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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…

In 1966, the original Batman TV series came on the air. It lasted only 120 episodes but it changed a culture in ways that last to this day. In the world of Batman and Robin (played by Adam West and Burt Ward), there was a ‘bat’ solution to everything. No matter what the problem, Batman would have the solution. The Batmobile, Batboat, Batplane, and Batcave all had their place. And if you were someone who…

Over the years the most successful Enterprise Project Management deployments I’ve been involved with have always had a strong executive connection. In comparison, those deployments which have been the most difficult, have been those where our connection to senior management was kept at arm’s length. It’s made me do some thinking about what causes executives to be more or less involved and what recommendations I can make to organizations at the very earliest stages of…

Services are a key factor in the success of project management software vendors.  With the trend towards certification how will clients know who has the skills they require? I thought I’d spend some time talking about one of the most significant elements of technology deployment in the project management sector – services.  With numerous project management software vendors, the revenue from services outweighs the revenue from software sales.  Perhaps that’s a good thing.  After all,…