Why Are Engineering Firms Moving Their Business Systems To The Cloud?

Posted by Blair Pringle, New Business Director on April 29, 2015

Many Architecture & Engineering firms are now investing in business solutions delivered in the cloud rather than having an on-premise installed solution.

A&E firms are now seeing the value in having best practice software solutions that before were renowned for extremely high up-front capex investment which larger firms could afford, but perhaps not SME’s.

How does the cloud differ from on-premise?

Unlike on-premise applications, purchasing cloud solutions allows organisations to account for them as an operating expense rather than a capital expense. This is often more attractive for organisations that prefer a leaner, more flexible balance sheet. In most instances, the initial cost of obtaining cloud solutions is less expensive than acquiring traditional on-premise solutions. Organisations deploying SaaS and cloud solutions avoid large up-front application license fees, and there is no need for them to purchase and maintain servers to run the applications.

And that’s not all. Architecture and Engineering firms are turning to the cloud for a number of other key reasons:

Avoid costly IT infrastructure

Leaving it up to the vendor to manage and maintain hardware infrastructure including servers, storage, and networking as well as software infrastructure including databases and the application itself.  By using SaaS solutions, organisations are not responsible for on-going software and hardware maintenance and upgrades. Instead, the SaaS solution provider maintains the complete solution to ensure that it is functioning reliably and securely. This relieves the organisation’s internal IT staff of this responsibility and expense, and it frees them to focus on more strategic assignments.

Always use up-to-date technology

Always being on the latest and greatest version was also attractive as Deltek upgrades their clients automatically. SaaS applications are regularly enhanced, and these upgrades are included in the subscription fee. This ensures that organisations are protected against application obsolescence.

Organisations expect that vendors can now provide their solutions in the cloud to allow for greater flexibility and to allow a market that was once prohibited to get a hold of best of breed solutions to support their business, to now being able to do so.