Twin Contracting Corporation
In the beginning of a seven-plus year relationship, Matrix handled Twin’s IT needs on an on-call basis. A few years into the relationship, Twin Contracting Corporation and Matrix Computer Consulting had a meeting where Twin expressed the need for more efficient, automated, operations and access to their information and applications from anywhere in the world. To this end, Twin entered into Matrix’s “All Bases Covered” IT agreement. It provides for the comprehensive management of the whole of Twin’s IT infrastructure.
To initiate this agreement and help Twin achieve their goals, Matrix delved into Twin’s operations and infrastructure. The findings of this process provided the outline of a 3-year strategy to bring Twin up to speed and therefore into a cutting edge hybrid cloud-based architecture. This architecture accommodates some older mission-critical software that was hosted on-site, but also adds a cloud based solution to help manage construction operations.
This strategy consisted of three parts:
- Stabilizing on-premise resources
- Institute a mobility solution for field staff at 5 different locations
- Migrate construction operations to the cloud
On-Premise Resources – Step one was to stabilize the office operations. Twin’s existing servers were many years old and unreliable. Matrix crafted a strategy to get new hardware in place and virtualize the accounting server. All the while keeping it on the same platform as the file server.
Mobility – At the beginning of the process, the mobility solution in place was an amalgam of smart phones, not so smart phones and aging laptops. If we were to put a cloud-based solution in place with access to sensitive information, a new approach would be needed.
Construction Operations – At the outset, they conducted operations via a mix of paper-based forms, fax machines and email. This process worked but was time intensive and very error prone. If we were to be successful, we would have to roll disparate parts into a cohesive whole.
Finally, Matrix delivered the strategy as well as a 3-year plan for on-premise equipment overhaul and all in the context of an ongoing budget that allowed the client to anticipate costs. This strategy also anticipated the development of the next-gen platform for twin, both hardware and software. The result is a secure, accessible network for teams both in-office and in the field. Twin Contracting Corporation and Matrix Computer Consulting have worked together ever since.
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