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Big organizations often take on big epm deployments. It’s an easy mistake to make. Just because an organization is large, doesn’t mean that the deployment of an enterprise project management system needs to scale up to match it. Too many organizations think too big when they get started on an epm deployment and bite off more than they can chew.

You’d think that ERP systems would be the be-all and end-all of products. Why then are vendors like SAP and Oracle so keen to have 3rd party vendors on their list. The answer of course is that it’s quite common to integrate specific tools with these ERP beheamouths in order to create a complete solution.

Creating products and systems for deployment is challenging enough but what if you had to deploy an enterprise system across national boundaries. Have you thought of the implications of language, time zones, currency differences and regional operating system settings? Here’s a primer on what to think about.

If your organization has gone beyond handing out agendas annually to the staff in an attempt to become more effective, then it’s time to look at tracking and managing time across the organization. Where is time being used that’s not productive for either the organiztion or the individual? Only with a centralized timesheet systemm can this be answered. Here are some tips on getting such a system selected and implemented.

Communications is at the heart of what makes a project manager effective and much has been written on the subject. The tools available to the modern project manager however provide a wealth of options on how to be effective at creating a project communications plan.

Project Management systems are changing profoundly as the users evolve from highly specialized full-time schedulers to a much broader audience. Workflow combined with online forms technology will be at the heart of this change.