Systems Integration and Information Flow in the Procure-to-Pay Process
An Industry Survey of Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Contractors in the USA
Improvements in technology and supply chain management can significantly increase productivity in the construction industry, particularly among mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors. These contractors typically have complex procurement requirements and deal with a large number of specified material components, which are often sourced from a variety of suppliers or manufacturers.
However, software systems and data flow intended to manage these components remain disconnected, contributing to an industry-wide productivity lag.
This study, conducted by Carnegie Mellon University, identifies the following areas affecting the MEP procure-to-pay process. Improvements here could help construction firms save money and improve productivity: