Saturday Jan 28, 2023

Build a Resilient Firm by Identifying Opportunities of Remote Collaboration – ArchDaily


Build a Resilient Firm by Identifying Opportunities of Remote Collaboration

Image Courtesy of Sara Kolata



All businesses, large or small, have faced unprecedented challenges in the last couple of years – but one of the positive outcomes of the global pandemic is the notion that work can be done wherever you are in the world. And while work has changed, expectations have not. Teams need to work with the same speed, efficiency and security as when they were all within the same four walls. It’s now up to IT to rise to this challenge with the right solutions to meet the new demands of the hybrid workforce. Remote working – and remote collaboration – is here to stay. 

Image Courtesy of Sara Kolata

What does remote collaboration mean?

Remote work and remote collaboration with colleagues, partners, vendors and customers are increasingly becoming the norm with the dispersal of workforces and the rise of the global economy. Businesses need to enable a new model that allows employees to work away from corporate offices while managing and securing data and intellectual property.

The model of taking a partial project home from the office on a laptop quickly breaks down as project size and complexity increase.  Large projects with large amounts of data and the need for security all drive a need for centralized systems and IT infrastructure.  In an age of cyber attacks, ransomware and intellectual property theft, security of data is critical. Additionally, the complexity of managing work on a project points toward central gatekeeping to control data access and dissemination as well as synchronization of revisions.

A highly useful model of computing is remote display of applications running on systems at an office or datacenter.  AEC applications generally require information systems with powerful computing and graphics capabilities.  The applications can be hosted on workstations, datacenter servers, or public cloud instances, or in a hybrid environment combining these resources.

When working remotely, the user experience should be very close to what is available when directly in front of a powerful local workstation.  The session must be highly interactive and responsive, especially when manipulating 3D models.  Visual quality of graphics is critical for display of lines and text and also for display of rendered environments.  High levels of computing and graphics performance are essential to meet this requirement and to maintain productivity and profitability. Another need is access to peripherals used in the design process such as digitizing tablets, 3D input devices and increasingly extended reality equipment such as virtual reality (VR) headsets.

With remote display solutions, the endpoint hardware can be fairly simple.  A desktop or mobile computer, Chromebook or tablet computer can provide access …….


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