Straightforward and consistent data storage
Katzsch was already acquainted with Projectplace as a virtual workspace. Earlier, the architect agency had been involved in a neighbourhood development project in Winterhude, Hamburg. Already from the outset during the planning phase, the coordinators convinced the owners to use the software. "The objections against using a virtual workspace were traditionally mainly due to issues regarding usability. But Projectplace works with well-known firms and, moreover, the simple user interface was quickly accepted, "said Katzsch.
According to the CEO, the fact that the software is web-based is highly practical."Otherwise, it wouldn’t work at all for us." The various planning teams are spread all over Germany, and must at all times have access to the data. "With Projectplace, this is guaranteed."
Using an Internet browser, anyone authorised access rights can enter any place in the virtual workspace. Is the data protected? Katzsch doesn’t give this a second thought. Firstly, access is protected with appropriate security measures by Projectplace. Secondly, financially confidential data isn’t stored there. "And technical information is largely uninteresting to others."
Katzsch uses Projectplace particularly as the current data pool for data storage. The advantage here is consistency: all files from all phases of the project are available in their current form and depending on the need, viewable or editable. For Katzsch, the monitoring function is of particular importance. In the case of new or changed files, he decides who should be informed and sent a link. This administrative work is part of the coordination services offered by Aumann Katzsch Architects, Ltd.
"We can now work much more purposefully: information is sent to only those who need it. This way, staff is spared from receiving an annoying flow of unnecessary data. Instead, the parties coordinate efforts and communicate amongst themselves and one other.
Projectplace has proven itself to be invaluable in the Neighborhood Development Project.
For Katzsch, apart from the practical benefit, Projectplace still represents very significant added value: the team’s overall mood is much better with the software. "the value of Projectplace cannot be over-estimated when you see your staff working with the software willingly rather than with reluctance." That this is reflected in the outcome should also be trumpeted.