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Regional Homebuilder

For a leading regional homebuilder, RealFoundations managed a strategic information technology plan and solution selection project.

Objective

  • Evaluate current operations and identify short- and long-term opportunities for improvement
  • Define a baseline of operational and financial requirements, and identify solution alternatives based on the requirements
  • Generate a three year strategic information technology plan based on prioritized improvement opportunities, benefits, investment and viable solution alternatives
  • Select a homebuilding financial and operational application that is currently supported by a vendor, leveraging current technology and industry standards

Involvement

  • Generated and managed the project work plans and team activities for both the strategic planning and solution selection activities
  • Conducted facilitated work sessions with land, product design, sales, design center, purchasing, construction, accounting, customer service and executive management personnel to define the current state processes and business issues
  • Summarized the business findings and recommended improvement opportunities
  • Identified solution alternatives and industry trends
  • Generated a three year Strategic Information Technology Plan
  • Generated business and technical requirements and scripts to send to vendors
  • Facilitated vendor meetings, vendor preparation and the vendor demonstrations
  • Facilitated the final vendor selection with a cost analysis to implement the solution

Top Five National Homebuilder

For a top five national homebuilder, RealFoundations professionals defined a common operational business and systems model based on J.D. Edwards, and developed the performance management process to measure implementation across all divisions.

Objective

  • Identify current state processes, applications, business goals and data owners
  • Define improvement opportunities related to organizational strategy, operational processes and supporting technologies
  • Develop a operational business and systems model around financial and operational processes
  • Deploy the model with an associated Performance Management program to 35 operating divisions nationwide

Involvement

  • Conducted business interviews across divisions to understand current processes and systems and identify improvement opportunities
  • Facilitated the Steering Committee of business leaders for each homebuilding function across the company to confirm improvement opportunities, define standardized business processes and “own” the operational model
  • Identified gaps between the future operational model and current application functionality
  • Setup a database of over 100 process and systems improvement projects
  • Developed a performance management process to ensure successful deployment of the standardized model at all divisional offices

Top 10 National Homebuilder

For a top ten national homebuilder, RealFoundations professionals implemented the J.D. Edwards financial and operational management system and facilitated the change management process.

Objective

  • Identify improvement opportunities relating to organizational strategy and operational processes
  • Facilitate business change around financial and operational processes
  • Implement the JDE financial and operational business management system in 35 operating divisions over a nine-month period
  • Convert 19 divisions nationwide, including process improvement, training, custom reporting, A/P MICR check generation and help desk setup

Involvement

  • Conducted facilitated work sessions to understand current processes, identify improvement opportunities, redefine processes and gain acceptance for the project from key executives and managers within each functional area
  • Identified gaps between business requirements and product functionality
  • Conducted design work sessions and facilitated the conference room pilot
  • Managed the application modification process
  • Managed the data conversion effort
  • Created user procedures and training materials, and managed the training process and deployment to operations, including corporate and divisional offices
  • Developed extensive custom report specifications
  • Managed programming effort, QC and delivery of reports across all functional areas
  • Successfully implemented the first install of J.D. Edwards Homebuilder worldwide