For years, preparing business reporting on spreadsheets and other manual methods was completely acceptable for construction companies of a certain size. As those organizations grew, it became necessary to revaluate whether such an approach still worked, especially as data volumes continued to grow and teams were increasingly collaborating virtually.
As these data volumes have steadily increased, new technology has become necessary to keep teams connected and project documentation shared quickly and easily. As a result, many construction companies are turning to a database that uses SQL technology like Microsoft’s SQL Server. By leveraging a robust database that offers a built-in client/server configuration, companies can put their data to work via effortless aggregation to provide a complete view of business health and historical metrics.
Understanding How SQL Works
To start, it’s important to have an understanding of what SQL even is. It stands for “Structured Query Language,” and is also associated with a database that can store dynamic data. Here’s what you need to know about the advantages of using Microsoft SQL Server:
#1 - Scalability
For construction companies, what matters most is that an SQL database can harness large amounts of data as the business grows – up to a massive one terabyte in size. One of the key reasons behind SQL Server’s performance is the use of cutting-edge multicore processors, which can efficiently scale with minimal effect on performance. This translates to seemingly limitless data management capabilities, even as the business grows and makes increasing demands of its database.
In the construction industry, the ability to track historical performance data is invaluable. The performance capabilities and scalability of Microsoft SQL Server means vast amounts of data is always at users’ fingertips and at speeds that ensure steady, predictable performance.
#2 - Security
Despite having the ability to add multiple users and accounts, Microsoft SQL Server also provides sensible security measures to restrict access when necessary. Administrators can determine which individual users have access, along with what level of authorization they’re provided, to modify and view different data. User access can be further customized with specific views of the data reflecting that individual user’s purpose for accessing it.
#3 - Reliability
Combining security with reliability is a hallmark of SQL Server, with impressive uptime abilities to put end-users’ minds at ease that access is preserved – even in the event of a system outage. If a crash or other outage occurs, SQL Server has automatic recovery features that go into effect automatically, without the need for an administrator to intervene. SQL Server will automatically launch database restoration to the last state of consistency.
If the point of having a database is to create on-demand access to vast quantities of data, this reliability is key.
#4 – Data Analysis
Today, construction project teams are no longer in one location, or simply based in the home office. SQL Server combines impressive reliability with the ability to extract data when and where needed, with on-board reporting tools that support the creation of charts and graphics for rich, compelling presentations. Data can easily transfer into presentation modes or Excel, allowing project managers to quickly compile relevant data points into formats suitable for sharing with clients and partners.
With 24/7 access, interactive reporting capabilities and immediate database recovery in the event of an outage, your teams can put their minds at ease and count on SQL Server to take the guesswork out of database operations.
As more construction companies realize the benefits of the SQL Server database, Sage products like Sage 100 Contractor, Sage Estimating and Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate are now built with SQL functionality in mind. Sage 100 Contractor and Sage Estimating are based on the SQL platform, while data captured in Sage 300 CRE can be converted via that application’s SQL Gateway. It’s simple: Sage products are designed to maximize your investment and unleash the potential of the Microsoft SQL Server database.
United Solutions can help your construction project management teams better understand the ways in which SQL Server and Sage Construction and Real Estate products can impact your business.
Contact us today to set up a consultation that matches your company’s size and unique data needs with a database solution that will provide reliable, effortless scalability for years to come.
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