Avanti reality check for extranets

One of the sessions at yesterday’s Constructing Excellence conference was an update on the DTI-funded Avanti programme. I have watched this initiative with some interest, particularly as it has incorporated the PIX Protocol into its outputs. I contributed to the Protocol on BIW’s behalf, but I haven’t (yet) become directly involved with the Avanti project.

Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon gave some feedback from some of the initial demonstration projects. He highlighted the perennial problem of measuring the benefits of IT adoption to support collaborative working. Drawing on feedback from the initial projects – none of which involve BIW (Asite and 4projects seem to be the main participants) – he urged a reality check as it appeared the extranets they were employing did not support some key workflow processes. I spoke to Simon after his session; he gave me a contact to follow this up for further information, so I will hopefully be able to post more details in due course.

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