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The Truth About True Cloud

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What is the difference between cloud and a hosted environment?

With typical hosting, you’re offloading your servers to a third party hosting company who then looks after server management on your behalf. While at first glance this seems like a positive step in the right direction to reducing your overall IT costs, you’re still limited by the capacity of these servers and the network capacity of the provider. If you need more capacity, the hosting provider may not be able to provide it. If you need a faster server – get ready for a ‘planned migration’ that can potentially leave you and your customers with either heavily degraded service, or worse, no service at all. Requiring more capacity is known in the industry as ‘Scaling’, and with traditional hosting this remains difficult and costly. In addition to issues with Scalability, you’re also putting your full confidence in your hosting provider to take complete backups, ensure that both your backups and live environment are secure, and that the software you are hosting remains available, even during catastrophic failures.

With Cloud Technology, servers typically operate in a virtualized cluster of many machines, all working together to provide you with the resources and capacity you need. Scaling up, then, is simply a quick configuration change. No downtime. No servers to order. No issues with parts being on back-order. Virtually no downtime. With Cloud technology, companies can scale on-demand to the requirements of the business to ensure that the resources you need are available when you need it. And backups are not an afterthought – they’re typically baked into the core of the service. In the case of a hosting provider such as Microsoft Azure, backups are constantly being taken, allowing you access to to-the-minute point-in-time backups from any time in the last 14 days. And catastrophic failures need not be a concern – with a 99.95% guaranteed uptime and failover zones that are provisioned on the opposite location of the main data centre, you can be sure your data remains safe and your software remains available.

What do you mean by ‘true cloud’, then?

 Many software companies, in an attempt to appear modern and up-to-date dedicate their budgets to masquerading the underlying server dependency with Hosting Environment solutions, rather than investing in their customers and the future of their product. Those that approach the problem in this way are looking at the problem from a short term gain perspective, meaning, long term pains. Jonas Premier, on the other hand, was engineered from the ground up using modern technology, leveraging Microsoft Azure, the #1 global provider for cloud hosting. With more than 66% of Fortune 500 companies relying on Microsoft Azure as their cloud service provider, combined with their 99.95% enterprise grade SLA on services, support, and monitoring, you can be sure that your data remains safe, available, and that Premier can scale to even the most demanding businesses.

So, not all Software Solutions that claim to be ‘cloud’ are ‘true cloud’ based solutions?!

Unfortunately, not. Many companies practice deceptive marketing strategies as a short term solution solely to prop up their financials and appear to position themselves in the market in a way that isn’t reflective of their true solution. They spend their resources on this deception, rather than investing in their infrastructure, and thus, their customers.

That can’t be right. I just got a trial, and was able to run the software without installing it!

Most hosted software solutions require you to operate the software using Remote Desktop Technology such as RDP or Citrix. Sometimes, in addition to this, they also require you establish a VPN connection to their network! Typically, all of these solutions are costly, slow and inconvenient. In these situations, they are effectively having you connect to a workstation which already has the software installed, whether that be to run your day to day business, or to provide you with a demo or trial. In today’s world, people demand the convenience of access, speed, high availability, and a low cost. With a true cloud solution such as Jonas Premier, you don’t need to worry about how you will connect to the software, you don’t need to worry about whether it can scale to meet the demands of your growing business, and you don’t need to worry about maintaining servers, backups, or any of the associated IT overhead.

 Where is my data and who does it belong to?

This is a great question. You want to ensure that you are teaming up with a reputable hosting provider as they are responsible for the security and safety of your data. With Jonas Premier, your data always remains your data. You always have access to real-time data on demand which can be queried through the software, or externally from the software. You can even extract your data using your favorite tools such as Microsoft Excel! Backed by Constellation Software Inc (CSU.TO) and hosted on the Microsoft Azure Cloud, you can be confident that your data is safe and secure. In addition, we have escrow agreements in place to ensure that you have access to your data no matter what the future has in store.

 Why are businesses moving to cloud?

