Why your construction team needs a secure cloud-based storage system
Jobsites are ripe with opportunities for blunder. As construction is a field with so many moving parts—important documents, contractors, project managers, tradesmen, tight schedules, and remote areas, to name a few—the probability of error is high, though the margin for it is not. Thus, contractors look to technology to assist on the jobsite and reduce the risk.
Teams depend on tech for speed, accuracy, and security. A cloud-based solution for file synchronization and sharing can help them to adapt to the rapidly changing jobsite. Below are ways this tech is acting as a boon for construction teams.
Large structures and vast distances on remote jobsites can impact WiFi connectivity, making it all but impossible to access and edit large documents.
Cloud-based solutions can address this by allowing users to sync those files to their desktops and mobile devices for fast access anywhere. With larger projects, it may be more advantageous to cache those files to a storage device in the trailer. You still get fast file access, and it provides seamless background syncing to the cloud when working on large design files and point cloud models.
A cloud-based content platform provides the team with up-to-the-minute access to drawings, model files, drone images, and more. No more combing through folders to find your files—in this model, users are granted instant access.
These platforms further increase efficiency by eliminating the data silos that come from using project management, drawing, markup, and collaboration tools. Instead, store the content in a centralized, fully accessible cloud solution. This makes it easier to find your files and provide for instant collaboration between teams—even when spread across locations.
KEEPING DATA SAFE
Maintaining the security of your content is critical. It may seem counterintuitive, but using a cloud-based solution can actually be more secure than an on-premises solution. Just like with an on-premises solution, you can ensure your sensitive project files are secure by granting access only to those who need it.
Plus, advanced security capabilities such as two-factor authentication, password protection, and customizable account policies aren’t readily available when using on-premises solutions.
In addition, most cloud providers use some level of file encryption when files are at rest and in transit, keeping them away from prying eyes.
With the cloud, you can find a reliable, flexible, and secure platform for your content. A cloud-based data storage server is a dependable right hand when dealing with the chaos of the jobsite. With tech on your side, you can focus on what really matters—the job.
About the author
Rajesh Ram is chief customer officer and co-founder of Egnyte. As chief customer officer, his charter is to maximize customer acquisition, satisfaction, and retention. Rajesh works with Egnyte’s customers and internal teams to ensure that the comprehensive voice of the customer is reflected in the company’s corporate strategy and execution.
Modern Contractor Solutions, August 2019
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