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Using Cloud-based Tools to Work on Projects

The technology of cloud based storage and platforms are virtually revolutionizing the methods used by design teams for collaboration, data capture, and creation. Cloud based tools allow users to share and access data securely, and security is increasingly important in today’s world. Possibly even more important, cloud-based tools mean that information and up to the minute information changes can be accessed, stored, and shared anywhere in the world.

For the design industry, accessing data immediately is a great asset. And it’s a revolutionary one, creating an advanced and enhanced work environment. It allows information dissemination and creation no matter where members of a design team are located – just down the hall or across the globe.  Design and IP files can be kept current and examined. Teams can manage data storage and collaborate on design and engineering, using a standard file interface.

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Actual real time design data can be shared through cloud-based delivery and storage systems.

And, the cloud also allows for the development of delivery and design tools that incorporate all aspects of design collaboratively in one environment.

Using a single design environment means that design groups are now capable of linking

specific design files through one  release configuration. Every element of a product variant can thus be traced to an actual design file, and, even better, any changes made to any part of a unique design can now be identified, revised, and disseminated.

Having the ability to data share productively with all team members both saves time and money; and it also impacts the ways in which design components are utilized. By accessing a central component database, design and engineering teams can cleanly access every component made by each individual team member. Working through cloud based technologies; they can easily achieve access to design data “live,” as well as to a repository of all components created by each member of that team, including information about pricing and availability of the design elements.

Designers can choose components knowing that they’ve selected an item that’s available and fits cost requirements for their project. Managing resources and handling procurement instantly makes the entire design process operate efficiently.

Also through cloud technologies, databases can be designed to move through the various phases of the project, from file sharing to auditing and project revisions. Designers, procurement teams, and production teams can all instantly access the project. Along with the ability of design partners to share information, clients can also access material, speeding and enhancing approval processes and the ability to alter or adapt projects.

Cloud-based software is also available that make it quicker and easier for designers to create and share their concepts. This software can increase rapidity and productivity in regard to prototype designs and modeling.

or prototyping designs thanks to infinite computing capabilities; and broader abilities to collaborate with work partners and clients. Design teams can also have a better grasp at evaluating their design choices through cloud-modeling technology that allows visualizing of design elements including models in ‘real time,’ starting at the moment an idea is first conceptualized and concluding when a project or product is completed.

In short, cloud based storage, access, and software platforms can expand and enhance the skills and collaborative efforts of any design team. It can also free team members from the day to day drudgery of simply transmitting information – the information is already available, at any team member’s fingertips.

The technology of cloud based storage and platforms offers security, increased productivity, information sharing and data access in a way previously unheard of and now conveniently accessible worldwide.

Eric Greenwood is a technophile whose interests have lead him to study all things related to the cloud computing movement from software as a service to online storage. Get more tips and advice on the blog Online Storage!

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