Pickard Construction Inc. (www.pickardconstruction.com)

Pickard Construction specializes in all aspects of telecommunications-related new construction, repair and maintenance involving both buried and aerial infrastructure. The head office, major shop facility and main yard are located in Owen Sound, Ontario. Regional offices & yards are situated in Huntsville, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay, London, Chatham and in St. Thomas, Ontario.

A need was required to decentralize the administrative load on the head office with respect to project management, accounting and employee timekeeping. Pickard Construction brought in Convergent Technologies who designed a state-of-the-art network infrastructure to meet the growing demands of the company.

Convergent Technologies installed a Microsoft Windows Small Business Server which included a domain controller, file server and Microsoft Exchange mail server. All the remote locations were networked together using VPN (virtual private network) technology.

With the branches networked, important company documents including job specifications, work orders, and estimates could now be shared out from one central locational but now accessible by branch office throughout Ontario.

Pickard Construction had outgrown their Enterprise version of QuickBooks, plus a more efficient need was required for project management, accounting, timekeeping and transactional analysis. An ERP (enterprise resource planning) server was added to the network. In order for the branch offices to access the ERP server, a Terminal Server was also added to the network so multiple users throughout Ontario could log in to the Terminal Server concurrently and subsequently access the ERP server for accounting and project related tasks. This reduced the load on the administrative task at head office considerably.

With much riding on the centralization of all the documents, project and accounting data, a robust backup system was necessary. We added a Barracuda Networks Backup appliance which first backs up all the data locally to the backup appliance, then a redundant copy is uploaded to a secure server in Quebec owned by Barracuda Networks.

Pickard Construction has consistently grown at a double digit rate during this decade, and projects a continuing controlled expansion through increased sales into the future. Convergent Technologies is proud to be a part of this growth and has forged a very close working relations with Pickard Construction and their principles.