70% of CIOs Will Change Their Technology – Are You One of Them?

Posted by Norman Wendl May 15, 2014 10:19:41 AM

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It’s evident that mobility and cloud solutions are increasingly important technological innovations in the construction industry. These advancements improve efficiencies and increase profitability. Architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) companies that do not take advantage of these advancements will undoubtedly be left behind.

Current technology data substantiates company confidence in the value of cloud computing. A recent issue of Constructech magazine cites a Gartner Technology survey of CIOs stating: “25% of companies have already made investments in public cloud, and many anticipate more than half of their company's business will be running on the public cloud by 2020. Additionally, 70% of CIOs intend to change technology and sourcing relationships throughout the next few years.”

An Affordable & Comprehensive Technology Solution
Our firm, Corecon Technologies, is a leading provider of cloud-based construction software for general contractors, subcontractors, engineering firms and developers. We recently formed a strategic reseller agreement with B4 Consulting to meet a pent-up demand for comprehensive cloud-based project management solutions in the small to mid-size construction market.

Through this new partnership we are providing more in-depth services and support for Corecon’s flagship product, Corecon V7, and its integration with SAP® Business One. This relationship broadens Corecon’s reach in offering AEC clients a platform for all business activities whether it is estimating, project management, job cost control or accounting. This fully integrated solution creates a platform for sustainable growth and provides management the necessary tools to make quick and informed decisions anywhere, anytime.

Track Project Leads, Awarded Projects and More
A few key aspects of Corecon’s cloud-based software suite that distinguishes it in the marketplace is its depth and breadth in project management functionality including the ability to track both project leads (e.g. job opportunities) and awarded projects. Modules included in the software suite cover business development, estimating, document control, contract administration, procurement, time tracking, and scheduling. Tight integration both internally and with SAP Business One helps all departments work as one efficient team, a necessary component in today’s competitive environment. Wizards are also available to automate complex tasks such as our Estimate to Project Management Wizard, which saves time for project management and accounting staff when setting up project cost codes, contract budgets, POs and subcontracts.

Not all firms are alike which is especially true in the AEC industry. So, today’s solutions have to be flexible in terms of configuration. In addition, as firms grow in size, business processes and workflow requirements change. The Corecon/SAP Business One solution can effectively meet both of these requirements.

Certified Integration with SAP Business One
Closing the loop between project operations and accounting departments is critical. Our CoreconLink utility, which was certified by SAP in 2011, eliminates duplicate data entry so project transactions such as progress invoices or vendor bills transfer easily from Corecon V7 to SAP Business One, maintaining consistency across the organization. Duplicate data entry, which is rampant in the AEC industry, is basically eliminated with the Corecon/SAP Business One solution.

CoreconV7_ConstructionSoftware_ProjectFinancials_CostAnalysisDashboardCorecon Project Financial Dashboards

 

The primary benefits of Corecon V7 and SAP Business One integration include:

  • Eliminates Duplicate Data Entry
  • Import/Export/Synchronize Customers, Vendors and Employees
  • Setup a Job in SAP Business One using Corecon Project data
  • Export Corecon Bills, Sub Invoices and Miscellaneous Expenses to SAP's AP Invoice feature
  • Export Corecon Progress Invoices to SAP's AR Invoice feature
Mobility & Collaboration
Corecon V7 also addresses mobility and collaboration challenges inherent in the AEC industry. Due to its project-based nature, the AEC industry has a very mobile workforce. Therefore, providing industry professionals with an invaluable tool to enhance productivity from the jobsite or office is crucial. Since Corecon V7 is Web-based and smart phone and tablet compatible, it can be accessed instantly by key individuals in multiple locations on any available device.

Corecon V7 also allows remote project team members to effectively collaborate with one another through access to Corecon’s online TeamLink Portal. This cloud collaboration tool gives Corecon subscribers the ability to share lead and project information with customers, subcontractors, vendors, and consultants who can access the TeamLink Portal for free.

In today’s technologically advanced and competitive construction environment, it’s more important than ever before to deliver a project collaboratively and efficiently. With Corecon’s comprehensive project management software solution and B4 Consulting’s expertise in integrating business processes and technologies, our team will clearly provide construction firms with the competitive edge they need to achieve business success.

