Collaboration is a critical phenomenon in organizational life. Collaboration is necessary yet many organizations struggle to make it work.
Scattered teams make project collaboration complicated
Companies of the AEC (Architectural, Engineering and Construction) market sector manage multiple projects with many stakeholders.
Many corporations have difficulty controlling and sharing information with key stakeholders. This problem is exacerbated by distributed engineering and design teams, outsourced manufacturing, and third party supply chain networks. These organizations face significant challenges because they don’t have timely, accurate information. Design reuse becomes time consuming and part proliferation becomes common practice. In addition, these companies have no secure method to control, manage, and share intellectual property, which leads to millions of dollars in lost profits each year.
Lack of project collaboration due to dispersed information
To address this problem, organizations have invested in isolated information management systems, which are rarely interconnected, require specialist training, and often contain duplicate data and documents. In addition, some of the most valuable information that companies possess about their project design processes is either not written down or is stored on individual computers. This is not because there is an unwillingness to share but rather no suitable technology is available to serve as an adequate knowledge store. This lack of a centralized information repository reduces productivity, introduces errors, and greatly limits the ability of management to make informed decisions. It can also impact a company’s valuation as highly valuable knowledge assets are not secured and are often lost when key employees leave or retire.
Project collaboration with subcontractor and suppliers without collaborative platform
Risks due to a complex organization and poor collaboration lead to costly management. Obsolete information and non-compliance can result in delays or information loss.
Many retailers do not benefit from a centralized platform gathering all data and documentation about products. It results in several issues:
Lascom supplier portal solution to enhance project collaboration
To better manage project collaboration, smooth and effective processes are crucial. Collaboration means develop, launch and monitor new and existing proejcts through a coherent and structured process where every participant involved is able to find the right information whenever needed.
In response, Lascom supplier portal module provides central access and control of all asset, project lifecycle and process information, thus enabling separate business groups to work collaboratively. Lascom supplier portal uses participants’ internet browser to empower authorized users to have access to critical asset or project technical data.
They can search, review, print initiate processes and ad-hoc reports. Depending on user profile, Lascom collaborative platform can create custom views of data, protecting proprietary information while giving sufficient information to get the job done.
Finally Lascom collaborative platform enables professionals to be more effective with their existing business processes by pushing the “right” information, to the “right” process stakeholders, at the “right” time in the process.
Lascom collaborative platform software components
Lascom repository for effective supplier portal
At the core of the collaborative platform software is the document & information repository, which is used to manage all product related documents, data, and event information. Specifically, the repository role is to:
Worflow for extensive collaborative platform
Through Lascom collaboration portal, professionals define powerful workflows that bring them maximum reactivity in project management.
Workflows are simple to create and can be easily modified to adapt to all necessary changes. Lascom collaborative portal workflow does not “freeze” the organization of a given company but assist it in continuous improvement.
Among the major workflows Lascom supplier portal offers, participants can use:
Project collaboration to enhance exchange with subcontrators
Majority of participants must provide documentation delivery schedule.Secure and coherent data are crucial to better evaluate delays and bottlenecks during the project. Lascom collaborative platform enables participants to create forecast lists to:
- Faciliate forecast for each participant
- Secure due dates in projects
Irregularity lists management
Irregularity lists management tool enables to create and follow-up irregularity lists. Feedbacks can be reviewed and corrective actions taken and optimized all along the projects and between projects.
During projects it is important to consider changes. Lascom collaborative platform offers effective change managent. Professionals can create change request, order and notification while seeing impacts. Through workflow alerts are distributed to in-charge participants to consider changes.
Lascom supplier portal benefits
User of Lascom supplier portal suite report from following benefits:
- Brings team effect to a geographically dispersed team
- Reduced and reliable document access time
- Reduced risks and litigations with powerful audit trail and gap analysis
- Provides decision support using management dashboards and performance metrics
- Monitors project cost and profitability
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