How a North American Construction Contractor Leveraged Box Sync to Enable Remote Workers

Box File Server Sync

Legacy file migration technologies are slow, manually intensive, and tend to force enterprises into sudden system cutovers. Thus preventing organizations from conducting their Box migration at a pace that makes sense for them, without interruption to existing business operations. However, a Box file server sync can enable organizations to integrate existing on-premises platforms with any cloud service. This creates a hybrid cloud environment with the best of both local and cloud-based document management systems. Businesses can also enhance legacy investments by extending compliance, security, and control to all content repositories. Meanwhile, users are empowered to readily access and collaborate on content from anywhere on any device.

Company Profile

Since the 1960s, this North American construction company has been delivering innovative solutions through a national footprint of 1000 plus dedicated professionals. The company utilizes a unique approach to every project by seamlessly integrating each interdisciplinary area of expertise throughout all phases of a project. By approaching every project in this manner they provide true project ownership and accountability, from concept to completion.

The Challenge

To stay afloat of current technology, the company wanted to enable its remote workforce anywhere, with any device to access files. However, there were concerns about the security and performance of the cloud storage platform. The company’s Director of IT explained “I Inherited a broken, fragmented environment. And we started wondering at what point in time we should think about cloud file services? Should we put certain pieces there? How do we leverage the fact that we’re a very Microsoft-centric shop?”

As an added challenge, IT also had to figure out how to do this on a shoestring budget. “There are a lot of studies out there. The construction industry spends the lowest on IT relative to others. And then they wonder why there haven’t been productivity increases in 40-50 years,” added the IT Director.

The Solution

On-Premises File Sync to Cloud Storage

By using SkySync to create a hybrid environment with its existing on-premises servers and the cloud to create a Box file server sync. The construction company was able to deliver the remote access and collaborative capabilities its workforce required to stay productive and efficient on the job. According to the company’s Director of IT, “This has done two things for us. First, when you’re on-premises, you still have fast, local access to the files without having to depend on internet connectivity. But when you’re out on the job site or using a different device, you can access that from the cloud. And second, the hybrid solution has also prevented some technical lock-in.”

Because SkySync integrates with so many platforms, they were able to leverage their existing solutions rather than spend money on duplicative platforms. “I would have had to go invest in completely different architecture if it weren’t for SkySync. Without SkySync I would have had to go spend money on Egnyte, Sharefile or some other enterprise EFSS that brought more of a hybrid use case to the table,” added the IT Director. “In those situations, you simply can’t afford to buy duplicative platforms that do the same thing.”

 

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