Over the past century, Tellepsen Builders has become a cornerstone in the development of Houston, Texas. Having completed some of the city’s most notable projects, including Texas Children’s Hospital and Lakewood Church, the company has built a reputation as a pioneer in their sector.
In its fourth generation of family ownership, Tellepsen began looking for ways to continue their evolution into the fifth. Here’s how they’ve become leaders of the digital transformation of the construction industry with the help of Dropbox Business.
Saving hours every week
Working on multiple projects across multiple locations can get complicated. But since Tellepsen deployed Dropbox Business across the company in 2015, their project managers have been able to seamlessly collaborate with subcontractors, no matter where they’re located. The mobile app allows project managers to devote more of their day to working on site. That’s helped them deliver higher-quality work, right on schedule.
Simplifying admin tasks in the office
Dropbox Business has brought unexpected benefits in the back office as well. “File recovery is simple now and we have much more control over access and permissions,” explains —Lee Nugent, IT Director, Tellepsen . “It has simplified admin tasks in the office and freed up time for others to add value further up the value.
Reducing support requests with Dropbox Smart Sync
When the team saved large volumes of data locally to ensure file access, mounting storage problems lead to slower performance on laptops. As people needed to expand their hard drive capacity, support teams were bombarded with simple requests—and hardware costs kept growing. Now, with Smart Sync , local storage has halved and support requests have vanished.
You can read more about how Tellepsen became leaders of the digital transformation of the construction industry with the help of Dropbox Business on Work in Progress .
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Dropbox Spaces transforms your folders into connected workspaces that bring your team’s content and tools together—from PowerPoints to Google Docs, Trello boards, and more .
Spaces is accessible via the new Dropbox desktop experience, dropbox.com, and the Dropbox mobile app.
Here are some highlights of what's new and what's coming soon!
Save time getting to the images you need by searching for what you see in the image across JPG, JPEG, PNG, and GIF files. Image search is rolling out to Dropbox Professional from the 25th September on desktop and web, and coming soon to Dropbox Business plans.
Preview files in high fidelity—including AutoCAD files—right from your desktop even if you don't have the native application installed.
Close the loop on the progress of shared work by getting notified when updates are made to folder overview descriptions and to-dos, so you can get in sync and keep on schedule.
Coming soon to desktop and web —Easily search for key phrases across text within files and overview descriptions to find what you're looking for, even if you don't remember what file or folder it's in.
To learn more about Dropbox Spaces and other new features check out - Introducing Dropbox Spaces
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From the civil war in Yemen to crises throughout western Africa, global conflicts are on the rise over the last 30 years. And yet civilians are the ones who bear the brunt of the violence.
One of these civilian victims was Center for Civilians in Conflict’s (CIVIC) founder, Marla Ruzicka. In the midst of the Iraq War, Ruzicka spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan to learn firsthand what civilians were facing and what policies might be effective in improving their safety. She was killed in an explosion in Baghdad in 2005.
Marla Ruzicka (right), Founder of CIVIC
While CIVIC was born out of tragedy, Ruzicka’s legacy lives on. Her story galvanized a group of activists to continue and expand its mission in the nearly 15 years following her death. The Washington D.C.-based nonprofit’s sole focus is to reduce civilian casualties, from on-the-ground trainings of military actors to high-level policy recommendations with the likes of the United Nations, NATO, and other international organizations.
Gathering and sharing that local knowledge is crucial to CIVIC’s efficacy. From civilian interviews to marked-up maps to policy briefs, the team produces hoards of intel. Bringing together this globally de-centralized team and all their expertise—in locations often with limited internet connections—has required that CIVIC adopt innovative tools.
“Dropbox helps the flow of our work because our documents are never produced entirely in one place by one person,” says Federico Borello, Executive Director at the CIVIC. “It’s so important that we have a central place where we know a document has the latest information,” adds Jessica Ginther, Sr. Operations Manager. “These conflicts are changing on a daily, hourly basis, so it’s imperative that we can take action quickly even when we’re working across time zones.”
To Borello, CIVIC has no choice but to bring new perspectives into their work. “Innovation is essential to us because we are fighting such an old problem that seems to have no solution,” he says. “So we have to think outside of the box, both in our policies and recommendations, and in the ways our own team works together.”
“I think we embrace complexity and hard solutions,” says Borello. “We unfortunately don’t have the magic key to solving a conflict. It's a combination of different interventions at different levels—local, national, regional, and international. We have to embrace that and accept that the problems are hard, and so the solutions are complex.”
Check out Work in Progress to discover more about how this non-profit is honoring—while evolving—the legacy of its late founder. To learn more about CIVIC’s work, visit civiliansinconflict.org
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To cover 350,000 destinations, it takes hundreds of writers working with content teams spread across the company’s international offices. Dropbox is one of the connection points for Lonely Planet’s global team of writers, editors, designers, and web developers. Here’s how the teams use Dropbox to fuel inspiration in travellers worldwide.
You can read more about Lonely Planet and their writers’ processes on Work in Progress .
