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8 Tip For Choosing a Construction Cloud

  1. Make Sure You Own the Data
    • It should go without saying that your drawings, plans, and documents should stay yours. Construction companies should keep this in mind when considering solutions that have a limit per gigabytes or drawing sheets. What happens when you exceed your set limit? Who owns that data? The answer better be that you own your data.
  1. Control Access and Permissions
    • Permissions and access rights should be easy to implement. Be clear on the process of assigning permissions and access rights when evaluating a vendor. You don’t want to end up in the dangerous and embarrassing situation of sharing confidential information.  
  1. Make Sure Your Data Is Secure
    • The importance of security almost goes without saying. But data security doesn’t simply mean encryption. For instance, does the software have a team that monitors cyberattacks? Take the time to find out what kind of precautions and support are in place.  
  1. Industry Experience
    • Anyone can make an app today, but not everyone has the construction knowledge necessary to build solutions that actually help on the jobsite. Always find out how much construction experience the company has.  
  1. Make Sure You Can Easily Migrate Your Data
    • You want to be able to seamlessly migrate your data out of their system and into another one while preserving versioning. A typical document can have more than 100 versions for a medium-sized project. If you need to look back at a document from 10 years ago, you’d much rather view 1 document over 100 documents.
  1. Double-check Backup and Recovery Methods
    • In the unfortunate event that your data gets lost, deleted, or stolen, what kind of systems are in place to get you back on track? Check to ensure the construction solution has multiple data centers running and can easily shift things around if one of them goes down.
  1. Make Sure The Product Is Regularly Updated
    • Persistent product updates are standard practice in the tech world. Only commit to software with a proven track record of product development.
  1. Product support? 
    • Remember, buyers now don’t just buy a product: they buy a relationship and a service. Make sure you’ll have service and a sales rep available throughout the lifecycle of the product. Consumers have options, and construction companies should as well.
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