Bluebeam hosted on Azure Cloud Delivers Flexibility and Improves Productivity

Bluebeam” is a software company providing designing tools for creating, editing, marking up, collaborating and sharing PDF documents.
Revu their main product is an alternative to Adobe Acrobat, and it is available in three editions: Standard, CAD and eXtreme. All editions include Bluebeam Studio for online collaboration. Bluebeam Revu iPad for PDF markup and editing on the iPad.

Bluebeam licensing has different types; Perpetual, Enterprise and Open licenses.

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Bluebeam On Azure Cloud

Azure is a comprehensive set of cloud services that IT professionals use to build, deploy and manage applications through a global network of data centers.
Bluebeam application deployment on cloud is great for construction businesses needing to collaborate and access information from job sites, home and remote locations. High availability, better security, and the ability to scale up helps IT professionals to build an environment in lesser time and start running.

As a Microsoft Partner, AEC Cloud manages Azure services and delivers unified anywhere access to its clients enhancing productivity. 

AEC Cloud’s Hosting Model

Focused on the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industry, AEC Cloud’s hosting model is driven by the NIST Cloud definition.  This framework includes the Software, Platform, Infrastructure, and Resources (SPIR) required to manage the cloud services.

AEC Cloud Example Stack

Access provisioned through AEC Cloud portal offering a streamlined anywhere experience to users.

Users: 25

Software
Document Locator, Bluebeam Revu, Microsoft Office Std, Microsoft Project

Platform
Windows Operating Systems, SQL Standard

Infrastructure
DS2 v2: 2 cores, 7 GB RAM, D4 v3: 4 cores, 16GB RAM

AEC Cloud is a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider and been hosting line of business applications focused on AEC Industry for over 17 years. AEC domain knowledge and IT expertise with the ability to understand the business functions, requirements and offer solutions sets us apart from the generic hosting service providers.

Migrate your IT environments to the Cloud

With the AEC industry’s emphasis on real-time work and collaboration, it’s no surprise that more and more firms are choosing to move their IT environments to high-performance private clouds.

A total of 19 per cent of government CIOs expect to increase spending in Cloud services/solutions
Cloud services/solutions and infrastructure/data center combined ranked in the top 10 by 30 per cent of government CIOs, compared with only 12 per cent in all other industries.
-Gartner’s 2018 CIO Agenda Survey
Why are so many businesses moving to the cloud?
It’s because cloud computing is 100% scalable & secure, increases efficiency, helps improve cash flow and is the way of the future.

Many businesses like in the past, still run applications or programs from software downloaded on a physical computer or server within their building and are invariably limited to the device and network. While the trend of users jumping on the digital and mobile bandwagons: more smartphones, more tablets, more wearable tech, and most importantly, more software. The need of the hour is that businesses equip their users with real-time access to applications and data. When on the cloud users access the same applications, data & files through the internet on any device, any location and any time.

AEC Cloud, over the last decade and a half have been helping businesses not only seamlessly migrate their LOB applications but even maximize the potential of the cloud. We host and maintain Office Suite, Document Management, Project Management, Design, Estimating, Accounting and everything else you might need to include anytime in the future.

If you are not already on the cloud, give us a call (212)-505-0381 and we will be happy to guide you through.

Revit Application Hosting by AEC Cloud

Summary:

Within the last five years the deployment of BIM applications like Revit, Navisworks, and Sketchup on cloud-hosted servers has become more economical.  Today, AEC Cloud hosts, and manages Autodesk Revit and other Line Of Business applications for its customers on the Microsoft Azure stack.  

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AEC Cloud History

AEC Cloud is one of the early adopters to work with the Autodesk suite of applications in server based environments.  In 2010, customers and partners began asking us to host graphic intensive products such as Revit, in order to improve collaboration and offload local workstation and server management issues.  At the time, solutions based on Citrix and Nvidia dedicated hardware were possible but not feasible for the average  Company.  

AEC Cloud Hosting Model

Focused on the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry, AEC Cloud hosts a wide range of business applications based on the NIST Cloud definition.  This framework includes the Software, Platform, Infrastructure, and Resources (SPIR) required to manage cloud services.  

The infrastructure (IaaS) including servers and networking is the fundamental bottom layer required to stand up any solution.  With the help of experts like AEC Cloud companies can work with us to build and manage a hybrid, private or public cloud environment.

The Resource (RaaS), is the human resource to manage the top three layers, software, platform, and infrastructure. These resources are focused on use support, systems maintenance, upgrades, and account management.

Microsoft Azure Technology

The N series by Azure is a game changer. Announcing its bleeding edge high compute virtual machines in August 2016, we can deploy design applications in lesser time and configure.

AEC Cloud, a Microsoft partner, is a preferred cloud hosting provider for the AEC industry managing and hosting Revit, Navisworks, and other designed based applications on Azure for its clients.

