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Transforming AEC’s Digital Future with Autodesk and Egnyte’s Solutions

The AEC industry has come a long way from traditional paper-based processes. With advancements in technology over the past three decades, there’s been a remarkable transformation towards a digital future. It began with Computer-aided Design (CAD), then Building Information Modeling (BIM), and eventually capabilities such as modeling, visualization, simulation, analysis, automation, generative design, and even AI. Behind the scenes, the digital infrastructure supporting these capabilities has evolved, too; a modern, efficient, and flexible file management infrastructure is a must for design and construction firms leveraging the latest technologies.

In this article, we’ll discuss the evolution of “going digital,” the importance of a cloud-based file management system, and how supplementing the design and collaboration capabilities offered by Autodesk with Egnyte’s cloud-first platform can offer significant benefits to architecture, engineering, and construction professionals.

 

The Evolution of “Going Digital”

While paper deliverables still retain much of their popularity—primarily due to contractual requirements—the methods used to generate them have changed significantly over the past 40 years. This evolution began with Computer-aided Design (CAD) software, which allowed designers to create 2D and 3D drawings. Building Information Modeling (BIM) software began growing in popularity in the late ’90s, enabling designers to create intelligent, fully-parametric 3D models that contained all the necessary information about a building. BIM models often include everything from material properties to highly-detailed structural and MEP systems. This makes it possible, for example, to test the performance of a building using the digital asset before the physical structure is ever built. Today, we see ever-more-sophisticated examples of these digital capabilities, from rapid conceptual iteration with AI-driven generative design tools to automated jobsite safety monitoring using advanced sensors and analytics.

 

The Challenge

As architecture and engineering projects continue to grow in size and complexity, the sheer volume of data generated in the BIM authoring process can easily become overwhelming. Without a modern and efficient file management system in place, organizing and maintaining this vast repository of data can seem like a daunting and time-consuming endeavor, hindering productivity and efficiency. It’s essential for professionals in these industries to have a robust system in place that can effectively handle this data across the project lifecycle—and indeed across all projects in their office. Seamless collaboration and accurate information management are critical to achieving successful project outcomes.

 

The Solution

Egnyte’s cloud-based document management solution replaces the functionality of on-premises file servers, offering a secure, modern, flexible, and efficient file management infrastructure. Egnyte seamlessly integrates with popular AEC tools like Autodesk Construction Cloud and Newforma as well as productivity apps like Microsoft Office 365, Teams, and Zoom. Egnyte’s cloud-first solution enables teams to access and work on project files from anywhere, on any device, while also ensuring that project data is kept up-to-date across all platforms.

The integration between Autodesk Construction Cloud (ACC) and Egnyte provide a comprehensive solution for AEC projects and professionals.

ACC offers powerful design collaboration capabilities, particularly for Revit-centric projects, as well as dedicated project management tools for design and construction professionals. Similarly, Egnyte provides a simple, powerful, and secure file management system that supports sophisticated digital project workflows.

 

Using ACC Connect, design and construction professionals can integrate ACC and Egnyte to streamline their business practices for file sharing, collaboration, and document management. Project data is always kept up-to-date, minimizing the risk of data loss or inconsistent versions.

 

Pairing Autodesk and Egnyte cloud solutions offers endless possibilities for collaboration and information exchange across projects while efficiently managing, streamlining, and securing data. And as AEC technologies continue to evolve, the infrastructure required to support those projects must continue advancing to remain ‘ahead of the game’. This is Egnyte’s strength, and we are committed to ensuring our customers are prepared for the industry’s digital future.

If you want to learn more about how Autodesk and Egnyte can help you better manage your files, content, and change processes – schedule a meeting with us!

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Microsol Resources Announces our Newest Partnership with Egnyte

Microsol Resources Corporation, a recognized leader in building information modeling (BIM) technology solutions and a leading Autodesk Gold Partner serving the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries, is pleased to announce the addition of Egnyte to its growing association of technology partners.

Egnyte transforms where and how companies work with their content. Combining many different software categories into one unified platform gives IT the visibility and control they require while also empowering knowledge workers with the intelligence, automation, and flexibility they crave.

