Microsoft maintains a column that I write on TechNet called “From the Trenches. My latest column there is entitled “Creating an EPM Deployment Plan” and discusses the elements of an EPM Deployment that are not just technical. From getting management on board with the original decision making requirements to ensuring that the solution solves the problem it was purchased for, this article opens the door to the many things that need to be considered in deploying an EPM solution.
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?
HMS has released version 6.1 of its well known TimeControl timesheet system. This new version extends the TimeControl architecture with all-new support for MySQL along with updated support for Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and Sybase, new functionality including Personal Pre-loads and a whoe rewrite of numerous administraiton functions such as Table access into TimeControl 6’s multi-browser architecture.
EPM Guidance now has a calendar page with upcoming events of interest to project managers. The calendar will also list where Chris Vandersluis, the author of EPM Guidance will be presenting and events where HMS Software will be participating.
Most articles here talk about the strategic intent of enterprise timesheet and enterprise project management systems. But, not doing your homework on the operational side of the house can cause lots of mischief after a system has been implemented. Here are some of the best practices on enterprise systems we’ve encountered over the last few years.
It’s finally been announced. The next Microsoft Project Conference will be March 19 to 22 in Phoenix, AZ. Details can be found on the Microsoft Project Conference site at: www.msprojectconference.com.
Dilbert shows that accounting from a project manager and an accountant perspective is a very different experience!
All too often project managers working on an EPM deployment get enthralled by their ability to do something and forget to ask “Should I do it?”.
Gotta love Dilbert when he’s talking about project management. It’s a lesson in when not to complain about a project!