Often times, as companies experience a season of growth, there are a variety of areas in which carrying out ordinary tasks becomes increasingly complex at an operational level
By Mark Holenstein
It has often been said that change is necessary to allow for business expansion and innovation. Now more than ever, businesses in the building and construction sector continue to experience rapid changes and exponential growth. With rising confidence in the current economy, buyers and builders increasingly invest in property development, leading to a boost in building activity and project starts.
These same businesses are forced to expand to accommodate the increase in demand, while maintaining quality control and brand standards. As these changes come about, many are now forced to implement a Business Process Management (BPM) solution. A BPM system is highly effective in ensuring order and organization throughout the building process. From breaking ground, to final touches and interior design, a strong organizational system must be in place for the builder to truly leverage organizational and process efficiencies.
With the recent news of the merger between Lennar and CalAtlantic, expect these two companies to experience their own growing pains as they work to integrate large systems into one. Each brand has its own technology systems, processes and internal procedures, and now must seamlessly integrate all of this into one system moving forward. Everything from development management, vendor management, billing, contractors, and inventory management, must all come together.
As is the case in many mergers, BPM plays a vital role in ensuring these two large brands successfully integrate into one system of procedures, documentation and reporting moving forward.
Often times, as companies experience a season of growth, there are a variety of areas in which carrying out ordinary tasks becomes increasingly complex at an operational level. Processes and procedures may at times go undocumented- resulting in decreased productivity, monetary losses, and a lack of efficiency. Business Process Management is the solution that allows for all initiatives to work seamlessly together as an organization collaborates both internally and externally.
A business may choose to use a BPM system due to the combination of usability and comprehensive functionality. When a strong BPM model is implemented, a developer can manage all aspects of their work in a simplified fashion. Specifically, for the building industry— this type of system enables all parties within an organization to track and manage tasks. With just one BPM system, senior management can update status, coordinate with contractors and designers, track zoning laws and regulations, create and pay invoices, and even process new hire employees— all from one platform.
Embracing these changes will not only transform a business, but allow for a simplified transition that offers room for expansion. Thus, resulting in more productivity and opportunity for an increase to the revenue stream. Not only can the developer simplify processes and responsibilities, but weaknesses can be presented in a clear manner to be addressed within specific departments. With the ability to view a project as a whole, it is possible to reach decisions at a quicker rate as to be more effective.
Overall, having a BPM system allows for a shared process-oriented approach, generating synergies where all parties can benefit from one another, leading to a better work flow with clear communication. All individuals can learn from each other and help in their personal and organizational development. The implementation of this type of system truly gives a unique advantage to the organization in all aspects of construction management and development.
With the right BPM solution, expect the new Lennar and CalAtlantic marriage to prosper once all systems are unified and integrated.
Mark Holenstein is COO for Signavio where he is responsible for the Sales, Customer Service, and Marketing departments. Signavio is a leading provider of Business Process Management solutions for retailers. For more information download Signavio’s seven-step guide to operational excellence for retailers. For more information please visit www.signavio.com.