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Jake Kassan and Kramer LaPlante, the founders of MVMT, turned their crowd-funded watch company into a $100 million brand. Targeting millennials with growing buying power, MVMT was a first mover in what’s now a crowded e-commerce space.
Dropbox Mobile App
What sets MVMT apart is its compelling storytelling as a lifestyle brand. Boasting over one million followers on Instagram, the retailer leverages a network of hundreds of freelance content creators, or social media influencers, to effectively market its brand.
To manage its content-heavy marketing strategy, MVMT relies on a variety of technology tools to make collaboration easy among employees, content creators, and other creative partners.
“Dropbox is the one platform that we use across the entire company, and it’s intuitive to all of our external partners,” says Bri Lobato, Content Strategist at MVMT. “And when you want to look at design files, photos, and videos side by side, Dropbox Paper allows you to put them in one place. I've never come across an application that allowed me to see all those things cohesively.”
MVMT use Dropbox to collaborate with hundreds of content creators.
As the company looks to continue its path of growth, Lobato reiterates the importance of technology partners that help MVMT scale.
“We're a small team that operates on the same level as a company that has a couple hundred employees because we’re using the right technology and the right platforms,” she says. “I collaborate with hundreds of content creators, and without Dropbox Business, collaborating would not be nearly as efficient or easy.”
Check out Work in Progress to learn more about how MVMT used technology to collaborate and grow their $100 million brand.
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From agricultural sensors that read soil levels remotely, to wearables that measure sun exposure, to hands-free bicycle navigation interfaces, Tomorrow Lab —an invention and industrial design studio in New York City - products span across verticals. But they very much have common ground.
Tomorrow Lab workstation
“With each project we’re trying to respect something, whether that’s someone’s time or their life or the environment,” Ullrich says. “If the products that we create aren’t at least doing one good thing, then we’re really not doing this right.”
The process of the developing products requires the teams in Tomorrow Lab to work closely together, to inspire each other and find the best solution to solve the problem. Dropbox allows the teams to share large files, like 3D files, to photography and video all the way to electrical files easily, allowing them to stay in flow.
To learn more about Tomorrow Lab’s products, how they bring them to life, and what it means for the future, check out Work in Progress .
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ADCO has completely rebuilt the way designers and engineers communicate with site managers, using Dropbox to collaborate across assets like contracts, blueprints, and reference photos. What once took up forty file servers now lives in the cloud.
Read more about ADCO's digital transformation with Dropbox on Work in Progress.
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Ryan Metosky, Director of Marketing for Blue Note Entertainment Group, knows how important it is to have a harmonious team.
As the company expands with the opening of Sony Hall and new locations around the world, the team keeps its independent spirit alive in an era when most multi-venue companies are being bought by big corporations.
Sony Hall NYC
In recent years, Ryan has seen major changes in industry brought on by the shift to digital. “We are spending most of our resources on online advertising,” says Ryan. “We still do street team distribution of flyers and posters around the city, but we have stopped print and radio advertising due to the high costs and unknown ROI.”
In addition to the street teamers, Ryan works with a marketing manager, a graphic designer, and a box office manager. “There's only one person on my team that is in the same office as me,” he explains. Fortunately, Dropbox helps to keep his team on the same page when they’re on the go.
Blue Note Hawaii in Oahu
For example, the person who’s in charge of building the show page on the Blue Note website, Facebook, and Ticketmaster starts their work by accessing those images in the folder. “They might need to crop or change the sizes,” Ryan explains. “In which case, we also save those [versions], too. We’re dealing with all sort of partners, so we’re constantly going back to these folders to use the pictures for different things.”
To read more about how Blue Note Entertainment Group uses Dropbox to keep it’s team in the groove check out our Work in Progress Blog - Blue Note Customer Story
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“We're a deadline business,” says Martin Wall, Owner of Martin Sign Company . “It's one thing to have one client, but if you have 200 clients, trying to balance those timelines can be very hectic. You're dealing with architects, designers, end users, last-minute changes. We're always on our toes.”
Martin and Bobby - Martin Sign Company
To make sure everyone was on the same page from the beginning to the end of a project, they turned to Dropbox.
“I had already been using Dropbox to keep my personal photos. So when I started my business, it was a natural fit to just keep it at the same place,” says Wall. “We started with Dropbox Business to manage those files. Now we use Dropbox Paper to collaborate internally on how the projects get done.”
Dropbox Paper Mobile App
With Paper the team have been able to stay in sync throughout the lifecycle of a project—from tracking sales leads to installing signs to storing photographs. Paper gives them a way to bring together all of their timelines , spreadsheets, and notes in one cohesive space. Because everyone has access to the same files, they can add comments and check off their tasks in real time.
Paper helps Martin Sign Company get jobs done without a lot of re-dos or time wasted. And that kind of efficiency has enabled them to take on more projects and scale their business.
Want to learn more about how Martin Sign Company stay in sync while coordinating projects for hundreds of clients? Watch their story on Work in Progress.
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Your community level helps you and other members understand how long you’ve been a member of the Dropbox Community, how active you are and how much more you can do!
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