4 Ways Construction Companies Can Benefit from Cloud Migration
The construction industry is rapidly digitizing, thanks to new technologies that help companies work more efficiently and productively. Digital technologies that benefit construction companies include communications and collaboration tools, project planning and management software, business analytics and reporting programs, and the data processing power and storage facilities to handle increasing amounts of digital data.
Maintaining these new technologies means that construction companies are now tasked with managing an increasingly complex IT infrastructure.
Stewardship of crucial IT infrastructure such as software and data management requires highly qualified employees. Smaller contractors may find it difficult to maintain a staff of highly skilled IT professionals. Some construction companies are too small to add any IT staff at all.
Even larger construction companies with existing IT departments may face significant challenges to managing their IT infrastructure. Increased risks, costs, and time require more than simple oversight and optimization of software and data usage.
Furthermore, industry standards for maintaining, managing, updating, upgrading systems, and security change continually. Contractors must adapt and become experts in both construction management and information technology.
One solution to the challenges of administering two systems is cloud migration. That’s where a company moves some or all of its IT infrastructure into the cloud.
What are the Benefits of Cloud Migration?
Today’s contractor must meet industry standards in construction as well as Federal regulations for data usage. Compliance with these regulations requires significant time and cost outlays and are more efficiently achieved by migrating these functions to the cloud.
Every business — including contractors — with a digital infrastructure will face threats such as ransomware, and other cybercrimes. That means IT staff must devote a portion of their activities to preventing any access or damage from malicious actors.
If the costs and effort you assign for the monitoring and upkeep of all of this technology infrastructure have taken a bigger bite out of your budget, migrating to a cloud solution can help. A cloud first strategy eliminates the difficulties of internal infrastructure maintenance.
Here are four reasons to look closely at the benefits of migrating to a construction cloud solution.
- Manage resources more efficiently. Cost control is crucial especially in a time of increasing project complexity and rising materials costs. Reduce your IT costs by bundling your internal infrastructure into the cloud. When you provide more efficient access to construction project information to everyone on your team, your project managers will be better able to provide oversight and tracking for all of your projects.
- Collaborate better with clients and stakeholders. Projects are increasingly complex and require high levels of engagement and coordination among clients, owners, designers, engineers, and contractors. A cloud infrastructure makes it possible to collaborate more easily and efficiently throughout the construction cycle from design to completion, and with multiple stakeholders.
- Limitless data storage protects your work. Store your complete library of previous projects and collect data that will ensure you have ready access to documentation in case of any disputes. There are regulations that govern the collection, storage, management, and use of the data you produce on construction projects. Let the experts provide you with the most up to date guidance, and you can let your internal IT department focus on construction business analytics.
- Analytics help you build your business better. Your construction management software can provide detailed analytics and reporting using the data generated by your construction activities. Storing and assessing that information in the cloud will help you to make effective decisions for your business.
Migrating your construction IT to the cloud means you can focus on what you do best. Cloud computing services can allow your construction company to expand its infrastructure, add capacity on demand, or outsource the whole infrastructure, resulting in greater flexibility and wider choices.