A Pragmatic Approach to Develop Financial IT Systems for Small Construction Companies

Timo Hartmann, Steve Johnson

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we present the results of a four month action research study with a small builder that focused on exploring and improving the builder's financial decision making processes with IT solutions. The paper shows that, while existing IT systems, in general, did not integrate well with the financial decision making processes of the builder, it was possible to pragmatically develop a custom tailored system that only and specifically catered to the builder's needs. The action research study also shows that the AJAX (Asynchronous Java and XML) architecture of the cost control application supported the development of such a pragmatic system well. Overall, the study shows the technical feasibility of pragmatically developing custom tailored software systems closely together with practitioners using AJAX architectures. Overall, the paper provides a first indicator that such pragmatic development can overcome the problems that small construction companies have with supporting their financial decision making processes with IT systems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationComputing in civil engineering
    Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 2009 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering : June 24-27, 2009, Austin, Texas
    EditorsCarlos H. Caldas, William J. O'Brien
    Place of PublicationReston, VA, USA
    PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
    Pages552-561
    ISBN (Print)978-0-7844-1052-3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2009
    EventASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, IWCCE 2009 - Austin, United States
    Duration: 24 Jun 200927 Jun 2009

    Workshop

    WorkshopASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, IWCCE 2009
    Abbreviated titleIWCCE
    CountryUnited States
    CityAustin
    Period24/06/0927/06/09

    Keywords

    • METIS-256394

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