The answer is simple. Lower Total-Cost-of-Ownership (TCO), higher convenience, reduced overall risk, high availability, and access to real-time information from anywhere at any time. Information and reporting are the heart of any organization, and with cloud, it makes it easy for employees to get information from the field into the software to improve cash flow and enhance decision-making capabilities. With over 80% of companies saving money since implementing cloud, it is no surprise that so many companies are making the choice to move to the cloud.

What are the risks with cloud?

Life is fraught with risk, and in this case, the main risk associated with Cloud solutions is internet connectivity and availability. As more and more of the world is looking to the Internet as the universal-backbone-of-things, we’ve seen significant investments in communication technologies, such as fibre to the door, higher speeds, increased cell tower coverage, etc. Today, those internet challenges are quickly becoming a non-issue.

But my server is working great. Why would I want to change?

While traditional servers are still an option, servers have to be maintained and upgraded regularly, which is not only time consuming, but also costly as well. Your business requires IT personnel to manage this and you will incur the costs for backing up your data and storing information. For example, the typical cost to back up data is approximately $80/month for businesses, and most companies’ ultimately back-up to tape, larger in scale and more advanced, but fundamentally the same technology used back in the day of the 8-track tape or audio tapes you might have had in your car to listen to music. Over time, these tapes become unreliable and can be easily damaged. Also, businesses are storing more documents and trying to share them with customers and vendors, which include photos, drawings, and videos. Businesses end up leveraging public online services such as Dropbox. Dropbox is good when you want to share files with your friends, but do you want to make it the information sharing cornerstone of your business? These types of solutions make it increasingly difficult for employees to collaborate and access real-time information.

What about Security? Surely a server solution is more secure than a Cloud Solution.

Most companies have a tendency to believe their servers are safe. And then, something actually happens. Only at this point, with their data lost or stolen and their whole business now at risk, do they quickly realize they lacked the proper infrastructure to protect their most valuable assets. Businesses have had their servers stolen, suffered data corruption, and sometimes lose their data entirely due to natural disasters. Also, many businesses simply do not have the funding to hire and maintain the IT personnel, nor the infrastructure, and when corners get cut you increase the risk of viruses, corruption, or worse. If you partner with a reputable cloud provider such as Microsoft Azure, your data is being protected by one of the top software companies in the world. With Jonas Premier, we have a 14-day point-in-time backup recovery, redundant backups on top of the point-in-time backups, and we leverage multiple data centres within Azure which ensure we have disaster recovery, failover and redundancy capabilities in place. To put it simply, without a proper IT infrastructure in place and a large budget, choosing a server solution is like keeping your money under your mattress. With Jonas Premier, you get to keep your money in the bank, and you can rest easy at night knowing your money is safe.

 

“As a company, we’re not typically in the office all day, every day. Having a cloud-based construction software like Jonas Premier allows us to perform our jobs wherever we may be and fits in well with our business model.”

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AGC Conference 2016 San Antonio!

On behalf of the Jonas Premier Team, we would like to thank all of the amazing men and woman who came to visit our booth. Every year it truly amazes us how incredible an industry that we have the pleasure of working in! Thank you all so much for your valuable time and the amazing conversations.

 

Don’t forget to wear your Hard Hats when on site….SAFETY FIRST!!!

We’ll see all you lovely people next year at AGC 2017.

 

With Great Respect,

The Premier Team.

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Jonas Premier Favored for Contract Management by Capterra

In a recently published article for Capterra, Content Marketing Analyst, Rachel Burger ranked Jonas Premier in the top 10 best constructions software packages for contract management. Citing Premiers unlimited document storage, ease of use and reputation for customer service excellence as defining features, Burger went on to explain that the criteria used in narrowing down her extensive list of candidates consisted of: Is the software industry specific? Is it applicable for commercial construction? Are there contract management features, and ease of use.

As a provider of fully integrated Construction Project Management and Accounting Software, Jonas Premier offers cutting edge cloud based software for today’s contractors. With complete access to your data from the office, job site, and even the airport, you can make the right decisions for your business at all times. Good bye Citrix, good bye VPN, and welcome to safer, faster software.

 

About Capterra:

Capterra is a website that offers unbiased third party software advice and reviews, you can check them out here.

Rachel Burger is a Content Marketing Analyst, and you can check out some of her writing here.