Sample Configuration of a Azure Hosted Solution for Revit

Access provisioned through AEC Cloud portal offering a streamlined anywhere experience to users

  • Users; 5
  • Application; Revit
  • Operating System; Microsoft Windows
  • Virtual Machine; NC6, 6 Core 568GB Memory 

Wes Smith set to speak as AEC Futurist on EngTech panel at The Future of Money and Technology Summit, San Francisco

AECCloud Founder and Cloud Executive Officer, Wes Smith will be speaking at The Future of Money & Technology on December 4th in San Francisco, CA. The Summit brings together the best and brightest visionaries in money and FinTech, including startups, entrepreneurs, developers, press, investors, services and solutions providers. Panelists will discuss the evolving money ecosystem in a proactive, conducive to dealmaking environment. The conference topics will cover Bitcoin, Ethereum, Other Cryptocurrencies, ICOs, Tokens, Blockchain, Banking, Investors, Startups and more!

Dan Robles from IEBC extended the invite to Wes to speak on the EngTech panel "How will Blockchain, AI, AV, AR impact the Engineering Profession?" as an AEC Futurist.

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Panel Summary: There is not enough money to meet the infrastructure needs of society. In order to bring those costs down we must develop a fundamentally new project delivery system utilizing new technologies to the fullest – but at what cost?Tim Chapman’s wonderful video (to be shown – see here) describes the potential and perils that blockchain, artificial intelligence, autonomous machinery, and augmented reality may pose to the industry. How are we to create senior engineers needed for innovation if the formative junior level jobs are performed by machines? Alternatives?

Read More: Interested in more info on these issues and the potential role of Blockchain for the AEC Industry?  Check out some further resources below:

IEBC Whitepaper including Engineering Blockchain Applications

Dan Robles Breaking down blockchain [Video]

Project Management Blockchain series by Marc Minnee

The Impact of Blockchain Technology on the Construction Industry by Dave Hughes

Construction Open Software Alliance Consortium focused on developing standards for the AEC Industry.

Wes Smith, AEC Cloud, Cloud Executive Officer

Passionate about people and process driven technology, Wes Smith has 20 years experience enabling AEC Industry leaders & participants with business focused technology. He has participated in thought leadership sessions with AGC, Constructech and ENR Magazines as well as Citrix, Oracle, Trimble and Viewpoint.

His company, AEC Cloud, is a certified Microsoft Cloud Service Provider (CSP) and developer with extensive experience providing intranets, hosting, integration, and business technology consulting services to the AEC Industry. Major clients include Hensel Phelps, The New York Times, The Pentagon Renovation Program, and Turner Construction.

AEC Cloud Social - Iron Pig Ale House: Apr 7, San Diego, CA

TGIF! Join us and other local construction industry colleagues for a cold one, Friday, April 7th!

A great time to meet, share insights, successes, and frustrations with others in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry.

AEC Cloud Social Happy Hour Iron Pig Ale House, San Diego, CA Friday, April 7, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Iron Pig Ale House is located in Pacific Beach on Garnet Ave. 1520 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Please RSVP to secure your spot as space is limited.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!!

 

AGC One-day Tech Summit 2017: REcAp

2017 One Day Tech SummitFor anyone not in the know on this, AGC put together a side "one-day" conference for the techies. AEC Cloud was a proud sponsor of this event. From what I understand it was a first attempt at putting this together, and I have to say it was a complete success!!

The panel of speakers were boots on the ground personnel with real world experience in helping get their respective construction company into the 21st century technology wise. Really interesting to hear the stories, the challenges and the successes these folks had to share.

Another aspect of the meeting was the way they brought the audience in on the conversations. It ended up being a really great experience learning about novel approaches to the tech issues we all face everyday. Discussions ran the gamit from software integration and data sharing, to drones and BIM, to introducing new software and technologies, how to handle the introduction of personal devices into the office environment, among other things. If you click the logo above, you can go to the meeting website and view the details.

Extremely informative. The speakers were great at keeping the conversation moving and engaging. Again, I can't say enough about how much value our team took away from this. A definite win!

It was an honor to be a sponsor of this incredible event!

 

 

 

Thanks again for everyone that came and participated. It was great to see old friends and meet new ones.

Until next year!

 

Proven Reliability and Leadership For Over 17 Years

Logo_AECCloud_Option2_300AEC Cloud has been on the scene working with the largest AEC companies in the field for over 17 years. Leaders in the industry rely on our expertise and proven track record to help their companies stay ahead with their Enterprise Application Hosting needs. Just ask Hensel Phelps or Turner Construction.

Finding an experienced and reliable hosting partner is critical in seeing a successful outcome.

Here at AEC Cloud, we know what you need before you do. We have been hosting applications and data for some of the largest companies in the AEC space for over 17 years. We can help guide you through the maze of cloud hosting and determine exactly what your company needs today, and what it will need tomorrow.

