Save on Software in 2012

January 06, 2012

It’s safe to say the ‘cloud’ has fully begun to cover the construction industry. In 2011, many construction technology providers came to market with SaaS (software-as-a-service) offerings and managed services programs for cloud computing for the industry, giving contractors the option to choose between on-premise applications and hosted solutions. While some construction companies are still going the way of traditional desktop applications, more and more firms are latching onto the concept of the cloud.

Last year, many technology providers began offering both SaaS-based licensing models and managed services programs for cloud computing, which is a model for access to a shared pool of computing resources, with a variety of service and deployment models.

Beginning this year, Pacific Timesheet, www.pacifictimesheet.com, Las Vegas, Nev., is another technology provider that will offer the SaaS model for construction and field services customers. The company’s Pacific Timesheet Enterprise product is provided as a SaaS or on-premise solution.

According to the company, beginning this year, only users with direct access to the system will need to be licensed. Field employees or other offline employees can verify and digitally sign timesheets with discounted licenses. This will give construction companies the ability to pay for licenses based on access rather than a standard headcount, ultimately providing significant savings for contractors.

With large customers such as Turner Construction, www.turnerconstruction.com, New York, N.Y., University of Massachusetts, www.massachusetts.edu, Boston, Mass., and University of Virginia, www.virginia.edu, Charlottesville, Virginia, to name a few, the new pricing structure will give Pacific Timesheet’s customers more flexibility with software licensing. The technology provider also plans to add more features in the first quarter of 2012 including materials and activity-based tracking for crews.

This could be something to look at in the year ahead. As contractors continue to tighten budgets and look for areas to save costs, reviewing licensing agreements could be a good place to start. Another area, of course, is considering moving more applications to a cloud-based infrastructure to minimize the overhead costs of housing hardware and other technology infrastructure in-house. Now, all you have to do is consider the best method for your organization to save in 2012.