McLean, VA, November 21, 2012 – Hurricane Sandy had a wide-ranging and devastating impact as it slammed though the U.S. East Coast just a few short weeks ago.
While power and internet service was out for hundreds of thousands of businesses and residences all along the East Coast for well over a week, smart technology planning and adoption of cloud technologies kept businesses like AME Corporation up and running, and in touch with their employees, their customers and suppliers, shortly after the storm subsided.
AME Corporation specializes in custom rubber and plastic components and sealing solutions, with locations in New Jersey and Shanghai, China. About five years ago, AME Corporation’s President and CEO Ehren Dimitry had the foresight to understand how cloud computing could really give his business a competitive advantage, and could help save his business in the event that natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy strike. In looking back over the past several weeks, Dimitry admitted he had no conceivable notion that anything like Sandy would ever hit the East Coast.
“When Sandy struck, we were all without electricity and internet service for over a week, and to make things worse, there was a gasoline shortage,” said Dimitry. “Fortunately, we still had mobile phone service, and were able to reroute our VoIP phone lines to our mobile devices using Google Voice, a VoIP service Google runs in the cloud. Our corporate email and calendar, also driven by Google’s Gmail cloud service, kept our communications with employees, customers, and suppliers on track,” added Dimitry.
AME uses Acumatica’s built-in business wiki to create and store standard operating procedures, workflow diagrams, and collaborative documents between operations in New Jersey and Shanghai. AME is working with Acumatica partner SIPD Services to fully integrate Box, AME’s preferred cloud-based file repository and collaboration service. “By using Acumatica Studio, the development platform, and familiar tools such as Microsoft Visual Studio, the strong web services and integration capabilities offered by Acumatica and Box allow us to deliver a unique solution that leverages the strengths of these two cloud pioneers and innovators,” said Gabriel Michaud, co-founder of SIPD Services, based in Quebec.
Today, CEO Dimitry looks back on his decision to move all of their business operations and apps to the cloud as one of the most important inflection points in the company’s history. “We made it through the biggest natural disaster in recent history, and cloud computing made it possible. I encourage all businesses to migrate to the cloud, not just for risk mitigation, but for better collaboration, communication and up-time. Do it now, as you never know when disaster will strike,” added Dimitry.