Summers-Inman’s staff use 3D modelling and other data-heavy systems and software, making high speed communications a priority.
Through its status as one of only 10 UK Virgin Strategic Partners, ITPS was able to offer a 100Mb connection from remote sites, and a 1GB link to the head office, resulting in a network that is five times faster than its predecessor, and which has been implemented at no extra cost. Construction industry software platforms designed to handle estimating, bills of quantity and contracts management are delivered via desktop infrastructure, with the option to gradually move to a lower cost thin client model that can support the software.
With the communications upgrade in place, the 30-strong server estate was centralised and reduced to three virtualised machines supported with new switching and a VPN, all of which lowered hardware, maintenance and manpower costs at a stroke. Staff who work remotely and are often based on client sites connect to the infrastructure via web portals and VPNs to get real time access to central systems and project plans, allowing them to share information and manage workflow, and increasing overall functionality and efficiency.