Did you know? More than 90% of organizations are using some level of cloud services for business applications and data storage. This is according to last year’s Intel Security cloud security research study, which also made the stunning assertion that, “in the next 15 months, over 80% of IT budgets will be committed to cloud solutions.”
As we move into 2018, more and more companies are seeing value in cloud-based construction software systems. This is a vital and strategic move for any organization that executes complex construction projects: there is just far too much at risk by not adopting a centralized, collaborative cloud platform, so delaying – or accepting the status quo – is no longer a tolerable option. Here are just a few reasons why it’s so important:
Reason 1: A Unified, Collaborative Platform that Eliminates Silos
A collaborative cloud-based construction solution enables a multi-discipline team to work together, at a much higher-level of efficiency. Without a unified platform, it’s natural for teams to decouple themselves into silos – which is a very dangerous and unproductive environment that’s wasteful and prone to breakdowns in communication and errors.
Construction projects are complicated, and require the input and commitment from a broad range of disciplines: engineering, project management, project controls, procurement, finance, field staff, construction managers, estimators, schedulers, etc. Everyone needs to work together as a harmonious collective to achieve the most effective outcome: including profitability.
Reason 2: Real-Time Information
I’m sure we’re not the first to tell you that the cloud brings you real-time data. And real-time data is vital for making timely decisions, along with taking corrective action when needed. Managing construction projects in the past is well-known as a recipe for disaster. These projects are complex, with a lot of moving parts, and a lot of activity every single day.
If your decision makers are getting their updates days or weeks after the fact, they are powerless to do much about it. “Here’s what happened 2 weeks ago. Good luck with that!” Most major projects are executed by a distributed team that can be located in multiple offices and jobsites in disparate geographies. Getting updates in real-time as to the efforts and activities of all locations is an absolute must to have a hope at successfully completing a project on time and on budget.
Reason 3: Cut the Waste
Low-value, unproductive work can be demoralizing for your staff and your whole organization. Adopting cloud-based construction software enables your teams to engage in high-value, meaningful tasks; eliminating rework and errors. Working in a highly productive, efficient environment is not only gratifying for your teams, it also saves you money and improves the quality of what you do and what you deliver.
Software systems are very good at taking on the repetitive, grunt-work – and are happy to do it, and do it correctly every time – in a matter of milliseconds. Work that would take teams of people hours or days to do. Get rid of double-entry, spreadsheet errors and endless hours manually forging reports. Automation is key – let the system automate and streamline everything.