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I’m happy to include a guest post today from University Alliance and the Project Management Certification prep program at Villanova University.  I hope you enjoy it. – Chris As most project managers know, assembling the best talent for a project can give the project a quick, successful start. Knowing how to build the best team can be a challenge though, as it requires evaluating talent and comparing it with the needs of the project before…

HMS has just published a compete update of our TimeControl and Primavera Solutions Portal. Those interested in linking a financial timesheet with Primavera’s P6 will find numerous resources here including factsheets, white papers, powerpoints and an all-new webcast showing TimeControl 6 and Primavera’s P6 working with each other.

Microsoft has published another of my articles, this one on Enterprise Systems Best Practices. This article looks at some of the key success/failure criteria to any enterprise system including, of course, EPM Systems. Those factors include: finding a business owner, knowing what problem the system is supposed to solve, making sure it’s part of your enterprise technical architecture and implementing change management.

Many organizations deploy enterprise systems and many of these deployments generate tremendous efficiencies in the organization. However, some organizations get tempted to deploy more than one enterprise system at the same time and this can lead to a tremendous challenge or even failure of both systems. In some cases, the two systems are pushed into one massive project, in other cases, separate teams pull the company into different directions at the same time. This article looks at the particular challenge of doing more than one enterprise system deployment at a time.

What is it about EPM System deployments that makes them seem like the appetizer instead of the meal? Are the frequently challenging EPM system projects just the result of a project management ‘eyes too big for the stomach’ syndrome?