How we use software is changing. It used to be that any software came as a disc ready for installation and ran strait from a computer desktop, but programs like prepare.zone. While that mean that you had the instant access to the program, there are several distinct disadvantages when compared to using on-line software. The main issues are:
- Cost. To buy top end software can be hugely expensive, and cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) is a credible alternative to actually outright purchasing the titles that you need to run your business. Based on a pay-as-you-go model, you are assured of cheaper and always up to date software.
- Accessibility. Provided that you have the log-in details, SaaS software can be accessed from any computer, offering you and your team a degree of flexibility that stand-alone programs do not have.
- Reduced Downtime. Because the software that you access is fully maintained by the vendor at no extra cost, it becomes significantly more time-effective. You will not be presented with time-consuming upgrades and the software simply works when you need it.
- Compatibility. SaaS is guaranteed to be compatible with other programs that you may be running, and because everyone on your team is running the same program, there is no possibility of a software clash.
While prepare.zone is a premier example of SaaS how does it hold up against similar software?
Onshape is a cloud-based CAD software package that can be used to create detailed designs that can be used to create robust parametric 3D modeling and associative 2D drawings. However, what it can achieve in design is lost in its failure to allow proper project management and while bills of materials can be produced, they fall far below the abilities of prepare.zone. Onshape is an on-line off-shoot from the team who developed Solidworks so its design credentials are superb, but that are the limits of its abilities.
SaaS software such as Mavenlink, Wrike, and Freshdesk occupy the project management sector well, and can produce all the parts of a project that you would normally expect, but fall down on their inability to handle design aspects of the project. Unlike prepare.zone, these types of on-line project management softwares are more than capable of generating timelines, financial reports and personnel utilization graphics, but are little use when it comes to even listing and assessing project equipment, let alone actually being able to create detailed and accurate plans of equipment space envelopes and how it will be sited.
Prepare.zone stands alone from other software on the market by virtue of its abilities to handle all parts of the project, and to amass all the required data under one program. From there, a full set of reports can be generated and issued out to the general workforce, the project team, and senior management as required.
By having all the required information in one place, there is little risk of it being lost, particularly as the on-line tool is subject to daily back-up, so in using prepare.zone, you can be assured of having all the information, all the time.