Crossland Construction Company, Inc. is one of the largest and highly-ranked construction companies in America. The company’s headquarters is in Columbus, Kansas in addition to eight regional offices and over 850 employees located throughout the US. Overall Crossland acts as general contractor for large building projects. Such as hospitals, schools, office, retail, sporting facilities among other categories.
The general contractor on large-scale building projects certainly requires continuous complex collaboration and coordination between internal and external stakeholders. On time, on budget with only highest quality standards is what they call “The Crossland Way.” The company’s IT infrastructure, which blends internal file share and cloud services, helps to achieve this standard.
The Challenge: File Share Cloud Sync
The simultaneous planning and execution of numerous major projects is an enormous communication challenge. Erica Christiansen, Crossland’s Database Administrator explained, “There are a tremendous number of moving parts in the mix; over 550 internal people in addition to scores of sub-contractors and suppliers across the country.” The challenge for Crossland was how to continually synchronize an extremely complex matrix of documents across this enterprise, making the latest documents immediately available to the right stakeholders.
“Crossland Construction’s infrastructure is pure file share,” described Christiansen. “We added Box early last year to scale up our ability to collaborate. This was a great first step,” continued Christiansen, “But after learning about SkySync, we also discovered how to automate the version control and distribution process.” SkySync’s version-awareness sophistication across any number of users was key to success. In other words, the software sensed any change to shared files or documents and automatically performed updates to Box.
“What we have with the combination of Box and SkySync is what I would call a pot of gold,” described Christiansen. “SkySync has worked flawlessly in its ability to keep put the latest versions of documents in the right hands and to automatically sort out conflicts. It’s exactly what we needed.” Moreover, since Crossland has a very compact IT team, SkySync running “hands free” in the background further stretches team capabilities. “What it does all day is sync files back and forth between our file share and Box,” described Christiansen. “It allows us to do our job more efficiently.”
Strong Customer Support
Likewise SkySync’s support and engineering team earned high praise from Christiansen and her team. “Our implementation definitely had some challenges to it,” she explained. “SkySync’s team was there every step of the way to guide us through and to make necessary adjustments as necessary. They were fabulous,” concluded Christiansen, “I give them nothing but the highest marks.”
- Synchronizing Box with local Network File Share
- Completely transparent to end-users
- Enables the right stakeholders with the right documents