Cloud Computing for Construction Companies

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To move past the productivity problem in construction, we must first embrace the Cloud. In fact, leveraging Cloud software is one of the five secrets to improving jobsite productivity — all of which are outlined in Fieldwire’s latest ebook.

Because your time on-site is valuable, it's important you chose Cloud software that’s easy to deploy, use, and maintain. Unlike on-premise software, Cloud software makes your life easier in the field so that you can stay focused on doing real work.

Download our latest ebook to learn how to leverage Cloud software for improved jobsite productivity. It’s time to start working smarter, faster, and with far less headaches!

What is the Cloud?

We’ve all heard about the benefits of ‘operating in the Cloud,’ but it’s important you understand what the Cloud is before trying to leverage it. As Xperience Group puts it, “Cloud software removes the hassle of maintaining and updating systems, allowing you to invest your time, money, and resources into fulfilling your core business strategies.”

Compared to on-premise software, Cloud software has zero upfront costs and can be quickly implemented, so it’s no surprise that ENR Top 100 contractors like Webcor Builders are switching to Cloud software to improve construction productivity on $500 million dollar projects.

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In addition to being affordable and flexible, McKinsey reports that Cloud-based software is particularly beneficial for construction companies and teams — increasing jobsite productivity by as much as 50 percent. Yet, 40 percent of construction firms surveyed by JBKnowledge say technology has not been implemented due to lack of support, budget concerns, and overall employee hesitance. With that said, there is no guarantee that ‘lifting and shifting’ your organizations IT footprint into the Cloud will trigger a spike in productivity; you need to understand who the Cloud is built to serve before ‘going all in.’

Once implemented, Cloud-based technology should be prioritized to help craftspeople operate more efficiently in the field, says McKinsey, as 80 percent of all construction work is done on-site. Whether the worker moves through the work (traditional construction production) or the work moves to the worker (manufacturing and/or pre-fabrication production), the cloud must meet the craft at the work-face itself.

The Cloud you’re on matters

Not all cloud-based software is the same, and careful consideration should be taken to ensure that the selection ultimately made satisfies the needs of jobsite teams. According to TINYpulse’s survey, 26 percent of construction workers are frustrated by a lack of tools required to do their jobs better. They need fast, simple, Cloud software that helps them coordinate work and communicate in real-time. Even more, they need field management software that empowers them to disconnect from the trailer while still being able to communicate with the office.

For adoption to stick, field teams must utilize simple, adaptable, and deployable solutions that don’t disrupt the flow of work. When careful consideration is taken and the right Cloud investment is made, jobsite productivity will increase and users could save an average of five hours each week.

productivity life cycle

The Cloud is one of the many wonders of the internet age which solves most of the common problems companies face today. These solutions are quality, secure, and come at a price that custom-developed software simply cannot match. Every company should leverage Cloud software to improve productivity and save on resources.

Our latest ebook outlines the remaining four steps you need to take to improve jobsite productivity in construction. Start with one and work your way through the list, knowing that every step forward is a step in the right direction.

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