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Work location flexibility improves productivity for this global civil engineering firm.

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Moffatt & Nichol serves its customers from 35 offices around the world and has a portfolio of more than 6,000 projects addressing the global demands of the goods movement industry.


Moffatt & Nichol had long wanted to offer the option of working from home. They also realized the strategic benefit of being able to hire the very best talent for their projects, but they were largely limited to hiring within commute proximity to one of their 35 offices. They explored various remote work solutions, but particularly for its CAD power users, VPN and legacy VDI failed to meet their performance requirements. Even if they had been willing to compromise on app performance, they determined that VDI would be overly complicated to maintain. After attending an AEC industry event where he met other Workspot customers, Moffatt & Nichol CIO Jason Jewett discovered compelling reasons to learn more about Workspot cloud workstations.

Once the decision was made to move to the cloud, the Workspot solution was deployed quickly on Microsoft Azure and ultimately expanded to Google Cloud as part of the firm’s multi-cloud strategy.


• Workspot cloud workstations on Google Cloud
• Workspot cloud workstations on Microsoft Azure

“Workspot gives us options we’ve never had before, and that’s great,” says Jewett. “It’s a really big win.”


• Outstanding performance for CAD power users
• Increased productivity during the pandemic
• Ability to hire the best personnel for projects, no matter the location
• Newfound agility to expand the business beyond previous boundaries

“Workspot on Google Cloud is the perfect combination of price performance and simplicity."


“Supporting distributed and virtual teams is more important than ever, and we’re excited for the value that Workspot on Google Cloud is creating for organizations like Moffatt & Nichol,” said Manvinder Singh, Director, Partnerships at Google Cloud. “Workspot on Google Cloud provides the agility, performance, deployment simplicity, and customer service that businesses need in order to quickly provision resources for employees and contractors from virtually anywhere.”


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