Construction management software refers to applications that help organizations to handle all details right from materials takeoff and estimating to project management and job costing. There are over 200 construction software systems presented in the market. This type of solution is typically employed for tasks such as project estimating, bid management, project scheduling, program and portfolio management, accounting, customer management, and field service management. The field is undergoing consolidation with larger enterprises such as Maxwell Systems, Sage, and Constellation acquiring smaller firms.
Disaster recovery and security are two important elements that need to be considered by SaaS consumers when analyzing potential providers.
Many SaaS providers do not have a disaster recovery site. Therefore, ask the following queries to your shortlisted providers: How do you test your disaster recovery procedures? What is your recovery time? How often do you test? Do you have dispersed infrastructure; are your chief site and your disaster recovery site positioned in different geographical locations?
You need to be aware that many SaaS vendors do not use enterprise-grade infrastructure to deploy SaaS apps. Many solutions have multiple providers. For instance, there may be a firewall provider, an Internet provider, and a few others too in the mix. If a problem rears up, there is a lot of finger-pointing. This problem is common with on-premise IT systems. The solution is to decrease the number of vendors so that there is answerability to ensure they take responsibility about performance.
Ask the potential SaaS providers the following queries about security: Is your company SAS70 compliant? What security processes are used at your facilities? What security audits and guidelines does your firm follow? Who manages access and identity management, web application firewalls, log file management, and network connectivity?
Needless to say, take your time to research methodically and get the answers to the above questions before you invest in an apt SaaS solution.