Education and government organizations continue to refine critical businesses processes through the use of technology. While the move to use technology in these organizations is nothing new, the rate at which they make changes is beginning to accelerate. Is this an indication of more adoption to come in the year ahead?
One example is The New York State University Construction Fund (Fund), www.sucn.suny.edu, Albany, N.Y., announcing the use of e-Builder Enterprise from e-Builder, www.e-builder.net, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., as its new system for scheduling, budget management, and fiscal forecasting at both the project and program levels.
The Fund, as it is referred to, provides planning, design, and construction services for the SUNY (State University of New York). By using an integrated solution, professionals at Fund expect to be able to collect critical data related to projects, including the ability to track progress, analyze status, manage activity, and obtain detailed reports, both at the project and program level.
Like many organizations that are moving to an integrated system, the Fund expects the technology to help streamline processes and improve efficiency. But perhaps most important, with shared access to project and program information, the hope is that communication can be improved throughout the organization.
We continue to see more technology being adopted at both the government and educational level with the intent of better managing programs and projects. However, the technology adoption isn’t exclusive to managing these processes. We are seeing an uptick in automation being used for managing key assets as well.
Late in 2012, for example, we saw the state of Arkansas adopt technology in order to improve the efficiency of its fleet, which includes 2,400 state vehicles used in highway maintenance, transportation, administration, construction, and law enforcement.
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Dept.,www.arkansashighways.com, Little Rock, Ark., is working with Networkfleet, www.networkfleet.com, a Verizon Communications Inc., company, San Diego, Calif., to implement a GPS (global positioning system) fleet-tracking system. The technology is designed to help determine how to best use the fleet, as well as to track location, and improve efficiency.
By combining vehicle-diagnostic monitoring with an online GPS fleet-tracking system, the technology helps reduce fuel use, emissions, and maintenance.
As the market continues its march toward technology adoption, examples like these will continue to shape the way software and systems are adopted in the future. Looking at the project, program, and even the asset level, a good question to ask is where can you look to improve efficiency through the use of technology?