Sage Estimating and On-Screen Takeoff: Why host on the cloud?

Sage Estimating and On-Screen Takeoff

Sage Estimating and On-Screen Takeoff are a windows client application that perfectly fit a hosted model. 

Offloading to the cloud eliminates additional server for OST license management, and gives better performance, flexibility, and ease of access.

We understand estimators use a takeoff and an estimating software back to back. 

From our experience hosting Sage estimating and On-Screen Takeoff on Microsoft Azure for our clients, here are few inputs on why to consider hosting both the applications on the cloud.

Anywhere access

Estimators, project team members, and managers can work from anywhere, collaborate, and update records.  Teams working from more than one location sees this as a huge benefit.

Digital Takeoff Experience

Computing power and speed is an essential requirement for On-Screen Takeoff.  Deploying OST on a cloud server with the right computing power provides better image processing, speed, and performance.  Your team can quickly load or scan blueprints and perform take offs with ease.

Server Requirement

To deploy Sage Estimating and On-Screen Takeoff on a traditional setup, you’d need three servers. An SQL server for the sage database, an application server and a license server for OST.

Whereas deploying on a cloud requires only a database and an application server.  Because OST now supports a cloud-compatible license version and makes it easier for cloud transition.

Also, running one application server for both the application is a better choice for provisioning, managing access to applications, folders, files and supports populating records between Sage Estimating and On-Screen Takeoff.

Storage and Backup

Cloud storage on Azure is a high performing storage disk which supports defined workload.  Also, you can extend the storage ability with your on-premise workloads making a hybrid.

Configuring backup becomes easy when working with cloud storage as the components will be in the same network and scalable.



Overall, hosting Sage Estimating and On-Screen Take off on the cloud has some cost benefits against a traditional IT management.  Besides cost, users can work from anywhere securely on highly available performing servers improving productivity and accuracy.

Managed Cloud Hosting Provider

AEC Cloud has been hosting applications for its clients and specializes in solving anywhere access by managed cloud hosting services.  If you are in the middle of evaluating migrating to the cloud or need assistance, please gives us a call at (212) 505-0381 or contact us by email.

3 tips to select your managed cloud services provider

3 tips t select your managed cloud services provider

A managed cloud services provider (CSP) helps minimize on-premise IT workloads by offloading them to the cloud and provides managed services for a predictable monthly fee.

Selecting the service provider based on the lowest fee may not be an ideal choice. Here are three tips to consider in your selection process.     

Domain knowledge of your industry

Work with a managed cloud services provider who understands your business, IT challenges and can guide you with the right solutions.

AEC Cloud is a managed cloud services provider serving the AEC industry.    

Our clients find us suitable due to our AEC domain knowledge and expertise in hosting mission-critical applications that are broadly in use.    

Examples of applications we host for our clients are Sage, Primavera, Onscreen Takeoff, and Autodesk Revit.

Work history   

Obtain information on the tenure of the company, past work experience, and type of clients the provider serves.

About AEC Cloud, the founder(s) were engineers first. Their passion for technology gave them hope and vision to solve anywhere access and collaboration which is the problem among the distributed workforce. 

From bare metal to server less infrastructure as a service, AEC Cloud has witnessed different eras in technology transition and continues assisting organizations in solving IT challenges.    

Type of clients we serve is general contractors, specialty contractors, construction managers, and architects comprising regional, national and top ENR companies.

Cloud service

The top cloud service providers are Microsoft, AWS, and Google. Managed cloud services provider generally is a reseller and may be well-versed with all the three-technology stack or focuses on only one

AEC Cloud provides application hosting for clients on Azure due to the flexibility it offers.

As a Microsoft cloud solution provider, we can build and manage the whole cloud stack for our clients or help them with the setup.

Value add

The role of a managed CSP is to assist your business to function efficiently, protect from downtime and improve ROI. However, the value depends on what type of service you are planning to engage with the managed services provider.

AEC Cloud’s value is improving IT service delivery through cloud hosting and reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO).

Our team acts as an extension of our client’s IT team providing managed cloud services and helping their business grow. 

The combination of our skill set in Azure cloud infrastructure management, custom software, consulting services, and AEC domain knowledge is a valuable addition for organizations that fit.



With the cloud, businesses can simplify IT and improve productivity.

Find the right service provider who focuses your industry, has domain knowledge, good history and demonstrates value.

Migrate IT workloads to the cloud, increase overall IT performance and reduce cost significantly.