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By Michael Mullin, Integrated Business Systems What can a multi-cloud environment do for your business?


ulti-cloud environ- ments are becoming increasingly popular

percent enjoyed cost savings, and more than 75 percent reported this approach eased compliance efforts. So, what is a multi-cloud environment, and how can de- cision-makers in commercial real estate and construction leverage it to their advantage? The ideal multi-cloud setup employs a mix of public and private cloud-based technology solutions to meet a company’s goals. The objective is to select and implement best-in-class services and applications from different providers, yet that can be used in a synchronized manner. The result is a level

of technology functionality that simply cannot be matched with private-only or hybrid setups alone. And the benefits are significant. Multi-Cloud Delivers Big Benefits As the MIT Technology Re- view report indicates, busi- nesses working in multi-cloud environments are seeing big results in several key areas. The five major benefits in- clude: • Cost optimization • Improved availability • Greater control • Lower latency • Workload optimization

But making these potential benefits into business realities requires a well-planned and seamlessly integrated multi- cloud deployment that allows applications to “talk” to one another. Stay Away from Silos Not all multi-cloud environ- ments are alike. And even some of the most popular products on the market today – those that provide critical business services – may not easily interact with one an- other. Let’s take your construc- tion or commercial real es- tate company as an example.

Your accounting department, and your construction and property management teams might purchase three different applications and deploy them in separate clouds. In this setup, the individual product functionality may be solid, but related data remains locked within each department’s cloud. In order to share and compare information, employ- ees must access data stored in one system and copy it over to the other. This is cumbersome and comes with the likelihood of manual input errors. To optimize efficiency and harness the many advantages of a multi-cloud setup, these kinds of information silos have to go. Multi-clouds for Accounting, Property Management & ConstructionManagement The good news is that the best commercial real estate management and accounting systems on the market today offer seamless multi-cloud in- tegrations with other top soft- ware products across a range of services categories – such as leasing, CRM, project track- ing and reporting, building management, budgeting and valuation, marketing, contract management, and legal. Infor- mation automatically flows among applications, ensuring that data is accurate, and that key decision-makers can ac- cess a single, comprehensive view of their company’s data and leverage it accordingly. This built-in “interoperabil- ity” is critical when selecting cloud-based management and accounting solutions. Com- mercial real estate and con- struction professionals who want to ensure their cloud- based applications comple- ment their multi-cloud setups should select software that they can: • Deploy across multiple platforms, including software- as-a-service (SaaS), public and private clouds, as well as on- premises systems. • Access on any device, at any time, from anywhere. • Integrate with Office 365, customer relationship man- agement (CRM) software, and other key applications. Throughout the commercial real estate and construction industries, professionals work from various locations and need centralized easy-to-access information to make data-driv- continued on page 17B

in the busi- ness world – a n d f o r good reason. C o n s i d e r t h i s f e e d - back from a recent MIT Technology Review sur-

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vey. More than 80 percent of the respondents noted in- creased security resulting from multi-cloud implementation, 80 percent saw agility and efficiency improvements, 78

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