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Democratizing Data: The Modern Infrastructure and Cutting-Edge Technologies Behind ViewpointOne
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The world around us is changing at a rapid pace. As new technologies come online, they can change the very nature of entire industries and the infrastructures that support them.
Given the rapid pace of change in today's world, the level of flexibility that modern technologies provide is something that companies need to embrace through investment in their IT infrastructure to keep day-to-day operations running efficiently — especially through unprecedented business disruptions and sudden changes.
Many of today’s leading contractors are modernizing their operations — embracing integrated, cloud-based construction software platforms and technologies to streamline workflows and achieve real-time access to project data.
The ability to access always-updated data on projects means a much more connected construction operation, with data and collaborative communication flowing fluidly between the back office, field and extended project teams.
The next step in this ongoing digital transformation is the data transformation — leveraging leading cloud providers with ever-evolving technologies that improve how your construction data is collected, stored, analyzed and used.
ViewpointOne Is Driving That Data Transformation
The seamless integration of cloud-based construction ERP software, intuitive web and mobile applications, robust data storage and processing capabilities as well as powerful analytic and business intelligence tools that make up the our integrated ViewpointOne suite are making today’s construction data transformation possible.
By establishing a single source of truth with real time centralized data, you can easily do more with your data today to improve how your business operates than imaginable just years ago, allowing you to unlock new possibilities and work smarter rather than harder.
ViewpointOne's workflows can often accomplish in minutes what has traditionally taken weeks or even months to pull together through a variety of players including back office staff, IT professionals, project managers and executives.
The best part? You don’t need a team of expensive data scientists and hours of labor-intensive work to get to this level of insight. Virtually anyone can get the data relevant to them or their teams with just a few clicks of a mouse.
A Look at What is Powering ViewpointOne and Why
ViewpointOne’s solutions were designed for the cloud and built on a modern infrastructure that leverages cutting-edge technologies you may have heard of, such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS), and also some powerful solutions maybe you haven’t heard of, like Snowflake and Kafka.
It's likely that doesn't mean much to you, but here’s why that's important:
A Strong Data Foundation, Scalable for the Future:
The power of ViewpointOne’s data capabilities is made possible by having a strong data foundation. Snowflake, for example, is one of the components of the cloud data platform that we leverage. It allows ViewpointOne to support virtually unlimited data storage and, with its elastic computing capabilities, flexibly scale with customers’ changing data needs.
The modern data warehouse it provides allows secure and governed access to all accessible data, applying the latest data science to fuel the processes and features you use in ViewpointOne each and every day.
Even further behind the scenes, we're utilizing a Service Oriented Architecture with microservices — small, modular and independently deployable services that help us manage ViewpointOne’s data processes and deliver them to you in a seamless experience. Docker containers (for Linux and Windows) simplify deployment and testing by bundling a service and its dependencies into a single unit, which is then run in an isolated environment. This makes ViewpointOne easier to build and manage, and much easier to expand and scale as your needs and our solutions to them grow.
A Simplified User Experience:
Behind the scenes, ViewpointOne solutions deploy a number of leading-edge technologies that further improve your user experience.
Confluent Kafka for instance, is a powerful data streaming platform. Founded by the original developers of Apache Kafka, Confluent makes it easy to build real-time data pipelines and streaming applications in ViewpointOne by integrating data from multiple sources and locations into a single, central event streaming platform.
Two Microsoft Azure technologies, meanwhile, help you access more through the ViewpointOne suite, while doing less.
- Azure Active Directory Seamless Single Sign-On provides easy access to cloud-based applications without requiring additional on-premises components by automatically signing in users when they are on corporate devices connected to their network.
- Azure Cognitive Services bring voice recognition and natural language processing to ViewpointOne and gives your users in the field an easier and more natural way to communicate commands from their mobile devices and enter data into the ERP without the use of a keyboard.
True Data Protection and Security:
Because we know the critical importance of your data security, ViewpointOne also employs the latest security controls to make sure your data is protected at all times. All ViewpointOne solutions are SOC 2, Type I and SOC 2, Type II certified, signifying that our cloud systems and associated control processes satisfy the SOC security control standards as denoted in the AICPA Trust Services Criteria for Security.
This designation complements Viewpoint’s existing ISO27001:2013 and Cyber Essentials Plus certifications which cover the development of Viewpoint for Projects in the UK, as well as Viewpoint’s TrustE Privacy Shield certification.
Unparalleled Functionality, Built for Your Future Needs
What do all of these behind-the-scenes technologies allow us to do? Deliver unparalleled functionality and a scalable, easy-to-use construction data platform to you. ViewpointOne’s solutions are designed for flexibility, both to meet your specific needs as well as in licensing and pricing.
The ability to bundle solutions based on end user needs means contractors can maximize their technology investments today while ensuring the decision doesn't have an expiration date.
Data storage and backups are consistently managed by Viewpoint, removing the burden — and costs — of having to manage capital assets, such as maintaining expensive in-house servers or relying on third-party data providers. And, because ViewpointOne leverages the cloud to instantly deliver software updates and new functionality, your IT staff can focus on other important areas of the business.
This is just the start of what ViewpointOne can bring to the table.
The potential of the technologies behind ViewpointOne are poised to help you transform your business, and are why we've invested so heavily in building a platform that allows us to support your growing needs along the way.
In order to build the construction accounting and operational products of tomorrow, we had to first build an IT infrastructure suitable for today. That meant moving the majority of our existing infrastructure to the cloud and modernizing our development processes at the same time.
We'll cover, in a future blog, how this infrastructure leads us toward bringing you deeper AI and machine learning capabilities shortly, so stay tuned
To learn more about ViewpointOne’s technology stack and how it has been purpose-built to make your management burden simpler and your own operations run easier, contact us today.