May 19, 2020

Some Canadian businesses going to new heights with the cloud

Adam Groff
3 min
Some Canadian businesses going to new heights with the cloud

A number of businesses all across Canada are finding success by making the switch to the cloud.

From anywhere accessibility to unparalleled data management, the cloud is taking Canadian business by storm.

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Here are just a few businesses in Canada that are benefiting from the cloud as well as some of the upfront costs involved with the technology:

Cloud in Canada

The Cloud is growing in popularity in countries all across the world and Canada is no exception.

Whether companies are looking for VoIP calling or superior data storage, cloud computing is the solution and businesses in Canada agrees.

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According to a recent study by CCSK Guide, 47 per cent of Canadian businesses use the cloud on a daily basis.

In addition, 64 per cent of executives and other business owners in Canada think cloud computing, calling, and data management will be a large part of their business future.

With the numbers above in mind, it's important for businesses to know the costs involved with cloud communications.

Cloud Costs

Companies of all kinds have to put their budgets first when it comes to upgrading IT and communications technology.

As the following article asks, “what is the financial commitment for cloud communications?”

Fortunately, the cloud is highly scalable, which means it can fit just about any price point - whether that be corporate or small business.

The costs for setting up the cloud vary from business to business.

The larger the company, the more data there is to handle. This usually results in higher setup fees, especially if a company's current infrastructure, hardware and software need upgrading.

Monthly costs can range from $10 to $100 or more depending on the size of the business and the features of the service itself.

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In addition, many cloud service providers require 6 to 12-month contracts.

Types of Businesses Using the Cloud

There are number of different businesses in Canada that are already taking advantage of the cloud. Many major organizations and corporations are using cloud storage solutions to manage the massive amounts of data they accumulate each day.

Likewise, online retailers are also using the cloud to host their online retail stores.

Even small businesses in Canada are jumping on the cloud bandwagon to host their VoIP phone services.

Types of Cloud Communications for Business

Many businesses simply don't know what kind of benefits cloud communications can provide.

Additionally, they're unsure of what specific cloud service they need. To help clarify, here are three main areas that cloud communications covers:

PaaS - Platform-as-a-service gives companies the ability to use both hardware and software cloud services from one provider in a single, user-friendly package.

SaaS - Software-as-a-service allows companies to pay for services and applications as they need them. This is a convenient option for companies not wanting to continuously upgrade their system or sign a contract.

IaaS - Infrastructure-as-a-service offers server and software management through third-party vendors. This is one of the most popular options for Canadian businesses.

When it comes to the cloud, Canadian companies are truly taking their communications to new heights.

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About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including technology and cloud computing.  

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

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Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“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.


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