The construction industry is known for being much slower than most business spaces to adopt new technology. And it’s for a good reason: quickly changing standards in trendy directions can and often does lead to inefficient execution of jobs and even unsafe conditions in the workplace. In construction, it’s most important to get the job done right, with minimal risk.
And yet, there has been an explosion in the adoption of new tech from one particular cutting-edge, fast-growing space: cloud computing.
As of last year, 85% of construction firms have adopted some form of cloud-based software to serve as the communications and accounting scaffolding that holds their businesses up.
So what is the allure of cloud computing that led to such a thorough spread within such a traditional, careful business space? How do cloud solutions create such convincing results? Let’s dive in.
What “The Cloud” Is, and How It Works
The “cloud” is, simply, a fancy way of referring to a cluster of off-site servers that retain data and push it on-demand to any customers with an internet connection and the appropriate level of access.
Previously, enterprise software relied on on-site intranets, servers run by and hosted by the business. This somewhat unwieldy process meant proper data use usually required local connections directly to that information.
Some businesses even stored their data locally on each individual machine, requiring local transfers of information across the network — or even by handing an actual disk from one employee to another!
The cloud is the ultimate middleman. As long as employees have internet access, they have the full power of your private database and communications abilities at their fingertips. All of the previously internal processes like maintaining servers, creating safe backups, and so much more, are streamlined into the simple, amorphous presence of the cloud.
Why the Cloud Revolutionized Construction Software
The unwieldy local server methods outlined above were never a particularly good fit for construction. Primarily, the fact that the office and most of the active workers are spread across multiple locations meant that quick, agile editing and sharing of data was an inefficient process that wasn’t much faster than traditional communications and tracking methods.
The cloud immediately changed this in a dramatic way.
Now, with even a simple mobile internet connection, on-site workers and office staff can:
- Immediately push new job orders to the office
- Edit minor changes to orders on the fly
- Communicate through text to have a complete searchable document of the most important communications
- Check on the status of ongoing jobs across multiple sites
These are the simplest, everyday applications. The cloud offers far more, due to the processing capabilities of a massive cluster of computing power, such as:
- Stitching together thousands of imaging provided by drones, to analyze a space and theorize new construction techniques therein
- Quickly migrating data from one software standard to another within seconds
- Minimal to no downtime, as cloud access seamlessly switches from one active server to another and updates backups automatically — without you even noticing
Cloud-Based Construction Accounting Software Saves Time and Effort
Using custom-tailored cloud-based software that targets the construction space, like Sage 100, cuts out multiple steps from the process of communicating the details of a job to entering it into a permanent database.
Cutting out steps reduces the number of potential mistakes along the way. It lets your workers and office staff check on the details of a transaction or order within seconds, cutting down on the likelihood of miscommunication between what a client wants and the materials/labor you put on that job.
This simple, efficient software covers every aspect of every job, makes it simple to pull up trends across months or years of work, and is proven to cut down on payroll errors.
Want to learn more about using cloud-based accounting software to revitalize your construction business? Contact us at CFO on the Go today for a free consultation.