The new partnership draws on the distinct strengths of each company

Microsol Resources’ ability to help our clients address customers’ content collaboration, security, and compliance requirements all at once, and Egnyte’s ability to enable AEC firms to improve file access, security, and management to save time and boost productivity.

“We’re excited to partner with Egnyte, a top provider of cloud-based collaboration and data governance solutions,” said Emilio Krausz, President of Microsol Resources. “Egnyte’s platform streamlines document management enhances collaboration, and ensures data security for our AEC clients. By integrating Egnyte into our portfolio, we offer a comprehensive solution tailored to industry needs, driving productivity and success.”

 

“Partnering with Microsol Resources presents a great opportunity to enable seamless integration of Egnyte’s advanced solutions into the workflows of architects, engineers, and construction firms. This partnership reflects our commitment to enhancing collaboration, security, and data governance capabilities with a modern cloud-based all-in-one solution for their clients across all AEC sectors,” said Kevin Soohoo, senior director of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction at Egnyte.

 

This latest partnership reinforces Microsol Resources’ dedication to matching business needs with products and support. This is one of many reasons the company has received numerous recent accolades and exceptional customer satisfaction rankings.

To start this new partnership, Microsol Resources is hosting an online event called, Business Risks of Uncontrolled Data Growth and How Egnyte Helps, on June 27, 2024 at 12 pm ET. To register for this event, click here.

For more information about our new partnership with Egnyte or to help you manage, secure, and govern your cloud content, contact info@microsolresources.com.

 

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How to Set up Autodesk as a Vendor in Your Procurement System

On June 10, 2024, changes will be made to how you purchase and renew your products. If you work with Microsol Resources, you will still work with us for quote requests, support, and training.

However, now you’ll receive an emailed quote from Autodesk and will pay directly from within your Autodesk Account. If you do not have an account, click Create Account.

To ensure a seamless transaction or renewal, it is important to set up Autodesk as a vendor as part of your purchasing process. We have provided a simple guide below to help you find the information you need.

How to Set up Autodesk as a Vendor in Your Procurement System

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Each company may have different requirements, so we recommend consulting with your procurement department to determine the specific information needed.

You can download the Autodesk vendor form and the Autodesk W9 form as well as any of these additional forms:

Once you have the necessary forms, submit them to your procurement department.

If you are unable to find any of the information needed, please contact your Microsol Resources Autodesk Account Executive for assistance or send us an email.

 

Ways to pay for your Autodesk subscription

Select the option that works best for you and buy online with confidence—our secure server encrypts all payment information. Autodesk accepts the following payment methods:

  • Credit and debit cards: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, JCB, and Diners Club
  • ACH/direct debit: Money transfer from your bank account
  • PayPal: Credit or debit transactions, or use PayPal Credit
  • Financing: You can set up your lease financing options through your financing partner.

 

How to Finance your subscription?

Financing is available to purchase new or renew annual and 3-year subscription purchases of $1,000 or more—consider a longer term to get a better rate. It’s simple and quick to apply online. Monthly subscriptions are not eligible for financing.

You can take advantage of competitive rates and predictable payments to buy Autodesk software subscriptions.

  • Interest rate: Varies by term length (see our FAQ below for more information)
  • Eligible purchase amounts: $1,000 or more
  • Minimum qualifications: Be a registered business for at least 2 years with a sufficient credit profile
  • How to apply for financing: You can apply for financing when you get to the payment step. In the payment step in checkout, select Financing.

Complete the application and submit it online for approval by Autodesk’s partner bank.

After it’s approved, sign the financing agreement, which will include instructions for making payments. Your order confirmation from Autodesk will give you access to your products.

 

What information do you need to supply your financing application?

You’ll begin by entering simple contact and business information in the online cart, then provide more detailed information to our financing vendor:

Business questions
  • Business structure
  • Number of employees
  • Legal business name
  • Description of business
  • Business phone number
  • Business website
  • Month of business incorporation
  • Business tax ID
  • Last year’s approximate sales
  • Current year’s projected sales
  • Business address
Point of contact
  • Your title/role in the organization
  • First name
  • Last name
  • Suffix
  • Phone number
  • Date of birth

If you require further assistance, please reach out to your Microsol Resources Autodesk Account Executive or send us an email.

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