Forecast: Cloudy With Improved Visibility

June 5, 2015 34007 View 0 comment

Forecast: Cloudy With Improved Visibility

cloudcomputing-1The buzz on cloud computing is growing louder yet the whole concept seems rather nebulous, but it’s not so fuzzy when you look under the hood.  The million dollar question then is what’s cloud computing all about? And what’s in it for me? To understand cloud better, let’s look for an example closer home – like renting a car. Let’s say you are going to meet a cousin in San Antonio from Austin. There are numerous car rental services that you can choose from. You simply have to dial a service provider and book a taxicab by providing details such as pick-up and destination locations, time, number of passengers, etc. At the start of the journey, the driver turns on the fare meter and as you ride along the unit fare keeps adding up. You have got precious time during the journey to complete important office work while the driver is maneuvering the rush hour traffic. At the destination, you will be handed the total fare, which is based on the distance covered and other applicable charges. The upfront investment required to buy the car and managing the costs associated with vehicle maintenance, fueling up the tank, paying driver’s salary, and so on are not your headache. You are happy if the service is affordable, comfortable, and reliable.

Cloud computing is pretty much like a car rental service. Like good roads are required for a fast and pleasant journey, the Internet acts as the backbone for enabling cloud computing services. Computing services delivered over the “cloud” has been around for a while and has been referred to as Saas (Software as a Service) and Web 2.0 in the past. If you check email using Gmail or Hotmail, you are already a cloud computing proponent!
Pay-as-you-go
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 in your backyard. As a consumer of cloud computing services, you generally do not own the infrastructure, and therefore can avoid capital expenditure and consume resources as a service, paying instead for what you use. Many cloud computing offerings have adopted the utility computing model, much like the metered fare you paid for the car ride, while others are billed on a subscription basis. Other benefits of this time sharing style approach are their ready availability, scalability, shared infrastructure and costs, low management overheads, and immediate access to a broad range of applications. Exit is easy as you can generally terminate the contract at any time (thereby avoiding return on investment risk and uncertainty) and the services are often covered by service level agreements with financial penalties.
Aurigo on ‘cloud’ nine
Aurigo Software Technologies has been an early entrant and is a leading provider of cloud-based business automation software for capital planning, construction project management, mobile inspections and document management. Aurigo’s integrated solution, Aurigo Masterworks, allows capital program owners and government agencies dealing with large infrastructure and capital projects to accurately plan, budget, forecast, manage and inspect these construction projects and capital programs using easily configurable workflows and centralized reporting by harnessing web and mobile technologies.


Our customers include cities, counties, municipal government, provincial agencies and large fortune 1000 companies who are managing capital projects totaling $250 Billion. Several of our customers have opened up the Aurigo solution over the cloud to their contractors, who are using the platform for a small fee. For example, the Ministry of Transportation alone has over 1,000 external contractors using the Masterworks solution that is powering the web based contract management system (WBCMS) for the province. More and more of our customers are beginning to ask for a hosted solution and this confirms our belief that cloud computing is here to stay.