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Project Collaboration for Architects

HagerSmith Design makes project collaboration easy.

HagerSmith Design is an award-winning, full-service, multi-disciplinary planning and design firm located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Design staff includes architects, interior designers, landscape architects and construction contract administrators.

Their impressive client list includes Siemens, NetApp, and Paragon Commercial Bank.

HagarSmith, like many successful design firms, faces the daily challenge of reliably storing, sharing and sending very large files involved in their project workflow.

FTP and email were used in the past, but these tools require other applications or services to distribute large files to partners and project consultants. Email poses reliability and security issues, forcing project managers to burn CDs or use non-secure and maintenance-intensive FTP sites. This system also relies heavily on the use of overnight shippers or courier services, which gets expensive and difficult to manage in large projects. Using multiple tools and services to manage project communication and files put a heavy administrative load on Hager- Smith project managers.

Then HagerSmith discovered PlanWell Collaborate.

PlanWell Collaborate is an easy-to-use cloud collaboration application which accelerates project team coordination. By replacing inefficient tools like FTP, email and spreadsheets, project managers easily share documents, increase team accountability and reduce project delays.

According to the management team at HagerSmith, the major benefit of using PlanWell Collaborate was its ability to share, store, distribute and collaborate with remote project teams inside a single easy-to-use application. They even can send large files from their email program, not even having to switch programs to access PlanWell Collaborate.

Also, PlanWell Collaborate is cloud-based. This means small firms like HagerSmith don’t face an overly-complex integration, requiring expensive IT consultants.

No hardware required. No software required. Simply use it from your web browser.

According to Tony Conner, President of HagerSmith, “we could never get comfortable with other applications. They were too complex. The ease of use, along with the responsiveness of ARC, were the reasons we chose PlanWell Collaborate. In fact, a partner we sent files to with PlanWell Collaborate liked it so much they bought it for their own project collaboration.”

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