  • Find out what AEC Cloud can do for your business migration to the cloud.
  • Schedule a live demo today and see for yourself the possibilities we can offer.

Call us today to get started: 212-505-0381

Email us now with your questions: sales@aeccloud.com

2017 AGC Convention Las Vegas: Just WOW!

98th Annual AGC ConventionWhat an amazing experience! This year's conference went above and beyond any expectations we had here at AEC Cloud. It was an honor to be a sponsor of this incredible event!

The sessions were on point and extremely informative. The people we met were energized and excited for the upcoming year.

It's an exciting time to be in the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) Industry. So much new technology is becoming available to help increase productivity and give team members an in-depth view of the project at hand. Drones, laser measuring devices, BIM modeling, virtual reality & 3D, and integration of software data across applications. All of this adds up to a revolution in construction and how the industry approaches and executes a project.

An interesting angle that was present at the conference this year was the "human element". How are the building and projects affecting the communities and people that are using them. It's a factor that I never thought about, but is a critical element in the project development process. Homes, hospitals, schools. These buildings are used by people in communities everyday. The design and construction affects these communities at many levels, hopefully in a positive way. The work that we are doing today, has a real impact on this and future generations.

If you missed the event, or just want to view the agenda and speakers, go to the AGC Convention website here.

Thanks again for everyone that came and participated. It was great to see old friends and meet new ones.

Until next year!

Proven Reliability and Leadership For Over 17 Years

Logo_AECCloud_Option2_300AEC Cloud has been on the scene working with the largest AEC companies in the field for over 17 years. Leaders in the industry rely on our expertise and proven track record to help their companies stay ahead with their Enterprise Application Hosting needs. Just ask Hensel Phelps or Turner Construction.

Finding an experienced and reliable hosting partner is critical in seeing a successful outcome.

Here at AEC Cloud, we know what you need before you do. We have been hosting applications and data for some of the largest companies in the AEC space for over 17 years. We can help guide you through the maze of cloud hosting and determine exactly what your company needs today, and what it will need tomorrow.

  • Find out what AEC Cloud can do for your business migration to the cloud.
  • Schedule a live demo today and see for yourself the possibilities we can offer.

Call us today to get started: 212-505-0381

Email us now with your questions: sales@aeccloud.com

AEC Cloud to Sponsor AGC Conference Las Vegas 2017

We are proud to announce we will be a sponsor for the upcoming 98th Annual AGC Convention 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The convention runs March 7-9. If you are attending, drop us a line and let's meet up! We would love to listen to your particular IT challenges and questions, and see where we can help with our deep personal experience.

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information on the conference, click here: AGC Convention 2017

98th Annual AGC Convention

 

 

 

Proven Reliability and Leadership For Over 17 Years

Logo_AECCloud_Option2_300AEC Cloud has been on the scene working with the largest AEC companies in the field for over 17 years. Leaders in the industry rely on our expertise and proven track record to help their companies stay ahead with their Enterprise Application Hosting needs. Just ask Hensel Phelps or Turner Construction.

Finding an experienced and reliable hosting partner is critical in seeing a successful outcome.

Here at AEC Cloud, we know what you need before you do. We have been hosting applications and data for some of the largest companies in the AEC space for over 17 years. We can help guide you through the maze of cloud hosting and determine exactly what your company needs today, and what it will need tomorrow.

  • Find out what AEC Cloud can do for your business migration to the cloud.
  • Schedule a live demo today and see for yourself the possibilities we can offer.

Call us today to get started: 212-505-0381

Email us now with your questions: sales@aeccloud.com

Specializing in Enterprise AEC Cloud Hosting For over 17 Years

For over 17 years, AEC Cloud has been the only Enterprise Cloud Hosting company that is strictly focused on the AEC Industry and its unique software and implementation issues. Enterprise cloud hosting is the buzz word of the past year. There has been a convergence of technologies that have made the option of hosting desktops, files and applications outside of the office a reality. Whether you are looking at private cloud hosting, public cloud hosting or a hybrid situation, the benefits are just to clear to ignore.

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At this point, it is worth the time and effort for IT departments to take a hard look at this opportunity, and at a minimum do some cost/productivity comparisons. We are definitely past the days of early adoption, with many larger companies now taking the steps to move in the direction of cloud-based desktops, apps and file storage. Hensel Phelps, Turner Construction are a couple of our client names that come to mind.

The benefits are just too many to ignore.

Real Benefits

  • Cost efficiency
  • Reduction of maintenance requirements
  • Flexibility and scalability of resources
  • On demand user administration
  • 24/7 user support
  • Off-site backup of critical data
  • Regular maintenance and software upgrades
  • Employee mobility anywhere, anytime
  • Freedom to focus on core business

Software we host:

We host any enterprise business application you need to get your job done. If you don't see what you need in our list below, just ask!

