When choosing the best software to assist your business operations, it’s easy to get excited by what the software can do. This is of course one of the main things that will draw you to said software, but it is also important to consider how easy it is to grow or shrink that software, and at what cost.
Whether it’s a permit to work system, contractor management system or safety management system that you need, it’s vital not to only look for functionality but also scalability.
In this article we’re diving into the importance of scalable technology, and how it is used to achieve results.
What is scalable technology?
Scalability refers to how easy (or difficult!) it is to scale up a piece of software and increase its workload. In many cases it’s referred to when a business is growing quickly and needs to add on lots of different capabilities or increase the amounts of data on a system.
Scaling software up refers to an increased number of users, data, or capabilities that arise as a result of taking on new business. Whereas scaling down will refer to the decrease of these markers when a business is taking on less work or working with less people.
Scalability is vital to how we assess software, as often the costs with scaling software up can be high. If your software isn’t built for expansion, you’ll end up with stifled workloads and increased costs that you didn’t anticipate.
A good example of scalability would be a business that has taken on a big contract and are working with more contractors than ever before. A scalable software system like Beakon will be able to manage this increased workflow, whereas many standard software providers will need time to scale up their software to meet your needs.
By time you’ve done that, your business may have missed the opportunity and you’re left wondering why you never asked about scalability in the first place!
Case Study: Scalability in Aviation
Beakon works with clients in Aviation to deliver scalable software solutions. Brisbane airport (BNE) was a recent client who benefitted from Beakon’s scalable technology. With two major terminals accommodating 35 airlines, BNE needed a ‘real time’ agile solution that could support a highly secure, fast pace and 24/7 facility.
They needed software that could support changing teams around the clock, including managing an increased flow of permits to work for high-risk works. Their goal was to find a single cloud-based software system to manage onboarding, licenses, and insurances for 3PL contractors, that could be scaled up as contractors increase and down as they decrease.
With seasonal changes, aviation is one of the most fluctuating industries so having full scalability is an essential. Beakon was able to deliver a cloud-based solution, with a smooth implementation, delivered on time.
The Permit to Work System delivered:
- Standardised job safety analysis.
- Great visibility of where, when and who was carrying out High Risk Work.
- Increased efficiency and substantial cost savings per month.
- Simplified and automated process to assess, plan, prepare and execute high risk work.
- Quality of control measures through an approval process to ensure genuine risk management.
- Clarity of compliance to legislative requirements, protecting passengers, staff and the general public in a busy facility.
- All while being fully scalable and agile.
Beakon is fully scalable. Not only can you start with an ‘out-of-the-box’ solution and then tailor it to your business, adding on and taking off modules as you see fit, you can also manage your software from the cloud, increasing data and users with ease.
Our software promotes and supports business growth, and is able to make life much simpler for busy organisations. Interested in learning more? Let’s discuss how our software could change your business.