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Educating, collaborating, and sparking ideas for maximizing the technology that matters.


A Mass Migration: How Architects, Engineers and Construction Firms Can Collaborate Better in the Cloud

How efficiently does your firm access and share key documents, both internally and externally? In the office and out in the field? When it comes to high-speed collaboration, could your head be in the clouds?

“We’ve had a change of plans.”

Whether those words are coming from the pilot pre-take off or the marketing department hours before a large-scale proposal pitch, they’re rarely welcomed. The phrase stirs up both anxiety and a need to swiftly shift one’s mode of thinking.

Architectural, engineering and construction firms, of course, deal with those words regularly - beginning with blueprints and continuing on the construction site. New versions of plans may be issued multiple times on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis. Core document updates, such as floor plans, change orders, or materials specifications evolve, and all parties need access to the most up-to-date set at any particular time.

Topics: Cloud Canon USA Content Management AEC Solutions

Cloud of Suspicion: Ease Security Concerns with Full Control over Cloud-based Content

Cloud-based content management systems like Box unify all people, information and applications together in the cloud to transform the way they work, giving IT departments the tools they need to match the tightness of security with the speed of collaboration.

As humans, we are suspicious by nature.

Anything that’s not visually identifiable – or right in front of our eyes - can often be difficult to trust. We trust the local Italian restaurant because we know the owners. We trust local government because we’re neighbors with an elected official, and we see direct results from his or her public service in our own city. Excruciatingly cliché TV ad campaigns mention ad nauseam being “locally trusted.”

Topics: Security Productivity Tips and Tools Cloud Content Management

5 Technology Initiatives that Will Drive Business Transformation in 2019

Paired with a barrage of potential threats, yet brimming with productive potential, technology plays an intimate role in the routines of today’s business workday. When well harnessed, it can unlock unforeseen competitive advantages.

Henry Ford once said, "I don't read history. That's in the past. I'm thinking of the future."

Ford, of course, was the Michigan-born engineer who developed a petrol-driven quadricycle into a small car; this proved the basis for the famous Model T motor car introduced in 1908. Just as Ford’s ingenuity forever transformed the auto industry, technology has been a driving force in business transformation for years.

As we look at the state of technology as it relates to business in 2019, Ford’s quote has a profound foreshadowing effect.

Topics: Scanning Printing Healthcare Solutions Network Management Cloud HIPAA Network Security Cybersecurity Managed Compliance Services Content Management

Productivity That Soars: Collaborate, Connect and Control with Cloud-based Content Management

Cloud-based content management solutions like Box bridge the gap between a scattered, yet somehow still collaborative, workforce. 

The Wright Brothers are the quintessential example of old-school collaboration. Collectively, Wilbur and Orville accomplished something on Dec. 17, 1903 that no individual engineer or inventor could on his or her own: Achieve manned and controlled flight.

Topics: Productivity Tips and Tools Cloud Content Management