Cloud technology has officially won its place as one of the most celebrated technological innovations of the last decade. Across different industries, Cloud computing has freed individuals, teams and whole organisations from a myriad of persistent issues, delivering reliable and flexible solutions and services.
It comes as a surprise then to hear that as of yet, the Cloud has not fully found its place in the hearts and minds of the construction industry. As one of the North West’s leading providers in Cloud technology, we’re attempting to change that in a series of new blogs exploring the use of the Cloud for construction firms. And what better way to start that discussion, than by highlighting the potential benefits firms in the sector could be enjoying?
1. Better Productivity
During our March Construction Roundtable, we discussed productivity as a continuing issue for firms across the sector. It was suggested by the industry leaders in attendance that in order to unleash construction’s full potential and ramp up growth, productivity first needed to be addressed.
Arguably, the Cloud’s main function is to remedy productivity problems for businesses and individuals alike, by its very nature. Aspects, such as PaaS (platform as a Service), easier remote working and time-saving measures could be helping construction firms to realise better efficiency at every level of their organisation – making for improved productivity and providing an industry-wide boost.
2. Easy Data Transfer & Sharing
One of the biggest technological challenges for construction firms – in terms of cost, time and technical limitations – is the sharing and transfer of large amounts of data between locations. The ever-growing size of files has forced firms to push far beyond the storage and memory capabilities they currently have, overworking machines just to share information.
With the Cloud, sharing data between multiple office locations has become a simple task – and one which doesn’t push computers to their absolute limits and beyond. Now worksites can be connected to offices and clients all at the touch of a button, making for a more connected, sharing work culture.
3. Cost Effective
An unwanted side effect of many business technologies is the need to constantly fork out for better servers and faster machines or updated software just to keep things running at a basic level – the large data transfer conundrum is a prime example of this. Unfortunately, costs have to be watched in construction as the industry battles to secure steady growth, and these expenses can end up having a disastrous effect on businesses.
Look to the Cloud, however, and you’ll see savings that instantly provide firms with a healthy return on investment. Instead of installing and maintaining costly internal servers and constant on-site software installation, construction professionals need only connect to the Cloud for fast, automatic updates and no in-house installation needed. Maintenance is also handled by the Cloud providers to maximise output whilst minimising downtime, so there’s really very little expense to think about.
4. Extra Freedom
One of the most prolific benefits of the Cloud across all industries is freedom – the freedom to connect with data, customers, sites and colleagues from anywhere in the world; the freedom to make the most of the software and hardware on a PaaS (Platform as a Service) infrastructure; and freedom from maintaining physical machinery on your premises.
The construction industry could benefit so greatly from this sense of digital liberation, using the Cloud to free up more resources than ever before, leaving time and money available to procure more lucrative projects, provide a better overall service, and stimulate the economy. All of this is possible with such a simple piece of technology – so what are construction firms waiting for?
In the next blog in this series, we’ll be discussing what all these benefits mean when you pit the Cloud against the recurring project management nightmare of the Iron Triangle. In the meantime, find out more about Kaleida’s Cloud-based services over on our website, or get in touch to find out more about the services we have on offer.