BIM and the Cloud: The Economics of Private Cloud ComputingAECbytes Archived Article (January 12, 2011)

This article by Chris France, former CIO of Little Diversified Architectural Consulting and President of Advance2000,¬†addresses firm owners, principals, or “C”-level executives that are responsible for providing a robust technology infrastructure to keep their firm competitive. The economics of traditional IT are contrasted with the economics of private cloud computing, showing how the IT spend for the latter approach is significantly smaller. The article also provides information about private cloud providers serving the AEC industry and answers several key questions related to cloud computing in AEC.

About the Author

Chris France is the Regional President of Advance2000. He has specialized in Information Technology for over three decades. He started his career at IBM Federal Systems as a software and systems engineer and progressed to program manager of major DOD systems. From IBM, he traveled to Charlotte to work for Bank of America and then Wells Fargo where he led efforts to merge and consolidate the information technology of major bank and capital markets divisions. After working in the Fortune 100, Chris spent 11 years as the CIO at Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, a Charlotte-based design firm.

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