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April 18, 2021

Construction Firms Turn to the Cloud to Power Up their Business

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More construction firms are leveraging the latest technology to stay ahead of the competition. In a recent survey, nearly 85 percent of contractors said they use or plan to use cloud-based solutions. That means companies that don’t consider the cloud will risk being left behind. This is especially so for companies with employees who work from home.

Many construction leaders believe this is the time to choose a cloud-based ERP solution. (ERP, or Enterprise Resource Planning, describes the core of your business – your field operations and finance systems). ERP software will give you a big-picture view of your company and how all parts of your business fit together. It can help you automate recurring tasks, eliminate redundant data entry between systems, and streamline your workflows. This solution enables leaders to take full advantage of real-time data collection, workflows, and dashboards. In this post, United Solutions's Greg Kirshe provides some guidance to help you determine if a cloud ERP solution is the best way to upgrade your company’s software.

Why consider the Cloud?

What will moving to the cloud do for your business? The cloud will eliminate the need for a complex IT infrastructure – no networks, servers, firewalls, backups devices or redundant power needed. No more budgeting for new servers and server upgrades every 5 years. You will no longer be dependent on your IT staff to manage back-ups or software upgrades. Your software will be more secure and more reliable. Managed well, the cloud is a win-win: better productivity, reduced costs.

How a Cloud ERP solution strengthens your business

On any construction job, seamless communication keeps everyone aligned. Imagine your project manager, site foreman and finance team in sync at all times. That’s what a cloud-based ERP can do. Your employees can enter their time cards, create change requests, and update field reports and forecasts – without ever having to come into the office. In fact, all those functions are accessible from a cell phone or tablet where they can be used anytime, anywhere, on any platform.

In construction, small advantages can reap big returns. Here are a few other ways the cloud can advance your business:

Collaboration
With the cloud, workers on the job site and managers in the office can work on the same project plans at the same time. You can share drawings and documents, daily field reporting, or any data needed to move projects forward. This speeds up your workflow and leaves no room for miscommunication. This is where the mobile capability of an ERP really delivers. Your field managers can access all your business systems in real time – anywhere and anytime.

Planning
The trend toward fixed-bid projects increases the pressure on estimators to adequately factor in future unknowns. An ERP helps you see and manage the constant changes that happen during the construction process. Early tracking of budget changes and “real time” cost budgeting analysis will be assets in your drive to complete projects on time and on budget.

Visibility
Before long, you will have achieved your goal of capturing data and leveraging that information to support every role within your organization. And when you do, the cloud will enable you to gain real-time access to scorecards, alerts, metrics, reports and dashboards, anytime, anywhere, on any platform.

One Team, Same Direction
A cloud ERP designed for the construction industry enables your entire team to work with a “single source of truth.” Each team member will have the information and metrics they need to perform at their best in their respective roles.


Download the Whitepaper. Cloud, On-premise, or Hosted: Which Platform is Right for My Business?

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