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Proven Reliability and Leadership For Over 17 Years

Logo_AECCloud_Option2_300AEC Cloud has been on the scene working with the largest AEC companies in the field for over 17 years. Leaders in the industry rely on our expertise and proven track record to help their companies stay ahead with their Enterprise Application Hosting needs. Just ask Hensel Phelps or Turner Construction.

Finding an experienced and reliable hosting partner is critical in seeing a successful outcome.

Here at AEC Cloud, we know what you need before you do. We have been hosting applications and data for some of the largest companies in the AEC space for over 17 years. We can help guide you through the maze of cloud hosting and determine exactly what your company needs today, and what it will need tomorrow.

  • Find out what AEC Cloud can do for your business migration to the cloud.
  • Schedule a live demo today and see for yourself the possibilities we can offer.

Call us today to get started: 212-505-0381

Email us now with your questions: sales@aeccloud.com

AEC Cloud EVENT: How to Increase Your Construction IT ROI :: RECAP :: THANK YOU!!!!

Just WOW!

Our first event was more than any of us here expected. Great speakers, great space and great audience!!

Christine Burger, President of Burger Consulting Group, opened the session in our space at Stone Brewery in San Diego, CA.

If you have never heard him speak, the guy is literally full of incredible knowledge, experience and insight into technology today in the work space, and in particular with the AEC industry.

Next up was Jeremy Sibert, CIO at Hensel Phelps. Jeremy has literally transformed Hensel Phelps' IT department, processes and corporate thinking when it comes to IT and the ever changing landscape of adopting technology in the work place. Incredible hands on experience over the past 8 years working there, which he freely shared with the audience. A truly incredible opportunity for us all.

Steve Maddox of Viewpoint brought his expertise and knowledge of technology in the AEC space and how his clients were utilizing different software suites to maximize their ROI in the IT department.

The event then went into a round table discussion between the three along with our CEO here at AEC Cloud, Wes Smith joining in with insights into current challenges and future opportunities in the AEC IT space.

Just an incredible experience to listen to these speakers, and the audience was blown away. Here are a couple of the comments from the post event survey:

Spot ON!

Thank you! That was a wonderful event.

Very credible SME's. I appreciated the insight.

Thank you again to all the participants that helped make this event above and beyond what we could have imagined.

We are working on editing the video into bite size pieces now and will let you know when we have that posted for viewing on our website.

Stay tuned for the next educational event. We are working on the details now and will will announce it soon.

 

Proven Reliability and Leadership For Over 16 Years

Logo_AECCloud_Option2_300AEC Cloud has been on the scene working with the largest AEC companies in the field for over 16 years. Leaders in the industry rely on our expertise and proven track record to help their companies stay ahead with their Enterprise Application Hosting needs. Just ask Hensel Phelps or Turner Construction.

Finding an experienced and reliable hosting partner is critical in seeing a successful outcome.

Here at AEC Cloud, we know what you need before you do. We have been hosting applications and data for some of the largest companies in the AEC space for over 16 years. We can help guide you through the maze of cloud hosting and determine exactly what your company needs today, and what it will need tomorrow.

  • Find out what AEC Cloud can do for your business migration to the cloud.
  • Schedule a live demo today and see for yourself the possibilities we can offer.

Call us today to get started: 866 417-7230

Email us now with your questions: sales@aeccloud.com

AEC Cloud EVENT: How to Increase Your Construction IT ROI :: Agenda Confirmed

The agenda has been finalized and we are ready for what appears to be a VERY good event!

Do not miss this FREE event!

  • IT Trends in Construction Christian Burger, President Burger Consulting Group
  • The CEO conversation: Budgeting, planning, resources, IT Governance Jeremy Sibert, Chief Information Officer at Hensel Phelps
  • Integrated versus Best-in Class: Considerations, trends, risk, cost Steve Maddox, Viewpoint Director of Sales
  • Implementation Strategies: Resources, ambition, change management, risk Christian Burger, Steve Maddox
  • Infrastructure: Movement to cloud, security, data Jeremy Sibert, Christian Burger
  • Open Form (audience questions)

    In our ongoing FREE educational luncheon events, we are excited to host three of the industry's leaders in IT and best practice implementation.

This is a FREE educational luncheon. Do not miss this this event!

If you have not signed up yet, there are still a few spaces left!

Click here to save your spot.

Please note: Space is limited. Let us know if you have any questions, info@aeccloud.com

Special Educational Luncheon Event February 09, 2017  ·  Stone Brewing, San Diego, CA

Proven Reliability and Leadership For Over 16 Years

Logo_AECCloud_Option2_300AEC Cloud has been on the scene working with the largest AEC companies in the field for over 16 years. Leaders in the industry rely on our expertise and proven track record to help their companies stay ahead with their Enterprise Application Hosting needs. Just ask Hensel Phelps or Turner Construction.