Small and mid-sized construction companies don’t have to sit on the technology sidelines. Affordable, innovative, and easy-to-use cloud-based solutions are within your reach with Corecon V7 and SAP Business One – implemented by B4 Consulting.

I invite you to learn more about the Corecon/B4 Consulting partnerhsip. Please click on this link to scheudle your demo:

 Corecon/SAP Business One Demo

Norman Wendl is president of Corecon Technologies, Inc.

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Topics: Project Management, Engineering and Construction, job costing, Cloud Computing, AEC, SAP Business One

RACI - Best Practices for SAP Project Success

Posted by William Marson Aug 16, 2013 2:55:00 PM

One of the critical success factors of any SAP project is:  clear definition of roles and responsibilities for each project participant and key stakeholder. Regardless of how thorough and detailed a project plan, any misunderstanding and oversight of team member roles and responsibilities will create project havoc.

Unnecessary team misunderstandings can be avoided by up-front integration of the RACI (Responsible Accountable Consulted Informed) model for successful change management. A responsibility assignment matrix, RACI is a practical approach to defining and documenting project roles and responsibilities. Integrating the RACI model into your SAP projects ASAP methodology creates a powerful combination that boosts and expands project results.

RACI Team

Four Pillars of the RACI* Model

The RACI model creates clarity and definition in describing stakeholder roles within an SAP project. It’s a matrix to clarify individual responsibilities and confirm that project requirements are assigned a corresponding doer.

To apply the RACI model, list every task, deliverable, work package, and then clarify who is Responsible, who is Accountable, who needs to be Consulted, and who needs to be Informed.

Responsible: People or stakeholders who do the work or deliverables. They must complete the work package and/or make the decision. Several people can be jointly Responsible (e.g. Functional Consultant).

Accountable: Person or stakeholder who is the owner of the task. They must sign-off or approve when the work package or decision is complete. This person must be fully aligned with the overall RACI matrix to ensure responsibilities are assigned for all related tasks and activities. Best Practices state that there is only one person Accountable (e.g. Project Manager).

Consulted: People or stakeholders whose input is needed before the work package or decision can be completed and signed-off. These people are often referred to as ‘in the loop’ and active team members (e.g. Subject Matter Expert).

Informed: People or stakeholders who are kept in the picture. They require updates on project progress and/or key decisions, but they do not need to be formally consulted, nor do they contribute directly to the work package or decision (e.g. VP, IT).

The following steps can be used to create a RACI model for your SAP project:

  1. During the Project Planning Phase, identify all tasks required to deliver the project and list them vertically on the left-hand side of the chart – typically in completion order. For SAP projects, this is most effectively addressed by incorporating in-scope, ASAP methodology deliverables.
  2. Identify all affected project stakeholders and log them horizontally along the top of the chart.
  3. Complete the interior cells of the model by identifying who has Responsibility (R), Accountability (A); and who will be Consulted (C) and Informed (I) for each task.
  4. Ensure every task has at least one Responsible stakeholder.
  5. No tasks should have more than one Accountable stakeholder. Resolve any conflicts where there is more than one for a particular deliverable or work package.
  6. Collaborate and confirm alignment of the RACI model with your project stakeholders at the start of the SAP deployment. This includes resolving any conflicts.

RACI Graph

 

* Note that an alternative version of the RACI Matrix includes RASCI, which incorporates Support personnel into the responsibility matrix.

RACI Benefitsf or Managers and Leaders

Leveraging a RACI matrix can help uncover common organizational pain points and allow management to remedy challenges with regards to perceptions, role expectations, and performance.

Perception: How resources perceive their individual roles and required tasks become much clearer. Managers and Leaders can better determine if people are properly aligned with respective positions.

Role Expectations: Resources in the organization can visualize responsibilities for themselves and others, and see when associated tasks should be completed.

Performance: The RACI Matrix tool can foster positive performance guidance as resources are clear about what activities they should be doing and how and when they need to do it.

With clearly defined roles and responsibilities, you help can ensure the success of your SAP project. When people know exactly what is expected of them, it’s easier for them to complete their work on-time, on-budget, and to the best of their ability.

For more tips on securing the success of your next SAP project implementation, email
Bill Marson, PMI, B4 Consulting Project Manager at: bmarson@b4-consulting.com.

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Topics: SAP, B4 Consulting, Project Management, Best Practices, RACI