by Ashley Capps, Trapp Online
By now you’ve heard all the buzz about the benefits of hosting your software on the cloud; the convenience, accessibility, and security, just for starters. But what practical solutions can the cloud really offer the construction industry? As more construction companies migrate their software to the cloud, it turns out the benefits are crucial to gaining a competitive edge in the industry.
- Cost Efficiency: Businesses often experience pressures to grow while continually cutting costs. Pooling configurable computing resources can help. Due to reduced cap-ex investments, initial cloud costs are significantly less than building an in-house server from scratch. The high costs of maintenance and management are also eliminated when opting for an external cloud hosting provider.
- Continuity: Imagine having access to schedules, inventory, progress reports, financial data, and your CRM from anywhere in the world. This includes your office, your home, and most importantly, at the construction site, on a PC, Mac, tablet, or smartphone, all updated in real-time! The cloud allows for seamless collaboration and vital communication. Establishing alignment and synergy throughout your entire team, will undeniably improve overall productivity and time management.
- Capacity: Having a dedicated cloud server that is customized and completely scalable gives your cloud unlimited growth potential, just like your business. You can also increase or decrease the amount of users, administrators, services, and additional resources as you see fit, without complication.
- Confidentiality: Valuable and sensitive information transmitted virtually is a security concern across all industries, construction included. Whether you’re sending, receiving, or storing, you can rest assured that your files are safely housed in a certified, SSAE 16 SOC Type II, Tier III data center. Backups can be run every night, with a 7 day rolling back up; and having all of your data in the cloud, your disaster recovery planning just got a lot easier.
- Core Competency: Let’s be honest. You probably don’t have plenty of people who specialize in both construction and IT on your team. You wouldn’t let an IT tech set the foundation of a house, so why try to create the infrastructure of your software yourself? Allow the IT experts to carry out your vision, so you can have the freedom to make your client’s dreams come true.
Utilizing software that doesn’t offer universal access points, real-time information, and bolstered data security, can rapidly become roadblocks to your company’s growth. Cloud hosting solutions are paving a clearer path for the construction industry to technologically evolve, expand resources where it needs it most, and let you get back to business as usual.