Supplier Data Collection
Organisations involved in engineering projects often accept that they are not strong on managing the supplier information required by an operator. For most package engineers, delivery of handover information is of low priority, and they do not fully appreciate or understand the needs of an operator.
Organisations are often focused on document delivery from suppliers, however, some are starting to appreciate the benefits of content management support. From an operation and maintenance perspective, the most critical information is required as data and not as documents. In addition, the majority of critical information is provided by equipment suppliers rather than from an EPC’s design information. Hence, there continues to be a misalignment of needs between EPCs and operators.
The introduction of Information Management Software and Services allows a chosen EPC to remain focused on its core processes, competencies and priorities and on document centric working. Functioning in tandem with your EPCs, critical information delivery from suppliers moves toward a data centric approach; it becomes accelerated, and the burden on the package engineer is eased. Everyone accesses information early and, ideally, the suppliers get paid early – and so everyone wins. The only barriers to success are in trying to set up this regime too late in the process.
Whilst this may seem to be new, we can assure you this approach is tried and tested, and it becomes easier as we revisit the same suppliers. The ‘responsibility’ for delivery still remains with your EPCs; however, their efforts are supported by proven IM Software and services.