Facility Management Software as a Service (SaaS)
Software as a service (SaaS) has been around in one form or another for a long time. In the last couple of years it has been rebranded with such terms as “cloud computing,” hosting, etc. There are a lot of variations as to how software is purchased, paid for, implemented and configured in a hosted environment.
Cloud computing’s appeal is that it’s scalable and it lets businesses focus on their core missions because they need drastically fewer resources to manage the software needed to run their operations efficiently. Cloud computing is growing at the rate of 20% a year as companies get comfortable with the idea that storing their information on distant servers is actually, in most cases, less risky than storing the same information in their local IT environment.
Another benefit particular to facility management software users is that the information you need to do your work is available anywhere and anytime you need it as long as you have a connection to the Internet. Facilities management is a reactive profession; something unexpected is always happening and facility managers are expected to respond quickly no matter where they are or what they are doing. A solution like EvolveFM, which only needs a browser and an Internet connection to access all needed information, is well-suited to how the facilities management profession works in today’s high-pressure environment.
Concerns about data security and reliability are valid. The reality is that the majority of companies that provide hosting services for solutions like EvolveFM provide higher levels of security and data reliability in terms of backups and server power than the average company would have within their own IT infrastructure. In short, cloud computing is generally a lower risk, higher reliability approach to managing your facilities information.