Document Detail

Title: RS258-1 - Information Integration to Improve Capital Project Performance
Publication Date: 10/1/2009
Product Type: Research Summary
Status: Supporting Product
Pages: 28
Provides a process, a maturity model, and the Integration Opportunity Assessment Tool to aid efforts in corporate planning, presentation, and development of specific information integration plans. Will help organizations make a systematic assessment of their current information integration practices and plan for new investments.

NOTE: Actual tool included with IR258-2.
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Abstract

Capital projects execution involves the processing of massive amounts of data within and across many interfaces. Information integration—the combination of technologies, work processes, and supportive organizational structures and roles—is seen by many as a way of helping the industry speed project execution while also increasing quality and reducing costs. Research Team (RT) 258 reviewed the current state of information integration practice and found that performance is well below the potential of current technologies—even for leading organizations. It is now up to the industry to develop the work processes to leverage existing technologies and move forward.

Improvements in information integration require disciplined effort on the part of project teams and organizations if significant benefits are to be achieved. To help organizations make a systematic assessment of their current information integration practices and plan for new investments, RT 258 provides a process, a maturity model, and the Integration Opportunity Assessment Tool. These tools and associated assessments should aid efforts in corporate planning, education, and development of specific implementation plans. An important contribution of RT 258 is its explicit recognition that there are many steps through which an organization can achieve improvements in its information integration practices. (A corollary finding is that there is no single path forward—every organization is unique.) The tools and assessment processes reviewed in this document will help any CII member organization move forward, no matter its current state.