IPD and the Cloud

In this blog post, I want to share a few more details in regards to “IPD and the Cloud”.  In November 2016, I published this article on the AECbytes website.  Read the full article, link below.

On more than one occasion, I have been told that there are very few choices on the market right now for a fully outsourced, turn-key private cloud specializing in the AEC market–save Advance2000.  We didn’t wake up one day and decide to build a private cloud for the AEC industry.  Rather, it was because we were running the day-to-day IT operations for our clients and experienced first-hand the challenges they were facing to execute IPD projects.  We are problem solvers and there definitely was a problem to solve.  Microsoft Windows and PC’s have done a lot to change this industry but it hasn’t come without a cost.  Distributed technology is MUCH harder to manage and costs more than centralized technology.  By ripping a page out of the IBM mainframe playbook, we were able to provide the centralization and security of an IBM mainframe while maintaining the usage of the Windows PC applications.  Now our clients have a choice.  At first the adoption of centralized desktops in a private cloud was very slow (kind of reminds me of Revit).  But now centralized cloud services are common place and A2K is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the private cloud we’ve built for the AEC industry.  Many of our clients see this as a competitive advantage for their project but I can share some highlights of IPD in action:


  • ANF architects, a small 60-person office in one Memphis, TN location was able to invite a consultant partner into their private cloud to collaborate on this project.  And the consultant was a much larger company and had their own private cloud.
  • Several hospitals were designed in our private cloud with many firms involved.  In fact on one IPD project, the permitting needed to be fast-tracked and the Municipality responsible for issuing permits was invited to the private cloud so they could review work as it was being designed.  Healthcare projects are very complex and these IPD projects have been completed with multiple lead firms and consultants.  There is less project “lag” and time is money.
  • A federal project was completed in an IPD project with consultants in Alaska and lower-48 locations.

Many times firms come to us in need of a private cloud for IPD.  Great, we set them up.  Once they learn this new way of working, they get very excited and want us to run more of their business applications.  Hosted PBX?  check.  Email?  check.  Newforma?  check.  Deltek?  check.  If you are leary about moving to a private cloud, TEST it first and draw your own conclusions.  Firms R&D all kinds of technology and a private cloud is no different.  I recommend to clients if they have never experienced Revit running on a high performance cloud desktop, call us up and we’ll get you two free demo accounts.  You can collaborate between the two with your models.  Once you are convinced that this might just work, setup a small proof-of-concept that has your specific applications and start collaborating.  You don’t have to wait for an IPD project to be awarded.  Get 2-3 workstations setup now so that you are ready to go when you do need it.  It takes approx 2-4 weeks to setup a private cloud, get your setup in our service desk, apply security, etc.  But once it is setup, we can scale out more workstations overnight. Or you can roll like some of our clients that are already “sold” on a private cloud and ask “how fast can you set us up?”

Try it, you’ll like it!

AECBYTES Nov 14,2016 Viewpoint Article, IPD and the Cloud

A recent IPD case study running in the Advance2000 (A2K) private cloud: PennFirst IPD


If you have more questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

Chris France




How the Cloud Will Get You Through The Storm

November brings the official end of hurricane season, winter is on the way. Now is the time business leaders and IT professionals should be learning the lessons of a summer and fall full of powerful storms and hurricanes.

Advance2000’s private distributed data centers provide decision makers the most cost effective, high performance, fastest to deploy disaster recovery solution available today. We are ready to secure your business in the cloud, protecting your data and employees for the next time Mother Nature strikes.

These two customer stories illustrate why you need to act now rather than wait until disaster strikes.

A large engineering firm with offices around the world heeded the lessons learned from Super Storm Sandy in October 2014 and migrated their project data from individual regional offices to the Cloud. They quickly realized that this decision not only produced the desired goal of safeguarding their project data but also gave them almost unlimited access to the information from any device, at any time, in any kind of weather. Their next steps were easily laid out, move all other data assets to the Cloud. This included email, telephony, BIM data, etc. The migration was done over time and carefully planned and orchestrated. This year when their Miami and North Carolina offices were hit with multiple weather events and cities like Washington DC and New York were also threatened, they didn’t miss a beat.

Their customers’ expectations and deadlines were never impacted by the storms. Projects continued to move forward. Any employees directly in the storm’s path were able to get to safety but still have access to every corporate asset as though they were sitting at their desk using their company provided computer.

The Cloud got them through the storm because they were prepared.

A mid-sized design firm with offices in New York City and North Carolina has been a customer of Advance2000 for many years. They purchased a premise based telephone system twelve years ago. They too were impacted by Super Storm Sandy and they too had Advance2000 come in to address their vulnerabilities such as; access to data, email, communications with customers and employees. However, in this case, the decision makers quickly forgot about the storm. They said it was “a 100-year event” which meant it would be the next guy’s problem long after they retire. Then came Hurricane Matthew and more nasty storms this past fall. They had over 80 people directly affected by the ensuing floods. Most of them were safe in their homes but completely cut off from their offices. It simply was not safe to travel or in some cases illegal to venture out due to mandatory evacuations orders given by the government. Business was stopped for 8 full days. They discovered that their customers in other parts of the country and world ran out of sympathy very quickly.

This firm is now moving forward with plans to safeguard their business by migrating to a distributed data center solution. Their plan is to be fully in the Advance2000 Cloud by March 2017. They will be prepared for the next storm that hits.

Why Advance2000 Cloud During the Storm?

  1. Business Continuity– Whether the problem is Mother Nature or manmade, Advance2000 is prepared. Multiple redundant privately owned data centers, physically and digitally secure, layered power back up and 24/7/365 U.S. based Helpdesk.
  2. Bring your own Device (BYOD)– If people are not able to get to the office they can access their Virtual Desktop and Communications platforms (email and telephones) from any device that has Internet connectivity. This includes their personal computers, tablets, laptops or smartphones.
  3. Disaster Recovery “lite”– While working from an Advance2000 based Virtual Desktop, your work is instantly saved, secured and backed up. Your data is protected no matter what the weather.
  4. Safe Working Environment – You can provide a safe working environment for your employees. There is no need to travel during a dangerous storm to meet a deadline. The Advance2000 Virtual Desktops provide your users a state of the art, HIGH performing computing experience connecting from even the most basic device. All your most demanding software applications will run like you are sitting next to your server, while you work from the safety of a shelter, airport or from your home on the couch.

For more information about Advance2000’s Cloud and how it can protect your business, contact Adam Glass direct at 732.245.3294 or Contact Advance2000.

Photo Credit: “Hurricane Matthew” nasa.gov

PennFIRST Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Case Study

PennFIRST has successfully implemented an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Project using Advance2000’s Project Cloud Technology.

Penn Medicine’s newest facility will be delivered through an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) process. IPD is a highly collaborative project process that achieves better outcomes and reduces waste throughout the design and construction phases.

Collaboration is difficult to achieve and essential to project success. A borderless collaborative way to work promotes productivity and innovation. Projects need a way to facilitate work sharing between multiple firms to enhance communication and collaboration for its project.

IPD requires teams to work differently. For an IPD project to be successful the Building Design Team cannot work in isolation any longer. Teams that don’t work together don’t succeed. IPD is teams working together and communicating. How do multiple firms designing a hospital work together?

Advance2000 helps firms collaborate, innovate and promote the use of BIM and IPD. Advance2000’s Project Cloud creates a “Virtual Colocation” that allows real time collaboration with multiple firms. Advance2000’s Private Cloud solution is the engine to drive project collaboration and efficiency.

For more information, download the full CASE STUDY or contact us.

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