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Burns & McDonnell Relies on EcoSys as Pillar Technology for Projects Burns & McDonnell is a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm based in Kansas City, Missouri. Its 7,600 employees plan, design, permit, construct and manage facilities all over the world. Since day one, the firm's mission has been clear and consistent — to make its clients successful. The Strategic Initiatives team contributes to that mission by implementing processes and technology throughout the company that help project teams streamline project execution. The vision of this team is to help deliver a fully integrated project lifecycle, where data is created once, and as a project progresses, it automatically flows to users when they need it. To carry out that vision, the Strategic Initiatives team began implementing technology pillars to reduce the number of software systems supported and used by the workforce. To be a technology pillar at Burns & McDonnell, a software needs to have the flexibility and usability to work across the entire enterprise. It also needs to be scalable so the system can grow as business needs evolve. Burns & McDonnell views technology pillars as long-term investments, allowing them to leverage integration, eliminate siloed tools and avoid the pain of replacing software systems every few years. Prior to implementing a pillar technology for project controls, Burns & McDonnell had an existing project controls system that was failing due to lack of functionality, inability to scale and difficulty of use. After pushback from end users, the Strategic Initiatives team began to search for a replacement solution. Burns & McDonnell decided to partner with Hexagon's PPM division to make EcoSys the pillar technology for enterprise project controls because of its configurability, flexibility and ease of use. Today, all project teams use EcoSys as the front end to the ERP system to take advantage of its more familiar and functional user interface. Key Facts Company: Burns & McDonnell Company Profile • A global leader in design and construction • 7,600 employees • Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, USA • More than 55 offices worldwide Key Benefits • Integration capabilities allow data to be created once, then leveraged throughout the project lifecycle • This technology avoids the cost of having to retrain project teams on software tools every three to five years • EcoSys is closely integrated with and serves as the front end to the ERP system, allowing end users to work in a more user-friendly, functional and familiar interface • Easy configurability allows changes to be made to the system as needs change – whether from shifts in the industry or new users being onboarded due to an acquisition • With EcoSys, employee-owners can manage project financials from anywhere, at any time Case Study Burns & McDonnell

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