Finding an experienced and reliable hosting partner is critical in seeing a successful outcome.

Here at AEC Cloud, we know what you need before you do. We have been hosting applications and data for some of the largest companies in the AEC space for over 16 years. We can help guide you through the maze of cloud hosting and determine exactly what your company needs today, and what it will need tomorrow.

  • Find out what AEC Cloud can do for your business migration to the cloud.
  • Schedule a live demo today and see for yourself the possibilities we can offer.

Call us today to get started: 866 417-7230

Email us now with your questions: sales@aeccloud.com

AEC Cloud EVENT: Christian Burger: Personal Experiences & Challenges Ahead for AEC IT

We now have a panel of three leaders in the AEC IT space.

Do not miss this FREE event!

In our ongoing FREE educational luncheon events, we are excited to announce that Christian Burger, President Burger Consulting Group, an IT consulting firm based in Chicago, will be joining us to talk about his personal IT experiences, and the challenges that lay ahead.

  • Christian is a veteran in the AEC Industry IT space. He has been working with some of the largest AEC firms for over 25 years and has literally seen it all.
  • His firm focuses on IT strategy and leadership. Working up best practices for implementation of current technology and thought leadership.
  • He is a frequent speaker and publishes in leading industry journals.
  • He is a professor of technology at Northwestern University’s Masters in Project Management program.

Learn more about Christian's firm here: http://burgerconsulting.com

 

This is a FREE educational luncheon. We now have a panel of three leaders in the  AEC IT space.

Do not miss this this event!

If you have not signed up yet, there are still a few spaces left!

Click here to save your spot.

Please note: Space is limited. Let us know if you have any questions, info@aeccloud.com

Special Educational Luncheon Event February 09, 2017  ·  Stone Brewing, San Diego, CA

Proven Reliability and Leadership For Over 16 Years

Logo_AECCloud_Option2_300AEC Cloud has been on the scene working with the largest AEC companies in the field for over 16 years. Leaders in the industry rely on our expertise and proven track record to help their companies stay ahead with their Enterprise Application Hosting needs. Just ask Hensel Phelps or Turner Construction.

Finding an experienced and reliable hosting partner is critical in seeing a successful outcome.

Here at AEC Cloud, we know what you need before you do. We have been hosting applications and data for some of the largest companies in the AEC space for over 16 years. We can help guide you through the maze of cloud hosting and determine exactly what your company needs today, and what it will need tomorrow.

  • Find out what AEC Cloud can do for your business migration to the cloud.
  • Schedule a live demo today and see for yourself the possibilities we can offer.

Call us today to get started: 866 417-7230

Email us now with your questions: sales@aeccloud.com

Event UPDATE: Jeremy Sibert, CIO of Hensel Phelps, to Speak

In our ongoing FREE educational luncheon events, we are excited to announce that Jeremy Sibert, Chief Information Officer at Hensel Phelps, will be joining us to talk about their experiences, challenges and insights. In case you do not know Jeremy, here are a few highlights of his recent accomplishments.

  • Jeremy Sibert is the Corporate Director of Technology for HENSEL PHELPS. 
  • Responsible for the strategic planning and deployment of all technology used across the company.
  • Has worked for HENSEL PHELPS for thirteen years.
  • Project Manager responsible for the successful completion of the renovation of Wedges 2-5 at the Pentagon.
  • Led his team to adopt a paperless environment utilizing technology and visualization to plan, communicate, and execute this highly complex project.
  • Worked with AEC Cloud for the past 12 years implementing IT initiatives throughout Hensel Phelps corporate

This is a FREE educational luncheon. If you have not signed up yet, there are still a few spaces left!

Click here to save your spot.

Please note: Space is limited. Let us know if you have any questions, info@aeccloud.com

Special Educational Luncheon Event February 09, 2017  ·  Stone Brewing, San Diego, CA

Proven Reliability and Leadership For Over 16 Years

Logo_AECCloud_Option2_300AEC Cloud has been on the scene working with the largest AEC companies in the field for over 16 years. Leaders in the industry rely on our expertise and proven track record to help their companies stay ahead with their Enterprise Application Hosting needs. Just ask Hensel Phelps or Turner Construction.

Finding an experienced and reliable hosting partner is critical in seeing a successful outcome.

Here at AEC Cloud, we know what you need before you do. We have been hosting applications and data for some of the largest companies in the AEC space for over 16 years. We can help guide you through the maze of cloud hosting and determine exactly what your company needs today, and what it will need tomorrow.

  • Find out what AEC Cloud can do for your business migration to the cloud.
  • Schedule a live demo today and see for yourself the possibilities we can offer.

