Hill International, with 3,200 employees in 110 offices worldwide, provides program, project, and construction management, as well as construction claims and consulting services. Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill as the eighth-largest construction management firm in the United States. In addition, Hill was a winner of Oracle’s 2011 Eco- Enterprise Awards.
Hill’s mission is to be the very best professional services firms in the world, helping its clients minimize the risks inherent in the construction process. Hill’s experience and expertise helps its clients deliver their projects on time, within budget, and with the highest quality possible.
As Hill manages numerous large construction projects, totaling US$2 to US$3 billion each year, the company needed to streamline business processes by implementing an integrated project management platform. It also needed to replace its Excel-based financial reporting system with a comprehensive tool that provides project-level detail and consolidates forecasts for multiple projects worldwide. The company implemented Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management, Primavera Contract Management, and Primavera Risk Analysis for a centralized, Web-based system that improved visibility into project status worldwide and streamlined project planning and scheduling, ultimately reducing planning cycle time by 66%. Hill also implemented Oracle Hyperion Financial Management to standardize financial reporting and forecasting processes and support decision-making. With Oracle, Hill gained visibility into the true productivity of each project and cut the financial reporting cycle time from two weeks to one. The company also used the data generated to support new construction project proposals and determine the profitability of potential projects.
Hill International selected Oracle’s Primavera applications and Oracle Hyperion Financial Management for their superior reporting capabilities and the visibility they provided across various projects. Technology is an important source of competitive advantage in the project delivery-focused engineering and construction industry. Hill banks on innovation to reduce costs and increase project delivery efficiency in a difficult and notoriously inefficient industry to protect and sustain competitive advantage.
“We looked at a few other options, but we were looking for return on investment and reusability,” said – Shawn Pressley, vice president of project management systems, Hill International “We liked the longevity of Oracle’s applications—both where the products have been and where they are going.”
Hill completed the implementation primarily in house, rolling out various components as needed, and as users gained experience on the system.