WHAT ELLISDON WANTED
WHY ELLISDON WENT GOOGLE
A highly diversified construction company that started in London, Ontario, Canada in 1951, EllisDon has grown into a multinational, accolade-earning, employee-owned development powerhouse with annual revenues exceeding $3B. They operate based on a collection of values that keeps them innovative, accountable, transparent and profitable. Embracing a philosophy of thinking before building, that notion permeates every facet of their enterprise. Voted Canada’s “Best Place to Work” in recent years, the company strives to empower and encourage employees through shared investment and profit.
JT Armstrong, Director of IT Architecture and Solutions for EllisDon described the surprising ease of the company’s adoption of Google Drive. “Usually we have to push end users, but Google Drive has taken off organically,” said JT. “We now have departments asking to move even non-native Google files to Drive, because it’s so easy to use. It’s nice to be on the other end for a change. Everyone just loves Google Drive.”
He also shared his observations of the changes. “We have a number of regional offices with area managers and executives who are all reporting that their departments are working more efficiently,” said JT. “With Agosto’s help, we’re now using Google to share our work anytime, anywhere. Google has really helped us streamline how we share data. Now instead of having to email large docs using a VPN, we just use Google Drive. And with offline capabilities, you can keep working anywhere, using any device and stay productive.”
Looking back, JT described how good planning helped them achieve positive results. “The migration itself was easy,” said JT. “Of course we had our ups and downs, but we had a good plan and a good strategy. It was a great team effort with Agosto. They were always available via phone or text and that made things go really smoothly.”
“Agosto brought the full package from planning, to integration to delivering the final Google solution,” said Ray. “They were always very prepared, they communicated well and delivered the training we needed. We’re big fans of both Google and Agosto.”