Mike Wallace, a programme management expert at PA Consulting, explains the benefits of using cloud-based systems in project management.
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Mike comments on developments in project management software: “The integration of data now possible with cloud computing and modern application architecture is creating a leap forward for project management software”.
He says: “Cloud tools improve access to timely and accurate data. This allows better and quicker decision making. No longer do programme managers expect to wait a whole reporting period to get an understanding of project status. Cloud-based tools offer the opportunity to gain nearer to real-time data, meaning emerging issues can be spotted and addressed more quickly than with historic tools.”
Mike adds that users investing in project management software need to pay as much attention to their own processes as the technology they hope will support them. He says: “Project and programme management tools do not directly affect the chances of project success. They add efficiency and help to automate and support governance and controls processes, but they shouldn’t directly drive decisions.
“The real value comes from the insight and experience that interprets this information. The pitfalls are seen in many project-based organisations who rely on tools to improve the way that data is collected and processed, but don’t address underlying behaviours.”
“By using new tools to centre all data on a common structure, it is possible to hold project managers to account and own their project status more transparently”, Mike concludes.
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