i2p CASE STUDIES:
Birtz Bastien Beaudoin Laforest Architects

Adapting to the evolution of technologies

Birtz Bastien Beaudoin Laforest Architects

Sector: Architecture
Number of workstations: 55
Number of servers: 5
Number of network devices: 10
Has worked with i2p since 1999

Working with i2p eliminates the need for us to hire multiple IT employees. This frees us up to manage qualified staff more closely.

Founded in 1971, the architectural firm BBBL has two offices, in Montréal and Mirabel, more than fifty employees, and temporary project offices.

BBBL began working with i2p nearly 20 years ago, as the company wanted support in computerizing its offices to remain on the cutting edge at a time when computer-aided design was become standard in architectural practices.

The service agreement with i2p includes maintenance of computing equipment and support as the company's needs evolve. i2p specialists advise BBBL in choosing software and also manage licenses for the technical design software Autodesk, a time-consuming process that architects prefer to outsource. i2p ensures that the workstations are up-to-date with the latest technologies, heavy-duty design programs, and 3D modeling software.

“Working with i2p eliminates the need for us to hire multiple IT employees. This frees us up to manage qualified staff more closely. They can operate remotely, which also saves on lost time. i2p’s specialists propose concrete solutions to optimize the productivity of our teams. Because in our line of work, the efficiency of design and modeling programs must be optimal at all times!”

Luc Beaudoin, partner architect


+ In detail

The i2+ agreement with BBBL includes:

  • care, maintenance, documentation, security, and optimization of the IT environment

Users and workstations

  • Managing accounts and emails as well as data security
  • Proactive workstation deployment and maintenance
  • End user support

Server and network

  • Proactive maintenance for physical and virtual servers deployed using Hyper-V at their Montréal and Mirabel offices
  • Setting up and managing the inter-site backup system
  • Administration of network equipment and VPNs

Internet service

  • Domain name management, DNS services, and SSL certificates

Special projects

  • Migration to Windows 2012 R2 and Exchange 2013 with Hyper-V
  • Integrating the project office server/network infrastructure and collaborating with the consortium’s partners
  • Handling the management of Autodesk licenses
  • Integrated a ransomware protection solution
  • Advice in acquiring Autocad licenses
  • Full analysis of printing needs and solutions
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