Cloud Services are a major talking point at the moment, with broadband speeds vastly increasing more and more services are taking advantage of internet. So what are Cloud Services? and what do Cloud Services have to do with the glazing industry you might ask?

A cloud service is basically a service that runs on the internet, and can be accessed from any internet connected device, anywhere in the world.This is reverent to the glazing industry as Business Micros has recently launched its new ordering system as an on-line cloud service. The EvoWeb pricing tool has been completely transformed to an on-line ordering system, which is capable of delivering costing, quoting, ordering and even invoicing from pc’s, tablets and mobile phones, creating the most user friendly experience as possible for installers.

The benefits of an on-line cloud based service allow EvoWeb users to log on any time, anywhere and not just from a PC where the software has been specially setup. Often bespoke software like this requires a dongle to operate, limiting its operation to a single system in one location. This can also produce software incompatibilities with software upgrades in the future.

However with a cloud based service users who have been granted access can login from anywhere using a web browser, eliminating a lot of potential problems, in turn allowing things to simply work without problems for installers.

Another advantage of a cloud based service is that any updates done by Business Micros will be available to all simultaneously, meaning no updates need to be done on individual computers as the service is running from a central location. This means no support staff should need to visit remote sites, reducing support costs significantly. If the person can get on-line then they should be able to log in to EvoWeb.

The shift to cloud services is also been pushed by Microsoft with the launch of Office 2013 and the cloud based subscription service Office 365. Great savings again are passed on to the end user here, along with no massive upfront costs proving to be a great solution for the smaller businesses, such as those in the double glazing industry, who can often find it difficult to allow several thousand’s going out in one lump sum for up to date software.

From someone with a keen interest in IT I think it’s a great thing to see the glazing industry pushing forward and taking advantage of the latest technologies out there, allowing businesses to run more efficiently, and be more cost effective.