Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. is a company that looms large in the construction industry, not only with the size and complexity of the projects they’ve chosen to build but for their forward-thinking use of technology to accelerate and perfect the process. Though headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, the company has operations across the country and has performed major projects in 37 states.
A prime point of Suffolk’s differentiation is certainly in its use of the “Virtual Design and Construction” process. In other words, this intense development process involves performing extensive modeling of all aspects of a building’s performance. Additionally, this process begins before even breaking ground on the project. It’s sure to include all the fine details from energy use to ergonomics, for example.
As a result, this highly creative process requires extraordinary collaboration and the exchange of data between stakeholders. Inside and outside the company.
The Challenge: NFS – Box – SharePoint Hybrid Environment
Scott Amaral, Suffolk’s Senior Business Analyst, explained that in addition to network file-shares that operate throughout the company’s offices, Suffolk additionally relies on an extensive Microsoft SharePoint installation to provide file storage and critical compliance and workflow functionality. He also described how the frequent exchange of files larger than 300-500MB continually created bottlenecks. “The challenge was that our on-premises SharePoint portal was not the right tool to enable our stakeholders to collaborate creatively,” explained Ameral. “Sometimes this includes vendors and worksites across the globe, many of which may have sub-optimal Internet connections.
“We required a fast, collaborative portal and rolled-out Box and DryvIQ,” described Amaral. “Box gave our stakeholders ready-access to all types of files via the cloud. At the same time, DryvIQ enables the continual syncing of files to Box by being able to automatically sense Network File updates. As well as by being able to sync and manage the complex interaction between SharePoint and Box.”
“It’s a very, very effective solution,” explained Amaral. “DryvIQ’s able to get files up to Box so that the latest versions are immediately made available to stakeholders, right down to their desktops. They no longer have to endure delays. Moreover, DryvIQ automatically mirrors the latest files across all three platforms – SharePoint, our Network file-share, and Box. Our users love that!” continued Amaral. “Everyone likes the way they have multiple ways of accessing the information they need.”
Strong Customer Support
In conclusion, Scott Amaral remarked about Portal Architect’s high level of support. “I was shocked at how responsive the DryvIQ team was as we deployed this solution,” he explained. “I got the help I needed almost instantaneously; inside of 15 minutes. You never see that, not even from large companies. It continues to be very impressive.”