Call us today to get started: 866 417-7230

Email us now with your questions: sales@aeccloud.com

Event: How to Increase Your Construction IT ROI

Special Educational Luncheon Event

February 09, 2017  ·  Stone Brewing, San Diego, CA

 

ROI is what drives and sustains a business. Your investments have to bring some value higher than the initial investment in order for it to be worth the effort, time and money.

AEC IT Department's ROI are no different. The time, money and effort you put into your IT initiatives have to bring back some value to the company, help increase productivity and the overall bottom line.

In this 3 hour, morning session, we will introduce three speakers from leading companies in the AEC space. They will be sharing their personal "real world" experiences with you, showing you how they work daily to increase their IT department ROI. 

Join us and learn first hand how other AEC companies are operating in this fast paced, IT fueled world.

Afterwards there will be a lunch, and of course there will be the world famous Stone Brewing offerings on tap.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Click here to save your spot.

Please note: Space is limited. Let us know if you have any questions, info@aeccloud.com

 


Proven Reliability and Leadership For Over 16 Years

Logo_AECCloud_Option2_300AEC Cloud has been on the scene working with the largest AEC companies in the field for over 16 years. Leaders in the industry rely on our expertise and proven track record to help their companies stay ahead with their Enterprise Application Hosting needs. Just ask Hensel Phelps or Turner Construction.

Finding an experienced and reliable hosting partner is critical in seeing a successful outcome.

Here at AEC Cloud, we know what you need before you do. We have been hosting applications and data for some of the largest companies in the AEC space for over 16 years. We can help guide you through the maze of cloud hosting and determine exactly what your company needs today, and what it will need tomorrow.

  • Find out what AEC Cloud can do for your business migration to the cloud.
  • Schedule a live demo today and see for yourself the possibilities we can offer.

Call us today to get started: 866 417-7230

Email us now with your questions: sales@aeccloud.com

AEC Cloud Expertise Applied to Microsoft OBA Experience

“Does Excel count?”

I couldn’t help but chuckle at this statement from respondent in a recent construction technology survey. This obvious tongue-in-cheek response to a question about integration sheds light on the fact that while as an industry, construction has indeed come very far with regards to adopting advanced IT applications, in many ways it still relies on some of the tried-and-true tools with which the industry originated.

What’s more; nearly two in every 10 respondents to that same survey name Microsoft Excel as their primary tool during the estimating process. Think about that for a moment: A rather substantial number of construction firms are relying on Microsoft Excel at perhaps the most critical stage of their projects.

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With all of this in mind, to that respondent’s statement I reply, “Yes! Excel absolutely counts.”

And perhaps much of that has to do with the fact that Excel really isn’t what it used to be—it’s much better than ever. This is thanks in large part to fact that Microsoft has made some rather substantial investments behind the scenes to ensure its suite of Office applications can integrate better with the broader range of applications in use across business today.

obasCentral to that strategy are Microsoft Office Business Applications (OBAs). As applications written for Microsoft Office and based on .NET technology, OBAs uses Web services to connect to a standard Line of Business (LOB) or other application.

For instance, a Microsoft Excel-based OBA, allows for a pre-mapped, secure, two-way connection over the Internet between Excel and the LOB. This has proven to be a somewhat cumbersome process using traditional import/export methods. OBAs work by using Microsoft Office as the interface to capture information that is sent via Web services in XML format.

What this means is that you can perform work outside what some perceive to be as the constraints of a LOB—collaborating with extended team members, for example—yet still remain connected to the Microsoft Office system.

This presents the ease of using familiar Office-based applications while still being able to connect to other enterprise applications. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the most commonly used OBAs in construction are based on Microsoft Excel.

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Beyond Excel The value of OBAs goes beyond Microsoft Excel. In fact, OBAs can be developed to extend LOB applications to more and more products. For instance, the ability to build a workflow application for managing documents. Or implementing an application that consolidates multiple user interfaces into a single Office system document or SharePoint Server Web page.

Important to note on that last point is the fact that while OBAs and SharePoint have a common technology foundation, OBAs do not require SharePoint to run. However, as SharePoint and Microsoft Office evolve, the lines between SharePoint and OBAs continue to blur, to which another class of applications called Office Web Applications (OWAs) have emerged.

A Smooth and Specific OBA Experience Some companies choose to buy OBAs from their application vendors, or go the route of building their own. Of course, there are challenges associated with both routes; the former working with a vendor that does not have the expertise, and the latter requiring in-depth programming knowledge and resources.

When it comes to the use of OBAs that are specifically designed for the AEC industry, AEC Cloud is the pioneer.

We have been building OBAs as products for this industry since 2009. We offer an online source called the OBA Store, which contains both pre-build content, along with the ability to help your custom build OBAs. We manage the OBA content that we build, along with the related licensing.

