IT development and ongoing sparring with a regular partner is the load bearing IT foundation at the crane company BMS. The company is constantly looking for ways to make the IT work smarter.
We see the green BMS cranes everywhere. When they’re lifting wind mills, cathedral towers and bridge components into place. The company’s largest crane can easily carry a load of 1.350 tons.
It requires a certain calibre of crane and crane operator to handle the extensive lifting tasks and to BMS is it a must that there is control of everything from cranes, crews, security to certifications.
”It requires a lot because we have 50 different types of vehicles, each of which requires its certificates and training to operate,”says IT Manager Morten Fjellerad, BMS.
”That is why we have developed a tool that, among other things, can show us who can drive a certain crane, who has had peer training in driving it and who is certified to drive it.”
”The point of the system is, among other things, is that our rental, booking and logitics departments quickly and easily can get a list of which employees are qualified to drive which cranes.”
Cranes and more
BMS A / S is an international, family-owned crane company with headquarters in Nørresundby and branches in several countries.
The comapny was originally names “Byggeriets Maskin Stationer” and rose from the ashes of World War II. BMS has since 1953 has a crane in the game in many places both home and abroad. BMS is there whether it is the tower of Roskilde Cathedral, elements for power plants or large Vesta will mill parts, that need to be lifted into place.
The company may have started as a crane company, but today it is much more. BMS also rents out various cranes, trains riggers and crane operator, performs project management and deliver total solutions on various lift jobs.
Consolidating processes and making things easier
BMS is growing and increasing in jobs and employees. That sets new demands on operations and the many processes that keeps it all running.
”The more employees, the more things that needs to be automated and put side as manual tasks by the IT department.”
”Needs change all the time. Our company has grown significantly over the last couple of years and we now have more processes with several participant, which is why we, naturally, need to automate as many of the manual processes as possible.”
”We are constantly working to simplify our processes and synchronise our systems so that they work and automate as much as possible.”
From employee list to HR platform
IT is the company’s focal point and helps drive, support and automate the company’s processes. BMS’ IT grows with the company’s needs..
Thus BMS has, in line with the changes, developed a simple employee list into an actual HR platform. The platform collects a wide range of data, such as telephone numbers, rights, employee contracts and certifications. It is quick, automated and easy.
”The platform provide a quick overview of who can do what. It also gives us the possibility to at once reassign crew and solve a logistic challenge of getting everything into place fairly quickly, because the system does the work for us,” Morten Fjellerad explains.
”This kind of system is really smart, when you get a sick notification in the morning and need to find a new employee for e certain task. The system handles that as easy as anything.”
”That type of knowledge is in the mind of an employee and depends on him being able to remember who can drive that particular type of crane.”
”At the same time we can also see when an employee needs to get his certificate renewed.”
BMS uses Gravgaard & Co to develop their systems and for ongoing sparring about what can be optimised and automated.
”We’re constantly in dialog with Gravgaard & Co about what we can improve and we’re always turning things over to see how we can optimise our business.”
”The dialog has become a really good focal point for a great many things.”
”It is important for us that our consultant is there, when we need him. We can’t wait for days when we have a problem. They understand that at Gravgaard & Co.”
”When it comes to IT development there are often different expectations to the process and somethings also to what the end result should be. This is true both internally in one’s own organisation and in relation to the external collaborator.”
”There will always be some bumps along the way that you need to deal with. That is easily managed when you have a open dialog and make sure to balance each others expectations.”
Down to earth and respect
IT is important, but so are many other things. And for BMS’ IT Manager it is also about proportioning the company’s IT correctly.
”Often it is about not making things more complicated than they are. Few are as large as Mærsk, where it in terms of size makes sense to have a lot of different systems.”
”Don’t acquire a lot of different systems, just because a salesman tells you that it is smart. Always consider if it really is nescassary and if the company is large enough for it to make sense to invest in the system.”
”Keep your feet on the ground. It is easy to overdo things, becasue you think you are big and important.”
”I think my work in the IT department is important. But my department isn’t the most important department in BMS. I’m not the one that makes the wheels of company run.”
”It is the crane operators that drive crane for 14-15 hours a day. They are the ones that earns us money. One should never forget that. I have a great deal of res pect for those people.”
It is important for us that our consultant is there, when we need him. We can’t wait for days when we have a problem. They understand that at Gravgaard & Co.
It-Chef, BMS A/S