5. i Deployment The i project i team i and i implementation i team i will i assess i the i situation i and i make i the i final i go i or i no-go i decision. i Prior i to i going i live, i the i final i data i will i be i loaded i and i validated. i The i project i team i will i train i other i employees i who i will i then i start i working i in i the i new i system, i and i completely i stop i using i the i old i one. 6. i Ongoing i Support Once i the i ERP i system i has i gone i live, i the i purpose i of i the i project i team i will i shift. i Over i time, i as i the i way i the i users i work i within i the i system i evolves, i adjustments i and i changes i to i the i system i configuration i may i be i needed. IMPLEMENTATION i OF i ERP i SYSTEMS i IN i CONSTRUCTION Material i Management i in i Construction The i material i management i process i combines i and i integrates i the i individual i functions i of i material i requirements i planning, i material i takeoff, i vendor i evaluation i and i selection, i purchasing, i expedition, i shipping, i material i receiving, i and i inventory, i material i distribution, i and i even i accounting i functions i (Bell i and i Stukhart, i 1987). i Those i engaged i in i this i complex i process i has i to i be i coordinated i and i communicated i effectively. i This i is i what i makes i material i management i systems i suitable i to i be i benefited i from i information i technology i implementation. Many i construction i firms i have i got i computer i base i material i management i systems i (MMS), i which i stores, i sort, i combine i and i print i data i files i pertaining i to i materials i requisition, i purchasing, i vendor i evaluation i and i warehouse i inventories i (Bell i and i Stukhart, i 1987). i Now i the i purpose i is i to i integrate i MMS i with i external i computer i systems i to i perform i functions
Tajinder i Singh i – i s4615086 7 i related i to i design, i project i scheduling i and i accounting, i improving i so i cost i and i document i processing i cycle i time i by i the i used i of i information i technology i systems. Implemented i information i technology i systems i are i DBMS i (data i base i management i system) i and i EDI i (Electronic i data i interchange) i (Elzarka i and i Bell, i 1995). i DBMS i permits i the i user i to i organize, i store i and i management i all i electronic i data i relating i to i a i major i activity i or i area i of i interest, i while i allowing i users i to i enter i and i store i data i for i once i and i utilized i by i multiple i users i and i application i and i EDI i is i a i direct i computer i application i exchange i of i business i data i in i standard i format, i thus i eliminating i the i need i for i the i reentering i the i information. In i a i study i made i by i Lee i et i al i (2002), i a i simulation i model i to i implement i ERP i in i the i material i management i is i created. i They i implemented i the i model i based i in i four i distinct i steps, i which i are i application i integration, i internal i integration, i external i integration, i and i automation. i This i study i shows i that i the i durations i of i
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