Article: Chocolate or Vanilla?

Article: Chocolate or Vanilla? Too many EPM deployments start off with designing the ultimate system; something which will never be realized.  There is so much functionality available with systems out of the box… “vanilla” systems that you should be able to get yourself up and running to some basic level with a minimum of customization.  […]

Article: Why I can’t train you in 2 days!

Article: Why I can’t train you in 2 days! When commercial project management software first came on the market it cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and clients thought it quite reasonable to block 20% of the total costs for training.  Now that pm software costs only hundreds of dollars, the same proportion seems to have […]

Article: The move to Solution Buying

Article: The move to Solution Buying We’ve heard the hype for years that ever software vendor is a ‘solution seller’.  They’re only out to make sure you get your solution, according to the solution salespeople.  I think that’s great if it’s true, but what’s less common is a client who’s ready to be a “Solution Buyer”.

Article: Project Management System Training Wheels

Article: Project Management System Training Wheels When we talk about project management systems, we tend not to talk so much about the training these systems will require.  Vendors don’t help by advertising “Easy to Use” and “No training required”.  Project Management includes complex concepts and these are not all taken care of by an easy […]

Article: Integrated PM System and the Project Maturity Model

Article: Integrated PM System and the Project Maturity Model With the release of Microsoft Project Server originally in 2002, Microsoft catapulted itself from the ranks of individual project management software provider to organizational or enterprise provider.  How does EPM software like Project Server affect an organization’s score in the Project Management Maturity Model?