Are You Missing Out On What The Cloud Has To Offer?
What Does The Cloud Have To Offer?
The cloud has a range of benefits available to construction firms – more than just the ability to back up your data. Are you missing out on what the cloud has to offer?
When the job calls for a mason, only a mason will do. Not an engineer, or a sculptor, or a concept artist. While the layman might think there’s an overlap from one to the other, the fact is that you can’t generalize in this type of work.
Shouldn’t the same logic apply to the technology you choose for your construction firm?
In today’s construction industry, knowledgeable, strategically applied technology can make all the difference – and that’s exactly what’s happening with the cloud. It can do more than help you share and store files.
Do you know what the cloud is doing for construction firms like yours?
What Is The Cloud (And What Does It Do?)
In a nutshell, the cloud is a network of technologies that allows access to computing resources, such as storage, processing power, and more. Why bother with the cloud? It has a number of general benefits it offers to any type of work…
- Computing Power: The cloud has the ability to activate tens of thousands of CPUs. This unparalleled power can quickly perform deep analytics of your data, and process nearly any ad-hoc queries that you require.
- Reliable Costs: The cloud services subscription model offers the strategic advantage of low-cost, low-risk opt-in combined with a simple, predictable monthly fee.
- Easy Scalability: Cloud services have the unique strategic characteristic of being able to stretch or shrink to suit your current level of demand. This is especially useful for businesses of any scale that will change in size over time.
- Real-Time Collaboration: With cloud technology, your staff doesn’t have to wait for each other to be done with their part of the document or project in order to tackle their own aspect. They can all work on the same project at the same time to maximize productivity.
- Remote Work Capability: This cloud feature allows you and your employees to work remotely as need be, which will give your staff the flexibility they desire to have a more balanced home/work life.
But that’s not all – the cloud even offers specific advantages to construction firms.
The Cloud Is Changing The Construction Industry
If you’re not already using the cloud, then you’re behind the times.
In fact, years ago in a Sage survey, 16% of surveyed contractors stated feeling that cloud computing was important to their business. When Sage conducted a similar survey five years after that, the number soared to 85% of surveyed contractors that had either already implemented or were planning to implement a cloud solution.
Despite being one of the least tech-fluent industries in the world, the construction industry is slowing catching on to everything the cloud has to offer:
- Connecting Sites Through The Cloud
This is the primary advantage of the cloud when applied to the type of work you do. Long gone are the days of having to visit a job site, or rely on reports from your team to determine what progress has been made.The cloud allows you to connect and view job sites remotely from a single cloud platform. Depending on the scope of your firm and how far apart job sites are, this could save you hours every day in travel time, allowing you instead to check in on sites from the comfort of your office (or wherever else you have an Internet connection).
- Eliminating Legacy Software
As great as line of business software has been for construction forms for years, it’s had a core flaw – it only works for those who are fluent in it. After all, it’s not that accessible if you’re not familiar with them.While some members of your team, depending on their experience and skill set, may be an expert with your legacy software, what about the wider community of subcontractors you have to work with?
The cloud can help with this as well – new centralized project management platforms bring everyone together in one intuitive cloud location. Now, instead of needing to be trained on unintuitive, outdated software, your entire team can make use of a modern, user-friendly cloud platform.
- Data Storage & Access
By moving your vital data to the cloud, you can enhance your security, increase data accessibility for staff members and lower costs. Instead of storing onsite, you can reduce costly local hardware by storing your files in the cloud, where they’ll be safe and easily accessible by you and your staff.
Should Your Construction Firm Use The Cloud?
Obviously. If you’re not already using the cloud for file sharing and storage, you’re way behind the times. But if you’re also failing to take advantage of the industry-specific features the cloud can deliver, then you’re missing out.