Whether you use Google Docs, Dropbox, Netflix/Amazon Prime, or Pandora/Spotify, there are many examples we can all relate to in the shift from desktop apps to cloud-based software.
For those inspectors that are considering a move from desktop, download-able software to a cloud-based solution, here are a few pros and cons of web-based home inspection software.
- You can access your data, reports and settings from multiple places or devices
- No hassle of downloading and installing the latest version - you're always up-to-date
- Continuous bug fixes
- Continuous new features
- A hard drive or computer crash won't result in data loss - we retain multiple daily backups of the database
- Lower upfront cost compared to desktop software
- Fixed monthly cost no matter how many inspections are done
- Little technical skills required - just log in and use
- Your data is secure - we use encryption on all server communication, as well as encrypt your password in the database so your account can never be compromised
- We use the same infrastructure (AWS) that powers Amazon, Netflix, Reddit, and Dropbox, so you can feel secure that Spectora hardware is the best in the business
- We are able to communicate with you directly via your dashboard
- Software speeds are dependent an internet connection, so cloud-based software is not recommended for those without decent connection speed
- You don't "own" the software, but rather pay for it as a service, which is a departure from the old paradigm (however, even if you cancel your service your data will be accessible to you forever)
- If you preferred an older version of the software for whatever reason, you would not be able to preserve this
If you've always been a user of desktop software, we understand this is a departure from your norm. That's why we offer a free trial - 5 free inspections, full use of the software platform, and no obligation or risk.