Dynamics 365 Project Operations for construction industries

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Any construction, be it school, house, rail network expansion, or a tall building, always requires proper construction project management. In the construction industry, project management covers the planning, organization, coordination, and the way to control the work process for modifying the construction object.

Generally, the complexity of the project is directly dependent on the size of the project. More the team members, more implications are to be found in it.

Construction companies must also think about current building technology, sustainability, and energy efficiency while designing their structures. To address the specific issues that construction projects provide, you’ll require an end-to-end software solution.

In this post, we will be discussing the way you can utilize Dynamics 365 project operations for construction services. Let’s learn how it can benefit you and your company. 

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Need a comprehensive business solution? If yes, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Project Operations is ideal for it. You get to have all project-related processes of a company in one place. Ranging from sales to project and resource management, it offers everything in one solution while giving full authority for reporting too.

  • Before the project: Project sales & Project planning.
  • During the process: Resource management, Project management, Productive collaboration, Time and expense tracking Project controlling.
  • After the project: billing & reporting.

Project Operations supports construction firms with all kinds of construction projects, regardless of size or complexity.

How to make projects more predictable 

Customer satisfaction begins with the promises you made, deadlines you set, and budgets you declare. If you deliver as per the promise, this is the only way you achieve higher customer satisfaction.

However, it is still difficult to predict the complexity of the project at the early stages since they are made up of many interconnected tasks and require various resources.

Predictability in the project business means knowing:

There is a strong emphasis on quality, pricing, and timeliness. Project Operations provides a variety of functions for managing projects in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible:

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Quality:

Cost:

Time:

The whole project lifecycle in one solution

Project Operations provides different functionalities that fulfill the needs of each segment of the project & business management.

The sales team can use Project Operations to calculate sales opportunities or import them from another CRM system. Estimates can be based on prior similar projects for quoting, and then standardized templates can be used to quickly create a thorough estimate, a timetable, and monetary values for the bid.

The work breakdown structure can be constructed first by including generic resources such as HVAC providers, and pricing can then be determined using different dimensions (e.g. experience, location, skills). Quotes will be more accurate as a result.

Project Operations gives project managers a range of tools to help them plan more precisely. They are well-equipped with Kanban planning views, Gantt charts, and work breakdown structures for effective project management, whether waterfall or agile.

These tools can also make precise labor, expense, and material estimations. They can use dashboards to keep track of the project’s progress as it proceeds.

Any changes to work packages or resources result in an automatic cost and revenue update. When the project takes unforeseen turns, real-time tracking and integrated AI insights enable early intervention. As a result, project managers maintain control and have the ability to intervene at any stage to ensure that the project is completed on time and under budget.

The project team is critical to the performance and profitability of an infrastructure construction project. Resource managers in Project Operations have all the information they need about project requirements and resource availability, allowing them to put together the right team.

This is made easier by the native scheduling tool Universal Resource Scheduler. It allows resource managers to locate the best staff at any moment (based on criteria such as skills, costs, and availability). Employees will be happy with their work since they will not be over- or under-challenged, allowing them to give their best effort.

Project team members now have a place to communicate quickly and productively at any time, from any location, on any device. They can also interact with each other and with people on the customer’s side, general contractors or subcontractors – thanks to the integration of Microsoft Teams into Project Operations. This boosts productivity and communication.

Tracking time and expenses is difficult but vital. Fortunately, Project Operations makes this time-consuming work considerably easier by making time and expenditure monitoring available via desktop and mobile apps, which can be set up in a matter of seconds.

Project Operations connects project managers and accountants to the same data. All data is created within the program over the course of a construction project. Further, it eliminates the need for project managers to ask accountants what they are allowed to invoice.

Invoices can be generated and personalized without the need for additional software or manual labor and can be based on a fixed price, effort, or a combination of both.

Project Operations becomes a service-based ERP system when it is connected to Dynamics 365 Finance. External ERP systems can, however, be connected using open APIs to provide specific accounting functionalities.

It is challenging for a company’s management to summarize insights from several systems in a diverse IT landscape. They have real-time financial assessments as well as other KPIs on dashboards, such as resource use, forecasting, and budgeting, in Project Operations.

Microsoft Power BI makes it simple to visualize and share this information. This gives decision-makers more information on which to base educated business decisions and develop a more cohesive overall corporate plan.

Why Dynamics 365 Project Operations for construction industries 

Dynamics 365 for Construction is a vertical solution for engineers and architects to utilize in heavy construction projects, and it can be integrated into all daily procedures without causing any media disturbances. Furthermore, a customized solution adds industry-specific capabilities to its general functionalities.

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Construction Industries Features

With real-time resource scheduling based on skills and availability, get the right person at the right place with the right materials at the right time.

Place and use high-cost equipment efficiently across several projects.

Before starting any project, double-check the appropriate people, equipment, and other resources available.

Data can be entered once and accessed from any device, anywhere, at any time.

When you’re close to a sale, use hard-book resources with current information and soft-book materials.

Stop issuing quotes based on outdated cost and profit models.

Stop wasting time with monthly billing – even complex billing arrangements like milestone billings are handled automatically and seamlessly.

Predict project changes and potential delays and make necessary adjustments without compromising the process.

In one integrated system, analyze and plan everything from individual projects to entire project portfolios.

To open the door for future opportunities, accurately anticipate expenditures, stay on budget, and deliver on time.

With automatic replenishment capabilities, keep track of tools, materials, and parts on the job site and in the warehouse.

Excel, Word, Outlook, and Microsoft Project Server native integration and interoperability.

With secure, role-tailored browser-based access, on-site and off-site workers, Finance, HR, Senior Management, and everyone in between can share information and interact like never before.

Using PowerBI, SSRS, and other reporting platforms has never been easier than with Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations – plan, forecast, and execute using both real-time and historical data.

Construction Industries

DFSM offers a complete partnership to provide custom solutions for construction

Our consultants are familiar with the construction industry’s processes, goals, and difficulties, so if you’re not sure where to start with Dynamics 365’s construction solution or what license requirements apply, they can help. Please get in touch to know more about it.

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