“Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.”
Occasionally, Capstone teams have the opportunity to actually implement their solution for their client. The Nucor Production Scheduling team has spent the past week doing just that onsite at Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa, Inc. just a few miles up Jack Warner Parkway from UA. Our team was challenged with the task of improving the efficiency of the production scheduling system for Nucor by eliminating the need for the scheduler to hand deliver the schedule throughout the mill and reducing the manual entry of production schedule data into production control systems.
Onsite implementation presents several challenges for a team as you are working in a new environment both physically and with your application. It is impossible to perfectly copy the client’s environment in the lab, so there are always challenges to work through as you implement your solution.
A positive experience of onsite implementation is the opportunity to train your client as you implement the solution thus providing them with a strong foundation and understanding of the application, which they will need after project handoff. Also, by spending time implementing your solution for your client, you have the ability to leave a positive impression of the Capstone Experience and The University of Alabama for those following you in future endeavors with your client.
The past week has been a wonderful conclusion to our project. It has been a truly rewarding experience to implement our solution at Nucor knowing what a significant impact it is going to have on the entire operation of the mill.
The University of Alabama MIS program allows students to work on real projects that provide real value to real companies. Students learn to leverage people, processes and technology to solve problems and meet the challenges of today’s businesses head-on. For more information, call 205-348-5525 or visit http://cba.ua.edu/mis.