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How Burns & McDonnell Improved Management of Client Projects

For most organizations, continual improvement is key to sustaining success, even when that means leaving behind a valuable resource that supported growth for more than a decade. This is a lesson that two executives of Burns & McDonnell, an architecture, engineering and construction firm, discussed in depth during a presentation at Oracle Industry Connect 2017 that is now available on demand.

In their talk, “Blueprint for Success: How Burns & McDonnell Upgraded Program Management,” the executives explore the business drivers, implementation steps, and benefits realized in the company’s move from Oracle Primavera Contract Management to Oracle’s Primavera Unifier, a cloud project lifecycle solution for capital planning, project delivery and cost control. 

After describing the various enhanced capabilities within the cloud application that convinced Burns & McDonnell to make the upgrade, Tarkan Yuksel, project controls manager, explained Unifier’s business process capabilities, which he calls the “building blocks” of the application. 

For program management, the key is to bring people, process, and software to a client, enabling Burns & McDonnell to effectively blend in with the client’s delivery methods. “I go to one client this week it is a completely different environment from the client I go to the next week,” he said. “BPs are straightforward and allow for further configuration for specific programs,” he noted.

The execs also offered examples of specific business processes developed, how they were designed, and the results they produced. “We can create new efficiencies,” said Christopher P. O'Grady, technology consulting department manager. “A lot of benefit comes from giving users the ability to do bulk editing and import their own data.” 

The organization also needed to be able to scale to manage multiple projects in a multitenant environment as well as to manage across multiple complex client programs. “Unifier is awesome – I can create amazing solutions all the time,” O’Grady said. “Ultimately, we can integrate with almost anything.”

To learn more about the benefits Burns & McDonnell realizes from using Oracle’s Primavera Unifier, as well as the presenters’ best practice recommendations for implementation, view the entire presentation on demand

 

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