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Case Study: Torcon Increases Productivity with AEC Cloud Hosting

Case Study: Torcon Increases Productivity with AEC Cloud Hosting

The Problem: A Need for Reliable Reporting Capabilities Torcon is a builder that provides construction management and general contracting services to leading
corporations and private institutions.

With 175 employees and clients across the country and in Puerto Rico, the company needs to ensure that its employees are connected and can access reports and other information they need.

“We typically have 20 clients, and between 30 and 40 different projects running concurrently,” said Rich Zavali, Engineering Application Manager at Torcon. “We need our staff to have access to database files and other project-related documents, whether they’re at a construction site or working in the office.”

 

The Solution: AEC Cloud’s Hosting Solution
Torcon started working with AEC Cloud in 2006.

Before working with AEC Cloud, we had security concerns and our database access was limited,” Zavali said. “AEC Cloud gave us reporting access from different locations, and allowed us to run global reports across different databases.”

Over the years, AEC Cloud worked with Torcon to introduce new applications. Today, their custom solution gives Torcon’s employees access to an integrated package of virtual desktop, document management, financial, and project management tools.

The software package includes:

  • Meridian System’s Prolog Suite,
  • Prolog Converge,
  • and Prolog Connect

AEC Cloud also recently began hosting CMIC, Torcon’s financial software system for the last seven years. Employees can access these tools from a job site, or any of the company’s three offices in New Jersey, Philadelphia, or Puerto Rico.

This increases their productivity and helps them provide better service to clients.

Torcon recognizes the importance of partnering with a company that understands the construction industry and can support the software it uses on a daily basis.

“AEC Cloud understands the products we use and has proven expertise in the Architecture Engineering and Construction industry,” Zavali said. “This allows us to focus on our core business of managing our customers’ projects, and not worry about the technical issues.”

Torcon also appreciates the reliable technical support that AEC Cloud provides. “They provide excellent customer service,” Zavali said. “If there’s a problem, we know we can call a qualified person to help us.

We don’t need separate people to keep our IT systems running, which also enhances our productivity and helps keep operating costs down.”

AEC Cloud is also an expert in ensuring document security. “We’ve had excellent document security and stability over the years,” Zavali explained. “Even though our employees are working at various locations, we never worry about security.

It’s comforting to us and reassuring to our clients.”

Torcon plans to continue working with AEC Cloud for its IT hosting needs. “Partnering with AEC Cloud allows us to focus on our clients and continue providing excellent customer service,” Zavali said. “We’ve increased our efficiency and productivity, which helps us compete more effectively with other companies in our industry.”

“AEC Cloud really cares about your business, and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

AEC Cloud understands the products we use and has proven expertise in the Architecture Engineering and Construction industry. This allows us to focus on our core business of managing our customers’ projects, and not worry about the technical issues.
Rich Zavali, Engineering Application Manager at Torcon

 

 

 


About The Cram Group & AEC Cloud
Since 2001, The Cram Group is a leading Consulting, Hosting, and Development services provider focused on the AEC Industry. Core offerings include education about Cloud Computing and Solutions based on the NIST Cloud Definition; Software for Unified Application Management and Role Specific Applications; and Services from Advisory to Maintenance which are available direct and through a nationwide Certified Partner Network.
For more information, call 212-505-0381, or email us sales@aeccloud.com

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About Torcon
Torcon is a builder that provides construction management and general contracting services to leading corporations and private institutions. Headquartered in New Jersey, Torcon is one of the largest, most active builders in the Mid-Atlantic States, as well as the premier construction management company in Puerto Rico. Torcon is ranked among the nation’s 80 largest at-risk construction management companies according to ENR, the industry’s leading publication, and was named ENR-New York’s Contractor of the Year in 2013.
For more information, visit www.torcon.com

 

CMFA 2014 Las Vegas: Wesley Smith Presentation (Powerpoint with Audio)

CMFA 2014 Las Vegas Powerpoint presentation by Wesley Smith, with audio discussing cloud hosting for the AEC industry, NIST cloud definition, Public cloud, Hybrid cloud, Private Cloud, Hensel Phelps, Unified Application Management.

Learn more about hosting your data and software on servers located outside the physical office, increasing productivity, mobility and lowering cost.

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.

 

 

AEC Cloud Updates Portal Software with Patch 18: Unified Application Management

Home_Slider_Software_840_100pAEC Cloud recently released Patch 18 for the Portal Software. This new patch covers some bug fixes as well as extends the functionality of the Portal Software, giving users and administrators control over application access and management.

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

The full release documentation can be viewed here.

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.

Constructech Technology Day 2013 | Cloud Exhibit, Expert Discussions & More

We are looking forward to Constructech Technology Day 2013.

Event Activities:

We will be exhibiting in the vendor showcase so come by and visit us.  As always, we will have experienced staff on site prepared to talk about real, in depth, end to end cloud solutions and issues facing the AEC Industry.

Jeremy Sibert, Director of IT, Hensel Phelps and Wes Smith, Cloud Executive Officer, The Cram Group, are speaking, October 4th @ 2:25 PM.  The topic is Big Data and Business Intelligence.

