Is the original premise of project management software still the driving force? Is the critical path calculation still what makes projects run? Perhaps the entire industry has moved on.
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.
Microsoft’s leading lady these days is SharePoint. With SharePoint Server being the queen bee are all other server products at Microsoft destined to be just worker bees? Could Project Server end up as just another blade of a SharePoint Server?
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.
There seems to be some management desire for real time project management systems where management would be able to get a minute-by-minute account of what’s happening with projects. But is this practical in a project management environment?
Every industry has some mythical goal. In project management, the holy grail of goals seems to be the all integrated, everything connected project management system. Is it myth or reality?
At Microsoft, is EPM synonymous with Project Server? It is not. And, with the new functionality of Project Desktop 2010 there may be more options to creating a project management environment for an organization.