Preparation for Hurricanes for IT

We all hate business interruptions, and especially those that also threaten our safety and personal property.  The 2017 hurricane season is in full effect. Here is a list of tips to help you prepare in regards to your business software and computer equipment...

  • Know how to do a backup for your software program data
  • Have IT/software developer support information with you
  • Do a test restore of your backup(s) to ensure your backup data is solid
  • Turn off all computer equipment and unplug power cables
  • Move equipment to a safe high and dry location if possible and cover with plastic in case the roof leaks
  • Move data backups to a safe location or take with you if that's the safest option (off-site backups are a good option)
  • If you plan to use a generator for electricity when it's safe to return, verify that powering your equipment is approved by the manufacturer
  • Know how to obtain your software installation media in case equipment is destroyed

Web-based solutions and hosted options help provide peace of mind during this time of year. Alliance Solutions Group can recommend a hosting provider for Sage 100 Contractor or Sage 300 Construction & Real Estate if you are interested.

 


Construction in the Cloud

90-cloudCloud solutions have been somewhat available for a while for construction industry businesses, but what's the cause of the boom in new solutions? In the past couple of years, more solutions have been released than all prior years.

Why are more new cloud solutions available for construction businesses?

Society in general has transformed into an "I want it now" culture. No matter what industry you are in, you are still part of society. There's nothing wrong with wanting information now; and now you can. There's a reason with there are over 1.4 million apps available for smart phones.

There are easy ways to access information in the cloud. High internet speeds, better internet coverage, wifi, smart phones and tablet PCs combined are also driving the cloud.

There are more mobile employees. Cloud solutions allow them to work from anywhere and not limited to a desktop computer at the office.

There's a possibility of eliminating local server costs and the extras that come along with them such as back up systems, appropriately cooled location in your office, downtime, security, and extra IT costs.

Comfort level of storing and accessing data that is not local due to better security at offsite locations.

Many construction cloud solutions are SaaS based (pay-as-you-go) or a hybrid on some installed software with a variety of add-ons.

In summary, there are more reasons why the cloud is becoming more popular with contractors. It's time to think outside the (server) box on how your company can take advantage of cloud solutions.

If you'd like to learn more about cloud solutions for the construction industry, please contact Alliance Solutions Group at 888-559-9540.

 

 


Construction Software Forecast - Cloudy

hostingIn construction, clouds can be good and bad. Weather clouds could mean some shade out of the hot sun, or they could mean that bad weather is rolling in potentially causing project delays and overtime.

What I'd like to focus on is the other type of cloud: the technology and software cloud. Many contractors are already utilizing the cloud, but not to the fullest extent. Reasons vary and it's up to each individual business on how much cloud to use.

Construction businesses use the internet and cloud apps just like non-construction businesses for weather, email, file sharing, and maybe even CRM. Construction software developers have been leveraging the cloud to help contractors solve specific issues such as time collection, paperless document approval systems, report sharing, and more. You can even have your software installed on a cloud server and access it from anywhere.

The point is that the cloud is here and it's only going to become more prevalent. No umbrella required.

To learn more about construction software and the cloud, please contact Alliance Solutions Group.


Construction Software Hosting

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With industry-specific software programs, organizations benefit with workflows, processes, features, reporting, automatic alerts, and much more that are designed for their business. Construction industry software is no exception with solutions like Sage 300 Construction and Sage 100 Contractor.

It’s not as easy as a click of a button to convert a PC or Windows Server installed program to a MAC or a web-based platform.  There are millions of lines of code to convert and re-write. However, there are a variety of SaaS and installed based solutions that can give a hybrid feel (both installed and web-based) with mobile time collection applications, report viewing applications, and automatic alerts with information received via email. These options can meet many needs of today’s contractors.

Construction software hosting is quickly becoming a viable option for construction businesses who want to access their full construction-specific software from anywhere on PCs, laptops, iPads, and even smart phones if you have good eyesight.  High speed internet availability is allowing for this to happen across the US.

With the right application hosting service, companies benefit by not having to replace local server(s) when they decide to crash, downtime is minimized, expenses are predictable, and you can grow or shrink without being locked into a contract.

Contact Alliance Solutions Group to learn more about application hosting for Sage 300 Construction and Sage 100 Contractor.