The most commonly used project management tools are spreadsheets and Microsoft Project. Whilst these are fine for small groups of resource, or a limited number of projects, they struggle to cope as resource and project numbers increase.
Enterprise project management software, such as Project Server, looks attractive because of its rich functionality, but achieving a successful Project Server implementation is not only arduous and expensive. It requires a number of prerequisites to be in place:
This is a level of maturity that most organizations fall far short of. Typically, management of demand and resource allocation is being done by spreadsheets, whilst project managers use Microsoft Project inconsistently to plan their projects, individually.
Implementing Project Server means that Microsoft Project plans become corporate data. For meaningful reporting, all project plans must therefore be consistent, current & complete. So, every project manager must apply detailed plan templates to their projects, and adhere strictly to a comprehensive methodology, such as PRINCE2.
Where resource management is a key objective, Innate can be a particularly attractive alternative.
The Design task from Innate is being broken down into greater detail within Microsoft Project; time and budget overruns are clearly identified.Innate becomes the repository for corporate project and resource data, whilst enabling each project manager to do their detailed planning more independently – reducing the need for a more sophisticated process and for consistency of detailed plans.
Where resource planning at task level is required, detailed Microsoft Project plans can be synchronized with Innate. The resource management software supports both project and resource managers through their resource allocation process.
Innate is quick to implement and easy to use. Typically the total external services cost for implementing Innate will be around one third of the cost of implementing Project Server, with internal implementation costs being correspondingly lower.
Apart from the external costs and the considerably greater internal client resource commitment required for implementing Project Server, the added complexity and duration increase the risk of the objectives not being met. The shorter the timescales, the lower the risk!
Innate's Resource Management Software is much simpler in approach.
Follow the link for a White paper that compares the requirements for successfully implementing Innate and Project Server.
For organizations that are struggling with Microsoft Project and spreadsheets, Innate's Resource Management Software can be the attractive alternative to implementing Project Server.