Managed IT Services for AEC Firms

Clare Computer Solutions Tailors Managed IT Services for the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction Industry

 

Clare Computer Solutions Tailors Managed IT Services for AEC Firms

Architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms need modern technology and services to help them improve productivity and collaboration while managing complex projects. At Clare Computer Solutions, we take pride in our expertise in overcoming the challenges AEC companies face. By understanding the nuances of the AEC industry, we provide tailored IT solutions that empower your business.

Who We Serve

We provide technology support for many types of AEC firms.

A

  • Architectural Design
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture

E

  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering

C

  • General Contracting
  • Construction Management
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Urban Planning
  • Surveying
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Meeting IT Challenges in the AEC Industry

Architectural, Engineering, and Construction firms face distinct challenges when trying to stay current with technology. Clare helps AEC companies conquer these challenges to ensure seamless operations and outstanding project outcomes.

Collaboration and Communication

Seamless interaction among dispersed teams of architects, engineers, and contractors demands advanced communication and collaboration tools.

Remote Work Challenges

Enabling secure remote work while maintaining access to project files and fostering effective collaboration is essential for modern AEC firms.

IT Training and Adoption

Overcoming resistance to change and ensuring employees are proficient in utilizing new IT solutions through continuous training is vital.

Software Compatibility

Integrating and ensuring compatibility between diverse software applications used in AEC tasks poses challenges to workflow efficiency.

Hardware and Software Investments

Balancing budget constraints while investing in high-performance computers and specialized software tools is an ongoing challenge for AEC organizations.

Data Security

Protecting sensitive client data, project designs, and proprietary information from cyber threats and data breaches remains a critical concern.

Regulatory Compliance

Adhering to various regulations, especially related to data privacy and security, poses challenges in maintaining compliant IT systems.

Complex Project Management

AEC projects require intricate planning and resource management, necessitating specialized project management software solutions.

Large File Management

AEC firms struggle to efficiently manage, share, and store massive design files and project documentation, complicating collaboration.

Version Control

Managing multiple revisions of designs and documents to prevent errors and discrepancies is crucial, demanding efficient version control systems.

Time for a Change?

In the ever-evolving world of the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction industry, staying ahead in the IT game is pivotal. At Clare Computer Solutions, we understand the unique challenges the AEC industry faces with technology. Here are the top six challenges we encounter that signal your firm needs a change in IT management.

1) Industry Expertise

IT service providers with experience in working with AEC firms understand the specific software, applications, and workflows unique to the industry. This specialized knowledge ensures that IT solutions are tailored to cater to the specific needs of architects, engineers, and construction professionals.

2) Efficiency and Productivity

AEC firms often rely on complex software for design, modeling, and project management. IT service providers can optimize these software applications, ensuring they run smoothly and efficiently. This optimization boosts productivity by reducing downtime and enhancing overall workflow.

3) Data Security

AEC firms deal with sensitive client data, designs, and project plans. Robust cybersecurity measures are crucial to protect this confidential information from cyber threats. IT service providers can implement state-of-the-art security protocols to safeguard data from unauthorized access and cyberattacks.

4) Scalability

AEC projects often vary in scale, requiring flexibility in IT infrastructure. IT service providers can design scalable solutions that accommodate the changing needs of AEC firms as projects expand or contract, ensuring resources are allocated efficiently.

5) Collaboration and Communication

Effective communication and collaboration are key in AEC projects that involve multidisciplinary teams. IT service providers can implement collaborative tools and unified communication systems that enhance teamwork, both within the firm and with external partners.

6) Compliance and Regulations

AEC firms must adhere to industry-specific regulations and standards. IT service providers can ensure that the firm’s IT infrastructure complies with these regulations, reducing the risk of legal issues and ensuring a smooth operation.

Benefits of Managed IT for AEC Firms

Managed IT services empower AEC companies to operate efficiently, securely, and competitively. By leveraging expert IT support, these firms can focus on delivering high-quality projects while leaving the complexities of technology to professionals with the necessary specializations. The benefits of Managed IT services for companies in the AEC sector include:

Expertise and Support

Managed IT providers bring specialized knowledge of AEC tools and industry-specific needs. They offer expert support, ensuring that the company’s IT systems are optimized for efficiency and productivity.

24/7 Monitoring

Managed IT services include continuous monitoring of networks and systems. This proactive approach helps identify and address potential issues before they escalate, minimizing downtime and disruptions in project workflows.

Data Security

Managed IT providers implement robust cybersecurity measures, safeguarding sensitive project data and client information from cyber threats. Regular security updates, encryption, and firewall management enhance data protection.

Scalability

AEC projects often require scalable IT solutions to accommodate changing workloads. Managed IT services offer flexible plans, allowing companies to scale their IT resources up or down based on project demands.

Efficient Collaboration

Managed IT providers facilitate seamless communication and collaboration among project teams, whether they are working in the office or remotely. Collaboration tools and secure file-sharing platforms enhance teamwork and project coordination.

Comprehensive Backup and Recovery

Managed IT services include regular data backups and disaster recovery plans. In the event of data loss or system failures, companies can quickly restore their data, minimizing downtime and ensuring business continuity.

