Cut Costs, Beat Recession With Cloud Computing

by Manu Sharma    Mar 10, 2009

The global recession is taking a toll on every industry and the construction industry is no exception. However, Aurigo Software Technologies, a provider of software and solutions for the construction and real estate, is offering companies its web-based products on a cloud computing model to save on huge IT expenditure.

Established in the US in 2003, Aurigo launched its solution BRIX for the Indian market in early 2008. Aurigo has three major Indian customers -  RDS Projects, IDEB and Navin Housing. The three companies have opted for the cloud computing model, thereby reducing their burden in managing the IT infrastructure, investing in the server hardware and software components and also on the power that is a huge expenditure.

Talking to CXOtoday, Balaji Sreenivasan, Founder and CEO of Aurigo Software, said, "Cloud computing is already becoming a requirement by customers seeking to deploy IT solutions even in the construction and real estate industries and is here to stay for long."

Cloud computing helps companies and end-users access solutions without the hassle of having to invest in the computing power (hardware and software) required to run that solution internally. Like for checking gmail or hotmail email account, you are using a cloud computing proponent.

"As customers generally do not own the infrastructure, they merely access or rent, they can avoid capital expenditure and consume resources as a service, paying instead for what they use," said Sreenivasan. Many cloud computing offerings have adopted the utility computing model, which is analogous to how traditional utilities like electricity are consumed, while others are billed on a subscription basis.

Other benefits of time-sharing style approach are low barriers to entry, shared infrastructure and costs, low management overheads and immediate access to a broad range of applications.

In fact, IDEB’s cloud computing model is expected to go live within the next three months, while RDS Projects, which has a multi-project spread across six locations in the country is expected to go live in the next 6-8 weeks. The remotely located and managed servers belong to VSNL and are located across India with overseas backup locations.  

Since these projects are yet to go live it would take a minimum of six months to one year to assess the actual RoI. However, BRIX is fairly well-deployed across the US  and at the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), which is involved in a $3 billion bridge reconstruction, they have experienced approx 40% boost in productivity. This was measured by computing the reduced time to carry out inspections, transmit the data and  increased information retrieval speed after deploying BRIX.  The solution has been delivered on the cloud computing model with the entire solution being hosted on a central server and accessed by all the stakeholders at ODOT.


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