Why Business Intelligence is Important for Small Businesses

Business intelligence

What is Business Intelligence?

Business Intelligence (BI) in an umbrella term that encompasses all aspects of a business’s applications, infrastructure, and tools used for the analysis of business information. BI data is usually displayed in the form of graphs and charts for easy evaluation and understanding. It is used to support better business decision making and determine best business practices.

Why is It Important?

Business Intelligence is a vital part of any organization because it allows the business to understand and improve upon its business practices. By gathering internal data and comparing it to companies within the same industry, businesses are able to gain a better understanding of their performance and value compared to their competitors. This is especially valuable to small businesses due to their difficulty to develop and compete with larger companies and corporations. By having easy-to-analyze data, businesses are able to quickly and effectively compare their performance to competitors and begin to improve on their logistics.

Business Intelligence Trends

Businesses run on data, so it makes sense for that data to be easily accessible. Companies are now relying on their business intelligence services to be always accessible from anywhere at any time. Having a platform that can quickly combine and display data from multiple sources and create accurate calculations and visualizations is needed. The solution to these business needs is Cloud Computing. By being able to access company data securely from anywhere, the amount of equipment, power, and time needed to conduct business is drastically reduced.

Why Move to the Cloud?

Cloud computing allows you to streamline your business services with modern cloud technology. Benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Instantly drop your overall IT expenses (hardware, software, maintenance, and power) by 50% or more.
  • Automatic disaster recovery and protection from fire, flood, theft, viruses, and other natural disasters.
  • Instantly access your e-mail and files from home or on the road from any device.
  • Save on electricity and drastically reduce the equipment that needs to be purchased.
  • Increased cyber security – the cloud is actually more secure than a traditional network.

There is no use continuing to rely on old and outdated technology when there is a simple and cost-effective option available. Business cloud services from CloudColorado are the perfect solution to all of your business intelligence needs. Contact us today to learn how we can simplify your business’s reporting and data integration.

How to Get Support for StreetSmarts Construction Software

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Is your construction business still using StreetSmarts? You may know that Maxwell System no longer supports this software – so what do you do when you need support or help with your data planning and conversion? No need to worry. Cloud Colorado has you covered when it comes to StreetSmarts with our qualified team of experienced StreetSmarts engineers and developers.

What is StreetSmarts?

StreetSmarts Construction Software is a comprehensive line of business accounting application suite designed for construction contractors in the heavy and highway construction space. It is meant to help businesses to better manage materials, equipment, finances, and more with its powerful tools that include:

  • Contract Management
  • Human Resources
  • Document Imaging
  • Financial Management
  • Equipment Inventory
  • Equipment Management
  • Material Billing
  • Project Management
  • ScaleSmarts
  • SmartTraxx
  • Subcontract Management

These tools have been proven to help streamline automation and management for companies in the heavy and highway construction space and are relied upon by many to regulate business functions. Unfortunately for users, the software is now only serviced by 3rd party support, making it a bit more difficult to find qualified engineers to assist with software issues.

Why Is It No Longer Supported?

Viewpoint acquired Maxwell Systems a few years ago in 2014. When this acquisition took place, some of Maxwell Systems’ products, such as StreetSmarts, became no longer supported by the company. If StreetSmarts was purchased and utilized within a company before this acquisition, it can still be used, but Maxwell Systems and Viewpoint do not offer product support. If support or help is needed, a 3rd party, like Cloud Colorado, must be used or a new business application suite must be adopted.

Who Still Offers Support?

We do! StreetSmarts Construction Software is no longer supported by Maxwell Systems – but that’s where we come in. We have a team of SteetSmarts developers and engineers to help you keep this valuable software up and running. We can even assist with conversion when the time is right. Our qualified team has many years of 3rd party support experience with StreetSmarts clients and the new application suites that are now available. This means we’re able to fix current StreetSmarts issues and recommend alternative modern software that can get the job done as well, if not better.

Whether you need StreetSmarts support help or are looking to update your construction business application software, Cloud Colorado has the knowledgeable and experienced engineers to get the job done. Visit our website or contact us at 303-708-9725 to request a free consultation to find out how we can help you with StreetSmarts.