Case Study: Software Selection – Environmental Services Contractor – New York
Contractor in upstate New York with core environmental engineering and construction work
$10M to $50M
The service contractor was part of an engineering firm that was using a good system that was not well suited to the needs of a service contractor. There were no facilities in the software for handling service calls, tracking and scheduling work, or handling inventory. Nonetheless, there was significant pressure to continue using the core system.
The company was relatively new to the service business and had little understanding of the capabilities of service management software. Also, procedures were not well established, so it was necessary to develop procedures and define software requirements simultaneously.
Burger Consulting Group began the project as a system selection. The client anticipated building procedures around the new software. However, as Burger Consulting Group and the client got underway, it became apparent that the workflow needed to be evaluated and revised separately before software could be chosen. Burger Consulting Group used Visio charting software to document existing and desired processes as well as to document system requirements. Once this brief exercise was complete, the organization moved ahead with the selection more confidently. The software they selected worked with the processes as designed with only minor adjustments. Given Burger Consulting Groupâ€TMs experience with the available software, the process designed did not force them to develop custom applications to manage their business.
The client acquired a client/server solution from a recognized provider of service management software that also included job cost accounting, inventory and other systems they needed. Implementation included refinement of processes to fully utilize the new systems. The client implemented the software with their new procedures.
- Selecting a system is more difficult if your procedures are not well defined
- Developing procedures around a system is effective if you have selected the correct system
- Sometimes a related business may need unique software if they have unique needs
- It is possible to run the software from different vendors on a single platform