Services Down

How many of you were affected by the Amazon Web Services outages in December that brought many cloud services, including Autodesk’s BIM 360 service (a key collaboration tool for many AEC North American projects) to a screeching halt? What did your staff do with their time? How much work was lost? With so many components of our professional and personal lives reliant on the cloud, it is important for companies to have strategies for when outages like this occur (regardless of rarity). Without a clear plan there is as much risk in someone attempting to work around “the problem” as there is to not doing anything. Do you plan for a delayed recovery, what about when recovery fails? What kind of back-up strategy is there for cloud data, what if you do need to go without cloud access for an extended period of time? In some respects, it was all much easier when everything sat on physical infrastructure you could walk up to, kick and insult. 

These are all questions Design Technologists should be asking themselves and their IT colleagues if you haven’t already. What if I told you there was group of Design Technologists from leading North American AEC firms that meet Annually as part of the American Digital Built Week, concurrently with BILT? The Design Technology Summit (DTS) is happening June 2022 in its 14th annual session where Design Technology leaders from large firms will discuss topics like these, compare notes, challenges and more. If you are unfamiliar with what DTS is, please continue to follow our blog posts as we give you small glimpse into what we do during this summit.  If you’ve attended a DTS in the past (even our virtual events last year) we encourage you to stay on the lookout for the 2022 In-Person session registration. You are not going to want to miss it!  

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