The most common practices of purchasing enterprise solution software are often the least effective. This article talks about how to avoid the pitfalls of commodity purchasing when selecting enterprise systems and how to create a purchasing RFP that has the best chance of solving your business problems.
Training for enterprise systems like TimeControl is never really complete because the organization adapts and evolves as it uses the software. Training for such systems is best done in layers or phases.
I’ve been doing some writing and the result is an all-new white paper which is available on the TimeControl.com website. The paper is entitled The Timesheet Approvals Challenge and shows how organizations end up selecting more than one timesheet despite themselves thanks to how the approvals functionality has been purpose-designed in most timesheets.
HMS has released TimeControl version 6.4. The new version includes numerous new and enhanced features including a new Project Manager Validation View and a new MyAssignments View.
Gotta love Dilbert. This has Scott Adams looking at the dangers of putting your project schedule on a white board instead of software.
Microsoft has published an article of mine on TechNet. This one is about Dashboards and the art of dashboarding on Project Server. While that’s not so unusual. I publish articles there semi-regularly. This one actually appears on the front cover of Technet at technet.microsoft.com. That’s rather flattering. See this post for all the links and details.
Microsoft doesn’t do it every year but next year they will once again be holding a conference for Microsoft Project. This usually signals that Microsoft has a new version to show us and, yes, it’s fairly certain we’ll be hearing all about Project version 15 when the conference rolls around. The conference is March 19-22, 2012 in Phoenix. For registration information go to: www.msprojectconference.com Oh, and will I be there? You bet.
HMS has launched TimeControlOnline, a Timesheet as a Service (TaaS) cloud-based hosted subscription version of the popular TimeControl timesheet system. Clients can now purchase TimeControl for on-premises installation or subscribe to it online.
Project Management Insights blog interviewed me about Real Time Project Management. You can read the complete interview on their blog.
Microsoft has released the long-awaited Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Project 2010 and Project Server 2010. Download details for the Service Pack and the recommended June 2011 Cumulative Update are included in this post.