As the importance of collaboration has risen to the top of discussions about the construction ecosystem these days, we have to admit that not every company has mastered the art of collaborating on projects yet. As described in an ENR InfoCenter article, “A Primer on Technology Adoption in Construction,” the technology adoption curve indicates that there are a few early adopters (innovators, 16%), the early majority (pragmatists, 34%), the late majority (conservatives, 34%), and the late adopters (skeptics, 16%). If you’re on the conservative side of the adoption curve and have multiple offices, your staff may be especially challenged to effectively collaborate on project files stored on servers at your remote locations.
The workflow of employees transferring files from one location to another complicates matters. Files can be overwritten because of “current version” and file locking issues. Time can get wasted working on the wrong drawings, and your productivity suffers.
When the problem seems too cumbersome to solve, employees may even be assigned to travel to other office locations in order to work on projects, affecting their work-family balance. That presents a conflict that doesn’t mesh with the growing trend among companies across the country to put people first and improve company culture.
If your remote offices are not collaborating smoothly with each other or with your headquarters, walls of isolation can effectively get built that affect relationships with the staff at those remote offices. They can be left feeling as though they are not an integral part of the organization. For many companies, those issues have been exacerbated by the restrictions brought about by the pandemic.
If these complications have affected your company, it’s likely your staff has been unable to collaborate with each other and those remote offices as smoothly as you would like. The quest for a solution may take you through unsuccessful trial runs with various software tools that don’t quite fit the bill. But there is a way to tear down those walls of isolation.
Panzura stores your data as a single source of truth in the cloud, allowing your organization to work without creating file versions, duplicating or overwriting each other’s work.
When your company implements Panzura for collaboration in the cloud, everyone in the organization can be involved in the collaborative process. Even staff in very small offices can feel like they have an important role in the organization. In this way, adding Panzura to your workflow helps you resolve your company’s culture issues.
In addition, Panzura increases efficiency – for starters, no more file overwriting or “current version” issues.
Using Panzura for collaboration can change the culture of your company for the better. At the same time, you’re embracing innovation to meet the evolving needs of your employees, your clients and the communities where your offices are located.
If positive employee culture, coupled with efficiency, is valuable to your company, Panzura can help you get there.
To find out more about using Panzura for collaboration, reach out to the experts of the Applied Software Digital Transformation Team and start a conversation with one of the Panzura experts.