Building and managing complex engineering projects within Enterprise & Hyperscale Data Centers, Life Sciences & Technology, Building Services, Healthcare, Fire Protection & TSS takes monumental skill and effort.
With a company-wide passion for creating innovation and change – and the belief that real innovation happens if you’re willing to be brave, Irish-based contractor Mercury is breaking new ground, reimagining how people work and live in the built environment and going mobile.
In an industry that’s been traditionally slow to adopt information technology, that’s no small task. Especially when you consider how complicated and customized processes are when creating new structures designed to last hundreds of years. That is why Mercury Engineering’s digital steering committee meets quarterly to identify and prioritize opportunities to drive improvements using technology. Finding a simple, effective way to improve the user experience across bespoke processes was high on the list.
Because they rely heavily on the SAP enterprise solutions, including materials management, payroll, finance, project management, and even distribution, the digital steering committee knew they needed a flexible strategy that would help them create easy-to-use apps for teams working on job sites throughout the UK & Europe.
“Building sites aren’t necessarily IT-friendly, and our teams weren’t using the SAP solutions directly. Instead, they manually tracked the hours that crews worked on-site and spent considerable time and effort on the phone, said Brendan Docherty, Team Lead at Mercury. “Given the size of our construction jobs, the process for tracking time and payments was fairly complex.”
Each site foreman typically oversees the work of 20-30 workers, many of whom are direct employees. Additionally, Mercury subcontracts a number of companies to tackle specific pieces of work.
The fast pace of construction projects meant they required real-time, immediate visibility on work progress. At any given time, the company needed to track labor allocations and know if teams are delivering on the effort.
“We wanted to make it easy for our foremen to review, allocate, and change hours and feed data into SAP using their mobile phones,” said Brendan. “We needed a solution that leveraged SAP more effectively for our productivity solutions and which was able to scale and change with us in the future.”
“After hearing about Neptune Software and their low-code platform at UKISUG, and comparing other vendors, it quickly became clear that Neptune was head and shoulders above any other solution for us.”