Welcome to the first of a three-part Q&A blog series with IT Systems Administrator Adam Kailian at Build Group, a leading Northern California construction firm. The series introduces Build Group, discusses how it has kept up with fast-changing technologies, and shows why Druva and Build Group have formed a lasting relationship.
Adam Kailian has been an IT professional for more than 15 years and started at Build Group a little over three years ago as an IT Systems Administrator. At the time, Build Group had just deployed Druva Phoenix for the company’s server backups.
Build Group got off to an interesting start. The four founders were working together in a commercial construction firm when their company was acquired. They loved their work, they worked well together, and with plans to get started with their equity from the acquisition, they decided to leave and form their own construction firm. However, the buyers would only pay them if they signed non-compete clauses.
That wasn’t going to fly, construction was their specialty, so they started Build Group in 2006 and fought the equity issues out in court. After a number of lean years, they gained momentum and company revenues now exceed $750M a year.
Q: Adam, what kind of construction does Build Group specialize in?
AK: We do most anything that’s interesting, from commercial office buildings to residential interiors. We have several subsidiaries, Pacific Structures and Level 5, one does structural concrete and the other does walls, metal stud and drywall. We bought San Jose Construction in 2016, they’re one of the top commercial general contractors in California.
Q: From an IT perspective, what’s special about the construction industry?
AK: I don’t think construction is any different from other enterprises, IT needs to give people the best tools to do their jobs, optimize communications, and manage corporate data. That means keeping the network at its best and making sure all corporate data is secure and accessible. These days, I’d say effective data management has become a core business process.
Q: How has the IT department changed over the years?
AK: Like all successful enterprises, we’ve successfully transitioned with new technologies, and that just comes from being aware of what’s out there and having the capital health to invest in it. On a nuts-and-bolts side, the cloud is probably the biggest change.
With IT, it’s not as much about using new technologies to save money, it’s about doing spectacular things that simply weren’t possible before. It wasn’t long ago that simply doing backups and restores was one of an IT department’s biggest chunks of work. Now, there are cloud tools that do it much better and faster, and we’re free to work on other, more challenging projects like making big data analytics possible.
In the next blog in this series, Adam talks about key data-management challenges facing construction companies like Build Group.
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