Engineering and construction is a project-centric world— and ERP-PM integration is key.
Along these lines, E&C professionals frequently ask, “How can I tie my corporate ERP system together with my project management system(s) to avoid error-prone, time-consuming double entry?”
Few will dispute how the lack of integration is is a headache—including missing or inconsistent information and inefficient double entry— but taking the first step can feel daunting. Fortunately, the tools and expertise available today make ERP-PM integration faster, easier, and more complete.
How do you know if integration is right for you?
In our previous blog post, 7 Deadly Project Controls Sins, we highlighted project management missteps that contribute to construction project delays and budget overruns.
Last April Oracle’s Aconex organised a Project Controls webinar series which addressed: challenges and solutions, the importance of contract administration, and the benefits of one stop solution.
Even if each project is different, the challenges faced by organizations remain the same:
- Aligning data: Companies are often using different systems that lead to disconnected data across the project.
- Integrating Cost & Schedule: Lack of consistency across these two disciplines is leading to higher risks.
- Managing change: Inaccurate reporting of a scope or variation change during the project decreases the visibility into project status.
- Disconnected environment: Project performance suffers when people, disciplines, and departments are working in isolation.
These challenges stem from various sources, ranging from the design of processes and use of systems to organizational culture. Fortunately, you can overcome these challenges by learning about today’s project controls hurdles.
A UK construction publication recently interviewed Oracle’s Aconex to discuss how information security has become increasingly significant in our marketplace over the past five years.
A few examples include:
- Governments and private owners are progressively moving their data to the cloud.
- More comprehensive structured data sets of sensitive buildings and infrastructure assets are being created— thanks to building information modelling (BIM).
- Mobile devices offer greater accessibility to opportunistic cyberterrorists.
As part of their Global Industry Council initiative, Oracle’s Aconex spoke with several industry experts about how organizations can move towards digital success and save $1 trillion by embracing digital transformation.
GIC members AECOM, Bechtel, Chiyoda Corporation, Fluor, Lendlease, and TAV Construction worked together to identify key challenges, outline solutions, and share examples of success.
In a recent webinar series, engineering and construction (E&C) leaders revealed how digital transformation can positively transform construction professionals’ day-to-day work.
In the Fall of 2017, Aconex gathered nine high-profile UK construction professionals working at leading organizations— including Skanska and Atkins— to discuss how we can embrace digital transformation in engineering and construction (E&C).
The meeting was held at Building Magazine’s headquarters in London— the #1 leading construction publication in the United Kingdom.
Round table attendees included:
- Skanska: Malcolm Stagg, Director of BIM & Digital Engineering
- Atkins: Neil Thompson, Head of Digital Transformation
- Peter Trebilcock, Consultant Architect
- Wates: Lucy Abbott, BIM Director
- Sir Robert McAlpine: Nick Leach, BIM Manager
- BAM Nuttall Limited: Ivor Barbrook, Head of Planning and Digital Construction
- Allies & Morrison: Jo Bacon, Partner
- Allies & Morrison: Matt Olsen, BIM Lead
- Oracle’s Aconex: Steve Cooper, General Manager, UK&I