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Implementing a Project Management Methodology Still Makes Sense for Enterprises Looking to Control IT Costs

Despite a couple of highly publicized recent examples of poorly managed IT projects (the most notable of these, of course, is the first website for the U.S. Federal Affordable Care Act), which ended up costing sponsors substantially more than planned, it still makes sense for enterprises to implement a project management methodology.

Fortunately, out of the box features of SharePoint Server 2013, together with Microsoft’s Project 2013 software, can be used, successfully for a project management task. We offer two sets of video tutorials, SharePoint 2013: Project Management and SharePoint 2013: Project 2013, which enterprises can purchase for unlimited local viewing and use.

Many enterprise businesses have already implemented SharePoint Server 2013, or maintain a subscription to SharePoint Online. So implementing the project management features of SharePoint 2013 (or SharePoint Online), for these organizations, will simply amount to adding a new set of functionality for a computing platform, SharePoint, which is already in place. For these organizations, the benefit of having access to historical data about projects (for example, cost data about specific implementations of on premises, or cloud, IT systems and software) can’t be overvalued.

One can attribute the highly publicized IT project failures alluded to at the start of this post, to some meaningful extent, to project management issues. Disposing of project management methods is not the answer. Rather, implementing an enterprise project management method capable of implementation, by any department/silo across the organization, is a much better way for management to proceed. Once important project cost information is reposed within SharePoint, along with historical records of plans, conversations, etc., then business intelligence tools (power pivot for Excel, or Reporting Services for SharePoint) can be used to expose the data for management review within a familiar dashboard presentation.

SharePoint-Videos.com offers a video tutorial set on Business Intelligence for SharePoint Server 2013, authored by Jason Himmelstein. Please contact us if you would like information about the set, or any of the points we’ve made in this post.

Ira Michael Blonder

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