As a consulting company, a large part of Associated Engineering's engineering and environmental consulting services involve working with external parties (clients, contractors, agencies, and others). AE cooperates on projects of various sizes and durations. This requires efficient collaboration and communication between teams, which can span many disciplines through the course of a project.
Providing access to these external teams in a secure and sustainable manner was a constant challenge, involving both the business and IT in an overly complicated process.
Like many organizations, AE started their SharePoint experience with a pilot project that quickly became production. This became the home to many project sites, including the company's largest ever multi-year construction project, with hundreds of external users. Lacking high availability and disaster recovery, this presented significant risk to the organization.