Cloud Terms for Construction Explained in Plain English

which-cloudIt seems like everyone in the construction industry is talking about the cloud and mobile devices these days. The problem is, it's not that easy to understand what they are talking about because of all of the jargon and industry terms some software vendors like to throw around. Here are four common terms that you will see or hear when researching cloud based solutions for your construction company explained in plain English.

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing makes software and other technologies available over the Internet.


Mobility is the means to access and update information in the cloud.

There are a growing number construction-specific mobile apps to help you carry out tasks in the field including:

  • Project management tasks
  • Sharing files
  • Submitting time reports (and other reports)
  • Tracking assets and tasks, and other information.

Hybrid Cloud

A hybrid cloud solution leverages your on-premises software and company information with the cloud. A hybrid solution allows you to move only those areas to the cloud that will benefit from cloud technology. So you can move the information you need for field operations to the cloud while leaving your other information on the existing system in your office.

On-premises vs. cloud

There is no one right solution, there is only the right solution for your construction business. Sometimes, having the software "live" at your office is the right fit.  If you need to get a solution up and running by quickly, a cloud solution may be the way to go. Many cloud solutions are subscription-based, which can help free up company capital expenditures.

As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions about using technology to improve your construction business operations.