Slavenburg S F, Van Straten T M H
Information technology in the strategy of a middlesized construction company
Abstract: This paper presents how Slavenburg's Bouwbedrijven B.V. uses IT in their
Design/Build concept. This concept necessitates a migration in culture:
moving from being a component in a production process, towards offering a
total product. The paper presents experiential knowledge gained from
implementing sophisticated computer tools, applications and networks in a
middle-sized construction company. Some practical views of IT
implementation are presented and discussed, including the selection of
hardware platform, software suites, and applications. The advantages of
centralised services are also discussed. In summary, the use of IT has
provided new opportunities for the company and has helped the company's
migration to Design/Build.
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