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About the Author: Sasha Reed has over 12 years of experience working directly in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) market. As VP of Strategic Alliances at Bluebeam Software, Sasha interacts directly with AEC leaders to better understand the long-range goals of the industry and help align Bluebeam’s technology partnerships. In addition, Sasha is acting Chair of the Construction PDF Coalition.  The purpose of the Coalition is to establish Guidelines to provide Architects, Engineers, Constructors and Owners (AECO) with a common framework in which to create and maintain Construction PDF Documents. Sasha has been featured as the keynote speaker at the 2014 Bentley Florida User Group and spoken at numerous industry events including the American Institute of Architects’ DesignDC Conference, NTI Danish BIM Conference, the International Highway Engineering Exchange Program and the International Facilities Management Association Conference. Sasha has also contributed articles to numerous national publications and authors the Digital Com blog for Building Design + Construction magazine. Before Bluebeam, Sasha was a Project Manager for M3, a Herman Miller dealer, where she learned firsthand the challenges faced by the AEC industry from project conception to completion. 

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Dear cloud: What would you like to tell cloud-based technical providers about your needs for a solid solution?

June 11, 2013

Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.

It seems like every technical provider is offering a cloud-based module of their solution to store, share and access information. Sounds good, right? Why wouldn’t you want to jump in? There are many uses for the cloud applicable to those in the building industry—mainly storage of up-to-the-minute project drawings and data, giving accessibility to all project team members regardless of their location. But is that enough?
According to a past BD+C article entitled, "BIM's Future up in the Cloud," the future of building collaboration will primarily live online. In fact the article states that by 2020 Cloud computing will have reached a global audience with $241 billion in potential revenue. If we’re going to get from here to there with your needs in mind, I thought I’d ask you what you’d like to see in your cloud solution of tomorrow. And I wonder are you beginning to see value in the cloud today?  What do you still need?
As I techie myself, I have to admit that stories of the future where project teams collaborate seamlessly in the cloud really excite me. However, my excitement is tempered by the reality I face each time I am without an internet connection and am completely cut off from my virtual world. Being that I fly multiple times a month, I experience this disconnectedness often. And when I am disconnected, I’m grateful for my locally installed programs which allow me to continue working while 35K feet in the air (and for those few cloud solutions that let me work even when I’m offline). 
One challenge I see for this utopic forecast is to continue to build a bridge between the connected and the disconnected world, while simultaneously working to make connectivity more accessible and reliable than ever before.  Do you agree? What would you say are the “must haves” for the cloud of your future?

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