For the construction industry, being tied to one particular desktop computer in the office means a whole host of inefficiencies. Enter the era of the cloud. More often, companies are looking for ways to access project data in the cloud, eliminating that need to be tied to a desktop computer in the office.

Construction companies are continuing to mitigate toward hosted, cloud-based solutions in order to have access to project data on any device and at any time.

Just this week, The Hayner Hoyt Corp., www.haynerhoyt.com, Syracuse, N.Y., a general construction firm focusing on hospital and medical facilities, warehouses, manufacturing plants, distribution centers, hotels, financial institutions, nursing homes, churches, educational facilities, and more, announced it moved its ERP (enterprise-resource planning) system to the cloud.

The construction company worked with Computer Guidance Corp., www.computerguidance.com, Scottsdale, Ariz., to migrate from an on-premise legacy solution to Computer Guidance’s hosted ERP solution.

Maureen Barry, controller, The Hayner Hoyt Corp., says there was minimal interruption to the business, as it made the transition to the cloud. What’s more, the implementation, which included installation of the technology and data migration, was completed on time and on budget.

Computer Guidance has had a big focus, as of late, on helping its customers quickly implement new technology. In October, the software firm announced the formation of its Software Delivery Department, which unites the areas of testing, packaging, and implementation of new releases. This will enable technology to be delivered quickly to customers.

The use of technology in the construction industry is evolving, moving from traditional on-premise software to on-the-go applications. Many of the common software packages for the construction industry are now being moved to a browser-based application. Add Autodesk, www.autodesk.com, San Rafael, Calif., to this list of companies.

Yesterday, the company announced customers can access Autodesk Revit via a Web browser. This new capability debuts as a tech preview and as an expansion to the remote access capabilities provided through Autodesk Remote software, which allows users to drive Autodesk software installed on a primary computer from a remote PC or iPad. The collaboration with Amazon Web Services and OTOY, www.otoy.com, Los Angeles, Calif., expands on this capability to include access to Autodesk applications hosted in the cloud.

For the construction industry, this means users of Revit will be able to open up models and other files on a mobile device in the field by simply using a Web browser.

The construction industry has entered the era of the cloud, where traditional applications are being pushed to workers on mobile devices, rather than simply being stored on a desktop in the office.