Construction projects involve various operations that are specific to the industry and that require very specific functionality for effective management of the project. Most ERP systems are ‘generic’ and either do not have the functionality or require significant customisation to meet the needs of a construction business.
Operations such as subcontractor management, stock (site stores, yardstock, offsite stores), plant & equipment, labour/payroll, procurement and workshops make up the essential elements of an effective construction operations system. Full cost management and real time views of where you are in a project is impossible without this functionality.
What’s needed is a construction operations management ERP system that incorporates a set of tools to deal with the very specific nature of construction.