Using cloud-based software is a great option for the jobsite, or anyone who wants to communicate with the jobsite in real-time. To understand what cloud-based software is, and why it’s your best option on-site, let’s back up a bit.
Construction technology has gone through three phases that led to cloud-based software. Let’s take a closer look at each of those phases to better understand the benefits of the cloud.
First there was on-premise
The first construction software solutions were created for the office. Without any smartphones or tablets, it made sense that software would stay in the office (whether that was off- or on-site).
All these solutions were on-premise, meaning that construction software was downloaded and operated from a physical server, located in the office. On-premise software came with a hefty price tag. To offer the best value, these solutions usually covered numerous tasks—from estimating to drawing management, and project scheduling.
Then there was hybrid
As new technology surfaced, construction companies evolved and became more streamlined. Workers adopted mobile phones, but still used their desktops to communicate, create reports, and use their software solutions.
Software companies recognized that they needed to adapt their on-premise solutions to improve costs and usability. Thus, hybrid solutions were born, offering flexibility for how software is delivered: on-premise, from the cloud, or both.
Now, we have the cloud
So, what is the cloud?
It’s just a fancy way of saying your service is delivered over the internet. (Yes, we mean apps.)
Today, we all have Smartphones. Your on-site team might use their tablets or phones to record issues on site, view and update drawings, or communicate with subcontractors. According to the 2017 Construction Tech Report by JBKnowledge, “The iPad is the new hammer!” We’re willing to bet that construction professionals are using apps on those tablets and phones—and all those apps are hosted in the cloud.
Yep, that’s what cloud-based software is—apps and software that you access via the internet. You don’t need a physical server to run it. You just sign up, download the app, and use your login to access information.
Cloud-based construction software: built for the job site
Cloud-based software hit its stride in 2010, and it’s only grown since. In the last few years, we’ve seen emerging software companies with a new, cloud-based objective: to build solutions for the job site. From punch list solutions to job site data and analytics, cloud-based software is ideal for construction teams.
And why not? After all, cloud-based, mobile-first software is perfect for the field:
Cloud-based software is built to be used outside the office or on the go
Wherever you go, your software follows on your phone—so communication can happen from anywhere
Using your phone makes it easier to share images
Everyone has access to the latest information—from any location, at any time
Streamline the construction process for your project
Cloud-based construction software like Bridgit is the best way to stay connected and up-to-date with your site. Whether you’re working in the field or the office, the Bridgit Field app can help you streamline communications, keep an accurate record of progress, and boost productivity. For more information about resource scheduling, check out our guide to construction resource scheduling software.
Lauren Lake is the COO and co-founder at Bridgit. She holds a degree in Civil Structural Engineering and is well-versed in construction workforce management and resource planning processes. Lauren has been named to the Forbes Manufacturing & Industry 30 Under 30 and Best Of Canada Forbes Under 30 Innovators lists. Lauren has presented at industry events and conferences, including BuiltWorlds, Canadian Construction Association, Procore Groundbreak, and more. Follow Lauren on LinkedIn and Instagram.
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