Travis Perkins Group is using Google's Drive cloud storage service to help it store and co-ordinate more than 1.3 million documents.
By using Drive, along with the rest of the Google Apps suite, the building supplies company is now able to share data and work collaboratively on projects across the Group's 17 businesses and 24,000 employees, signalling the impact cloud is having across the business world.
Jon Spruce, Google Programme Leader for Travis Perkins Group, wrote on Google's Enterprise Blog that using Drive has cut out several obstacles when it comes to creating and updating quotes for its customers' building work.
"We no longer worry about which email or spreadsheet is correct, since we all work together on the same project quotes. Drive gives us an accurate, up-to-date picture of our progress at any given moment," said Spruce.
The move to Google's Drive and business apps was prompted by the disjointed mix of storage and document products that Travis Perkins Group had become encumbered with after more than 30 years of acquisitions. This had made the process of creating quotes for customers difficult and confusing for the Group's employees.
Spruce noted that people had created their own "kingdoms of data", making sharing information with others in the business a difficult proposition.
By harnessing the power of cloud storage with Drive, Travis Perkins Group can provide its employees with access to its most up-to-date information in real time, meaning the process of delivering quotes to customers is eased. Spruce added: "Drive has also taken the sluggishness out of the quote pipeline."
Citing an example of how Drive has worked for the Group, Spruce explained: "In one of our businesses, BSS Industrial, we start by creating a document about the project at the customer's local branch, then create a shared folder, and add in blueprints, estimates, and photos – anything the rest of the team needs to build and fulfil the quote."
Travis Perkins Group declared that Drive has enabled the Group to net a reduction in travel and email traffic, along with speeding up the time it takes to complete tasks.
Google appears to be pushing the development of its Drive and Google Apps services. Recently, the company announced that it will be offering businesses unlimited cloud storage with its Drive for Work service.
Furthermore, Google has gone on to enhance the way the Drive interacts with Gmail on iOS and Android devices in order to bring the mobile versions of the apps closer to their desktop counterparts to improve productivity on the go.
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