10,000 plus employees
ECM Consultant at BAUER Group
BAUER Group provides services, equipment, and products for construction and machinery manufacturing.
BAUER Group’s IT department is split across many different locations, with central IT located in Germany and regional departments across the world, including Singapore, India, and the United States. For BAUER Group, centralizing the IT infrastructure and information in dispersed locations was a key challenge that harmon.ie helped overcome.
BAUER Group provides services, equipment, and products for construction and machinery manufacturing. The company is split into three segments:
With harmon.ie, BAUER Group can better manage emails and documents in their existing SharePoint infrastructure, from capturing to classifying, to making them easy to discover.
BAUER Group was able to witness first-hand how harmon.ie improves information management by focusing on the end-user. As Michaela explains: “With harmon.ie, it’s really easy not only to store emails in SharePoint and share them with colleagues, but it also automatically prompts you to add metadata. This has naturally created a routine metadata practice, so when someone needs to access information they know how and where to look for it. That’s something all our workers have appreciated.”
SharePoint is essential to the IT that keeps BAUER Group running, but this wasn’t always the case. A foreman working on site would often be given paper-based documents like instructions, plans, and contracts. This created more risk of documents being lost or destroyed. So, BAUER Group moved everything online, where a foreman could find the latest construction plan in SharePoint. Creating a single, organized structure for information had the potential to revolutionize how BAUER Group conducts construction projects. But only if done right. All sectors, particularly BAUER Resources, needed to collate information from their branches around the world to effectively manage projects and operations. While the benefits were known, the challenge was around implementing the right solution, as Michaela Meissner, ECM Consultant, explains:
"The central IT department at BAUER is built on SharePoint Server 2013. This isn’t a problem in and of itself, but the fact that document management functioned on an ad hoc, project-by-project basis made it more difficult to store and organize information."
In the past, project information was stored in a combination of shared network drives, personal hard drives, and portable drives. This, combined with the individual nature of project-specific team sites, made establishing a uniform process for information management difficult—creating inefficiencies at almost every stage of the project.
BAUER Group looked to harmon.ie to standardize their information management process. Through harmon.ie’s technology, BAUER Group merged employee’s Outlook inboxes, and the information within them, with SharePoint. This helped them improve the entire information management process, from capturing information in Outlook to classifying through metadata to aid discovery.
For BAUER Group, it was essential to include email in this approach, as Michaela says:
“It’s really important to have all information regarding a project stored in a central place—not just contracts or blueprints, but most of all emails. Most of our important information regarding timelines, resources, etc. is stored in emails, and because of that harmon.ie’s integration with Outlook is huge for us”.
BAUER Group now hope to move their entire IT infrastructure to the cloud, navigating the complex move to SharePoint 2016.