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“Does Excel count?”

I couldn’t help but chuckle at this statement from respondent in a recent construction technology survey. This obvious tongue-in-cheek response to a question about integration sheds light on the fact that while as an industry, construction has indeed come very far with regards to adopting advanced IT applications, in many ways it still relies on some of the tried-and-true tools with which the industry originated.

What’s more; nearly two in every 10 respondents to that same survey name Microsoft Excel as their primary tool during the estimating process. Think about that for a moment: A rather substantial number of construction firms are relying on Microsoft Excel at perhaps the most critical stage of their projects.

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With all of this in mind, to that respondent’s statement I reply, “Yes! Excel absolutely counts.”

And perhaps much of that has to do with the fact that Excel really isn’t what it used to be—it’s much better than ever. This is thanks in large part to fact that Microsoft has made some rather substantial investments behind the scenes to ensure its suite of Office applications can integrate better with the broader range of applications in use across business today.

obasCentral to that strategy are Microsoft Office Business Applications (OBAs). As applications written for Microsoft Office and based on .NET technology, OBAs uses Web services to connect to a standard Line of Business (LOB) or other application.

For instance, a Microsoft Excel-based OBA, allows for a pre-mapped, secure, two-way connection over the Internet between Excel and the LOB. This has proven to be a somewhat cumbersome process using traditional import/export methods. OBAs work by using Microsoft Office as the interface to capture information that is sent via Web services in XML format.

What this means is that you can perform work outside what some perceive to be as the constraints of a LOB—collaborating with extended team members, for example—yet still remain connected to the Microsoft Office system.

This presents the ease of using familiar Office-based applications while still being able to connect to other enterprise applications. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the most commonly used OBAs in construction are based on Microsoft Excel.

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Beyond Excel
The value of OBAs goes beyond Microsoft Excel. In fact, OBAs can be developed to extend LOB applications to more and more products. For instance, the ability to build a workflow application for managing documents. Or implementing an application that consolidates multiple user interfaces into a single Office system document or SharePoint Server Web page.

Important to note on that last point is the fact that while OBAs and SharePoint have a common technology foundation, OBAs do not require SharePoint to run. However, as SharePoint and Microsoft Office evolve, the lines between SharePoint and OBAs continue to blur, to which another class of applications called Office Web Applications (OWAs) have emerged.

A Smooth and Specific OBA Experience
Some companies choose to buy OBAs from their application vendors, or go the route of building their own. Of course, there are challenges associated with both routes; the former working with a vendor that does not have the expertise, and the latter requiring in-depth programming knowledge and resources.

When it comes to the use of OBAs that are specifically designed for the AEC industry, AEC Cloud is the pioneer.

We have been building OBAs as products for this industry since 2009. We offer an online source called the OBA Store, which contains both pre-build content, along with the ability to help your custom build OBAs. We manage the OBA content that we build, along with the related licensing.

The OBAs we provide are designed, written, packaged, licensed and managed by AEC Cloud. This means that the OBA Store—along with the OBA Cloud, which is used for OBA hosting—is designed and managed by us, allowing us to have full control over the OBAs.

Trimble Buildings/Meridian Systems were the first AEC software provider to openly provide web services that could be used with Microsoft’s OBA technology—and we were early adopters. But that doesn’t mean our OBA options are strictly limited to Trimble Buildings/Meridian Systems. In fact, we work to help customize OBAs specific to your environment.

Our OBAs are commercial applications, and that is the way in which we manage them. We help you understand which ones are most popular, can help provide you with better assistance with regards to support agreements, version control, and more.

obasWorking with OBAs specific to the AEC industry shouldn’t be taken lightly. As you look to extend the capabilities of your LOB applications to ensure that you can effectively work offline and capture critical information that lives in spreadsheets, work with a partner that has deep expertise and knowledge of the industry, along with a track record of success. It will help ensure you experience is one that is both seamless and specific.

This sounds great. Where do I get OBAs?

At the OBA Store!

Start browsing the largest collection of AEC related OBAs now!

