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From the beginning of 2020 to the beginning of 2021, the way that many organizations do business changed dramatically, seemingly overnight. Remote work became the norm as offices went dark, and people learned that many tasks could be completed with little (or no) face-to-face interaction. 

The cloud technology that has enabled this transformation has made many things possible that previous generations couldn’t have dreamed of — not just for traditional office workers, but for the mobile teams who don’t do their jobs behind a desk and who still report to job sites every day. It facilitates a seamless transfer of data, without the need to be in the same location, reducing costs while increasing safety and productivity.

Field organizations that rely on mobile phones and tablets to get their work done are leveraging the cloud and no-code technology to do far more than just streamline administrative tasks; they’re using it to ensure quality and compliance, and improve their bottom lines by reducing time spent on tasks on a job site. 

What is cloud technology?

The “cloud” refers to servers that can be accessed through the internet. Using “cloud storage” means you are letting someone else store your data for you, but you can access it at any time. 

Though some people are uncomfortable at first with the idea of moving their data to the cloud, it’s not unlike storing your money in a bank. Cloud storage enables flexibility that otherwise would be difficult (consider how easy it is to take money out of an ATM when you need it!); think of the cloud as a bank for your data.

Cloud technology has forever altered the way we exchange information, both in our personal and professional lives. Organizations that find more and novel ways to use it put themselves at a distinct advantage over those who lag behind. 

Here are three reasons to embrace the cloud for your organization. 

  1. Cloud infrastructure isn’t going anywhere. Even before the pandemic, cloud technology was already being leveraged for automating tasks at job sites around the world. What once took days or even weeks to accomplish with pen and paper (or legacy technology) now can be done in minutes or even seconds. Today’s no-code platforms are enabling companies to become ever-more agile by creating their own custom mobile apps without having to hire a team of software developers. For example, with a no-code mobile data collection and workflow automation platform like Fulcrum, you can streamline your mobile inspection processes and maximize the time your teams spend in the field.
  2. Cloud technology helps you protect your employees and assets. Not only do no-code platforms like Fulcrum enable your teams to complete tasks with their mobile devices at a safe distance, but they are also invaluable tools for creating a culture of safety and accountability across multiple job sites. You can also view and analyze inspection data and gain valuable location-based insights in real-time or near-real-time to ensure your costly equipment is in working condition and accounted for. 
  3. Apps built for the mobile workforce give your organization greater control. Digital technology that enables decisions to be made quickly and safely is a no-brainer. Today’s mobile apps can make a manager's job easier by allowing visibility into employee performance, compliance and safety, and resource allocation. This seamless feedback loop between what’s happening on the job site and the main office improves productivity and ultimately leads to higher profits. 

If you’re interested in learning more about how Fulcrum can help transform your mobile inspection processes with cloud technology, request a demo today! 

About the author

Sam is the content marketing specialist at Fulcrum, sharing product and industry news with our users.

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