10 Benefits Of Using The Cloud For Your Construction Company
Contractors today are realizing the benefits of using the cloud. Whether you decide to use cloud-based software or move your entire IT environment to the cloud, you too can realize some of these great benefits. We’ve listed 10 of them below.
1. Cloud Computing Is Cost-Effective.
The cloud allows you to take advantage of cost savings compared to the total cost of ownership for pricey in-house hardware. You can forego the capital and operational expenses associated with hardware purchase, maintenance, and replacement.
Plus, there’s no need to purchase software and worry about updating it and purchasing licenses. With Software-as-a-Service solutions in the cloud, you pay on a subscription basis for only what you use, and nothing more; and the software is automatically kept up-to-date and patched for reliability and security.
2. Cloud Computing Improves Collaboration & Teamwork.
Cloud-based programs can be used at any time on almost any device as long as your employees have an internet connection. These programs lead to greater collaboration and are particularly beneficial for construction companies because they depend on their remote workforce in the field.
Whether employees need to access drawings, permits, purchase orders, or other documents, cloud computing keeps everyone on the same page. Programs like Microsoft Office 365 allow workers to edit documents in real-time simultaneously, allowing for immediate decision-making when needed.
Your workers can sync data, information, and files on their computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. This is critical to ensure projects are completed on time and on budget. Also, having the ability for project managers at the job site, collaborate with the administrative team at the office will improve projects being completed on time!
3. Using The Cloud Can Improve Workflows.
No more relying on traditional paper-based workflows. The Cloud provides opportunities for them to be partially or entirely digitized. This allows for paper-free and instant communication between your headquarters, field offices, managers, subcontractors, vendors, and partners.
- You can track work by the location, day and hour.
- Material shipment information is available in real-time and at a moment’s notice.
- Invoicing software in the cloud syncs with accounting software to avoid duplication of efforts.
4. The Cloud Promotes Mobility.
Even though reliable internet services may not be available at all of your construction sites when you combine mobile connectivity with today’s cloud solutions, your workforce can use the applications and data they need from virtually anywhere; even for sites that are highly remote.
5. The Cloud Can Keep Your Files Secure.
When you digitize your workflow and store your data in the cloud, it eliminates the need for your workers to haul documents and files from site to site. This not only provides easy access, but ensures your files are secure and won’t get lost or ruined on a project site, or when being taken from one place to another.
Plus, the cloud automatically backs up data just in case you experience an IT failure, accidental deletion of data, ransomware infection that locks up your data, or a natural disaster that shuts down your office. Your data will be secure and accessible anywhere you have a computer device and an internet connection.
6. You Can Automate Processes.
Automation with machine learning plays an enormous role in optimizing workflows and predicting problems before they occur. With workflows based in the cloud, you can automate or semi-automate many processes:
- Use analytics to predict problems before they arise.
- Automate and monitor work and maintenance schedules.
- Optimize your logistics and prevent equipment and resource losses by tracking them in real-time via the cloud.
- Track and optimize work-in-progress on sites using sensors that monitor downtime.
- Monitor and track staff performance.
- Detect safety issues on sites.
- Increase productivity and cut costs with IoT (Internet of Things) autonomous vehicles.
- Order equipment, fuel, and other materials to be delivered on worksites.
7. BIM Can Be Accessed Via The Cloud.
You can also assess and monitor projects with Building Information Modeling (BIM) to manage and create 3D building data during the course of a project. BIM software is now geared towards all construction professionals, not just architects.
It provides a digital representation of a building for construction documentation production, planning, performance predictions and cost estimates. You can use it to demonstrate the entire building life cycle, processes of construction and facility operations.
8. Make Use Of Big Data.
During the lifecycle of any project, you must process and share massive amounts of information like architectural and engineering drawings, production schedules, time and materials inventories, and more. The Cloud provides the ability to store and process the big data that’s needed for this.
9. Exceed Your Clients’ Expectations Using Cloud-Based CRM Software.
This is an essential tool for today’s construction companies. Over the long course of a construction process, it’s important that you carefully manage your relationship with clients.
With a cloud-based CRM system, you can keep track of contact information and communications, and ensure that your clients’ requests are being addressed. This provides your managers, sales reps, and marketers quick access to essential client data to ensure requirements are being met.
Use CRM software in the cloud to:
- Track interactions with clients and prospects.
- Retain detailed records of each interaction.
- Gain insight into the success of your marketing and sales efforts.
- Enable collaboration across your multiple job sites.
10. Cloud Computing Increases Scalability & Flexibility
In some locations, projects are scaled back in the winter. If your company does this, you can also quickly scale back the cloud solutions you use by simply removing users. When springtime approaches, you just add them back. And as your construction business grows, you can add even more!
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