It’s easy to overlook the flaws and limitations of an estimating solution you use every day. After all, it’s familiar. It’s comfortable. It works “well enough” for your needs. But if you rely on spreadsheets or a desktop estimating product, you may be performing more workarounds than you realize—all of which could be avoided with more powerful cloud-based estimating software. The problem is, until you compare the two approaches side-by-side, it isn’t always obvious how much your estimators are missing if they’re not in the cloud. So, let’s do that now.
The simple “Yes/No” chart above makes it clear what cloud-based estimating has to offer as com- pared to a spreadsheet or desktop estimating solution. A lot. But let’s talk about why that matters to your business.
Centralized Data - This is a biggie. It makes sense for all of your people to work with exactly the same information throughout the life of a job, but with spreadsheets and desktop estimating systems, that doesn’t always happen. When teams are siloed and data isn’t readily available to be shared, mistakes can happen, bottlenecks can occur and complications will arise. Having a single source of truth for everyone avoids the issue of inaccurate or conflicting data, which in turn improves workflow and project outcomes. And who doesn’t want that?
24/7 Remote Access - We live in a mobilized world, connected to everyone and everything that matters with our smartphones and mobile devices. Gone are the days of a deskbound workstyle and the traditional nine-to-five; now, we expect to confer with colleagues, consult with subs, review data, implement changes and generate reports whenever and wherever the need arises. A cloud estimating platform, accessible 24/7 via mobile devices and the internet, gives your teams the ability to work without interruption, something onsite desktop system or spreadsheets were never designed to do.
Scalability - As hard as we try, none of us can see into the future. So, if requests for bids suddenly skyrocket, or you need to double the number of estimators on your team, a hosted cloud estimating platform has the flexibility to ramp up quickly and meet the demand, all without the need to add equipment or other infrastructure. Conversely, if estimating activity slows down, even temporarily, you’re not stuck with costly equipment and resources you don’t want. The built-in scalability of a cloud-based estimating solution protects your company’s productivity and the bottom line.
Automatic Updates - Technology just keeps getting better, which means that upgrades and enhancements are always out there. The latest versions of any software offer better user experiences, increased security and improved productivity features, but you shouldn’t have to wonder if and when they’re coming—or implement them when they do. With a cloud- based estimating solution, important updates are delivered to your system automatically, at no cost. That means you’re always working with a fully optimized solution as soon as it’s available, all without lifting a finger.
ProEst Cloud clients typically report a 30-50% increase in estimating output once the platform is fully implemented—and nine out of ten say that they would “never go back” to the estimating solution they used before.