Engineering firms rely on technology to produce innovative designs, communicate with their clients, and collaborate with their teams. Engineers have begun to make use of cloud-based and remotely hosted technologies to collaborate, to access mountains of data from the field as easily as from the office, and to speed up their day-to-day tasks.
However, not all engineering firms have spent the effort they really should on backups, security, and compliance. If the people who implemented your IT systems didn’t deeply understand your industry and the way you work, you may not be working at peak efficiency and your security and reputation may become compromised.
You need IT professionals proactively managing your systems to prevent and mitigate these issues. That’s where we come in.
Our team’s regular working hours are weekdays 7am to 6pm, and we are available to handle emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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We’ve heard it a thousand times. You don’t need an IT team, and if you did, you’d only bring them in to fix a problem. You wouldn’t need on-call support or ongoing IT management.
You might have a truly world-class remote backup system. But have you ever tested it? How many of your systems run on consumer-grade platforms, and use unmanaged antivirus, if at all? In your heart, you know that is risky. What happens when you discover those consumer-grade systems have been infected for months, and therefore so have your backups?
It is less expensive to skimp on security, on monitoring and asset management – right up until everything falls apart.
Call us before that happens.
Highway 99 understands the needs of engineering firms. In fact, your primary point of contact is a professional engineer themselves. And because we understand the challenges you face; we can give your firm the competitive edge it needs to thrive.
Book a consultation, or even a full technology needs assessment today. We’ll explore precisely what your practice needs and how we can supply it – at no cost or obligation.
Know what you are trying to achieve with your IT systems, and what they need to do for you. Make tech decisions and investments based on that strategy, and consult with experts before choosing hardware, software, or business solutions.
A good backup and data recovery plan could mean the difference between a major inconvenience, and the end of the business altogether. Pay special attention to protecting and preserving your confidential and sensitive information – you almost certainly have more of that on your systems than you think. Follow the 3-2-1 rule for data backup::
It’s equally important to test your backups regularly. Nothing is worse than having to go to your backups and discovering that you’ve been recording junk data for the last six months.
Data security is everyone’s job:
A slow, obsolete workstation could be robbing you and your clients of hundreds of billable hours every year.
A new CAD workstation (as of Q2 2023) should have all of the following, at a minimum*:
Such a system should last you at least five years before it needs to be replaced. We custom-build workstations that match your engineering firm’s needs.
* Of course, minimum specs and upgrade timing will vary based on your exact use case.