MSP's data management software at Pebble Beach
The annual Pebble Beach Automotive Week and <span data-scayt_word="Concours" data-scaytid="3">Concours</span> <span data-scayt_word="d'Elegance" data-scaytid="4">d’Elegance</span> has come and gone and car freaks took in the 2011 collector models from the world’s luxury car makers. Aside from the private VIP parties, screaming test drives and lots of bubbly, technology advancements played an important role in the event. <span data-scayt_word="iPads" data-scaytid="5">iPads</span> and all of its capabilities were the center of attention when it came to capturing test drive appointments and taking signatures. We got a heads up from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars about their innovative use of technology at the event.</p>
“We take great pride in our customer relationships and look forward to connecting with current and prospective customers every year at this event” notes Andy Thomas, Global Brand Manager. <a href="http://www.businesschief.com/lifestyle/cars-toys/">Rolls-Royce Motor Cars</a> employed the services of data management software firm, <a href="http://www.msp-uk.com/"><span data-scayt_word="MSP" data-scaytid="6">MSP</span></a>. “We wanted the week to be about connections, yet wanted to make sure we processed the information so that our dealers can immediately pick up what we started. We enlisted <span data-scayt_word="MSP" data-scaytid="7">MSP</span> because they were able to customize their application to collect the information we see as critical to customer decision making and integrate administrative tasks such as test drive authorizations. It’s important that we connect with the customer when we are in-person, minimize details, and manage the data down the information <span data-scayt_word="chain."" data-scaytid="1">chain.”</span></p>
Data management expert, <span data-scayt_word="MSP" data-scaytid="8">MSP</span>, assists each corporate customer in determining the type of information needed to understand their own customers. They then configure the <em>Gather</em> application to capture and process the information in real-time. <span data-scayt_word="MSP" data-scaytid="9">MSP</span> was established in 1971 by motor bike racer Maurice Spalding.</p>
“Today’s environment requires information to be validated at the time of entry so that information can process and flow to any number of areas” comments Andrew Spalding, CEO of <span data-scayt_word="MSP" data-scaytid="10">MSP</span>. With the barrage of requests these days along with data security concerns, <span data-scayt_word="MSP" data-scaytid="11">MSP</span> focuses on determining the objectives that drive the criteria. “We are sensitive to people being intruded upon for unnecessary details and focus on helping our customers collect only what they need so that data can stay in the background and relationships in foreground” Spalding concluded.</p>
<em>Gather</em>ing information and <em>Discover</em>ing trends that helps clients create the ultimate customer experience has earned <span data-scayt_word="MSP" data-scaytid="12">MSP</span> the reputation of a trusted data management ally to some of the most prestigious firms in the automotive, financial services, and other business sectors.</p>
<em>For more information, visit </em><a href="http://www.msp-uk.com/" target="_blank"><em><span data-scayt_word="//www.msp-uk.com" data-scaytid="2">www.msp-uk.com</span></em></a> <em>or call</em> <em><a href="tel:%2B44%20%280%29%201273%20208777" target="_blank">+44 (0) 1273 208777</a>.</em></p>
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.