Business Partners to the cloudHere I go again helping you with the cloud! Now that you and your company have seen and experienced the benefits that Autodesk 360 cloud can bring it is time to show your business partners and supply chain how it can improve their company and the relationship they have with you.

As your business partners are extensions of your own company they are as important as the people that actually work within your office. Whether they are subcontractors, vendors i.e. electricians, plumbers or carpenters or collaborators like environmental specialists they all play a large role to create fully-fledged built environments or products for the marketplace.

Without their adoption of the cloud you cannot utilise this tool in your working relationship which is unfortunate as it would certainly help your project but like any other group we have discussed they may be resistant about transferring to the new concept because they are worried. To combat this you have to make sure that you make your case and show them how your company has benefited from being on the cloud and how straightforward it was to implement.

Hopefully by answering their questions you will have eliminated their worries and they will want to implement the cloud in their business but explain to them that it's a marathon and not a sprint. It will obviously take time to implement but make sure you work with them to do this by gradually employing it in your shared activities – this can be as simple as scheduling a meeting over the cloud or transferring some of your data on to the tool.

You could possibly show them how portable the cloud is. Subcontractors will be on site most of the time so they will not see the changes you have made once they have left the office but presenting them with Autodesk solutions such as BIM 360 Glue (BIM 360 Glue - The Rise Of The Cloud) and Field BIM 360 Field - Collaboration and Reporting In The Cloud) coinciding with PLM 360 it widens their office to anywhere. This means that changes can be made straight away rather than waiting till they have got to their desktop.

But most importantly to both of you – it will help create a harmonious working relationship within the cloud this allows you to gain more of their trust and reliance of you as a company and hopefully result in them wanting to work with you again.

So that's it! With any luck I've given you some guidance on how to work with your clients, colleagues, senior management and business partners to move them onto the Autodesk 360 cloud.

Just remember they will all have worries about working with this new technology but with your help they will be ready to jump on the cloud.

To discuss how you can potentially improve contractor and supply chain collaboration with Autodesk solutions contact us on 023 8086 8947.

Don't forget to check out my previous posts on helping other work partners to the cloud - Helping Your Clients Move To Autodesk 360 Cloud, Helping Your Colleagues Move To Autodesk 360 Cloud, Helping Your Senior Management Move To Autodesk 360 Cloud.