Construction firms rely on mobile devices more than ever
June 24, 2013
Smartphones and tablets have gained traction in the construction industry, so much so, that 42 percent of owners of small and midsized businesses that responded to a recent survey from cloud and communications services provider Cbeyond said it would be a struggle to operate their firm without mobile devices. The ability to access construction software in the cloud from anywhere with an Internet connection has proven to be a valuable asset to many firms.
"Small and medium-sized businesses have clearly confirmed the growing importance of mobile services accessed via phone, smartphone and tablet devices when it comes to operating their business," Bill Thomson, senior director of product management at Cbeyond, told BusinessNewsDaily.
Construction firms have the need for speed
Many construction companies have embraced the digital age and are ready to increase their use of innovation technology. The survey showed that, in order to maximize the potential of technology, 95 percent of respondents stated they needed high-speed, always-on Internet access, 93 percent answered having mobile services is of extreme importance and 83 percent believe in the potential of powerful business applications. Construction companies that want a leg up on their competition should equip their employees with the resources that will allow them to be more productive both in and out of the office.
Always focus on improving security
Many owners of small construction firms may believe their company isn't being sought out by hackers and cybercriminals, but that couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, Tom Kellermann, vice president of cybersecurity for Trend Micro, told the Toronto Star hackers often hone in on SMBs for several reasons.
"Many hackers are well aware that small- and medium-size businesses have less security than large corporations, so they're targeting their business accounts as well as their user bases," Kellermann told the newspaper.
Staying secure is even more important than it has been in the past. The Cbeyond study revealed 22 percent of SMBs have now instituted a "bring your own device" policy. Kellerman stated malware has become more integrated than ever before, and construction companies must take protective measure such as using mobile device management software if they decide to deploy a team of employees under a BYOD policy.