The OBAs we provide are designed, written, packaged, licensed and managed by AEC Cloud. This means that the OBA Store—along with the OBA Cloud, which is used for OBA hosting—is designed and managed by us, allowing us to have full control over the OBAs.

Trimble Buildings/Meridian Systems were the first AEC software provider to openly provide web services that could be used with Microsoft’s OBA technology—and we were early adopters. But that doesn’t mean our OBA options are strictly limited to Trimble Buildings/Meridian Systems. In fact, we work to help customize OBAs specific to your environment.

Our OBAs are commercial applications, and that is the way in which we manage them. We help you understand which ones are most popular, can help provide you with better assistance with regards to support agreements, version control, and more.

obasWorking with OBAs specific to the AEC industry shouldn’t be taken lightly. As you look to extend the capabilities of your LOB applications to ensure that you can effectively work offline and capture critical information that lives in spreadsheets, work with a partner that has deep expertise and knowledge of the industry, along with a track record of success. It will help ensure you experience is one that is both seamless and specific.

This sounds great. Where do I get OBAs?

At the OBA Store!

Start browsing the largest collection of AEC related OBAs now!

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Proven Reliability and Leadership For Over 16 Years

Logo_AECCloud_Option2_300AEC Cloud has been on the scene working with the largest AEC companies in the field for over 16 years. Leaders in the industry rely on our expertise and proven track record to help their companies stay ahead with their Enterprise Application Hosting needs. Just ask Hensel Phelps or Turner Construction.

Finding an experienced and reliable hosting partner is critical in seeing a successful outcome.

Here at AEC Cloud, we know what you need before you do. We have been hosting applications and data for some of the largest companies in the AEC space for over 16 years. We can help guide you through the maze of cloud hosting and determine exactly what your company needs today, and what it will need tomorrow.

  • Find out what AEC Cloud can do for your business migration to the cloud.
  • Schedule a live demo today and see for yourself the possibilities we can offer.

Call us today to get started: 866 417-7230

Email us now with your questions: sales@aeccloud.com

Eliminate Import/Export Of Data: Use Excel to Update Your Line of Business Apps

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OBAs, Microsoft Office Business Applications, are a great way to extend your Line of Business (LOB) applications so you can capture critical information that lives in spreadsheets and work offline without missing a beat.

Would you like to…

  • Use Excel to update Prolog, Primavera, Viewpoint and other AEC Industry applications?
  • Utilize standard forms your employees already understand?
  • Update information in one location and have it update in multiple applications?
  • Work online or offline from anywhere anytime?
  • Stop mapping fields and supporting import/export issues?

 

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Advantages of using Microsoft Office Business Applications:

  • Users can work in Microsoft Excel to manage information related to submittals, punch lists, and most other features.  
  • You can use our standard forms or base them on yours.
  • OBAs can be used with any application that has web services.

Want to learn more about connecting your Line of Business Applications with Microsoft Excel?

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AEC Cloud Enterprise Hosting? Three Questions Answered

I was up last night thinking about our business and the services it offers. I realized that some of you out there might not fully understand what it is that we do and how we are different for other "Cloud Hosting" companies out there. In this post, I will answer four basic questions about AEC Cloud that hopefully helps clarify who we are and how we can help your business transition to the next level of IT infrastructure and operations.

As always, we are here to help you and answer any questions you might have.

Who is AEC Cloud?

AEC Cloud is a full service, enterprise, cloud hosting company, focused on servicing the AEC Industry (Architecture, Engineering and Construction). 

Our roots in the business started back in 1999, working in IT on construction projects with Turner Construction. We immediately saw that there was a huge gap between traditional IT, and the IT needs of a construction company and their projects. Everything from the software used, to the approach that construction companies take in assessing projects and understanding billing was different.

From those humble beginnings, AEC Cloud has become the leading enterprise cloud hosting company for the AEC Industry for over 16 years. We have literally seen it all, and leading construction firms leverage our knowledge base to help them make the correct decisions for their upcoming IT needs.

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What is AEC Cloud Enterprise Hosting?

AEC Cloud Enterprise Hosting is a business that is focused on the AEC Industry and its specific unique needs. Not every cloud hosting company understands or has ever heard of hosting the software you use everyday in the office and on the job site.

Software such as:

Just to name a few.

And then there is integration of these software suites to leverage the job site data you have into information you can use in real time. Combining information from various software and coming up with new ways to see that data to solve problems and maintain a positive bottom line.

Here at AEC Cloud, we have been working closely with the AEC Industry for over 16 years and know any possible issues, before they become and issue.

Why choose AEC Cloud to participate in your IT requirements?

With over 16 years, solely focused on the AEC Industry's IT needs, we have a deep knowledge base of how to put together seamless projects. Out customers are happy and understand the value of bringing an expert on-board to help guide them through the murky and confusing waters of cloud hosting and technology.

