Cloud-based computing is helping power trade unions

Grazed from JournalOf Commerce. Author: Richard Gilbert.

A locally developed cloud-based technology is helping construction labour unions across North America with office administration and membership management. "When we started many years ago, the internet and e-mail were pretty weak in terms of being a common fixture," said Reg Cawston, who is responsible for business development with Delta, B.C.-based QTrades.

"So, the software has progressed to provide internet access, which allows contractors and business agents on the road to gain access and use the information they need. They don't have to be at a desk. All they need is a mobile device." QTrades is launching a membership database system for the Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers (CMAW) Canada, which enables local offices, business representatives, contractors and members to have up-to-date information on jobsites...

Cawston said CMAW is deploying the cloud version of the software, so people don't have to use independent servers at each office location. The software development process involves documenting the union's business process and capturing information in a way that makes sense to the user...

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