Zachry Construction Boosts Efficiency With New ERP

David Trites

SAP Zachry ConstructionIf you’ve ever worked in the construction industry, or even pulled off a few smaller construction projects of your own, you know how complicated the projects can be. To complete a quality job on time and within budget requires careful planning, detailed project and resource management, accurate information, and fluid communication.

For 90 years, Zachry Construction has been successfully executing large-scale, technically unique construction projects around the world. From complex projects like the United States Embassy in Beijing to the treasured Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, Texas, to America’s first ever high-speed railway in California, this privately owned construction company plays an important part in many of the transportation, civil facilities, and buildings people use and enjoy every day.

Now in its third generation of family leadership, the company is on a mission to be one of the best construction companies in the world. That means it needs to run its own business as well as it manages its construction projects. But like its industry peers, the company must work with tight margins, which can lead to IT decisions that meet only short-term business needs.

To ensure long-term success and growth, Zachry needed to replace its legacy systems with an integrated, user-friendly enterprise solution that would provide accurate, real-time information. It also wanted to gain a competitive edge by putting mobile apps in the hands of the field.

The decision to modernize its IT systems was not taken lightly. Over 24 months, the Zachry team evaluated 18 different ERP and mobile solutions, finally choosing one of the most widely used and solid product lines in the business. To assist with the implementation, Zachry selected B4 Consulting for both its construction-industry knowledge and SAP software expertise.

Zachry’s new solution has transformed its business. Business processes, workflows, data entry, and IT are all centralized in a single system. Workers can enter accurate, real-time data from the field via mobile device, and costs can be tracked on a weekly and daily basis. Manual and duplicate data entry has been eliminated, customer and sales information is accurate, and all project-related information is in one place – easily accessible via mobile device.

Those achievements have resulted in many tangible benefits for the company:

  • Cost collecting is 50% more accurate
  • Cost information is available 50% faster
  • Month-end reconciliation is 25% faster
  • Foremen are 18% more efficient

Zachry now has a single view of the business, allowing it to be proactive versus reactive when it comes to meeting market and customer demands.

“To be the best, you need to know where you stand on project quantities and costs on a daily basis. SAP software provides the foundation and capabilities for accurate, real-time knowledge and growth.” – Ranjeet Gadhoke, senior project control director, Zachry Construction Corporation

This article originally appeared on SAP Business Trends.

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About David Trites

David Trites is a Director of SAP Global Marketing. He is responsible for producing interesting and compelling customer stories that will humanize the SAP brand, support sales and marketing teams across SAP, and increase the awareness of SAP in key markets.