A Guide to Data Backup and Recovery for Construction Companies

Data Backup and Recovery for Construction Companies

It’s important to have a data backup and recovery plan in place. It ensures that your construction company will be able to return to normal operations in the event of significant data loss. But there’s a difference between getting back up and running and doing so in a way that minimizes downtime and maximizes the speed of recovery.

Construction companies are challenged by the need to back up and recover information for everyone from corporate office staff members to engineers and supervisors located in remote locations. All of your personnel need access to their information as quickly as possible. Files often range from moderate to enormous. Bottom line is – your data is complex and requires regular backups.

Disaster recovery plans require the ability to quickly recover larger files that operate on specialized applications, possibly with custom configurations.  You need more than the ability to download from a backed up version. You also need to maintain the integrity of your data.

Here’s a guide to data backup and recovery specifically for construction companies with these needs.

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Lower Construction Data Storage Costs in 3 Simple Steps

Lower Construction Data Storage Costs

Construction data storage costs have been on the rise. With revenue generation and cost savings as key focus areas, it’s easy to run off the rails. After all, there is so much information to track and utilize.

From the estimating/pre-construction process to reconciliation of sub bids, from tracking subcontractor input to analyzing historical spec rates, you need a way to improve your back-office integration that gives you immediate access to customer, product and reference data.

Storing all of your valuable information in a way that still leaves it accessible may sound like a formula for adding to your costs, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Lowering your construction data storage costs is a project that can result in direct and indirect savings.

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The New Construction Productivity Paradigm

New Construction Productivity Paradigm

Are you feeling the pressure to be more productive?

Over the last several years, construction companies have really struggled with productivity. Their ability to get more done through more traditional approaches to efficiency has provided smaller and smaller returns, leaving them struggling for ways to do more with less.

Your answer is simple. By adopting a new construction productivity paradigm that allows you to cut costs while increasing output, you’re able to make changes to internal processes quickly and with ease. This provides your employees with more time to get their jobs done by eliminating roadblocks to efficiency and providing them with access to information wherever and whenever it is needed.

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How Data Analytics Are Revolutionizing the Construction Industry

Construction Company Data Analysis

Data analytics have been the driver behind some of the biggest transformations in business – from cost reductions to faster, better decision making and the creation of new products and services. In the construction industry, the ability to effectively use data that’s been collected from disparate departments and sources has been revolutionary. It has introduced new efficiencies, reduced risk, and introduced the opportunity for increased profits.

Here are a few ways data analytics are revolutionizing the construction industry today.

Better Use of Existing Information

Your construction company has always relied on the information that you gather. It’s been projected that one third of the cost of every project is made up of wasted materials plus the time it takes to go back and fix mistakes or make changes. Data analytics provides you with the ability to link large quantities of unstructured data and make it immediately available to all of the different parties that need to access it, understand it, and act on it.

Using data analytics, your initial project decisions can involve your designers, engineers and the client. You can work together to share complex documents and financial data. External data such as schedule elements can also be accessed in real time. By combining data analytics with other innovations such as visualization technology and predictive modeling, your entire process is faster, leaner, and more nimble.

Immediate Access to Data

Your construction business relies on information that is gathered and created by many different hands. From the business department to architects, engineers, and project managers, each area has traditionally held its own information and planning in its own data silo. This lack of communication is a constant source of frustration. It has also been responsible for an enormous amount of waste.

All too often, seemingly insignificant changes to data send your project into a costly delay. This means more wasted time and materials. Data analytics and cloud-based storage solves this problem. It allows greater examination and sharing of data so performance can improve.

Project managers can quickly review design changes while accessing applicable information on workforce, equipment, and quality assurance strategies. They are also able to easily add and analyze external data such as weather forecasts and materials costs. This yields tremendous improvements in efficiency without concern for data storage costs.

Driving Company Success

In this digital age, the construction industry relies heavily on data. Failure to understand and share data has traditionally led to cost overruns and delays. Data analytics has changed all of that. It provides you with the tools you need to reduce project delivery times, mitigate risk, and ultimately achieve higher profit margins.

As new innovations for construction are created, the need to manage data will continue to grow. ShareArchiver is able to offer you cutting edge data analytics and storage strategies that help you embrace this shift so you can make the best use of these technologies. Contact us today to learn more.