Are You Harnessing The Full Potential Of The Cloud?

By definition, the cloud is a network of technologies that allows access to computing resources, such as storage, processing power, and more. In layman’s terms, the cloud allows you to access IT resources that wouldn’t be available otherwise – or, at least, not without a much higher expense.

The Full Potential Of The Cloud

The cloud has a lot to offer firms in the construction industry. It’s not just a way to backup your family photos – it can do so much more, but only if you know what to ask for.

In the construction world, you need the right person for the job, no matter what the job may be. Why hire a general laborer for something specific like bricklaying?

It just doesn’t make sense.

When you match the right capabilities with the right task, you get exactly what you need. As true as this is of the people you hire for your work, shouldn’t the same go for your technology?

Case in point – do you know what the cloud is doing for construction firms like yours?

How Does The Cloud Work?

By definition, the cloud is a network of technologies that allows access to computing resources, such as storage, processing power, and more. In layman’s terms, the cloud allows you to access IT resources that wouldn’t be available otherwise – or, at least, not without a much higher expense.

Advantages include:

  • Easily Budgeted Expenses
    The cloud services subscription model offers the strategic advantage of low-cost, low-risk opt-in combined with a simple, predictable monthly fee.
  • IT Resources
    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.
  • Connecting Team Members
    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.
  • Simple 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.

But that’s not all – the cloud even offers specific advantages to construction firms.

The Cloud And The Construction Industry

Cloud use in the construction world has steadily been increasing over the past few years.

At one point, just 16% of surveyed contractors in a Sage survey stated feeling that cloud computing was important to their business. Five years later, Sage asked the same question and found that 85% of surveyed contractors had already implemented or were planning to implement a cloud solution for their firm.

Why the growing interest in the cloud? Because of what it can do for construction firms:

  1. Bringing Construction Sites Together
    When you want to see progress on a given work site, how do you go about it?Do you read reports filed by crew members? Or maybe you visit the site directly, driving however far it may be?

    This is a time-consuming, ineffective way to go about managing your sites – and the cloud can help.

    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).

  2. Say Goodbye To Legacy Software Are you still using the same old line of business software that you’ve been using for years and years? As dependable as it may be (and let’s be honest, mileage varies) software like this has 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 it.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.

  3. Store & Access Vital Data
    This is a core benefit of all cloud deployments – store your data in the cloud so you can keep it safe, and access it from where and where you need to.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.

Is The Cloud Right For Your Firm?

Almost certainly – the cloud is so saturated in the modern business world that, at this point, it’s pretty much a no brainer.

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.