We are NOT a new start-up, that has no history or experience. 

And then there is the overall cost savings and flexibility that AEC Cloud brings to the table.

The following are the other compelling reasons as to why it makes business sense to move your Enterprise Applications to a cloud hosted environment.

  • Staying focused on your core competency vs. IT headaches.
  • Redirecting capital to core business expenses vs upfront costs.
  • Receiving higher quality at a lower cost.
  • Leveraging knowledge and resources from experienced professionals with over 16 years of experience.
  • Production application hosting for all of your software programs.
  • Disaster recovery sites managed.

 

Proven Reliability and Leadership For Over 16 Years

Logo_AECCloud_Option2_300AEC Cloud has been on the scene working with the largest AEC companies in the field for over 16 years. Leaders in the industry rely on our expertise and proven track record to help their companies stay ahead with their Enterprise Application Hosting needs. Just ask Hensel Phelps or Turner Construction.

Finding an experienced and reliable hosting partner is critical in seeing a successful outcome.

Here at AEC Cloud, we know what you need before you do. We have been hosting applications and data for some of the largest companies in the AEC space for over 16 years. We can help guide you through the maze of cloud hosting and determine exactly what your company needs today, and what it will need tomorrow.

  • Find out what AEC Cloud can do for your business migration to the cloud.
  • Schedule a live demo today and see for yourself the possibilities we can offer.

Call us today to get started: 866 417-7230

Email us now with your questions: sales@aeccloud.com

REMINDER: AEC Cloud to Sponsor Viewpoint Collaborate 2016 Conference

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Just a reminder to stop by and say hello when you are at the Viewpoint Collaborate 2016 Conference in Portland next week!

AEC Cloud Booth# 303 A great opportunity to talk face to face about your upcoming Enterprise Hosting  and Integration needs in 2017.

AEC Cloud is a proud sponsor of the upcoming: Collaborate 2016 - Viewpoint Construction Software Annual User Conference

viewpoint-logoPortland, OR October 11-13, 2016

Viewpoint Collaborate 2016 — the annual user conference designed exclusively for global users of Vista by Viewpoint™, ProContractor by Viewpoint™, Viewpoint For Estimating™ and, MEP Estimating™.

You can find more information at the event website here: http://viewpoint.com/community/events/collaborate-16

See you there!

Proven Reliability and Leadership For Over 15 Years

Logo_AECCloud_Option2_300AEC Cloud has been on the scene working with the largest AEC companies in the field for over 15 years. Leaders in the industry rely on our expertise and proven track record to help their companies stay ahead with their Enterprise Application Hosting needs. Just ask Hensel Phelps or Turner Construction.

Finding an experienced and reliable hosting partner is critical in seeing a successful outcome.

Here at AEC Cloud, we know what you need before you do. We have been hosting applications and data for some of the largest companies in the AEC space for over 15 years. We can help guide you through the maze of cloud hosting and determine exactly what your company needs today, and what it will need tomorrow.

  • Find out what AEC Cloud can do for your business migration to the cloud.
  • Schedule a live demo today and see for yourself the possibilities we can offer.

Call us today to get started: 866 417-7230

Email us now with your questions: sales@aeccloud.com

AEC Cloud to Sponsor Collaborate 2016 - Viewpoint Construction Software Annual User Conference

events-collaborate-2016-logoAEC Cloud is a proud sponsorof the upcoming: Collaborate 2016 - Viewpoint Construction Software Annual User Conference

viewpoint-logoPortland, OR October 11-13, 2016

Viewpoint Collaborate 2016 — the annual user conference designed exclusively for global users of Vista by Viewpoint™, ProContractor by Viewpoint™, Viewpoint For Estimating™ and, MEP Estimating™.

AEC Cloud Booth# 303 Stop by and say Hi! A great opportunity to talk face to face about your upcoming Enterprise Hosting needs in 2017.

You can find more information at the event website here: http://viewpoint.com/community/events/collaborate-16

See you there!

 

Proven Reliability and Leadership For Over 15 Years

Logo_AECCloud_Option2_300AEC Cloud has been on the scene working with the largest AEC companies in the field for over 15 years. Leaders in the industry rely on our expertise and proven track record to help their companies stay ahead with their Enterprise Application Hosting needs. Just ask Hensel Phelps or Turner Construction.

Finding an experienced and reliable hosting partner is critical in seeing a successful outcome.

Here at AEC Cloud, we know what you need before you do. We have been hosting applications and data for some of the largest companies in the AEC space for over 15 years. We can help guide you through the maze of cloud hosting and determine exactly what your company needs today, and what it will need tomorrow.

  • Find out what AEC Cloud can do for your business migration to the cloud.
  • Schedule a live demo today and see for yourself the possibilities we can offer.

Call us today to get started: 866 417-7230

Email us now with your questions: sales@aeccloud.com