Guide to Cloud Services for the Construction Industry

The construction industry is one that will always be in demand. New housing is needed continuously, as is new office space. And the steady stream of work for those in the construction industry and related fields, such as real estate and mortgages, means that those companies stand to thrive no matter what the state of the economy is.

Even industry stalwarts are not immune to the passing of time, however. If a company wants to remain relevant and competitive, then they will need to invest in the latest tools for managing their teams, communications, and payroll.

Why Choose Cloud Services?

IT is a fact of life these days. Even the smallest of construction companies need an email address and a website. And as your company grows, you will need accounting and payroll systems, client databases, and other digital means of keeping records.

With each of these systems comes extra challenges. Data protection and privacy regulations are a minefield, and when you hold information of an employee, client, or supplier, you need to be careful about how that information is held and processed. Data loss can be catastrophic for your business. So you need to handle backups carefully, and the tech support and administrative burden of a local IT system fall on you and your team. This means that if you, as the manager, are not experienced in the world of computing, you need to hire someone to take care of your systems for you.

The cloud takes away those burdens and gives you the benefit of computer systems in a seamless and straightforward way.

Cloud systems are:

  • Flexible
  • Cost-effective
  • Available anywhere
  • Scalable
  • Future proof
  • Robust
  • Secure

According to one recent survey conducted by Sage, around 85% of all contractors either had a cloud solution or were planning on implementing one soon. Construction is, compared to many other industries, still not that digitized. Contractors know that they need computer solutions but are concerned about the risk and the expense.

1) A Cloud Solution Let’s You Pay for What You Use

At MoonSpace, we offer a range of cloud services that can help construction companies and those in related niches to make the most of digital. With our cloud solutions, you can take advantage of online payroll, accounting, CRM, and other tools, while not having to worry about local deployments, patches, security updates, and tech support.

2) You Don’t Need a Supercomputer to Run Your Software

Perhaps the most significant benefit of cloud solutions and the idea of “Software as a Service” is that when you purchase a cloud system for Customer Relations Management, you don’t have to worry about buying a powerful computer to run it. Most of the solutions that we offer will run on any reasonably modern machine with an Internet connection. The majority of features will work on laptops and tablet PCs, so your sales team and contractors can get a lot done ‘in the field.’

3) Add and Remove Users Easily

If you’re a small team, you only purchase a small package. If the organization grows, you can add new users when the need arises, and that should be far more cost-effective than buying licenses for an offline tool. Managing users is as simple as your team changes size.

4) Access Your Data Anywhere and Let Us Handle Your Support Issues

Have you ever been in a meeting and wished that you could quickly confirm the availability of some key staff for a new project? Have you been on the way to a sales call and wanted to check some notes about the client before you meet them?

Or, from a more technical perspective, have you ever wished that you could use visualization tools to take advantage of all that fancy GPS data that clients send you? Do you believe that there’s got to be a better way to communicate with your job sites and relay precise information and co-ordinates to them, or map out the locations and share information with the team? Well, there is! As the kids say, “there’s an app for that.” Data storage, image and metadata processing, collaboration tools, the cloud has it all.

Have you struggled to manage paid time off for the team because your current system for project management just hasn’t scaled as your team grew? Does your old setup struggle because it’s running on a dated machine with limited storage space and a processor that feels about as useful as a modern calculator?

Cloud systems can solve those problems, giving you access to the information you need at your fingertips. You can manage schedules, customer information, supplier information, pricing, payroll, accounts, etc. all in one place. You can do more with a low-cost machine, and you don’t have to worry about backing up information, keeping it secure, or making sure that you’re compliant with the latest data protection requirements. We do all that for you.

5) Your System Scales With Your Business

With cloud services, you purchase a subscription to the tools that you need. You can then access those tools at any time, from anywhere. If you feel that you aren’t taking full advantage of the subscription you have, you can scale it down. If you need more resources, you can scale it up. This is particularly useful for companies that operate seasonally, or that take on staff for critical projects then shrink back to ‘maintenance’ between big jobs.

The cloud puts you in control, and means that you don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a software package only to use it for one set of jobs then find it’s outdated or no longer useful to you.

If there is a problem with a server, we will move your app seamlessly to another server so you can keep using it. If a developer releases an update, we’ll set it up for you so that you can use it right away. We’ll manage security, support, updates, and performance enhancements. This means you can focus on the bits you do best – taking care of your app. We can even help with migrating your data from old desktop tools to a modern cloud app.

If you would like to know more about our cloud services solutions, call us today. Our team would be happy to help you get your data to the 21st century.