3 ways collaboration in the Cloud is benefitting the construction industry

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Dec, 17

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3 ways collaboration in the Cloud is benefitting the construction industry

When we talk about the benefits of Cloud services, many of us in the IT industry are conditioned to think about the advantages in the financial sector or in marketing. These are industries that some of us are a little more familiar with, either through our own experiences, or through regurgitated industry examples publicised by Cloud-first vendors or VARs just beginning their Cloud journeys.

Another reason that Cloud adoption is sometimes perceived as being faster in financial services is that projects typically conclude more swiftly with a shorter sales cycle, whereas in an industry like construction projects tend to be very expensive and can take longer to conclude.

While other industries have been experimenting with new cloud solutions for some time, construction has been limited by cost and an apprehension to change. With projects massive in scale and complexity, and the McKinsey Global Institute estimating that the world will need to spend $57 trillion on infrastructure by 2030 to keep up with GDP growth, construction companies need to start embracing the digital benefits of today to increase speed & efficiency and encourage more creativity from their employees.

There are already many benefits presented by cloud collaboration technologies, such as Dropbox Business, that can improve the way construction companies work and operate.

Connecting employees multi-site & in the field
A large percentage of construction companies or business working within the industry will be working remotely – whether connecting with suppliers or working on sites. Many of these businesses will also have a centralised office handling administration functions. Being able to collaboratively connect the remote and office based workers in real time is extremely valuable in an industry where business critical decisions need to be made swiftly. This also helps with optimising preparation and planning time on projects when it comes to managing and planning resources.

Collaboration with other businesses and agencies
It is reasonable to assume that a construction company will need to engage with many other businesses on a single project. For example suppliers of materials, architects, electricians, plumbers and staff members from third party agencies will all be important stakeholders. With the cloud, managing and collaborating with users who aren’t in-house staff is very easy to do. Real-time document collaboration saves time from having to email attachments back and forth. Plus as projects grow, so do storage requirements providing flexibility that poses no technology restrictions to critical projects.

Budgeting efficiency
Construction companies deal with budgets that fluctuate regularly. The costs of raw materials can rise and fall without any given notice. In increase or decrease in oil costs can impact the cost of materials such as PVC piping and other plastics as well as the cost for transportation. With the cloud, IT budgeting becomes a lot easier to do. Companies can scale up or down as needed once the annual commitment comes to an end. Being able to better budget IT needs means companies have more flexibility when it comes to planning for operating budgets that at times can be unpredictable.

The cloud offers benefits to companies in many verticals. To find out more about how tools such as Dropbox Business can benefit construction and other verticals, contact the Ingram Micro Cloud team via cloud@ingrammicro.co.uk or call 0371 973 3060.

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