Remember the days when simply finishing a project on time and on budget helped secure your next bid? With architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) firms facing stiffer competition and more complex projects than ever before, firms now need to deliver a whole lot more, including a better understanding of clients' assets and more efficient, sustainable ways to deliver planning and project management value. Fortunately, advancements in collaboration technologies are helping firms do all of these things better, and cut costs in the process.

Trimo, a European developer of construction solutions for steel buildings, has made it easier for its more than 1,000 geographically dispersed employees to find and share information by implementing an intranet powered by Microsoft's SharePoint Server 2010. SharePoint 2010's many capabilities enable Trimo's employees to post Web content more easily, find information faster, collaborate more efficiently and utilize the benefits of automated workflows - all functions that help them seamlessly access actionable information and better serve their customers.

After just a few months of use, Trimo's employees are performing twice as many daily searches while finding the information they are looking for 30 percent more successfully. Coauthoring features are also helping virtual teams produce revenue-driving proposals and contracts 20 percent faster. Time is money and Trimo is saving lots of both with SharePoint 2010.

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