. There’s nothing like the thrill of having an idea for a big opportunity that you know will

    Building the Business Case for Your Custom Application (ROI Estimation)

    Custom software is a significant investment for any company. This investment includes money, time, and effort. Before you start

    Gathering (and Prioritizing) Input for Your Custom Software Project

    When you are starting a custom software project, it is critical that you get buy-in from key people within your organization. To

    How an Employee App Amplifies Your Culture

    A lot of employees, including myself, can be distracted by daily corporate communication. Between HR sending information out,

    How to Get Started with Construction Project Management Software

    It’s one of those days that makes you wish you had chosen an easier profession -- like neurosurgery. You have crews and

    Signs Your Construction Management Software is Not Working for You

    A few years ago, you left the dark ages behind and brought your construction company into the modern era. You purchased an

    The Top Challenges That Make or Break Profits for Trade Contractors

    In the construction industry alone, quality trade partners like mechanical, electrical and masonry contractors remain in high

    Custom App Developer Adds Digital Agency to Provide Seamless UX

    KALAMAZOO, MI – April 24, 2019 – SPARK Business Works (SPARK), custom software application developer, today announced that it has