In 2014 we completed the preparations for implementing a company-wide ERP system, including analyzing the processes at the various business units. We have opted to apply the ERP system already used by Boskalis within most other business units as well. The ERP system will also provide the basis for facilitating the consolidation of the .nancial reporting at group level. The introduction of the improved consolidation software program takes place in tandem with the ERP implementation and will come on stream in late 2015. The two systems will make our internal reporting process more ef.cient.
The ICT-related service to the projects and the fleet underwent further improvement in 2014. To this end the ICT support organization has set up a dedicated team that is involved in the preparation of projects as a matter of course. The team organizes the required ICT facilities, such as workstations and network connections, both at of.ce locations and on-board vessels – sometimes in remote parts of the world. The broadening of our business activities to the offshore energy sector means that the requirements for on-board ICT facilities are higher on average because they are also used by project personnel and representatives of the client. Various initiatives have been taken in order to meet the usual standard in this market segment. ICT support takes a lot of work out of the hands of the project organization by organizing the ICT facilities with local providers in good time. Where necessary ICT support staff are flown in to provide on-site support.
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