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How CIOs should see ERP systems

Engineering Procurement and Construction

Today’s Chief Information Officers (CIOs) are embracing their role as technology leaders within their enterprise – and rightfully so.

Making the shift to modern technology solutions impacts most, if not all, business transactions.

Within construction companies, CIOs are researching and implementing solutions that bridge all stakeholders, increase field productivity, provide a better employee experience for unions and contractors and connect the field to the office more efficiently. It’s no surprise that these solutions are Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions.

Whether looking to switch to a more agile, field-oriented system, a cloud-based system or simply looking for upgrades within the current system, it’s important for CIOs to consider technology transformation solutions as part of ONE system (and not many).

Take, for example, a recent analysis by McKinsey & Company – this is about technology initiatives predicted to take place over the next two years.

It may be easy for companies to look for multiple solutions to address these initiatives. However, doing so would put the company in a vulnerable position.

Take this example: If an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company is looking to enhance its IT architecture in order to keep up with its field wearables, but isn’t considering how this may impact its communication with contractors, then this initiative is missing the full scope of potential benefits and problems. If the technology doesn’t feed into your company’s ERP solution, you are missing the ability to see the entire enterprise in one place.

That is why it’s imperative for CIOs to consider the entire enterprise system when making decisions to implement new technologies. If implemented successfully, the ERP solution will be ONE complete system that can perform various tasks.

When you, the CIO, make decisions to improve your company’s operations, it’s critical to address these questions:

  • How do you think this solution will align with your company’s objectives?
  • Can your current solution or provider get your company to where you need it to be?
  • How does this fit in with your current ERP system?
  • How does this simplify processes for your users?
  • How does this securely utilize all data?
  • How does this connect with other systems?

Can’t dedicate the time to providing these answers? Let us help.

 At CEM Business Solutions, we understand that technology initiatives can be a long-term investment, so we make sure you find solutions that are best for you – and your industry.

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