Any event that’s disruptive to a business – from a natural disaster to a data breach to the recent pandemic – reveals just how sound a business’ core operational models are when faced with crippling events. In years past, disasters have revealed the importance of different innovations. Some might say hurricanes and floods prompted some construction companies to invest in offsite storage in remote data centers. Data breaches may have prompted others to steer more resources to IT security.
Within any disaster, the silver lining can sometimes be that it accelerates a decision that was lingering on the back burner. A “what if” scenario becomes reality and reminds leaders that waiting for their business to go into a spiral isn’t a sensible approach. The good news is that even if a decision is prompted by a sense of urgency to solve an immediate problem, there are likely to be additional, positive side effects.
Look at how common the use of data centers is now. Not only is having a second- and third backup location smart for withstanding the threat of a hurricane or other metrological event, but it’s also invaluable should a piece of critical on-premise equipment fail. In a similar fashion, the pandemic forced many workers to telecommute to the jobsite, at least temporarily, and now many workers are continuing to connect to their teams remotely. Cloud technology has never been more essential than it is now to keep teams connected and moving forward despite being separated from the physical office.
And just like that data center, cloud platforms built for the construction industry bring with them a host of other benefits not tied solely to seamless connectivity. The silver linings for cloud services in the wake of the pandemic offer construction businesses tremendous opportunity for growth from the recent turmoil.
Let’s face it: construction projects of almost any size generate literal mountains of data. Combing through football field-sized repositories of emails, documents, invoices, and other documents can seem overwhelming no matter the size of the organization generating it. While it may seem like a burden, those vast expanses of documents contain incredibly valuable data that can inform jobsite decisions – if only teams could extract what they need and ignore the noise.
For years, this wasn’t possible. And for many construction companies still relying on paper-based manual processes, it still isn’t – leaving them far behind their competitors that have migrated to a paperless construction management platform and are now seamlessly deciphering financial trends and conducting data analysis on the fly to spot potential issues on the jobsite or home office before they stop a project in its tracks. This includes identifying potential safety issues that can only be captured by being able to parse through huge stacks of historical data in rapid fashion – a feat not possible when relying on manual, spreadsheet-based analysis.
In the same way, monitoring and reporting on jobsite activity to share with the team can lead to smarter, data-driven bid processes. Prior to the advent of cloud technology that allowed this data to be readily stored and shared across the entire project team, sifting through historical cost data may lead to oversights, or cause estimating teams to repeat the same mistakes due to not having a holistic view of jobsite performance. Now, cloud-based construction project management tools can help project teams identify long-term trends utilizing everything from worker productivity to the quantities and rate of consumption of materials. Being able to quickly access digital records of jobsite activities leads to better benchmarking, which produces smarter bids. That level of productivity and analysis simply isn’t possible with manual processes based on spreadsheets.
Finally, the bid process will become more efficient when augmented by cloud software built for the construction industry. If bids are produced more efficiently and with greater accuracy, the end result is simple: more work won, more dollars earned.
The construction industry is one that grows more technologically advanced by the day. More firms of every size are realizing the benefits of cloud-based construction management tools, either out of curiosity or necessity. Either way, the cloud has made new levels of data mining and information sharing possible, no matter where teams are based.
Contact us today to learn more about the various cloud-based Sage construction software tools and how it can benefit your business. Schedule a free consultation and demonstration as your teams look to 2021 planning and the innovation within its reach.
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