Saving both time and cost with a modern digital workplace

The Burkhalter Group has around 3,000 employees spread across 45 companies. Increasing demands for cross-site and cross-industry cooperation as well as time and cost pressure have motivated the Burkhalter Group to introduce our Seamless solution for project work. As a state-of-the-art platform, Seamless offers all the tools needed to work on projects and also integrates the existing industry solution Canoo Volta and the ERP system. For the teams at Burkhalter, this means more time for content-related project work and significantly more efficient processes.

The situation

Increasing digitization is also changing collaboration in projects at Burkhalter. Specialists from various disciplines, both inside and outside the company, quickly and easily come together to form project teams across all locations. They solve challenging questions in different areas of electrical engineering. Therefore, the Burkhalter Group wanted to introduce a central project tool and thus facilitate project work. The implementation of the solution was entrusted to AskMeWhy.

Central requirements were:

  • Multi-client capability
  • Google-like search for projects and content
  • Version history of documents as well as offline availability and mobile access
  • Integration of the existing industry solution Volta and the ERP system
  • Good performance and ease of use

The approach

The Burkhalter Group processes around 8,000 offers, customer and service projects every year. Therefore, we developed a version adapted to these existing processes based on our project solution Seamless. Above all, the multi-client capability and the interaction with the existing electrical industry solution Volta as a leading system were crucial. Therefore, we developed a connector that covers the administration of project rooms and data storage over the course of the entire project cycle. Additionally, administration of master and address data as well as changes in project management were realized in the same way. As a result, the seamless project pages always have up-to-date project information and access authorizations, which are maintained by the respective project manager. In addition, real-time project key figures are displayed in the project room via a web service interface.

The result

With Seamless for Office 365, the Burkhalter Group now has a central project platform. It offers all tools for content-related project work and integrates project information, documents and key figures from the existing industry solution Volta and the ERP system Soreco Webkit. In addition, new project rooms can be created via self-service in just a few moments, and employees can immediately focus on content-related work. The project pages are the single-point-of-entry into project work and offer modern tools and standardized processes. Whether in the office or on the road, project teams can get an overview of the project status or edit documents at any time. Thanks to the easier cooperation, Burkhalter’s project teams are now even more efficient at implementing their projects, which ultimately translates into savings, both in relation to time and cost.