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I mostly write about enterprise timesheet or enterprise project management systems and the most common phase of deployment that I talk about with such systems would be either the selection or configuration phase; talking about the strategic perspective.  This article is much more about operational practices and isn’t specific just to enterprise timesheet or a particulare project management software product or service.   It is, instead about enterprise systems in general though the subject matter…

“Can you help us install the EPM system and get it up and running in a few days?” is one of the most common requests EPM deployment firms get.  And regardless of the size of the organization, the short answer, is unfortunately, “No.”  The challenge isn’t technology; it’s a series of policy, process, procedure and practice questions that have the potential to create far-reaching organizational change. Let’s take a look at what an EPM deployment…

Welcome to a whole new year of the EPMGuidance.com blog.  It’s early in the new year but if you were following along with the pace of blog posts and new content from the last few months, you’ll be happy to know that upcoming content is on its way.  There are new blog posts scheduled for every week between now and the end of June at least so make sure you’re stopping by regularly or subscribing…

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of you the very best of the holiday season.  It’s been a remarkable year for me personally and for HMS Software overall and that would not be possible except for the contribution of many great people.  It has been a year of expansion in the business, meeting wonderful new clients and numerous speaking engagements all over North America.  2016 promises to be even more of the…

I’ve been a proponent of Enterprise Project Management since I first entered the project management industry in the early 1980s. You’d think, then, that I would always vote on the side of centralized project management, but that isn’t always the case. Let’s discuss for a moment just what we mean by Enterprise Project Management. EPM can mean a lot of different things to different people. I’ve already discussed in other articles in this column how…

 Every year I spend days in project management software exhibition halls, so you’ll forgive me I hope for harping on what has become a bit of a cliché in our industry.  You know the one I’m talking about – Enterprise Project Management Software.  It must be the hangover from the ERP implementation craze from years ago because it seems that every software system available to mankind today is “Enterprise”-something.  Vendors seem to all be either…

Years ago I wrote an article about how project management required tracking not just planning. It was a time when many organizations used the terms project management and project planning synonymously. In fact many of what we referred to at the time as project management software systems were, in fact Critical Path Methodology calculators which were all about the planned schedule and very little about the actual progress. It’s almost 15 years later but it…

For those interested, there are lots of ways to keep up with my writing and other content and activities I am up to. LinkedIn Are we connected on LinkedIn?  We should be.  Go to www.linkedin.com/in/cvandersluis and tell me that you found the link on the EPMGuidance blog and I will add you right away. Twitter Yes, I maintain a twitter feed.  Two in fact.  MY HMS / TimeControl Twitter is at @HMS_TimeControl and my personal…

It’s what everyone wants but almost no one gets: Enterprise-wide resource capacity planning.  Just what makes getting this accomplished so difficult? I’m sure I hear it at least once a week (during a trade show, twice an hour), what organizations are asking of their project management system boils down to enterprise-wide resource capacity planning.  Now I know that everyone has a little of the “grass is greener on the other side” syndrome where you think…