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Proven Reliability and Leadership For Over 16 Years

Logo_AECCloud_Option2_300AEC Cloud has been on the scene working with the largest AEC companies in the field for over 16 years. Leaders in the industry rely on our expertise and proven track record to help their companies stay ahead with their Enterprise Application Hosting needs. Just ask Hensel Phelps or Turner Construction.

Finding an experienced and reliable hosting partner is critical in seeing a successful outcome.

Here at AEC Cloud, we know what you need before you do. We have been hosting applications and data for some of the largest companies in the AEC space for over 16 years. We can help guide you through the maze of cloud hosting and determine exactly what your company needs today, and what it will need tomorrow.

  • Find out what AEC Cloud can do for your business migration to the cloud.
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Eliminate Import/Export Of Data: Use Excel to Update Your Line of Business Apps

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OBAs, Microsoft Office Business Applications, are a great way to extend your Line of Business (LOB) applications so you can capture critical information that lives in spreadsheets and work offline without missing a beat.

Would you like to…

  • Use Excel to update Prolog, Primavera, Viewpoint and other AEC Industry applications?
  • Utilize standard forms your employees already understand?
  • Update information in one location and have it update in multiple applications?
  • Work online or offline from anywhere anytime?
  • Stop mapping fields and supporting import/export issues?

 

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Advantages of using Microsoft Office Business Applications:

  • Users can work in Microsoft Excel to manage information related to submittals, punch lists, and most other features.  
  • You can use our standard forms or base them on yours.
  • OBAs can be used with any application that has web services.

Want to learn more about connecting your Line of Business Applications with Microsoft Excel?

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Seven OBA Updates Released In OBA Store

Updates for seven OBAs have been released in the OBA Store.

Click the link for each OBA title to view the details and specifications for each.

 

Office Business Applications

(OBAs) built on the Microsoft Office Business Application framework, are a great way to extend your Line of Business (LOB) applications so you can capture critical information that lives in spreadsheets and work offline without missing a beat.

Would you like to…

  • Use Excel with Prolog and other AEC Industry applications?
  • Utilize standard forms everyone already understands?
  • Update information in minutes vs. hours?
  • Work online or offline from anywhere anytime?
  • Stop mapping fields and supporting import/export issues?

A common example of using OBAs in the AEC Industry is with Prolog (a construction project management application).  Users can work in Microsoft Excel to manage information related to submittals, punch list, and most other feature.  Using an OBA based on Excel, you can use our standard forms or base them on yours.  While OBAs work great with Prolog, OBAs can be used with any application that has web services.

The OBA Store is the online source for Microsoft Office Business Applications (OBAs).  We have standard OBAs for most features supported by Prolog and are always looking to build them for other Line of Business applications based on client demand and Vendors opening up their web service technologies.  Get a free account to access and browse to the largest catalog of OBAs for the AEC Industry!

Sign Up Here or Login Here if you already have an account.

The OBA Cloud is the online source for hosting Microsoft Office Business Applications (OBAs).  When combined with The OBA Store there’s simply no better way to buy, manage, and deploy your OBAs.
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Oracle's Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management

Offerings_Hosting_370x320Experience Cloud Hosted Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) products!

We host all Oracle Primavera EPPM software.
Over 15 years hands on experience cloud hosting for some of the largest construction firms in the industry.
Project Planning with Oracle is undeniably the industry leader and standard. Cloud hosting Oracle Primavera EPPM software opens up the door to a large array of powerful tools and possibilities.
From the smallest project to enterprise level projects, Oracle EPPM delivers. Our cloud hosted solution offers a robust platform for mobility and real time communication between all the team members involved on a project.
Managing, executing, prioritizing and planning has never been easier. These are just some of the features you can expect:
  • Powerful Oracle Primavera P6 software. The industry standard.
  • Infrastructure is managed by our professional team with over 15 years experience.
  • Mobility. Real time access and communication keeps the project moving ahead without unnecessary delays.
  • Team collaboration. Team members all have access to the same set of data and updates.
  • Realization of a reduced IT budget by minimizing hardware and OS management and costs.

Organizations that have made a sound choice in implementing Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) range of applications such as P6, Contract Management, Unifier, continue to majorly invest in maintaining and procuring Software, Platforms, and Infrastructure like servers, storage, services – costs which could be minimized by moving to cloud hosted environments.

