Minas Gerais in Brazil, is the main producer of coffee in Brazil. Brazil is the world’s biggest coffee producer. So you can imagine that at the headquarters of EPC Engenharia Projeto Consultoria S.A. in Mina Gerais they’re an alert bunch of people. As one of Brazil’s premier league engineering project management and consulting services firms, you can guarantee it.
A WINNING TEAM
EPC’s highly energetic 10-member planning team has taken project management best practices a big leap forward by integrating their EPPM solution – which they’ve depended on as a critical success factor in 100 already completed projects – with their Enterprise resource Planning (ERP) system, Totvs Microsiga 11.
“Oracle’s Primavera P6 EPPM gives us a robust system that supports a large number of simultaneous users on individual and multiple projects” - Gleisson Amaral.
The integrated approach now drives consistency across all areas of project management and control. The new single system puts all the data together in one place, so planners share one view of status indicators and scope at every stage of every project.
It’s more than that, though; it’s like they’ve gained more planners just because they’re working smarter. On a ten-person team, it’s like two more people have suddenly appeared.
“Maximising our resources”
Gleisson Amaral, senior IT analyst at EPC Engenharia Projeto Consultoria S.A. says that the new system doesn’t just add more power to the team’s ability to execute on time and on budget but it also maximises company resources.
They have freed 25% of their time. This was time previously taken up with the administrative burden of entering data twice. Now it’s all entered simultaneously, and systems are updated simultaneously – including even the largest data sets like image and chart layout files – and concurrent users can just keep on making project progress.