Organizations from small environmental consulting companies to cities managing large MS4 programs are turning to cloud computing services because of its many benefits. The reasons for moving to the cloud are numerous; here are a few advantages we think you should consider:
Automatic Software Updates:
Software suppliers push software updates, so you don’t have to worry about wasting time maintaining the system yourself. Immediate upgrades put new features and functionality into your hands maximizing your productivity. In addition, the latest versions of the applications are typically released on a weekly or even daily basis.
Flexible Cost Structures:
The costs of cloud computing are much more flexible than traditional methods. You simply pay as you go and enjoy a subscription-based model that’s kind to your cash flow. This allows cities and organizations of all size to enjoy the power of the cloud.
Data and applications need to be available to inspectors no matter where the job takes them. With the cloud, it’s possible to work from anywhere with an internet connection. With the popularity of mobile devices in field inspections, majority of cloud services companies are mobile friendly.
The cloud offers flexibility to scale up, down or off depending upon your needs at no cost to you. Additional capacity can be added quickly to avoid crashing servers and losing customers, sales, or data.
More Cost Effective:
Because companies don’t have to build and operate a data center, they don’t have to spend significant money on hardware, facilities, utilities and other aspects of computing operations. Developing a software that is customizable to your compliance workflow is not an easy task. By leaving that to a SaaS company that specializes in environmental software is best for your budget and resources.
Disaster Recovery & Security:
The cloud helps businesses avoid large up-front investment in disaster recovery. Because your data is stored in the cloud, you can rest assure that it is safe and backed up. You can also access it no matter what happens to your laptop or mobile device. You can even remotely wipe data from lost devices preventing it from getting it into the wrong hands.
Less Environmental Impact:
Companies who use shared resources improve their ‘green’ credentials. By using a shared data center, you decrease energy usage and material required, thus reduce your impact on the environment. No more stacks of papers from inspections and rain events.
Cloud computing allows organizations to streamline work with cloud service providers. This gives companies and cities an upper hand on their competitors. Organizations also have access to real-time stormwater data that benefit their environmental program. Real-time data gives organizations the ability to problem solve pollution events faster, track bmp’s and understand the environmental landscape.
Still not sure about the cloud?
For most cities and organizations just three of these is enough to move their business to the cloud. If you would like more information, feel free to download our flyer on digitization or contact us. We are here to answer any questions you might have on environmental compliance and cloud technology.