The construction industry is one in which the scales of projects grow larger and more complex, the numbers of stakeholders increase, and information technologies are exploited, yet, costs are nonetheless high while efficiency remains low. Problems arising from miscommunication among the different phases of the construction process and the different departments become the major issues of the organization.

The Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, while long adopted by the production industry, is fairly new in the construction industry, a sector which operates on project basis. Few corporate investors in Turkey attempt to adopt applications such as IFS, SAP, ORACLE Unifier, Microsoft Dynamics on the global level, and Avinal, Workcube, Logo, Uyum, etc. on the local level. Both the project-based nature of the construction industry and the yet unprepared corporate structures, however, indicate that the transition would be healthier if done with a pilot project and using an external consultant with industrial experience.

Our experience shows that the consulting firm acting as the “Project Manager” in the selected pilot project should be knowledgeable about ERP systems and the products available on the market, be able to well analyze the firm’s vision, its strategic industrial goals and human resources opportunities.

PY International holds the enhanced capacity for defining its Client’s objectives and needs, and working together with its Client at every step of the project starting with the selection of the right firm. This endows PY International with the ability to undertake important roles in designing the system, adapting it to operational needs, and in relieving the resistance of the staff to the new system.


Brief History of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Software Applications

The origins of ERP software go back to early 1960s. Together with the advancement in computer systems, ERP systems were first seen to contribute to the efficiency of industrial manufacturers. The first applications were developed for the purposes of planning the material need in manufacture and these gradually gave rise to the MRP system and to today’s ERP and ERP II systems. While ERP software enables a predefined flow of the business activities of each department and among all departments in an organization, it further empowers users to accomplish their designated “roles” and prepare an overall executive report related to all data from all processes of the business. ERP is essentially a computer software that offers high-technology products based on long-time experience. Yet it bears a far more important functionality.  ERP is the environment where established knowledge about practices are conveyed among similar businesses. In other words, ERP software holds the know-how obtained from the workflow of thousands of businesses in a diversity of industries. This know-how bear vital importance for organizations that target growth and development—because it offers essential information on business models, in our words, on the industry standards or the best practices.

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