Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM)
Now more than ever, executives are being challenged to “do more with less” and as a result have to be judicious about where they spend their money and how they allocate resources. Microsoft’s EPM solution helps organizations select and deliver the right projects, reduce costs, drive efficiencies, and ultimately plant the seeds to grow the business.
A Project and Portfolio Management solution from AccTech is the answer…
This web-based solution will allow you to:
- Gain visibility and control across all projects and portfolio’s,
- Enhance decision-making,
- Improve alignment with business strategy,
- Maximize resource utilization and
- Enhancing project execution to optimize ROI.
Microsoft’s EPM solution allows us to manage portfolio of projects both from the top down and bottom up.
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The project initiation platform in Project Server 2010 helps organizations standardize the initiation process, capture all types of requests, and develop simple to complex business cases. The main capabilities that comprise the new project initiation platform in Project Server 2010 are Enterprise Project Types (EPTs), or project templates; Project Detail Pages (PDPs), which are online forms; and governance workflows.
Using Project Server 2010, analysts can select the prioritization criteria that will drive portfolio analysis. An analyst can choose to prioritize requests based on their strategic value or to create custom fields that include other prioritization metrics—for example, net present value (NPV), ROI, Risk, and Total Cost.
For most organizations, scarcity is a reality, and the number of project requests received by management often exceeds the organization’s budget and resource constraints. In an unpredictable economic environment, the importance of recommending and selecting the right projects to undertake becomes even more critical. Project Server 2010 includes a portfolio optimization engine that helps analysts model different scenarios to identify the optimal project portfolio under various constraints.
With an immense amount of data located in a variety of systems, one of the great challenges organizations face is how to collect, categorize, understand, and make decisions about their projects and portfolio data. Business Intelligence (BI) takes that concept to the next level by providing visibility and helping organizations with decision support for proactive portfolio management.
The Microsoft EPM Solution provides a powerful set of capabilities to help analysts and project managers proactively and reactively manage resources across the project life cycle. Centralizing resources in an enterprise resource pool is the first step in helping organizations gain visibility and strategic placement of their employees.
The schedule is the most representative element of a project, and the Gantt chart is its most recognizable visual representation. The schedule represents the tasks and deliverables that need to be completed to deliver the project on time. In addition, the schedule provides project teams with a map for project execution and delivers a baseline for tracking progress and managing change.
In traditional project management, focus has always been on project schedule, budget, work, scope, and the quality of deliverables. Team collaboration, however, is the backbone that supports and drives overall project success and execution effectiveness. Team collaboration has evolved over the past decade from informal techniques into a recognized discipline that helps organizations more effectively find and share information.
The Microsoft EPM Solution helps organizations meet these challenges by providing comprehensive financial management capabilities throughout the life cycle of a project, from capturing cost and benefit estimates in a business case, through effectively tracking costs during project execution.
Many organizations need to efficiently capture and communicate status on project work to anticipate the effect on planned effort, cost, and timeframes. The intuitive Timesheet and Tasks views in Project Server 2010 ensure that team members can effectively provide task status information and project, non-project, and nonworking time. Project Server 2010 helps organizations standardize and simplify time reporting processes. Team members are provided with an easy-to-use and responsive Web-based user interface that can be customized for their specific preferences and needs.