What follows is a presentation we made this morning to the Australian Institute of Architect‘s Small Practice Forum, providing an introduction to cloud computing and argument for its benefits to small architecture practice.
All characters appearing in this presentation are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
An overview of cloud computing can be viewed here.
The Dropbox website can be accessed here.
Dropbox pricing is available here, and details on the Prackrat upgrade here.
Details on Dropbox mobile can be accessed here.
Minimal folio can be downloaded from iTunes here.
The Trello website can be accessed here.
The Harvest website can be accessed here.
Information on Dropbox security can be viewed here.
nice work WM. need to try out trello & harvest – lets just say its a little bit of an upgrade from excell or even better post it notes
Thanks for the feedback, Ajith. I love Excel, but it has its limits. Project budgets and timesheets in particular are impossible: way too much clumsy data entry.
Excellent easy to read description Warwick.
There are so many options out there.
Did you ever check out sugersync? I personally find it a little more flexible than dB.
Hi Andrew, Stuart Harrison presented Sugarsync alongside my introduction to Dropbox. I feel what it gains in flexibility it loses in reliability and cleanliness. A bit like the Mac environment, I love the simple strategy of Dropbox.
Hi Warwick, I’ve been rereading your panfilo series in depth after deciding to take the plunge and start a small practice. My business partner and I both hope to work from our respective homes so cloud computing makes sense. Wondering if you’ve managed to find a way to share software licenses over the cloud? As your post on software suggests a legit CAD program is the most expensive outlay by far, I’m confident we only require one license by alternating between documentation and administrative tasks but not sure of a seemless way to share a software key over the cloud. Any thoughts?
Hi Edwardo, thanks for reading! That’s a good question. We’re moving to ArchiCAD at the moment, and it’s sort of possible on that platform to have a cloud based license. Not sure for AutoCAD though I’m afraid. Are you an ArchiTeam member by any chance?
Hi Warwick, thanks for your prompt reply and apologies for my tardy response! Alas not a member of ArchiTeam, but have spoken to them about joining and am thinking I’ll wait until I gain registration. We are looking to use ArchiCAD but just weighing up our licensed software commitments vs ethics if you know what I mean. Good to know it’s sort of possible though!