Architecture and Planning
BSA LifeStructures focuses on architectural and engineering services for the healthcare, research and higher education sectors.
Needed a solution to replace an in-house FTP server that was difficult to use and unsecure for exchanging critical project information.
BSA LifeStructures uses Thru’s File Exchange and Collaboration Platform to securely exchange project files and completely monitor all transactions.
BSA LifeStructures provides planning, architecture and engineering services for complex education, research and healthcare facilities. Projects are done in collaboration with many multidisciplinary professionals within the company as well as a number of external partners and clients.
Like most engineering and architecture firms, efficient communication is essential to BSA LifeStructures’ business. Projects are completed through extensive collaboration between engineers, design-builders, contractors and project owners. BSA was using a single, in-house FTP server to exchange critical project information. Internal users had difficulty understanding how to use FTP, and the IT department was overloaded with the administration of repetitive tasks. Clients and partners also struggled using the FTP site, causing interrupted workflow and compromised productivity. On top of these problems, sensitive data and proprietary information was exposed to anyone logging onto the site, with no ability to track who downloaded which files. These challenges led BSA LifeStructures in search of a solution.
BSA LifeStructures chose Thru’s File Exchange and Collaboration Platform to replace FTP. Thru’s platform integrates with Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, SharePoint and Salesforce.com to allow files or folders of any size to be securely sent without any special training or assistance required from IT. Files are easily downloaded by the recipient yet remain completely secure. One of the reasons for selecting Thru was the ease with which users can securely and easily send and access files of any size from anywhere at any time. Customizable interfaces were also a benefit, as was a comprehensive audit trail which records and stores all actions on every file. Even the administrators are happy with Thru, since they have a robust yet simple method of controlling who has access to which files. Additionally, the Thru platform was chosen because of the transparent security features including encryption in transit and at rest, application and database security, and disaster recovery, ensuring business continuity.
Senior Systems Engineer
Thru’s File Exchange and Collaboration Platform resulted in many benefits for BSA:
Senior Systems Engineer