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Why Contractors Should Stick To True Cloud Technology

A true cloud deployment brings contractors and their business a convenient, affordable and on-demand infrastructure. This is an advantageous alternative to having to configure, optimize and back-up software applications. A true cloud platform provides several distinct advantages including smaller expenditures for IT resources, hardware and maintenance.

 

The most powerful benefit of true cloud technology is the “ease of use”, which is often overlooked. A cloud’s true potential should be to provide more than a web-based version of an application – its true potential should have the ability to host all applications and make them as easily accessible to the end users as if they are sitting in the office.

 

Many software vendors operate on a subscription basis where they charge monthly, quarterly or annually for their services, so expenditure on software, hosting and supporting is more predictable. Conversely, traditional desktop software which might require specific equipment, may lead to increased costs investing in additional computers or servers. This in turn not only infringes on a company’s cash reserve, but also eats into their bottom line net income due to the increased depreciation costs of the additional required equipment.

 

True cloud technology allows for increased flexibility on all platforms including training and receiving ongoing support which can be delivered on demand with the only requirement being internet access. With traditional software, often users are required to invest in additional capital outlays for new hardware or software access which is usually via a standard internet browser or through a provider that uses in-house servers and/or gateways such as VPN and Citrix.

 

Another advantage to true cloud technology is the security that comes with it.  Storing sensitive information on a cloud software requires advanced encryption, highly resilient data centers complete with sophisticated backup systems.  This all comes equipped with your cloud software but extremely difficult for traditional software to replicate.

 

Jonas Premier secured by Microsoft Azure, offers a true cloud format so that users can access the system anytime, anywhere on any device. Take advantage of a true cloud provider that offers a true cloud technology solution and stick with it.

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Upcoming IT Trends for 2015

Technology trends are becoming more strategic and are quickly developing. With continuous advancements in smart-phone technology, there is room for an increased emphasis on the needs of the mobile user within diverse environments. Instead of the focus on the device itself, smart-phones and wearable devices are becoming part of a broader computing context. User experience design is the new center of focus.

 

  • IoT – also known as the internet of things, is continuing to expand. Driven by user-oriented computing, the digital business is to be replicated within the industrial and operational context and its main focus will be the product and process within digital business.
  • 3D printing costs are decreasing and will continue over the course of the next couple of years. Due to the decrease, it is leading the market into another direction. This direction would be the rapid growth of these particular low-cost machines. Expansion within the industrial, bio medical and consumer applications are becoming the main highlights of technological trends.
  • Analytics are continuing to advance due to the internet of things and embedded devices. Structured and unstructured data within organizations will continue to generate. Every app will transform into an analytic app.
  • Another trend consists of context-rich systems that are alert and responsive to all surroundings. Context- aware security is an example of an early application trend that will emerge.
  • Mobile computing as well as cloud computing continue to lead to the growth of applications that can be delivered to any device. Cloud computing is the foundation of self-service computing for both external and internal facing applications. Jonas Premier offers an integrated construction software solution is that 100% true cloud. This includes the launch of the Jonas Premier Mobile app that is currently available for Android devices, along with an iOS version set to be released.
  • The digital business requires flexibility in order to develop methods for programming. It can range from infrastructure basics to applications. Software defined networking, data centers and security are maturing, and therefore the demand for computing to move away from static to dynamic models are continuing to rise.
  • The evolution of web-scale IT will result in companies forming their applications and infrastructure similar to Google or Facebook and even Amazon. As cloud-optimized and software-defined methods become mainstream, web-scale IT will evolve as commercial platforms embrace new models.
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5 Tips On Choosing The Right Construction Software

1. Keep it Simple

Choosing the right construction software for your business can become very complex at times as there are many moving parts which can often complicate the process, hence, simplicity is key. It is a major investment so it is important to take the time to do proper due diligence. Premier provides an integrated construction software solution that is modern, powerful, yet simple. Configurable user-defined defaults, dashboards and favorites are just a few of many features that help personalize and tailor the software to your needs.

