In the ever-changing workforce of today, there are now more businesses existing solely online and that figure is growing fast! Following the Covid-19 crisis, even more office-based businesses have turned to remote working to ensure their business operations can continue while maintaining the safety of their staff, who would otherwise have to put their health at risk in a shared work space.
This sudden increase in home working has led to an immediate reliance on digital tools to help the workforce ‘keep calm and carry on.’ Many businesses have turned to online chat and video tools, such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom, to facilitate team conversations and check-ins. While online task list management tools and time tracking systems have helped teams keep tabs on productivity and keep projects moving along smoothly.
With social distancing measures looking to continue for some time, this situation will be a real driver for businesses to also think about digitising working practices more broadly in the long term. Moving certain business functions to the cloud can help keep things running smoothly and could even lead to a permanent shift in working practises to benefit the business in the long term.
Cloud-based systems have been crucial for keeping businesses running over the past few months. They allow for remote access to critical tools and data and greater collaboration and they can be accessed from anywhere in the world, removing the need for time-consuming admin and a reliance on physical, office-based business data and documents.
Our cloud-based job management software, sfG Scope enables companies to track all information related to jobs, so that managers can quickly track the performance of all active jobs and easily analyse profit and loss details on each project.
One company which would’ve been lost without sfG Scope’s cloud-based system is Logic Alarms. Their business operations were largely offline before they made the switch to Scope. Gary Mackenzie, Senior Operations Manager at Logic Alarms told us:
“The biggest benefit to using Scope is the ability to pick it up from any location with an internet connection and access all the material required to operate the business – this to me is invaluable.”
“Most of our business was previously paper based, but Scope has allowed our office-based work to continue pretty much unchanged with staff working from home.”
From construction to retail and office-based providers, today’s versatile cloud-based software can help a huge variety of businesses. It empowers them to stay on track with project timelines and financial goals through real-time access to key business data and financial reporting at your fingertips.
When managed effectively, cloud-based systems can also be incredibly powerful in speeding up working practices. Streamlining through cloud-based systems means that staff members can access all key information in one place so that they can operate in a more efficient and cost-effective manner.
There is a common misconception that it will be time-consuming and overly complicated to switch to cloud-based, but this is simply not the case. For example, a company’s entire job management software can be migrated to the cloud and up and running in as little as two weeks. When a company brings Scope onboard, we provide 1-2-1 training and support for staff to ensure they are primed to feel the benefit of their new software from day one.
Integration with existing accounting software can help businesses to keep track of quotes, stock costs, manual labour costs and overheads so that stock can be managed and replenished with ease based on real-time data.
Many companies might be looking for short-term solutions to help keep their business running smoothly during a time of uncertainty. But businesses should also be considering how they can work smarter overall to help bring about a smoother, more efficient and cost-effective workplace in the long term.
Cloud-based systems are powerful tools, and by taking time to reset your business systems today, you can turbocharge your business for many years to come.
If you’d like to find out more about how your business can benefit from moving to the cloud, get in touch with the sfG Scope team! We can discuss how to tailor Scope to your needs and boost your business’s productivity.