– Eric Carpenter, director of enterprise applications at Rand Secure Archive (www.randsa.com), says:
Companies in the engineering, building, civil and manufacturing industries each have specific unique challenges in data archiving and retrieval solutions. Rand Secure Archive specializes in specific data archiving solutions that are built upon Autonomy’s IDOL platform for these industries. These solutions combine the world-renowned Autonomy archive and retrieval technology with knowledge from experts who have actually worked on design engineering products in these industries.
CAD models, email communications, instant messaging, voicemails, project documentation and scanned information contributes to an ever increasing amount of electronic data. This critical data is growing at a rate of 30-40 percent each year and yet corporate, government and financial policies require that this data be easily searchable and accessible at any time. Combined with an overtaxed IT department, regulatory and corporate governance requirements and tight budgets, smart firms are seeking a formalized, yet cost-effective, solution to archive and retrieve their critical data. CAD-based organizations have an even greater need for data archiving solutions as the models are both large and constantly related to numerous other files.
While there are common data archiving issues across the design engineering community regardless of industry, Rand Secure Archive experts are well equipped to solve the fundamental archiving challenges as well as the toughest, industry specific challenges.
The list below highlights some of the frequent challenges unique to those trying to implement an archiving solution in specific industry verticals.
• Architecture: Implementing Building Information Modeling (BIM) and the quantity of relational electronic data as well as the introduction of Integrated Product Delivery (IPD) that results in an ecosystem that now includes partners, vendors and the customer that need to share and access project data such as detailed contract information.
• Civil: High definition scanning that introduces more data points into BIM models and creates much larger volumes of data that need to be accessed on a 7/24/365 basis.
• Manufacturing: Integrating a collaborative design environment that leverages 2D and 3D parametric and non-parametric data combined with a process where partners, vendors and customers participate together across geographies brings new challenges to the forefront. A comprehensive archiving solution provides manufacturers with additional support for the retrieval of information such as warranty and customer service support.