FAST™ delivers tremendous collaboration, productivity boost to Atlas Industries

by Andrew Mullen on May 18, 2015

Talon's FAST™ allowed Atlas to support and encourage collaboration among not only its own employees, but also its global array of clients.

FAST™ delivers tremendous collaboration, productivity boost to Atlas IndustriesCollaboration, communication and data access are essential considerations for any global organization. Regardless of size or sector, an international corporation cannot hope to become and remain productive if its employees cannot work together with ease.

But while collaboration is a key issue for companies in every industry, it is absolutely critical for firms in the architecture, engineer and construction sectors. And, unfortunately, it's frequently proven to be a huge problem for these businesses. These firms' personnel, often located all across the globe, work with huge, shared files on a consistent basis. Lag times, complex data management, inconsistencies and other problems are liable to crop up and cause major complications, hurting productivity and the bottom line.

"FAST™ allowed Atlas to encourage collaboration among its own employees and its global array of clients."

As a leading provider of project documentation and Building Information Modeling consultancy services to architects, engineers and construction firms around the world, Atlas Industries was well-acquainted with all of these challenges. That is why Atlas turned to Talon and its FAST™ solution. FAST™ allowed Atlas to support and encourage collaboration among not only its own employees, but also its global array of clients.

CAD and BIM issues
Atlas Industries' operations center is based in Saigon, Vietnam. However, the company is United Kingdom-owned and operates offices in the U.K., Australia and the Middle East. Atlas' staff includes a team of senior architects and engineers offering expert advice and guidance for every major CAD and BIM platform, from AutoDesk's suite of products to specialty software and beyond. These personnel deliver detail-driven documentation and design services to Atlas clients around the world.

Considering the nature of Atlas' clients' work, around-the-clock accessibility and productivity are essential. Furthermore, Atlas' services depend entirely on the ability to access countless files at a moment's notice, regardless of location.

That's easier said than done.

Take, for example, the AAG fast broadband submarine cable. As Simon Richards, systems integration manager at Atlas Industries, pointed out, this cable has broken down a number of times in recent years. When that happens, collaboration and communication between Southeast Asia and the West Coast of the United States becomes difficult, or even impossible. Network speed slows to a crawl. Data transfers and saves become time-consuming nuisances, compromising Atlas' ability to deliver top-quality service to its clients. And repairing AAG may take up to a month.

For Atlas Industries and other international firms, living with such conditions for weeks on end is simply not acceptable. An alternative global file sharing solution becomes essential.

The FAST™ solution
With this problem in mind, Talon's FAST™ proved to be the ideal answer.

Specifically, Atlas was looking for a solution that was:

  • Cost-effective
  • Able to provide fast access to large CAD files
  • Software-based

FAST™ satisfied all of these requirements and more. Shortly after the solution was implemented, Atlas encountered a network outage, as it has repeatedly in the past. Previously, such outages would result in a 70 percent drop in efficiency, which naturally hurt the company's productivity. However, thanks to FAST™, this outage only caused a 10 percent drop in Atlas' performance.

Atlas maintained efficiency despite an external disaster. Atlas maintained efficiency despite an external disaster.

As this incident makes clear, FAST™ can help international companies to vastly improve their reliability and business continuity capabilities in the event of unavoidable external disasters.

Just as importantly, FAST™ improved Atlas Industries' collaboration by ensuring consistency among all files, regardless of where, how or by whom they were being accessed. Employees in three different locations can now open the same file, making and viewing changes in real-time. This eliminates the need for workers to go back and check file accuracy - they can move ahead confident that any revisions made in one location will be reflected across the board.

Last, but certainly not least, is the fact that Talon's FAST™ software runs on a typical Windows Server. This alone has a number of key benefits. Most notably, by running on Windows Server, FAST™ becomes:

  • Less expensive to implement
  • Easier to install
  • Simpler to manage

"Atlas become more collaborative, productive, efficient and disaster-resistant."

Altogether, FAST™ allowed Atlas Industries to become a more collaborative, productive, efficient and disaster-resistant company. What's more, Atlas is now planning to expand its roll out of FAST™ in order to work more closely and effectively with its clients across the globe.

For any distributed enterprise eager to improve its file access and collaboration capabilities, Atlas Industries' experiences proves that Talon's FAST™ is the best option available.

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