First things first, what is the “cloud"? You hear about it all the time and yet, have never actually seen it. Here’s the catch, the cloud is invisible and it is everywhere. Cloud computing is a clever term for storing data in an off-site server via the Internet. Construction companies need to manage operations between two places at once; the work site and the office. Cloud computing helps organize information between the two places, which gives companies the potential to improve the process of sharing information.
How can the cloud benefit your company?
While the majority of companies in the industry have adopted the use of mobile technology on the job site, it is important to make sure all of your information and collected data is secure. Not having a mobile security policy in place for your business has the potential to put your contractors at risk for data leaks and other preventable threats. The utilization of mobile devices at the work site means that work will get done at a much more efficient pace without the hassle of losing, printing, and shuffling around papers between team members. I.T technology, such as the cloud, has the potential to increase productivity by 70%, according to the Bureau of labor Statistics.
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It’s fair to assume that the cloud is already a part of your daily life. You may be using the Amazon Cloud drive to hold content for your Kindle or even music storage. The same goes for Apple iCloud, which is used for storage and backup for your mail, contacts, and calendar. Microsoft uses cloud storage in their OneDrive program as well their web-based versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
While the cloud is an overall advantage to your company, there are critiques to be made about it. As the cloud is part of the Internet, there are possible consequences. Storing information on the cloud means your ISP will have control over that access. The issue here may be that in the future, your ISP will begin to offer ways to charge you more such as offering more bandwidth or metering your service. If you have a good customer relationship with your ISP, this may not be a concern for you.
Why is hybrid cloud technology a smart investment?
So, what is the difference between the cloud and the hybrid cloud? Well, the hybrid cloud is the public cloud. At least part of it. The other part is the stored data that is local. Hybrid cloud storage is using both a local and off-site resource. Why is this a good option for you?
I.T professionals say that integrating construction companies with the cloud and everyday operations, is going to create more flexibility and security. In a Microsoft survey (iCorps), 62% said their protection level increased, which was directly related to their choice to integrate into the hybrid cloud.
Making to transition to cloud technology allows your company to avoid most hardware costs and prevent a disaster while the cloud takes care of the recovery. While many companies are using the hybrid cloud, they are preparing to move to full public storage in the future.
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