Construction companies, be they large or small, have some unique aspects of their business that make them a different kind of business from others that rely on a managed service provider. With programs like CAD, construction project planning and procurement of materials are unique to that industry and would require a Managed Services Provider that is dedicated to the construction industry.
Construction companies do use typical IT software and hardware for standard office tasks and accounting functionality. What really sets this industry apart, however, is how collaborative it is. Workflow does follow traditional paths such as design, construction, and testing. There is also a role played by industry compliance and security in all aspects of the industry.
But success is dependent on collaboration between architects, engineers, and the actual foremen and workers at the on-site level. A Managed Services Provider must be able to manage this team collaboration in real-time. This is why many larger construction companies use an internal IT team rather than outsourcing to a Managed Services Provider that isn’t fluent in CAD or certain planning software.
When it comes to construction companies, not all Managed Services Provider’s are created equal. You need one that can specialize in the construction industry and has your best interests at heart. Some things to look for are:
Any good Managed Services Provider will do a few basic things for every type of industry, but these things are just as important to the construction industry as any other industry. You want a provider that will be available when you need them as well as one who is up to date on current technology. Hiring an outside IT company will save you money. Having IT in-house means paying them a salary and possibly benefits and RRSP contributions. Hiring an outside company negates these expenses, which becomes the problem of their company not yours.
A Managed Services Provider will perform monthly updates and preventative maintenance, keeping your software and hardware running at peak efficiency and cutting down the probability of failure at critical times. When the system is running efficiently and smoothly, that equals peace of mind and best of all, profits.
By using a third-party IT provider, you are more likely to stay ahead of new cyber threats and viruses. A Managed Services Provider makes it their business to stay up to date on new cyber threats so they can keep your technology ahead of these threats and running smoothly. Should something get through, or should hardware break down, you have an experienced and dedicated team you can call to fix the problem. Most Managed Services Providers are available 24/7.
A Managed Services Provider can run an analysis of your IT environment to prevent issues such as having to add equipment and up the budget given. This also serves to give your company a deliverable, comprehensive executive summary of your technology. The summary shows any vulnerability in your system as well as the pros and cons of your current network. It will also give you the Managed Services Provider’s recommendations for any adjustments to your current technology.
Never one to rest on their laurels, tech giant Google started a project that could revolutionize the construction industry. Beginning as a project for Google X, it has spun off into its own company, Flux.io. Essentially a cloud-based platform, Flux is a collaborative platform that allows architects and construction engineers to work together in real-time on a project. It sports an advanced analytics engine and state of the art simulators.
With the ability to translate data from multiple programs such as Excel, ACAD, and Rhino into a single platform, various collaborators could work simultaneously rather than one at a time. All computations are done in the cloud, so no worries that your system will slow down or freeze. Flux.io is touting that it will save 30% to 50% in manufacturing and construction costs. Overall, Flux has the potential to save the construction industry over $120 billion a year.
As technology gets better and new software makes the collaboration process more streamlined and easier to communicate between members of your team, the need for dedicated IT grows even bigger. Whichever IT services provider you choose to go with, make sure to get a system analysis to check for vulnerability in your network. Your Managed Services Provider will be able to tell you what is essential and what isn’t while saving you money.