In 2015 good progress was made with the development of the new company-wide ERP system for Boskalis, following analysis of the processes at the various business units in 2014. In view of the different characteristics of the Dredging & Inland Infra division on the one hand and the Offshore Energy division on the other, two ERP programs are being used: Infor LN and SAP, respectively. The system went live at the beginning of 2016. In addition, the improved SAP BPC consolidation program, which has made the financial reporting at group level more efficient, was introduced according to plan during the budget round at the end of 2015.
During the year under review a lot was also achieved in terms of harmonizing the HR management systems. As a result of the many acquisitions in the past few years Boskalis had ended up with a large number of HR systems suppliers. The introduction of a single system has made the information clearer and more accessible, as well as further enhancing efficiency and effectiveness. For the time being the system is focused on employees working for one of the organization’s Dutch business units, before being rolled out to other countries in the year ahead.
A new CRM system has been implemented in order to better facilitate the needs of the commercial teams at the Dredging & Inland Infra and Offshore Energy divisions. This has strongly improved the insight into the pipeline of potential projects, both company-wide and cross-divisional.
In addition to the further rollout of the ERP system the aim for 2016 is to also transfer the time registration to a single new system, as well as rolling out the second phase of the HR management system for performance management and talent development.