There has been a surge in the popularity of cloud-based project management software among organisations that are looking to invest their time and budget into the area of project management.
This shift away from the more traditional PM models is mostly down to the popularity of web-based software over the past number of years. Prior to PM software being accessible over the World Wide Web, organisations had to invest huge amounts of money into expensive and complicated tools that required a team full time just to run. Thankfully things have progressed and become less intricate. Organisations today no longer have to worry about managing the hardware and the software including all the bits in between. All these responsibilities fall at the feet of the software provider. Software Systems in the cloud tend to be categorized according to the services they provide.
The main types include:
- Software as a Service: An end-user platform that provides a complete remote software location for users.
- Storage as a Service: Users can store and share data remotely.
- Platform as a Service: Users create programmes within the cloud with tools that are backed by a service provider
So why have so many organisations embraced this new model?
- Efficiency and lower costs: Instead of having to file and manage your own data centres with servers, you now have the option of outsourcing the hardware to providers who run and configure data centres. Fewer headaches for your organisation at the end of the day.
- Time savings: Hours won’t be wasted installing and updating software, allowing you to put your time and effort into more important tasks.
- Flexibility: Easily access your projects and project information from any computer in any location.
- Collaboration: Effective collaboration by having the ability to share data across various devices across the web.