Cloud Computing for the Construction Industry


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  • Rick slideCurrent Business Practices vs. Future of IT Paper vs. CollaborationFTP vs. Secured File SharingDrawing Mgmt/Reprographics vs. 3D BIM DesignSo why should you want to transform your organization?Forward-thinking construction companies are using the time during the economic slowdown to position themselves for the future. While such conditions have caused some contractors to run from IT spending, savvy firms recognize now is the time to put technology in place. Where do you fall in the technology adoption spectrum? Let’s look at some of the business challenges and technology trends we’re seeing in the construction industry.Risk Management – Through improved collaboration and Integrated Project Delivery2. Green Building/Green IT – Green Building is another area that is changing the face of construction. In order to meet these standards, technology is helping manage the proper documentation. Furthermore, a “green computing” movement supports developing solutions that offer benefits by aligning IT with the core principles of sustainability and finding innovative ways to use IT in business processes to deliver sustainability benefits across the enterprise and beyond.3. BIM – With the need for increased collaboration and communication in the industry, building information modeling has garnered a lot of attention. However, the adoption of BIM has been slow due to the investment in staff, technology and defined processes needed to see the value in BIM. Despite these obstacles, large contractors are proving BIM to be a process that can provide a competitive advantage.4. Collaboration – Collaboration has become an all-encompassing term in the construction industry. Collaboration may mean something different from one person to the next. Whether it’s online plan rooms, Web-based project management tools, field management and mobile strategies, BIM, or document management solutions like SharePoint, construction firms are challenged with providing a greater level of accountability and transparency for all project stakeholders.5. Cutting Cost - Doing more with less has been the unwritten mantra of the construction industry for the past few years. This trend is reflected in the size of IT staff at many construction businesses. A 2011 study by Constructech showed that nearly 70% of organizations have an IT staff of less than 5, with roughly half of that number running IT with only ONE resource.Current Business Practices vs. Future of IT – take previous slide and break outPaper vs. CollaborationFTP vs. Secured File SharingDrawing Mgmt/Reprographics vs. 3D BIM Design
  • Dave narrative on “What Is the Cloud”“The delivery of computing as a service rather than a product , whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility over a network (Internet).”
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  • Rick question posed to DaveAccounting Packages/HR Systems/Payroll/Timesheet/CRMService Oriented Architecture (SOA)
  • Rick slideA recent survey of Constructechreaders shows project management applications are one of the best suited applications for the cloud.So what are the advantages to your organization? Reliability, security, adaptability, accessibility, and a better bottom line.Byrne Software business partner, Meridian Systems, offers Prolog which is a project management system used by more than 6,000 organizations. As an alternative to purchasing, deploying, and managing software applications internally, Meridian recently released Prolog Sky,a service that allows organizations to access Prolog’s robust construction project management functionality over the Internet with the additional advantages of reliability and security, adaptability and a better bottom line.
  • Rick slideGo over features aboveThe benefits of a cloud-based budget forecasting application are similar to the topics discussed with Prolog. We provide a flexible pricing model for clients – based on consumption or per projectPublic cloud – shared hardware technology and easier to deploy
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  • Rick slideAnother example of a common cloud solution in the construction industry is enterprise file sharing. An commercially supported file transfer solution should support multiple file types and protocols; integrate with multiple platforms, applications and existing IT infrastructure; address security and compliance requirements; and provide reliable, easy-to-use delivery mechanisms and cost-effective management.Dave’s example of web-based file sharing solution
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  • Rick slideCloud computing has created a lot of recent buzz in the world of construction technology. As companies educate themselves and embrace this new software delivery model, it is important that executives, information technology managers and project-level staff understand which cloud applications are right for their business. Cloud computing is mainstream and is no longer just for early adopters.Here are some tips to help you prepare your business for evaluating cloud service investments:Inherent risksInternal evaluation – software and vendor selectionInternal versus External Developing business caseOngoing business relationship with cloud consulting experts
  • Determining exactly the right strategy and technology to use to move infrastructure and applications to the Cloud is a confusing and fearful situation for many business and IT decision makers. Byrne Software’s Cloud Jumpstart Program is designed to eliminate this confusion, giving companies the ability to discuss specific topics, and develop strategies that are relevant to your business.
  • Cloud Computing for the Construction Industry

    1. 1. Transforming Your Organization with Strategic Technology Decisions Cloud Computing for the Construction Industry Rick Kilfoy, Vice President of Sales David Arbogast, Cloud Computing Consultant
    2. 2. Byrne Software’s CapabilitiesAEC Business and Technology Solutions• Construction Project Lifecycle Management Solutions• Systems Integration• Business Process Improvement• Custom Solutions – Cloud/Mobile/Application Development• Reporting Solutions• SharePoint & Web Development• Network and Managed Services• Customer Support (Business Process, Help Desk, Technical)FOLLOW US ON
    3. 3. Transforming Your OrganizationFOLLOW US ON
    4. 4. What is Cloud Computing? off off on =FOLLOW US ON
    5. 5. What is Cloud Computing?FOLLOW US ON
    6. 6. Why the Cloud is Relevant for You SaaS Revenue in $B 17.6 6.9 2009 2013FOLLOW US ON
    7. 7. How Do You Manage Information? Reduce Data Silos & Leverage Existing IT Investments Email & Collaboration Accounting Project Management BIM Document Management Scheduling & Mobile Solutions EstimatingFOLLOW US ON
    8. 8. Cloud Solutions Portfolio Project Management Reliability Security Adaptability Accessible Better bottom lineFOLLOW US ON
    9. 9. Cloud Solutions Earned Value/Budget ForecastingFeatures• Visibility of project portfolio across company• Accurate analysis & projections• Flexible allocation of costs• Graphical comparison of actuals and forecasts• Centralized reporting “The Budget Forecasting & Earned Value Reporting tool allows us to be much more precise in our forecasts and provides all the project cost details we need in one location.” - David Molamphy, Senior Project Manager, Clayco, Inc.FOLLOW US ON
    10. 10. Cloud Solutions Budget ForecastingFOLLOW US ON
    11. 11. Cloud Solutions Budget ForecastingFOLLOW US ON
    12. 12. Cloud Solutions BIM in the Cloud Private cloud benefits Expedited workflows Mobile access Prolong hardware refreshFOLLOW US ON
    13. 13. Cloud Solutions Secure File Sharing Solution Characteristics of File Sharing Solutions • Supports multiple platforms, devices and file types • Integration with applications and infrastructure • Addresses security and compliance • Easy delivery and managementFOLLOW US ON
    14. 14. Cloud Solutions Enterprise Content Management • Share and manage important documents quickly, both on- and offline • Invite external users to work on projects, documents, and other important data • Keep everyone up to date with company information and newsFOLLOW US ON
    15. 15. The Time for the Cloud is Now!!1. Identify inherent risks.2. Conduct internal evaluation – software and vendor3. Evaluate internal versus external efforts.4. Develop a business case.5. Work with cloud consulting partner.FOLLOW US ON
    16. 16. Jumpstart Your Journey to the Cloud Cloud Assessment • Cloud education • Best practices • Business assessment • Targeted proof of concept • Recommendation for next steps • Cloud-ready solutionsFOLLOW US ON
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