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How Make gains visibility into its operations by improving engagement with CMap’s project and resource management tool
Make strives to design the best places, spaces, and buildings in the world. With a team of 150 located in London, Hong Kong, and Sydney, the firm provides architecture, interior, and urban design services from concept to completion.
Managing a global portfolio of projects can be challenging and the firm required an ongoing understanding of its financials, operations, human resource activities and profitability. However, convincing the firm’s creatives to use its previous enterprise resource planning (ERP) system proved to be a challenge in and of itself.
“It was difficult to get our people to engage with our previous ERP system,” said Head of Finance Laura Gore. “Not only did they not like the way the tool looked on the screen, they thought it was predominantly a finance system, so they simply would not use it. As a result, we weren’t getting good data into the system, and that prevented us from performing the necessary business analyses.”
Additionally, Laura complained that the ERP system’s customer service was poor and that the reporting didn’t give the firm the insights it required. It was a frustrating situation all around.
“All of these issues meant that we didn’t have the visibility into our firm that we needed,” said Laura. “Sure, we knew enough about what was going on with the business, but we found it difficult to forecast the profitability of projects.”
Laura needed a system that delivered project management capabilities, time recording, expense recording, and invoicing functions. She found all of that in CMap.
CMap helps architects, engineers, and their consultants win more work and deliver it more profitably by providing a solution specifically tailored to their needs. It eliminates the need for multiple spreadsheets and systems that do not communicate properly with one another and instead delivers a single source of truth for project and practice information. The platform is also designed in a way that appeals to the Make creatives.
“With its attractive dashboard featuring colorful charts and graphs, CMap doesn’t look like a boring and difficult-to-use finance system, so the creatives on our team aren’t turned off by it,” said Laura. “Instead, it’s clear to them that CMap is a project and resource management tool. They now know that they are the drivers behind the information in the system and the reports that it generates.”
Because engagement has improved, Laura has had more success getting the creatives to complete timesheets and expense reports. She is also able to use CMap for resourcing to maximize utilization and generate a forward-looking view of the firm’s staffing supply and demand.