Moving applications to cloud hosting environments enables organizations to gain huge cost savings by paying for only what they need and not be hindered in worrying about procurement, maintenance of related software and hardware and focus entirely on ensuring the success of the construction projects.

Oracle Software We Host:

So what are you waiting for? It is time to at least see a demo of what this technology can do for you and your business’ productivity and bottom line.

See our offerings in action. Schedule a live demo today!

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AEC Cloud Updates Portal Software with Patch 20: Unified Application Management

Home_Slider_Software_840_100pAEC Cloud recently released Patch 20 for the Portal Software. This new patch covers some bug fixes of the Portal Software, giving users and administrators control over application access and management.

“Unified Application Management” is the key feature of Portal Software.

Fixes
Fix #1:

  • The user count issues in Companies Page.
    a. Application Section shows incorrect count in the list.
    b. Assign Application section shows inactive users in the list.
    c. Related Accounts section shows  incorrect count in the list.

Fix #2:

  • ‘Related Users’ matrix displays incorrect applications on following scenario.
    Scenario: Remove all apps from a user  via the Contacts page, save and then reassign only on App to the user – Matrix will display access to all/other apps

What is Portal Software?

Developed with a cloud mindset, the AEC Cloud Portal Software is purpose built for:

  • Companies seeking a unified end user
  • Unified application administrator experience
  • Currently used by more than 20,000 users
  • Seamless self provisioning experience

Major Functionality includes:

  • Central company/contact repository
  • Secure launching, provisioning and single sign on for various applications
  • Activity based billing module
  • Integrated with Active Directory
  • Includes a web services layer that can be used to leverage certain features for other integrations

 

If you are thinking about moving all or part of your business to the cloud, give us a call and let us show you how to leverage the myriad benefits of cloud hosting.

Trimble Prolog Upgraded to 9.92 MR3 on AEC Cloud

Offerings_Hosting_370x320AEC Cloud has updated the Trimble Prolog to version 9.92 MR3 in our hosted software offerings.

The new version has many new features, the most important is the ability to view data on mobile devices.

From the Meridian Systems website:
The Trimble Prolog software is the leading construction project management software available on the market today. Manage all aspects of your project from record keeping, from the construction site to the office.

Here is what’s new:

  • New in the Browser: Prolog Converge 9.9
  • New UI
  • Broader Browser Support
  • Forms in New Windows
  • Reports with attachments
  • New Admin Functionality
  • New Default Configuration
  • Company/Contact Improvements
  • In-form videos
  • New in Mobile: Prolog Mobile 9.9
    • File Library

Other Improvements

Significant enhancements have been made in terms of performance improvements and usability, including:

  • The Drawings & Specs form has been added
  • Streamlined Initialization Process
  • On-Demand Record Refresh
  • Record Locking & “Add Comments”
  • Multiple Checklist Enhancements
  • Snapshots of Pin Locations may now be captured and attached to records
  • Additional Annotation Controls improve markup capabilities
  • Camera Enhancements

Product release information:
http://www.meridiansystems.com/products/prolog/whats-new/

 

AEC Cloud Hosting has over 15 years of hands on real world experience in protecting data for the largest construction firms in the industry. We have the know how and expertise so you can rest at night knowing your data is secure.

Find out what AEC Cloud can do for your business migration to the cloud. Schedule a live demo today and see for yourself the possibilities we can offer.

 

Portal Updated: Columbia Soft Document Locator to Version 7.1

Offerings_Hosting_370x320We are happy to announce that our proprietary Portal Software, has been updated with the latest Columbia Soft Document Locator to version 7.1

The new version has many new features, the most important is the ability to view data on mobile devices.

From the Columbia Soft website:
WebTools version 7 is engineered using the latest HTML5 technology to provide an intuitive,easy-to-use navigation.

 Here’s what’s new:

  • Works on all major browsers, including Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.
  • Faster page loading and improved speed performance.
  • Designed for easy finger-friendly navigation on touchscreens and tablets.
  • A “Favorites” selector makes it easy to build a list of everyday files.
  • Informative context menus are available at a right-click.