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Jonas Premier & Enterprise Software: Industry Leaders in Construction Management Solution

Both Jonas Premier and Jonas Enterprise Construction Software, industry leaders in construction management software, providing construction software solutions built for the construction industry, have both been named to Capterra’s Best Construction Management Systems List. Jonas Enterprise and Premier, together comprising Jonas Construction Software, are the only fully integrated construction software solutions to make the list.

Capterra’s Best Construction Management Systems List is based on three main criteria: ease of use, customer service, and the overall rating. The list represents the top reviewed construction management systems based on these measures. Jonas Premier, who is ranked third on the list, attained an ease of use score of 4.5/5.0, a customer service rating of 5.0/5.0, and an overall rating of 4.5/5.0 based on 25 reviews. Jonas Enterprise, who is ranked thirteenth on the list, attained an ease of use score of 4.5/5.0, a customer service rating of 5.0/5.0, and an overall rating of 5.0/5.0 based on 11 reviews.

Karoline Lapko, Vice President of Jonas Premier Construction Software, is pleased with their continued growth, “At Jonas Premier, our goal has always been to improve our product, our service, and our usability to truly transform the construction software industry. From day one, we provide our clients with an excellent, true cloud construction software, but more than that, we develop strong relationships and really strive to understand and exceed our client’s requirements. Based on our reviews, it is evident that our clients appreciate the value added services we offer, as well as the friendly, helpful, and professional support we provide for each and every one of our clients.” Steve Cowan, President of Jonas Construction Software, is proud of the performance of both Jonas Premier and Enterprise, “Our two products, Premier and Enterprise, have both served their markets very well and have truly performed well from a technology, service, and support perspective. These positive results have been further validated through our excellent customer reviews and what the market has demonstrated to us. As we continue to grow as a company, we continually strive to maintain, as well as enhance, these great relationships with all of our clients and partners.”

To learn more about Jonas Premier, please visit www.jonasconstruction.com/premier/.

To learn more about Jonas Enterprise, please visit www.jonasconstruction.com/enterprise/.

About Jonas Premier Construction Software:

Jonas Premier is a fully integrated, cloud-based construction accounting software solution ideal for general contracting businesses. Running in the cloud, it provides you with the ability to access and input key business information anytime, anywhere. It is built on modern software architecture, fully flexible and is simple to use. The complete offering for contractors includes: accounting, job cost, subcontract management, billing, progress billing, time and material billing, financials, project management, bank management, purchase order, inventory, time entry, integrated document storage, field mobile apps, and vendor and customer portals.

Jonas’ fully-integrated solutions provide all of the tools needed to increase productivity and improve your bottom line. At Jonas, they make it easier for companies to focus on what is important – their customers, their projects and their employees. Jonas does this by streamlining their operations and giving better visibility to the entire organization. This gives your employees the tools to do their jobs better, support your customers and achieve your company goals.

 

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Premier and Gillam Group Team Up and Take on York University

On Friday, November 20th 2015, the Premier team visited the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University to conduct an onsite, specialized training session with the Project Managers and Coordinators of the Gillam Group – forging an even stronger relationship with yet another valuable client. This new 16,000 sq. ft. building is an inspiring masterpiece – lending itself to a new way of teaching well into the next century and will house various engineering disciplines, programs and types of instruction to the students of York University. This new facility, embraces a new innovative style of learning by providing forms and spaces that are flexible, creative, collaborative and bold.

 

The Gillam design team constructed this iconic building aspiring to attract research partners, recruit and retain staff and students from across the province, the country and around the world. The Gillam Group is a well-known construction management company, located in Toronto, Ontario.  They are established by a collection of industry professionals who share a common goal of improving the way construction projects are delivered.

 

Premier offers an ideal solution for General Contracting businesses, providing the ability to access information anytime, anywhere. Premier is built on a modern software architecture that is entirely flexible and truly simple to use. Some of the features that Premier offers include sides of Accounting, Job Cost, Progress Billing, Subcontract Management, Financials and Customer Portals just to name a few. The Premier team and the Project Managers of Gillam trained closely together with the use of Premier’s fully integrated, cloud-based construction accounting software, helping Gillam continue to take their business and future projects to new heights.