The goal of this MDP project will be to improve Union Pacific’s ability to be competitive and profitable when pricing new business. Students on this project will introduce new technology to replace the existing systems. Improvements in the accuracy of cost estimating applications will have an immediate impact on company profitability, and improvements to the hosting systems will lower support costs and increase usability.
Currently, new business traffic (both continuing contracts and one time only) is quoted a price based on a system developed by UP IT group in 1999. The Network Cost System (NCS) and Train Load Model (TLM) are web base applications that allow users from the Finance and Marketing departments to predict costs for single cars or full trains. Both applications give users the flexibility to update inputs to reflect operational changes, calculate car or train costs, present the retrieved data in clear and concise reports, and print and/or download the reported information for future analysis or reference.
Phase 1 Deliverable: Base Deliverable
The 2015 cohort UP team will deliver a completed NCS model, but they will not have launched it as enterprise software.
Phase 2 Deliverable: Success
The 2016 MDP team will deliver the TLM (Train Load Model) as well as manage the testing/validation and enterprise deployment.
Phase 3 Deliverable: High Success/Stretch Goal for Student Team
As a stretch goal they will be managing the shutdown legacy system and replacing it with the new system(s). The 2016 MDP team will develop a quality assurance process/tool to benchmark their deployed TLM model against actual business results. This is a big project.