Binh Thien An Real Estate Vietnam (BTA Vietnam) is a real estate and property construction company based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The company was established in 2005 by Kazakhstan-based Kusto Group, an international investment corporation specializing in the oil, mining, and real estate sectors. BTA Vietnam also operates a subsidiary property development group, BTA Investment Management, working in the real estate and construction sectors. The company is currently managing several large, luxury property development and construction projects, including the four-star Hoi An Sport and Eco Beach Resort and Diamond Island, a residential, and resort complex in Ho Chi Minh City.
The real estate and construction industries have grown significantly in Vietnam in the past 20 years. As the number of complex property developments in the country increased, BTA Vietnam realized that it needed a scalable project management system to support expansion and enable it to remain competitive in the growing real estate market.
BTA Vietnam wanted a robust, scalable project management system and felt that Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management was the only product that offered the scalability to accommodate the company’s future growth. The company also wanted a project management system that could be easily integrated with other important systems, such as its financial applications, and felt that other solutions it evaluated weren’t able to meet this requirement.
“The flexibility of Oracle’s products will affect how we choose to integrate our systems in the future and make it easier for us to standardize our IT methodologies,” said Huan Minh Nguyen, project director, BTA Vietnam. “Although Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management does everything we need in terms of project management, we plan to implement other Primavera products to provide a complete solution for construction management.”
BTA Vietnam was also impressed with Oracle’s reputation. “We received good reports and references from contractors and project managers who had used Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management on other projects,” Nguyen added.
BTA Vietnam and KPMS began implementing Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management in May 2009.
KPMS used the Primavera implementation methodology, with some modifications to make it more compatible with BTA Vietnam’s project management practices. BTA Vietnam and KPMS first set up a team to study and identify the current project management system’s weaknesses and analyze BTA Vietnam’s requirements. Based on the results, the two companies designed a project management system using Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management.
BTA Vietnam and KPMS conducted a brief feasibility study of the new system to ensure it met all of BTA Vietnam’s needs and carried out a pilot project to fine-tune the system and make small adjustments before the full-scale rollout. KPMS provided staff at BTA Vietnam with advanced-level training in Primavera methodology and the Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management application, to familiarize them with the new system and increase their confidence in using it. The companies then gradually migrated BTA Vietnam’s project data into the new system.
The project took four months to complete and the system went live in October 2009.
Oracle Partner KPMS worked with BTA Vietnam on its project management system from concept to completion. “KPMS has been invaluable to the successful implementation of our new project management system,” said Nguyen. “The company’s experienced local consultants advised us on the initial design and helped us quickly and effectively transfer our project data so we could start using the system.”
KPMS also helped BTA Vietnam modernize its approach to project management by providing training courses and methodology in line with the best practices presented in the Project Management Institute’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).
“KPMS has continued to support us with excellent after-sales service, including providing technical support and updating us with new information about Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management,” Nguyen continued. “Having a local partner who can speak our language has been a great benefit and we would highly recommend KPMS’ services to other companies in Vietnam.”