Product release information:
http://www.documentlocator.com/downloads/docs/versionreleases/version7.pdf
http://www.documentlocator.com/downloads/docs/versionreleases/version7-1.pdf

 

AEC Cloud Hosting has over 15 years of hands on real world experience in protecting data for the largest construction firms in the industry. We have the know how and expertise so you can rest at night knowing your data is secure.

Find out what AEC Cloud can do for your business migration to the cloud. Schedule a live demo today and see for yourself the possibilities we can offer.

 

Enterprise Cloud Application Hosting

Free your IT department to more than monitoring and patching.

cloud-saasHosting your business applications at AEC Cloud brings resource, financial and innovative benefits to the company.

Allow your IT department to bring value

If you are still hosting your business applications on premises, then you already know that your IT staff’s time is consumed with patching software, upgrading hardware and monitoring backups. Many research groups have found that up to 80% of IT staffing time is consumed by “keep the lights on projects.”

By moving your business applications off premises, you can free up your IT staff to do more innovation that brings real value to the company.

Business application performance and scalability

Users of business applications need on demand performance and reliability to do their job efficiently. Cloud hosted applications deliver this whether in a private cloud, public cloud or a hybrid solution configuration. Users can be added or decreased on demand allowing for fast elasticity of resources. Scalability in a word.

So what are you waiting for? It is time to at least see a demo of what this technology can do for you and your business’ productivity and bottom line.

See our offerings in action. Schedule a live demo today!

 

Software we host:

OBA: Contracts Detailed Form

78307_TOS_9017_Contracts_DetailedForm_Thumbnail v1_0Description: The Contracts Detailed Form OBA is an Excel-based form that enables users to create, read, update and delete the details of Contracts records in Prolog Manager depending on Prolog Security settings.

Installation Requirements

  • Operating System:
    • Windows 7 (64 bit) / Windows 8.1 (64bit)
  • Microsoft Office:
    • Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2013 (64 bit)
  • Prolog Connect:
    • Prolog Connect Version 1.01.0128
  • Other Softwares:
    • Microsoft .Net 4.0 Framework or higher

 

You can learn more about this OBA by viewing the PDF file here

 

Office Business Applications

(OBAs) built on the Microsoft Office Business Application framework, are a great way to extend your Line of Business (LOB) applications so you can capture critical information that lives in spreadsheets and work offline without missing a beat.

Would you like to…

  • Use Excel with Prolog and other AEC Industry applications?
  • Utilize standard forms everyone already understands?
  • Update information in minutes vs. hours?
  • Work online or offline from anywhere anytime?
  • Stop mapping fields and supporting import/export issues?

A common example of using OBAs in the AEC Industry is with Prolog (a construction project management application).  Users can work in Microsoft Excel to manage information related to submittals, punch list, and most other feature.  Using an OBA based on Excel, you can use our standard forms or base them on yours.  While OBAs work great with Prolog, OBAs can be used with any application that has web services.

The OBA Store is the online source for Microsoft Office Business Applications (OBAs).  We have standard OBAs for most features supported by Prolog and are always looking to build them for other Line of Business applications based on client demand and Vendors opening up their web service technologies.  Get a free account to access and browse to the largest catalog of OBAs for the AEC Industry!

Sign Up Here or Login Here if you already have an account.

The OBA Cloud is the online source for hosting Microsoft Office Business Applications (OBAs).  When combined with The OBA Store there’s simply no better way to buy, manage, and deploy your OBAs.
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Cloud Hosted Software is the Present

Hosting your Software in the Cloud

Home_CaseStudiesWidget_DECC_370x320Hosting software on external cloud server has now become the standard for business. The overall cost advantage coupled with lower maintenance has made this option the “go to” for IT departments globally.

Access to the software is no longer tied to the office environment, freeing your workforce to be productive where ever they are located.

This new method of accessing software has revolutionized the workspace and business operations overall.

Software We Host

We can, and do, host almost any software out there. Below is a list of some of the software we are currently hosting.

If you don’t see yours in there, just call or email us to find out more information.

Software

Platform

  • Citrix
  • Microsoft

Infrastructure

  • Cisco
  • EMC
  • Equinix
  • Juniper
  • Microsoft
  • VMWare

See our offerings in action. Schedule a live demo today!