Should cloud technology be part of your strategy?
By: John McMalcolm
According to a Neovise survey that involved 822 information technology leaders and decision-makers, about 54 percent of organizations have already adopted public or private cloud computing. Cloud computing is becoming the preferred computing option among businesses because it offers many great benefits.
If you have not jumped on the bandwagon yet, here are a number of reasons why you should consider doing so.
Reduces Your IT Expenses
The cloud is probably the most cost-effective computing solution for businesses.
If you decide to adopt cloud computing, you do not have to purchase costly computer hardware and software, or pay licensing fees, and you can also reduce your IT labor costs substantially.
Cloud services are now available at very affordable rates, and you can acquire them on an as-needed basis. There are several different plans for you to choose from, including pay-as-you-go, one-time payment and other scalable options.
Provides Almost Unlimited Storage
If you are running a business that needs to store a lot of information, cloud computing is a good option for you. Since it offers almost unlimited storage capacity, you do not have to worry that you will run out of storage space.
Additionally, it can help you save on IT expenses by eliminating the need to increase the storage capacity of your hardware.
Makes Information Easily Accessible
Another benefit of using the cloud is that it allows you to access information anytime, anywhere. Since your company's information will be available online, you can meet your customers' needs and respond to sudden changes more promptly.
Cloud computing also enables your employees to work from their homes or other places if for some reasons they cannot be present in the workplace.
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Performs Software Integration Automatically
In cloud computing, software integration is usually performed automatically.
As such, there is no need for you to make additional efforts to customize and integrate software applications to suit your needs. It is very easy to customize your options on cloud, and there is a wide range of applications and services for you to choose from.
Enables Quick Deployment
If you choose to adopt cloud computing, you can have the whole system set up and running in just a few minutes.
The time needed to deploy a cloud system can vary significantly, depending on the kind of technology you need. Still, it can be deployed much faster than a traditional computing system.
Provides Secure Data Backup and Recovery
If you back up your data on personal computers, there is a chance that you will lose the data when a system crash or disaster occurs.
Cloud computing provides a more secure way to back up your data, and it enables you to recover information easily. Most providers of cloud services are competent enough to help you recover data efficiently.
While cloud computing can be very beneficial to businesses, it can also be detrimental if it is not used properly. Make sure you do the necessary research before you start using the cloud.
About the Author: John McMalcolm is a freelance writer who writes on a wide range of subjects, from cloud computing to online reputation management.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.