IT departments are wondering what their role will be as the construction industry moves to the cloud. Below are some reasons why companies should encourage their IT departments to prepare for these new transformative technologies. Adopting cloud technology can drastically increase a business’ productivity and efficiency, therefore, it is in the best interest of IT departments to make the transition a smooth one.
“Saving your company costs: Businesses are no longer restricted by the technology they’ve integrated into their operating systems, as cloud-based software and apps are commonly managed by the companies that produce them. As a result, enterprises don’t have to invest in the personnel necessary to maintain servers and software updates.
Creating a flexible working environment: Companies need to invest in employees that have the analytical skills required for segmenting and understanding big data. Software-as-a-service businesses give their clients the benefit of state-of-the-art technology with greater freedom to choose which services they need. A larger IT support staff can help ensure users of proprietary software and apps understand how to use the technology; yet most companies already have support personnel in place to help address any issues that employees might face in using cloud-based software. More to the point, CMSWire reported companies that invest in infrastructure-as-a-service technologies allows companies to choose what type of processing power they need to analyze data and when they need it. In this way, flexibility keeps costs lower.
Mapping a sustainable business path: While the cloud enables nearly all applications and software to be compatible with all Web browsers, according to The New York Times, IT professionals are no longer required to ensure software can be integrated into existing platforms. As a result, members of the IT department have the responsibility to make sure companies providing cloud-based technology have a common vision of where the business partner is headed. This means IT professionals must work in close collaboration with CEOs and COOs to discuss what their enterprise needs in terms of data storage and software.”
Lastly, the article highlights how cloud technology can help businesses gain the trust of their customers. If your company has a firmer grasp on large amounts of data, customers will feel more secure. Professionals in IT can use new cloud technologies to better their company’s customer service.