Cost-Effectiveness

Managed IT services operate using predictable, subscription-based pricing models. This approach helps AEC companies manage their IT budgets effectively, avoiding unexpected costs associated with system maintenance and upgrades.

Compliance and Regulations

AEC companies deal with various regulations and standards. Managed IT providers assist in ensuring that IT systems comply with industry-specific regulations, enhancing legal and regulatory adherence.

Focus on Core Competencies

By outsourcing IT management to experts, AEC companies can concentrate on their core competencies, such as designing, engineering, and project management, without the distraction of handling IT issues.

Up-to-Date Technology

Managed IT providers keep AEC companies up to date with the latest technology trends and software updates. These updates ensure that firms have access to cutting-edge tools, enhancing their competitive advantage in the industry.

Solutions for the AEC Industry

We offer NetCentral Manage for AEC firms.

NetCentral Basics:

Offers essential managed IT support skills for businesses, coupled with fundamental security measures, ensuring confidence in navigating today’s digital landscape.

  • Unlimited Remote IT Support (8:00AM to 5:00PM M-F)
  • Technical Account Management
  • Multi-Factor Authentication for O365
  • Security Patches and Updates – Systems
  • ConnectWise Automate: RMM, device scripting, Patching & More
  • ConnectWise CRM: Ticket/Asset Management
  • ConnectWise Control
  • Employee Support Portal & Self-Support
  • IT Glue: Knowledge Base

NetCentral Manage Essentials:

Enables co-managed IT support, empowering users with essential tools for efficient system management and fostering collaboration between in-house and external teams to ensure seamless operations and robust security.

  • 24/7 monitoring and alerting of critical business systems
  • Proactive endpoint patch management
  • Proactive server-critical OS updates & patch management
  • Managed data backups and cloud replication
  • Quarterly business reviews
  • Managed multi-factor authentication
  • Cybersecurity user awareness training
  • Advanced threat protection for email
  • Web content filtration
  • Comprehensive endpoint detection and response tools

NetCentral Manage Complete:

Offers comprehensive IT management solutions, providing users with tools for efficient system oversight, seamless operations, and robust security measures.

  • Virtual CIO (vCIO) services
  • Weekly check-ins
  • Project oversight and management
  • Annual technology roadmap meetings and budgeting
  • Semi-annual security assessments
  • Best practice alignment
  • Solution analysis and recommendations
  • Unlimited remote desktop support, M-F, 8am-5pm
  • On-site desktop support when required, M-F, 8am-5pm
  • Systems and network administration and remediation

Why AEC Firms Should Partner With Clare Computer

Collaborating with Clare Computer Solutions offers tailored IT support designed to meet the unique demands of the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) sector. With us as your IT partner, you can focus on what you do best – designing, engineering, and constructing remarkable structures – while we handle the complexities of technology. Here’s why partnering with us is a game-changer for your firm:

In-Depth Industry Insight

We understand the complexities of AEC operations, allowing us to customize our IT solutions to seamlessly align with your specific challenges, ensuring technology enhances your production processes efficiently.

Ironclad Cybersecurity

AEC firms handle sensitive project data. We implement cutting-edge cybersecurity protocols to safeguard your intellectual property and client information from cyber threats, providing robust protection against data breaches and industrial espionage.

Round-the-Clock Monitoring

Our team ensures continuous monitoring of your IT systems, swiftly detecting and resolving issues. This proactive approach minimizes downtime, keeping your project workflows uninterrupted and your clients satisfied.

Scalable Solutions

We offer flexible IT solutions that adapt to your firm’s evolving demands. Whether ramping up during peak project periods or streamlining during slower times, our services adjust to meet your changing needs seamlessly.

Operational Focus

Outsourcing IT management to us allows your team to concentrate on core competencies, such as project management and innovation. Focus on strategic initiatives, driving business growth and excellence, while we handle the IT complexities.

Transparent Budgeting

Our predictable, subscription-based models provide clear budgeting, preventing unexpected IT expenses. Plan your resources effectively, ensuring your projects stay on track without financial surprises.

Regulatory Adherence

We ensure your firm complies with industry-specific regulations and standards, preventing legal complications and ensuring smooth business operations without regulatory hurdles.

Reliable Backup and Recovery

Count on us for robust disaster recovery plans. In the face of natural disasters or cyber incidents, our solutions minimize data loss and downtime, ensuring your projects progress seamlessly.

Proactive IT Management

We conduct regular updates and maintenance, reducing vulnerabilities. Our proactive approach ensures your AEC operations run smoothly without interruptions due to IT glitches.

Strategic Guidance

Benefit from our strategic IT planning that aligns technology with your long-term business goals. Stay ahead in the competitive landscape with innovative technologies and practices, empowering your firm to achieve sustained growth.

Does Your AEC Firm Need Managed IT Services?

Take a deeper dive into how to determine if you are working for a company in the AEC sector that needs to partner with a managed service provider. Read our blog “Enhancing the AEC Industry: How MSPs Drive Progress in Architecture, Engineers, and Construction.”