IT Support for Engineering & Architectural Firms

IT Support for Engineering & Architectural Firms

Working at an Engineering & Architectural Firm is challenging, with focus and attention at a premium to ensure that everything is calculated and designed correctly. While technology has become an integral part of this field, dealing with tech problems, maintenance and issues can siphon off critical time and energy best given to the details of the field itself. Since hiring and maintaining a full time IT staff can be a financial burden difficult for many firms to bear, outsourcing to an organization like Network Depot becomes incredibly attractive.
Network Depot has over 30 years experience working with different architectural and engineering firms in and around the DC Metro area. Firms that make the decision to use Network Depot’s comprehensive lineup of services can expect such perks as:

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  • Predictable IT Budget: Network Depot believes in the flat fee, which makes it easier for businesses to predict possible IT expenditures.
  • Increased Up-Time: The combination of our preventative maintenance and speedy resolution of problems when they do happen means your tech capabilities are available much more often.
  • Round the Clock Service: No matter what time of day or night it may be, our tech consultants always have your back.

Engineering and Architectural IT Support Services

Engineering & Architectural Firm IT Support
Our roster of business services includes a variety of those that are extremely helpful to engineering and architectural firms of all shapes and sizes.

Data Backup and Recovery

While most businesses depend heavily on the information and data gathered about virtually every facet of their business, this can be even more important to those in the engineering and architectural field. One of the most valued components of this field is the myriad of designs and layouts that power the construction of an architect or engineer’s vision, and losing them can be absolutely devastating. As such, it is of paramount importance that engineering and architectural firms have a comprehensive backup and restoration plan in place and ready to be implemented if needed.

Network Depot has developed effective tools to make sure your data is backed up and available, even in the face of malfunction or disaster. All of your data is backed up every 15 minutes, to two separate locations on the East and West Coasts, making sure that no important tidbits of insight get lost along the way. If equipment malfunction does occur, our Backup and Disaster Recovery Device, or BDR, steps in seamlessly to support operations until the issue can be rectified.

Cloud Services vs. Dedicated Server

One critical IT decision your company has to make is where to store your Email, files, and business applications and how you can most effectively access these functions. Your decision in each case will be one of the following: using a dedicated server, using a cloud solution, or using a hybrid solution.

Much of the time of the engineer or architect, that which is not part of the creation process itself, is spent on the go, visiting different job sites and equipment locations that they are servicing. As such, the capability to access important schematics, financial or customer information while out of the office is important. The most innovative answer to this type of problem we have seen in recent memory is the cloud, capable of hosting and sharing virtually any amount of information necessary. Network Depot will analyze your current setup, and make recommendations on enterprise-level solutions in a myriad of different areas. These include hosted email exchanges, cloud file servers, and virtual server hosting, to name a few.

The following articles explain the pros and cons of each method and will help your company make the decision that works best for your unique needs.

Not All Clouds are Created Equal

Email-Server vs. Cloud

Files- Server vs. Cloud

Business Applications- Server vs. Cloud

Mobile Office

The cloud is not the only tool in Network Depot’s arsenal of services that helps professionals when they are out and about. An effective and comprehensive mobile platform, used for both communication and information sharing, is equally as important. Network Depot possesses the experience and know how to provide you with advice on which mobile platform is right for you. Whether you go with Android, or Apple, or any of the other crowd of platforms now available commercially, we will help you operate at peak efficiency.

Network Care and Security

As with most things in life, the incredible advances we have made with technology has its dark side. This manifests as the multitude of hackers and viruses that have been created specifically to plunder the secrets and digital assets of companies in virtually any field, with architectural and engineering no exception. In fact, given the unique nature of much of the work generated by an architect or engineer, your network may be of even higher value to those looking to poke their nose where it does not belong.

Network Depot starts out your protection with an enterprise-level hardware firewall, stopping most normal attacks dead in their tracks. Our OneStepAhead’s Content Filtering Solution will help stop your employees from accidentally accessing an unsafe website, without the need to enter in any web addresses by hand. We also keep all licenses for antivirus software completely up to date, so you do not have to worry about whether or not you will be protected.

Making an architectural or engineering firm a success in today’s fiercely-competitive industry is challenge enough, why also take on the worry of keeping your tech capabilities and assets on point as well? If you are in the market for an outsourced solution to your tech problems, or just need some answers to any questions you may have come up with, please do not hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience.