Cloud-based or traditional IT structure: which will benefit your construction business? Asks CCS’ Rob Matheson
The world we live in is rapidly moving towards digital for all aspects of business; one of the most aggressive moves is in the construction world. For many years, construction companies have used legacy systems, which have served their purpose. However, with the demand for connectivity and on-demand reports, how would moving to the cloud serve your construction business?
Here are the top reasons you should be considering a move to a cloud-based platform.
Reduced Capital Expenditure
The move to cloud not only offers an operational cost option for the software, it also reduces the need for infrastructure to support it. Costly hardware and back-up solutions are not required, as they are now provided as part of the software as a service offering. The scale of the infrastructure offered by the service providers generally far exceeds an in-house operation, so it will also increase business accounting security and availability, while reducing your capital outlay.
Reduced Total Cost
Not only does your online construction system reduce your capital expenditure, it actually reduces the overall cost. Cloud construction solutions can enter the market on a freemium model (base levels of the software are offered free, with the choice to upgrade for more advanced features), or a cost per role/licence model, and can be upscaled based on users and requirements as necessary. There is now no need to invest in an all-encompassing system of which you will use a minor percentage of the functions.
A cloud-based system scales to fit your company. Entrepreneurs and SMEs can opt for a very cheap but limited system, yet this can grow to add users and functionalities, as per the requirements of your business and team. The system will grow alongside your company and will allow the addition of functions and resources as required.
With the use of technology, manual tasks can almost be eliminated. This opens up options for a business to allow outsourcing of technical and operational functions. Many manual tasks can now be adopted by the technology, and even with a smartphone. The reduced paperwork and general efficiency allows the streamlining of business expenses and weighty salary bills.
From your project management to your financial directors, the information is available as live. The system allows you to build dashboards and reports tailored to the person using it. A C-level may want to see more of an overview, while a project manager may need more transactional level information. – Read more