2. Look for Unlimited Training

To ensure your team is using all of the features and capabilities of the software, proper training is important to implement. Unlike most construction software providers out there, Jonas Premier offers an unlimited training model at no additional cost. You should be confident in knowing that while your business continues to grow, additional fees are left behind.

3. Check Client Support Reviews

The perfect type of construction software will help run your business if it entails a well-established support team to listen, consult and collaborate in order to meet your software needs. Always check client support reviews when searching for a software solution. User and/or professional references will supply you with their reviews on how they truly feel about the software.

4. Relationships Matter

When deciding on which construction software solution provider to go with, keep in mind that it is more than just about the product. Relationships also matter. Make sure you choose a vendor that you are comfortable with and one that you have a strong connection to. Communication should always be open and transparent. A strong bond between your business and the vendor you choose will add value, build trust and create the perfect partnership to help your business grow and succeed. If you notice the vendor and their team is going above and beyond for your business, then you are headed in the right direction.

5. Seek a True Cloud Provider

Your business is unique and so is a true cloud provider. Take advantage and seek a provider that offers a true cloud technology solution rather than a provider that uses in-house servers and/or gateways such as VPN and Citrix. Premier offers their integrated construction software solution as true cloud, which provides the ability to access the system anytime, anywhere on any device. True cloud will keep costs low and eliminate the hassle.

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Premier Team Hits the Field – Habitat For Humanity GTA

On Tuesday May 19th, the Premier Team put on their hardhats, construction boots and gloves and made their way over to the Brimley Rd. Construction Site to partake in the “Adopt-a-Day Program”. This program offers volunteers the chance to adopt a “build” day and participate among many other volunteers across the GTA. With the combination of teamwork, optimism and dedication, by the end of the day the drywall component at the Brimley Rd. Construction Site was well on its way. Volunteering time and providing financial support can create a tremendous difference.

 

An impact study conducted on Habitat Toronto Partner Families in 2012 revealed how affordable home ownership strengthens communities and opens doors for low-income youth:

 

  • 76% of homeowners report an improvement in children’s school grades
  • 81% report an improvement in children’s social lives
  • 92% of respondents say they will remain in their HFHT home for a very long time or can’t imagine ever moving

 

Everyone on the Premier team can agree that this experience was very positive and provided them with an entirely different outlook on how important it is to help break down the cycle of poverty. This program also offers anyone the opportunity to continue to volunteer- simply sign up online using the volunteer scheduler.

 

Remember, a little bit goes a long way!

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WHAT IS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY ALL ABOUT? Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area (Habitat GTA) is a non-profit housing organization that mobilizes volunteers and community partners to provide affordable housing and promote home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. Founded on Christian principles, we welcome all people without discrimination to join us as we build simple, decent, and affordable homes in partnership with low-income families. By owning their own home, families are able to achieve greater stability, and improve their overall health, while building equity for their future.

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Premier Announces Partnership with Dealer Network in Australia

Premier, a division of Jonas Construction Software, has announced a partnership with a dealer network in Australia. The dealer network will be spearheaded by Michael Jantke, Owner at Buildware, who brings a wealth of knowledge in the construction industry.

 

With Premier expanding into Australia and establishing their first client, Venn Constructions, they are looking to further grow within the Australia construction industry. With this goal in mind, Premier has established a dealer network which will be operated by Michael Jantke. Michael comes from a background in computer systems and electrical engineering, and has 15 years of experience implementing ERP systems across the world. He has completed numerous successful implementations, specifically within the construction industry for large multi-national corporations, and has forged many strong partnerships along the way.

 

Michael is excited about the opportunity to partner with Jonas and grow the cloud-based software solution within Australia, “After getting feedback from owners and contractors in the construction industry in Australia and seeing how simple, yet powerful and reasonably priced Jonas Premier is, it became clear to me that this software solution fits a niche in the market that is currently being underrepresented.”

 

Karoline Lapko, Vice President of Jonas Premier, sees a lot of potential within the Australian construction marketplace and is looking forward to further expansion into Australia, “Through identifying specific needs within the construction industry in Australia for a fully integrated cloud-based software solution, we are excited at the growth potential and we are eager to continue to build the Jonas Premier brand in Australia.”