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Advantages of Cloud Computing for Construction Companies

March 25, 2014

If you are looking to reduce IT spending or minimize distractions from managing your own IT services, then cloud computing may be an option worth investigating.

What is cloud computing?

The definition of cloud computing is the use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network.  It’s easy to understand if you compare it to electricity.  You use electricity to run your offices, but you don’t own or manage the power plant and electrical lines.  Cloud computing works the same way where companies that specialize in IT provide you with the computing power to run your business over a network, and you don’t have to maintain all of the hardware and software used to run the servers.

Remove distractions, potentially save money

It would be expensive and inefficient for every business to supply their own electricity, yet many companies are taking this approach with IT.  For example, if you manage email internally, you probably bought servers, software, and network equipment and spent time building the system, maintaining it and troubleshooting.  For 25 users, internally-managed Microsoft Exchange email will cost around $21,000 in the first year, including labor, with a 5-year total cost of approximately $36,000.

In the cloud, you can find Microsoft Exchange managed by experts with the same level of service, and often better, for $15 per user per month.  In the example above, that’s a cost of $4,500 per year, or a 5-year total cost of $22,500.  That's a savings of around $14,000, while also eliminating the distraction of managing your own email.

Other potential benefits of cloud computing

  • Avoid upfront infrastructure costs
  • Get applications up and running faster
  • Avoid maintenance hassles
  • Roll out new updates quickly
  • Scale IT up or down to match business needs
  • Free your people to focus on core business needs

HCSS offers cloud hosting options

HCSS now offers cloud services where we can host both HeavyBid and HeavyJob solutions in the cloud, and we are working to add the rest of our construction software suite as well as 3rd party applications.  

We host your HCSS software and data on highly secure Citrix® servers and take care of all the technicalities behind the scenes with 24/7 service, including security maintenance, data backups, and product updates. All you have to do is connect to your HCSS products through an Internet connection—whether that’s from your desktop in the office, a laptop out in the field, or your handheld device. And that leaves you with much more flexibility and time to focus on doing what you do best.

If you would like to learn more, give us a call at 800-683-3196 or visit hcss.com/cloud.

Learn more about cloud computing

cloud computing for construction companiesIf you are interested in learning more about cloud computing for construction companies, HCSS partnered with ARTBA’s Finance and Technology Council to host a recent webinar titled "Options in the Cloud", featuring Josh McDonald, IT Manager at HCSS, as the guest speaker.  Josh covers four main areas in his presentation, including

  • What is the cloud
  • How does it simplify business
  • How has the cloud changed over the years
  • What are the key challenges and opportunities 
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