About Contractor Nation
Contractor Nation is a network of home improvement, repair, and service contractors. They are dedicated to helping contractors grow and thrive. Puget Systems worked with Brandon Carr, who is the IT Team Lead at Contractor Nation, to build a solution that fit both how his team works and within a defined budget. Carr's team is in charge of making sure they are leveraging technology for the benefit of their coworkers and dealers.
In addition to providing coaching, training, marketing, team building and sales expertise to home improvement contractors, Contractor Nation also offers patented products that many consider to be the best on the market.
Tools of the Trade
Carr's team support's the EyeStar Media Group -- the video, audio, and post-production-group for Contractor Nation. They spend their days working in Adobe Creative Cloud, which consists primarily of Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Audition. Using these and other applications, EyeStar Media Group creates product videos, job videos, original web series, training videos, 3D animations, documentary films, commercials, motion graphics, and original scores.
Puget Systems worked with Carr to configure systems that would the best experience for running these applications. They settled on a combination of CPU and GPU performance and reliability: An 8-core processors with relatively high clock speed along with the high performing GTX 1080 GPU from NVIDIA. Two Samsung 860 Pro SSDs provide plenty of internal storage.
The video below is an example of the content Carr's team created using a workstation from Puget Systems.
Contractor Nation faces many technical challenges when trying to balance the needs of an internal and external audience. Simply put, their job is to make sure the designers and engineers can work on their projects with as few issues as possible. Any interruption to the workflow can disrupt the creative process and prolong the time needed to complete projects.
Carr and his team needed workstations that could smoothly handle multiple Creative Cloud applications simultaneously, and turned to Puget Systems for help.
Why Puget Systems
After researching many options, Contractor Nation settled on purchasing workstations from Puget Systems that were optimized for their workflow. Puget System's reputation for building robust and reliable workstations helped win over Carr and his team. In his words, "We appreciate the fact they took us through each step of the workstation being built and properly tested, along with their support which has always been fast and helpful."