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GERC is one of the most dynamically growing companies in Ukraine’s construction industry.
Established in 1990, the company offers full services in residential, commercial, and industrial construction. The company’s major activities include general contracting and design, integrated design of industrial and civic structures, construction and civil engineering, digging and concrete works, management of complex, construction projects, technical auditing of buildings and construction, as well as property-management auditing. GERC’s construction projects include municipal infrastructures, industrial buildings, office and residential buildings, as well as shopping malls.
To increase project management efficiency, reduce corporate risk exposure, and increase the company’s ability to grow business, GERC needed to replace disparate, scattered project information sources in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Project with a single, integrated view of the company’s complex, construction projects.
GERC created a project department consisting of a dedicated team working with Oracle’s Primavera P6 Professional Project Management to optimize its planning and reporting capabilities, introduce detailed benchmarking for internal and external resources, and increase the number of concurrent projects three-fold, while shortening project planning duration and costs by 50%.
“We compared Primavera P6 Professional Project Management extensively with Microsoft Project. Primavera exceeded Microsoft Project by almost all parameters, enabling project managers with many participants to standardize processes across teams and projects,” said Marina Chernova, head of planning and control department, GERC.
The implementation, which occurred between February and May 2008, was completed on time, within the expected budget, by Oracle partner PMSOFT, which now provides GERC with technical support.
The implementation was out-of-the-box. GERC acquired an additional module (Trigger) developed by Oracle Partner PMSOFT, which triggers predefined actions within Primavera P6 as soon as certain values are reached.
“Many companies implementing Oracle’s Primavera use just a small portion of the solution’s capabilities. The expertise of Oracle partner PMSOFT helped us to realize its great potential,” Chernova said.