Making Advanced Technology Affordable for AEC Startups

May 30, 2017


Startup businesses struggle immensely with the cost of setting up their technical infrastructure. This is especially true of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) firms. Why do I say that? Primarily, it’s because the bulk of these folks are highly skilled - and licensed - professionals. They are the best at what they do, which is designing and building the structures that keep modern society running, but most of them don’t know much about setting up computers, servers, and email systems. They know they need them. They know their chances of success as a new firm are dependent on their ability to provide high-end communications and support to their clients. The problem is, they don’t have a good grasp on how to get that technology up and running, so they often go one of two ways:


  1. Spend a large chunk of their startup capital buying servers, software and hiring full-time employees with extensive IT experience to set up and manage them.

  2. Hire an outside IT consulting firm, at inordinately high monthly fees, to do the same thing.


For the last few decades, those were your only options and the actual costs fluctuated dramatically, depending on where you were in the world and how much the IT consultant felt like gouging you for. That’s no longer the case. With the Microsoft Office 365 suite of products, any AEC firm can get their entire operation up and running for just a few dollars each month per employee. With Office 365, ZenTek can get your email, file hosting, collaboration/communication, system security, and the full Microsoft Office suite of tools in place for as little as $25.00/month. Just click here for full details.


As a startup, or even an active small business, unexpected costs like server replacements, or lost data from backup failure can mean the difference between growth and going out of business. The intermittent fees of software updates, security patches, and hardware fixes can destroy your cash flow. With Office 365, you pay a set monthly fee that you can budget for and all the administration is handled for you. You can devote your time, and money, to building your business instead of struggling to cover the costs and difficulties of on-premises hosted solutions. Want to know more? ZenTek is always here to help!


Jim C.


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