The particular aspects of a construction company makes their needs of managed server service different than most businesses. With programs like CAD like Vista by Viewpoint Construction Software, construction project planning and acquisition of materials are unique to that industry and would require an MSP (managed service provider), that is committed to the construction industry.
What really makes the construction industry different is how, however, is how collaborative it is. Plans do follow established paths in the sense of design, construction, and testing. There is also an important factor of industry compliance and security in all situations of construction.
Success is achieved when architects, engineers and the actual foremen and workers at the on-site level are able to seamlessly collaborate. Vista by Viewpoint Construction Software is able to manage this team and collaboration in real time. This is why large construction companies use an internal IT team rather than outsourcing to an MSP that isn’t fluent in CAD or certain planning software.
When it comes to construction companies, not all construction software are created equal.
You need one that can specialize in the large scale construction industry. Some things to look for are:
Access to highly trained and specialized staff.
Supporting the technologies that run your critical core applications such as estimating, accounting, project management, document management and scale management.
Extensive experience with supporting software such as Sage, JD Edwards, Quickbooks and Autocad Solutions.
An MSP that provides Mobile Device Management (MDM) and remote access solutions that allow your team to have access to anything, anytime and from anywhere.
Affordable and comprehensive services, such as standard IT solutions, to go along with the specialized services.
You want one that will be available when you need them as well as one who is up-to-date with current technology. Hiring an outside IT company will save you money. Having IT in-house means paying them a salary and possible benefits and 401k. Hiring an outside company negates the salary and 401k, which becomes the problem of their company not yours.
The MSP will perform monthly updates and preventative maintenance, keeping your software and hardware running at peak efficiency, cutting down the probability of failure at critical times. When the system is running efficiently and smoothly, that equals peace of mind and best of all, profits.
By using a third-party IT provider, you are more likely to stay ahead of new cyber threats and viruses. An MSP makes it their business to stay up to date on new cyber threats and hackers so that they can keep your business ahead of these threats and running smooth. Should something get through or hardware breaks down, you have an experienced and dedicated team you can call to fix the problem. Most MSP’s are available 24/7.
The MSP can run an analysis of your IT environment to prevent issues such as having to add equipment and up the budget given. This also serves to give your business a deliverable, comprehensive executive summary of your company. The summary shows any vulnerability in your system as well as the pros and cons of your current network. It will also give you the MSP’s recommendations for any adjustments to your current technology.
With the ability to translate data from multiple programs such as Excel, ACAD, and Rhino into a single platform, various collaborators could work simultaneously rather than one at a time. All computations are done in the cloud, so no worries that your system will slow down or cause it to freeze. Flux.io is touting that it will save 30% to 50% in manufacturing and construction costs. Overall, Flow has the potential to save the construction industry over $120 billion a year.
Technology gets better and Vista by Viewpoint Construction Software makes the collaboration process more streamlined and easier to communicate with members of your team. Hiring a team like Source 1 Solutions to dedicate to the training, consulting and integration process will help ease some stress associated with implementing a new software prorgram.
Contact us today to set up a consultation with one of our Source 1 Solutions experts.