Will we soon see more construction companies deploy ERP (enterprise-resource planning) technology in the cloud? For the construction industry, cloud-based software allows for easy access to project information from any device, which is well suited for an industry that needs to carry data back and forth between the jobsite and the office.
The use of the cloud has grown leaps and bounds in recent years. A recent IBM, www.ibm.com, Armonk, N.Y., developerWorks survey of more than 2,000 IT professionals worldwide shows 91% believe cloud computing will overtake on-premise computing as the primary way organizations acquire IT by 2015. This is certainly a growing trend in the construction industry as well, as more solution providers offer cloud-based solutions and contractors continue to turn to the cloud.
This week, Computer Guidance Corp., www.computerguidance.com, Scottsdale, Ariz., announced it has achieved IBM Cloud Computing Specialty Certification, meaning Computer Guidance’s hosted platform meets IBM’s criteria in application hosting, sales and technical skills, revenue, and client references.
The construction software provider first launched its Hosted eCMS product in May 2009, and since that time a number of construction companies have adopted the cloud-based technology including Brim Construction Group, www.brimconstruction.com, Mobile, Ala., E.E. Reed Construction, www.eereed.com, Sugar Land, Texas, Cold Spring Construction Co., Buffalo, N.Y., and Motor City Electric Co., www.mceco.com, Detroit, Mich.
Mike Bihlmeier, president, Computer Guidance Corp., says the company has seen significant growth with its Hosted eCMS, as contractors look for ubiquitous access to technology without the need for the comprehensive IT infrastructure. He adds earning the IBM Cloud Computing Specialty Certification will help to continue to advance its cloud-based offerings.
This announcement also follows up Computer Guidance’s announcement late last year of Mobile eCMS, which allows contractors to enter data for remote payroll, field reporting, and time and attendance on Apple’s iPad or iPhone devices and sync with Computer Guidance’s ERP solution.
As mobility and connectivity continue to gain momentum in the construction industry, linking processes in the field with ERP software in the office will be a top priority for many construction companies. Advances in hosted and mobile technology enable contractors to improve data sharing across a project.