The solution supports a range of functions such as pricing and estimation, contract maintenance, quality control, logistics, invoicing and administration, post-production work and resource reporting. By streamlining Kaefer Energy’s processes and controlling data quality, the solution adds significant value to the business.
Using InVision – our business applications framework, we developed a solution for Kaefer Energy that streamlined its manufacturing processes and eliminated the use of a number of business-critical Excel spreadsheets.
Due to the high competition in the market, Kaefer Energy had to develop an increasingly flexible and advanced pricing and estimation system for the prefabrication workshop. This was necessary, in order to handle different types of tender processes, contracts and production orders.
The employees had developed a system based on an Excel model, which was adjusted and customized as needed over time.
Kaefer realised that being dependent on the knowledge of individual employees with regards to the Excel model placed them in a vulnerable position. If the relevant employees became unavailable Kaefer would meet a significant risk.
Improvement processes based on performance figures were difficult and time-consuming to implement. Excel’s decentralised storage model made it challenging to find, share, assemble and analyse data in a secure, efficient and reliable way. Challenges relating to maintenance, changes and further development of the model were also important factors influencing Kaefer Energy’s need for a more robust solution.
Furthermore, they met challenges regarding integration and exchanging data between the Excel model and Kaefer’s planned project management system. It involved manual work, which was both time-consuming and subject to human error.