The days of installing construction software on a computer at your office may be drawing to a close, with the rapid uptake of on-line “private cloud” systems.
Here are some of the reasons why:
[mt_services title=”1. Lower start-up costs” icon=”thumbs-up”]
Implementing a new system can be very costly, especially when there is a large “one-off” cost for a software licence, on top of training and set-up costs. Traditionally only large construction companies could afford these substantial costs.
On-line systems generally have a small monthly “subscription fee”, reducing the start-up costs and putting systems within reach of smaller “family-business” and mid-size construction companies.[/mt_services]
[mt_services title=”2. Remote access to information” icon=”thumbs-up”]
Construction companies usually have Staff out on-site, often miles from the office.
On-line systems can provide your remote workers access with access to up-to-date information, at any location where the internet is available, on-site, at the office, or anywhere in between.[/mt_services]
[mt_services title=”3. Choose your device” icon=”thumbs-up”]
Let’s face it, we don’t all have the same type of computer, tablet or smart phone. Otherwise the world would be a boring place!
On-line systems are generally configured to provide you with data that suits your device, and provide an easy access and navigation to information.
[mt_services title=”4. Sharing information” icon=”thumbs-up”]
Providing your Staff and sub-contractors with the latest plans, specifications, and safety information is fast becoming an essential requirement for construction information systems.
Most On-line systems include a “portal” to provide sub-contractors and clients with access to a sub-set of information, reducing the time required to keep them informed.
[mt_services title=”5. No Back-up hassles” icon=”thumbs-up”]
I often hear of construction companies whose administration staff are “crippled” for a weeks, after their computer “crashed” and the backups were corrupted, or not done.
Online systems generally are backed up on a regular basis, and the servers are configured for “high availability”. So you don’t need to spend time or money on system backups.
[mt_services title=”6. Seamless software updates” icon=”thumbs-up”]
All software requires “updates” to keep up with changing hardware and changing operating systems – i.e. Windows 10 has just been released. Often this process requires a costly visit from your “Computer Geek” to back and install the new version.
By nature, On-line systems automatically provide you with the latest version of the system, often without you noticing.
[mt_services title=”7. Improved availability” icon=”thumbs-up”]
Computer Servers need power and a reliable network. If your office is susceptible to power outages, or a slow internet connection, then the productivity of your staff can be impacted.
On-line systems have a backup power supply, and a fast network connection, providing better system availability to your “Users”, in or out of the Office.
[mt_services title=”8. Support when you need it.” icon=”thumbs-up”]
On-line systems have options for support by phone or email, along with a raft of on-line training videos and FAQ’s so you can get help when you need it most.
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