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How Oracle Helped Railroad CSX Modernize Its Project Portfolio Management

CSX Transportation, a leading railroad with 21,000 miles of track across the U.S. East Coast and eastern Canada, recently set out to modernize its project management processes and improve information sharing for $1.8 billion worth of annual capital and operating expenses projects. 

"We wanted a modern toolset that would give us mobile capabilities," A.J. Erdman, CSX's director of project controls, explained during a presentation at Oracle Industry Connect earlier this year that is now available to view on demand

Additional business requirements for the transformation initiative included having a platform that could manage the entire range of project types and enable enterprise-wide information sharing and reporting. The latter goal was critical for the various engineering groups, whose responsibilities range from renovating signal systems to installing new tracks, bridges, and tunnels. Individually, each discipline successfully performed its roles, but stakeholders from the various groups couldn't easily collaborate with each other when projects required combined efforts. "Part of the Projects Control Group's task is to make [these groups] speak to each other," Erdman says. 

In light of these needs, CSX turned to Oracle's Primavera Unifier, Which Erdman characterizes as having become "the core of project control" in his group. 

The company uses Primavera Unifier to document project scope, manage accounting and budgets, manage processes, perform time tracking, and serve as a master document repository. CSX pairs the platform with Oracle Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management for project scheduling. 

Oracle Primavera Unifier also integrates with the Oracle E-Business Suite and other critical business systems. For example, thanks to links with the company's third-party cost-accounting system, Erdman and his staff can import detailed cost estimates into Oracle Primavera Unifier. "This makes (cost management) much easier for us and much more manageable for everyone on the project," Erdman says. 

With the modern lifecycle management and scheduling capabilities provided by the Oracle Primavera applications, CSX achieved greater information sharing and project visibility across all engineering departments, as well as more accurate project estimates and improved planning and cash flow. 

Watch the entire presentation from Oracle Industry Connect 2017 to learn more about CSX's successful project portfolio management transformation effort, including additional benefits realized and key lessons learned along the way for ensuring a successful technology rollout. 

Registration for the next Oracle Industry Connect, to be held April 10-11, 2018, in New York City, is now open; visit the Oracle Industry Connect site to learn more. 

The event will feature a host of sessions led by customers and other innovators from a wide range of industries, including engineering and construction, industrial manufacturing, oil and gas, travel and transportation, public sector, and utilities. With a focus on sharing best practices, these sessions will highlight how leading organizations are using Oracle Construction and Engineering solutions to drive business transformation.

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