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Mobility in the Construction Industry

The construction industry is one of the largest and oldest industries in North America. In some areas it is at the forefront of innovation, and yet is oddly still hesitant to progress in others.  In today’s modern era of construction there are few features that can give as great of an advantage as mobility.

As mentioned in an article on Wired.com , the ability to access live data on the go allows Project Managers, Architects and Engineers to effectively operate multiple projects simultaneously and increase productivity during travel and out of office visits.

So what exactly is a mobile solution? Well for starters, it’s a system that when implemented, allows you hassle free access to live data in any setting and across multiple platforms I.E. your laptop and mobile device. True cloud based software allows you to enter live data and update on the go which ensures that everyone on your team is in sync and up-to-date. Cloud based Accounting and Project Management software provides you access to your data anytime, anywhere, on any device.

With current technology, it is very simple to implement a mobile solution for your construction business of any size.  Devices like the Microsoft Surface or the Chuwi ci8 Plus are capable of running full versions of Microsoft windows which gives you access to the full functionality of software that is too complex for a smartphone, while also maintaining the portability and ease of use of a tablet.  In addition to cloud based software, there are also Mobile Apps that will allow subcontractors to do time entry, daily job logs, and photo captures from the field that update to your projects in real time.

The time to take your business mobile is now. It is 2016 and there is no excuse to limit your own productivity or the productivity of those you employ, to traditional Construction Project Management and Accounting systems. The demands of today’s construction industry are higher than they have ever been before – Mobile Solutions represent the best way to reach new possibilities.

 

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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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The Hidden CEO of Constellation Software, Mark Leonard

For the past 19 years, Mark Leonard has been building Constellation Software (CSU.TO) into one of the most successful software companies in Canada, and yet you probably don’t know much about him. He’s managed to avoid the spotlight completely, to the point where it is even difficult to find a picture of him online.  In today’s age of social media and rampant press, it’s actually a pretty incredible feat that he’s accomplished.

Joe Chidley recently wrote an article for The Globe and Mail titled “Constellation Software’s Elusive CEO,” which probably contains the most information about Mark Leonard ever published and made available to the public.

“He is probably the most intensely private individual in IT,” says one long-time associate.

Why the preferred anonymity though? The Globe and Mail unsuccessfully tried to get an interview, and within 30 minutes Mark Leonard replied by email.

“Kind of you to offer,” he replied, “but I discovered when I was in the venture business that interviews aren’t for me. What little I have to say, I generally put in my letters to shareholders. I do occasionally speak with students, but usually in the vain hope that I can distract them from pursuing careers in investment banking and private equity.”

Whether it’s in the public eye or not, there’s no disputing Mark Leonard’s success with Constellation Software. Constellation’s stock has grown at a faster rate than Google or Apple and is continuously growing. Owning companies in 60 different markets and raking in over $1.2 billion (U.S.) in sales in 2013, Constellation Software is definitely a Canadian heavyweight and a company to look out for.

 

Source: Chidley, Joe. “Constellation Software’s elusive CEO.” The Globe and Mail[Toronto] 24 Apr. 2014: n. pag. The Globe and Mail. Web. 15 July 2014.