Technology providers in the construction industry understand the importance of modern, updated infrastructure to support a platform, which is why many have moved away from older on-premise applications and are introducing capabilities to put the software in the cloud.

Add Sage CRE, www.sagecre.com, Irvine, Calif., to the list of tech providers that have made the move to the cloud. Sage Construction Anywhere, officially launched today, is the company’s new cloud-based service that gives construction teams access to project information from tablets, smartphones, and mobile devices.

In a conversation with Constructech, Jon Witty, vice president and general manager of Sage CRE, says the strategy of Sage Construction Anywhere is to put project information into the hands of the people who need it.

Sage Construction Anywhere address two big trends in the construction industry today: mobility and collaboration. By putting the data in the cloud, team members outside of the construction organization using Sage can gain access to project information on mobile devices. This helps keep all project participants involved.

The platform has been in development for more than a year and is built on the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud-service platform. Sage has also worked closely with a team of Azure developers at Microsoft to bring this solution to market.

Dennis Stejskal, vice president, product management, Sage CRE, says today’s release is just the initial launch, targeting the first group of users on Sage Timberline Office—which following a new rebranding effort will now be called Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate. Subsequent rollouts of Sage Construction Anywhere will be made for Master Builder—now referred to as Sage 100—and other Sage products.

According to Sage, for existing customers that want to add Sage Construction Anywhere they simply buy and install the connector and sync to Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate. From there it is a monthly service fee that Sage says provides unlimited access for users, both internally and externally.

Sage says the initial launch will focus on allowing users to access basic accounting and project management information. Subsequent services will include things like time capture, entry, and approval, for example, according to the company.

It is exciting to see Sage working so closely with Microsoft to update its technology and keep it modern. Now, it is just a waiting game to see how the construction industry will embrace Sage Construction Anywhere.

Many construction technology providers have moved software to the cloud. For a company like Sage, which has long been entrenched in the on-premise enterprise software world, this could be a significant move forward. For contractors, the flexibility and versatility of the cloud provides options for mobility and collaboration.