AEC Industry Competencies:

If you are not familiar with us, we are one of the longest running, innovative providers of cohesive solutions including hosting, software, and services for the AEC Industry.  We have been responsible for or part of teams that have implemented large and small scale solutions from a range of companies from owners like The New York Times, to North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System and The Pentagon Renovation Program to a range of global and regional builders like Hensel Phelps, Turner, Torcon and The J Companies.

Why is this important?  This means in addition to our unique understanding of the AEC Industry and related end to end IT management , we get the nuances of managing the software, platform and infrastructure IT layers required to run the products both individually and as part(s) of a cohesive system.

Connect with Us:

If you are interested in learning more, a demo or discussing options around solutions for the AEC Industry, please visit us at the conference or contact us using the options below.

Contact Info: The Cram Group Contact Info

Web Form: AECCloud Information Request

Twitter: AECCloudCom

Unified Cloud Solutions Presentation

We recently spoke @ Viewpoint Collaborate 2013 on Unified Cloud Solutions.  We covered a range of solutions topics including Unified Application Management, Business Intelligence, Integration and Interoperability.  To illustrate these solutions, we used examples from our work at the Pentagon, New York Times, and other clients as well as a range of AEC vendor offerings.

Based on a range of feedback, our demystification of Cloud and our vision of the future is a great framework for getting non technical and technical teams on a level playing field for communication.

Click Here to Request a Copy!

Viewpoint Collaborate 2013 | Cloud Exhibit, Expert Discussions & More

We are looking forward to Viewpoint Collaborate 2013.

Event Activities:

We will be exhibiting in the vendor showcase so come by and visit us in booth #5.  As always, we will have experienced staff on site prepared to talk about real, in depth, end to end cloud solutions vs. sales and marketing fluff.

Our President and Cloud Executive Officer Wes Smith is speaking at Collaborate 2013 on Wednesday, September 18th, 10:30AM.  The topic is Unified Cloud Solutions for Efficiency and Productivity.   Wes has been a guest speaker at 4 past Viewpoint events as well as numerous events for ENR and Constructech Magazines.

We also have a group of runners that are planning to meet a few mornings to get to know each other a bit better and burn off some of that great food from the famous Portland gourmet food trucks.

Viewpoint Competencies:

We are a Viewpoint Development partner and our competencies around Viewpoint products include Application Hosting, Unified Application Management Software, Mobile Software, and advanced technical services for V6, Content Manager and other products.

AEC Industry Competencies:

If you are not familiar with us, we are one of the longest running, innovative providers of cohesive solutions including hosting, software, and services for the AEC Industry.  We have been responsible for or part of teams that have implemented large and small scale solutions from a range of companies from owners like The New York Times, to North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System and The Pentagon Renovation Program to a range of global and regional builders like Hensel Phelps, Turner, Torcon and The J Companies.

Why is this important?  This means in addition to our unique understanding of the AEC Industry and related end to end IT management , we get the nuances of managing the software, platform and infrastructure IT layers required to run the products both individually and as part(s) of a cohesive system.

Connect with Us:

If you are interested in learning more, a demo or discussing options on Viewpoint products as part of a Unified Cloud Solution, please contact us [Click Here] and we can schedule an appointment at Viewpoint Collaborate 2013 or any time that is convenient for you.

Contact Info: The Cram Group Contact Info

Web Form: AECCloud Information Request

Twitter: AECCloudCom

AGC IT Forum 2013 | TCG & Hensel Phelps Speaking on Unified Cloud Based Solutions for Efficiency and Productivity

Please join us in Chicago on Wednesday, August 14 and Thursday, August 15, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel for the 5th annual AGC IT Forum Conference where great peer-to-peer collaboration and networking are central! This year the theme is Strong IT Knowledge Driving Excellent Business Decisions.  [Official Event Site].  There are a number of great speakers covering Interoperability, Integration, Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, and Mobility including industry colleagues of ours from  COSA & Burger Consulting.

Our session is Thursday, August 15th, Details are below:

CONFERENCE SESSION:  Unified Cloud Based Solutions for Efficiency and Productivity

Jeremy Sibert, Director of Technology,  Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Wes Smith, President, The Cram Group

No single shoe fits all sizes, likewise no isolated application can address all of a companies needs.  Jeremy Sibert (Hensel Phelps Construction Co.) and Wes Smith (The Cram Group) will discuss the benefits of harnessing a range of applications and their vision for unified, interoperable solutions for the AEC Industry.  Topics such as the NIST Cloud definition, unified application management, business intelligence, integration and agcXML standards will be included.  Several examples will be demonstrated.

 

Webinar | Using Microsoft Excel with Prolog and Other AEC Industry Applications

Tune in Tuesday, June 25th @ 2:00PM EDT for a Webinar on using Office Business Applications with Prolog and other AEC Industry applications. Read More

Interested in Using Microsoft Excel with Prolog and other AEC Industry Applications?

We revamped our website section on OBAs so it’s easier than ever to get started using Microsoft Excel with Prolog and other AEC Industry applications.  The new streamlined section consolidates years of experience in building OBAs.  The basics of OBAs are outlined first and we added answers to more than 25 frequently asked questions about everything from why we build them, why they work well for Prolog, why people love them, and how they work with Prolog Sky!  [Click here to Learn More]