Cloud computing has well and truly transformed the world in modern times. Across many sectors, the cloud has revolutionised the way businesses operation – even in sectors where you might not expect it to, such as with the construction sector.
We discussed the impact of cloud computing in the construction sector with TechQuarters, who are an IT support provider London based construction and development companies have worked with for years. TechQuarters have long been proponents of the cloud – they themselves are fully cloud-based, and fully remote.
Cloud Computing in Construction
According to TechQuarters, there are many great benefits that cloud computing can offer companies in the construction sector. They themselves pointed to the way in makes IT management easier for organisations. As a company that provides small business IT support London companies have been using for over a decade, they were able to describe how the cloud makes remote support a possibility, as well as making it easier for them to monitor their client’s infrastructure for potential faults and issues. But there are plenty of other great benefits that construction companies can get from using the cloud, such as the following…
- Data for Construction Finance Management
In construction, the role of the construction financial manager used to be simply reporting all financial records – income, expenses, budgets, etc. Firstly, the cloud can make this aspect of a finance manager’s job easier, by streamlining the collection and organisation of financial data (and even automating some aspects). Secondly, it gives the finance manager more power to look forward. The cloud allows companies to consolidate data from multiple sources, and perform sophisticated analysis that takes into account all data sources – from this, highly accurate and valuable insights can be drawn from data. For instance, finance managers can use predictive analytics to reduce risk and make smarter financial decisions in the future.
Nowadays, it is well known that success in business is closely related with an organisation’s ability to adapt to change. In other words, a business needs to be both flexible and agile, which allows them to move quickly and pivot to take advantage of change, rather than being affected negatively by change.
This is why digital technologies, and the cloud, has become so important. One of the reasons why cloud computing is favoured as a means to increase flexibility and agility is because it opens doors to new and emerging technologies. Many of the biggest tech trends of 2022 are either linked to, or built from, cloud computing. Thus, a business that is leveraging the cloud will find it easier to leverage future technologies.
- Increased Business Mobility
The biggest advantage that many businesses are looking to get from cloud computing is greater business mobility. Businesses can, not only host all their data and software in the cloud, they can route all of their communications through it. A good example would be cloud telephony, or even cloud-based direct messaging. In construction, it is important for there to be agile communications between sites – such as the office and a project site. Using the cloud means that data can be transmitted in real-time between sites, and a diverse array of communications channels can be utilized.
- Increased Business Continuity
One thing that no business wants to experience is downtime. This is why business continuity is a big priority in modern tech-driven businesses. TechQuarters told us that one of their main priorities when providing IT support for construction companies is to maintain business continuity. Businesses can do this with the cloud, because many of the issues that impact continuity – such as data loss, or hardware failure – can be negated with a robust cloud-based IT infrastructure.