Mendix not only enabled BAM to fight off disruptors but allowed the company to become a disruptor itself. According to Bent Flyvberg of Saïd Business School at Oxford University, more than 90% of the world’s infrastructure projects are either late or over budget. With its deep industry knowledge coupled with the Mendix Platform, BAM is bringing solutions to market that solve operational inefficiencies that the industry has long struggled with.
For example, the team built a financial application that provides a live view into the budget of a construction project so that construction managers can determine whether they have the resources to acquire materials or rent equipment. The application, Cash-U, shows live information from BAM’s S/4HANA database. This real-time visibility into costs and budget allows users to make on-the-spot business decisions based on available budget.
The BAM development team also built an application for its environmental services division, named MAX , which conducts environmental reviews. The application rationalizes and automates a data entry process that was previously done manually by environmental services engineers. Thanks to the improved efficiencies, BAM now realizes six-figure savings annually.
Mendix has further solidified BAM’s standing as a disruptor by enabling the company to achieve its digitization goals. “What has prevented us from becoming a digital company is time. It’s not the willingness of the people. It’s not the motivation of the company. It’s not in the funding. It’s really the time that it takes to make such a change,” Verbiest says.
The time to market has increased so much for BAM, the development team has had to slow down their development timelines so that the business can keep up.
Mendix addresses the problem of time in multiple ways, beginning with the platform’s ease of use. Developers were up to speed on the low-code platform after a short three-week training course. Eline Bijkerk, now a Mendix Business Engineer, was one of those developers. After another three weeks, Eline felt like she was delivering value: “It was a really quick process, because it’s so intuitive to use and you can really see what you’re doing and that makes it so much easier to actually add value.”
By reducing development time, Mendix has empowered BAM to achieve speed and agility, difficult in an industry known for its inefficiency. “We built Cash-U in a couple of days, and we were able to show a working project to the stakeholders,” says Bijkerk.
The time to market has increased so much for BAM, the development team has had to slow down their development timelines so that the business can keep up. “We now assign people to multiple projects simultaneously so that they’re splitting their time between projects,” explains Verbiest.