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Can project management raise a boat?

irmaWhen Hurricane Irma set its sights on Florida, the Innovative-e team was on high-alert, since Innovative-e President Mike Taylor lives on the east coast of Florida. Mike and his family weathered the storm – though not without some difficulties, like days without running water – but the family houseboat, Slow Ride, didn’t fare so well.

Because Irma ravaged pretty much the whole of Florida, pro boat salvagers are, as you can imagine, a little busy these days. But if Slow Ride or any of her parts are to be saved, she has to be raised out of the water soon. Mike decided that he’ll try to raise the boat himself instead of waiting for the schedules of professional salvagers to clear weeks from now.

slow ride.pngMike is tackling this boat salvaging project as, well, a project. He’s using Microsoft Project and PS+ to help him assess the risks and identify issues, establish and maintain a budget, track his resources, and otherwise manage this project as he would manage a work project from behind his desk.

Will it work?

We don’t know yet. This project is still in process. Follow along  in this video series as Mike documents his attempt to save Slow Ride.

Want to help victims of Hurricane Irma, many of whom lost far more than a boat? Here are some resources:

 

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Outage Hawk – still on-time, still on-budget, but now even better!

safety-in-manufacturing-monitor-people (1)Announcing a new Outage Hawk (TM) release! This release features a major enhancement with changes to the Updater App designed to improve overall performance and user experience.  

These changes to the Updater App include: 

  • Faster load times of individual users’ jobs 
  • Performance and experience improvements to job update process 
  • A queue for jobs to be published has been added to the app to avoid conflicts and issues when another user is publishing at the same time. 
  • The user will update a job(s), click submit, and is informed the updates have been queued for publish. When the page refreshes, the user will see the most recent updates to the jobs including the same job that was updated by a different user at the same time! 
  • Faster and better publishing operations with provider-hosted Azure Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  • The app uses Azure services to perform publishing operations with an Azure Web Job. Azure Web Jobs helps ensure updates in the queue are handled quickly and efficiently without conflict or collision with other users. 

Innovative-e is excited to make these updates available as it extends the functionality and increases user adoption and experience!  We look forward to hearing about and sharing your results using this release! 

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On-Time, On-Budget: a Solution for Smoother Sailing with Planned Outages

If you’re a PM in heavy manufacturing and run into problems staying on-budget or on-schedule with planned floor or plant outages, this post is for you.

Do you find that no matter how meticulously planned your outages are, when you shut down the plant, the realities are, in practice, different from your plans? During a planned outage, rapidly progressing work across a large number of interdependent jobs and tasks can easily take over, causing you to lose sight of your plans. If you’re unable to access the time-critical information  that lets you make informed decisions, if you’re using ad hoc and incomplete collaboration processes, and if your data is residing in disconnected toolsets, it can become impossible to get an accurate view of status and areas of concern. This can result in (dun dun DUN) chronic schedule delays and budget overruns.

The solution, of course, is to make better decisions. How? Centralized, actionable, near-real-time info. Featuring proactive problem-solving in executive meetings, rather than playing catch-up and having to dig around for status. Change the conversation from, “Where are we?” to “This is what we do.”

dotted e OH logoInnovative-e has purpose-built a solution, OutageHawk™, to help project managers take control of planned outages and ensure that the realities of the outage match the plans. OutageHawk™ provides the right tools to the right people.

  • Planners and PMs use Microsoft Project to create schedules.
  • Executives use a summary dashboard with drill-downs that can be used in regular status meetings at any time, from any device.
  • Supervisors use a simple, clear interface to update tasks.

In the next blog post or two, we will detail these tools for the different users of OutageHawk™. For a short overview of what OutageHawk™ is and how it can up your planned outage game, check out this 4-minute video or read more about it on our website. If you’d like to talk to someone about OutageHawk™ or schedule a demo, contact us at info@innovative-e.com.

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Innovative-e at Microsoft PPM Summit in Atlanta

Microsoft and select partners, including Innovative-e, held a free one-day summit in Atlanta on May 11. This summit was a chance for executives, project managers, and project team members to learn about the power of Microsoft Project across different workloads and industries.

Microsoft’s PPM Summit was an opportunity for attendees to gain critical PM insights, discover new solutions, and network with their fellows.

Innovative-e’s Mike Taylor (President) and Eoin Callan (Managing Partner) were among EC at ATL PPM Summit May 2017the presenters at the summit.

Innovative-e’s presentation, “Transparency & Adoption: 3 Steps to Creating an Amazing PM Solution,” showed attendees a simple and straightforward approach to solving complex project, process, and change management challenges when implementing large scale Integrated Master Scheudle (IMS) PPM systems.

Mike and Eoin discussed how Innovative-e provides its customers with continuously amazing PM experiences.

MT at ATL PPM Summit May 2017

  1. Start quickly
  2. Achieve Winnable Wins
  3. Sustain Adoption

Innovative-e’s approach to creating and implementing an amazing solution for its customers is transparent, iterative, and disciplined and follows this equation:

Value = Transparency x Adoption.

 

  • First, we always seek to leverage OOTB (out-of-the-box) Microsoft PPM platform feature functionalities.
  • Then, if necessary, we implement Best-in-Class third-party add-ons to fill any gaps for productivity, process automation, and reporting.
  • We focus configuration of solutions around role-based specific business process needs to optimize value and adoption.
  • Finally, as a last resort if necessary, we develop code to meet specific business requirements, always leveraging Microsoft-compatible APIs using disciplined development methodologies.

How can our approach enable you to transform your PPM solution? Drop us a line at info@innovative-e.com and let us know your pain points. The first three respondents will receive a free consultation (worth $500!).

 

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30K Projects!

Innovative-e, a Microsoft partner with a Gold PPM competency, is always on the lookout for ways to make #AmazingPM even more amazing for our customers. Microsoft is continually improving, too. Recently, Microsoft announced some exciting improvements to Project Online.

30K projects Proj Online

  • Project Online was previously limited to 5,000 projects – that max has now been raised 6x to 30,000 projects!
  • Additionally, project sites were previously capped at 2,000. That limit has also been bumped to 30,000, and will scale on a 1:1 basis with the number of projects in the PWA.
  • More fine-tuned control over where project sites can be provisioned is now available. For example, different site collections can be specified for different EPTs so that project sites can be logically segregated.
  • Some OData performance enhancements have been made, which should improve SSIS pulls.

Learn more about these enhancements to Project Online at the Project Online blog, here.

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Time to Take a New Look at Today’s PPM Solutions – Extending Microsoft Project Online, Part 2

In our last blog post, about using market-leading Microsoft-aligned products to enhance the OOTB functionality of Project Online, we talked about the benefits of using these products, and spotlighted a few of such products that your organization might be able touse, or might already be using.

We wanted to mention at greater length another solution that can vastly improve your OOTB Project Online experience to give you #AmazingPM: PS+.5580_CPS_PS-US-Web-Banners-x-2_262x450

PS+ is a pre-configured, best-practice solution to enhance Project Online by improving visibility and transparency into projects and portfolios for decisionmakers, and improving ease-of-use for users. The folks who made PS+ won the 2016 Microsoft Partner of the Year award for this solution, which seamlessly integrates with Project Online to bring better navigation, clearer data for better reporting and analysis, preconfigured templates, and other productivity-boosting features.

Innovative-e is the premier US partner for PS+, which you can test drive for free and with no risk or obligation (drop us an email if you want to know more!).

When examining the PPM solution you have in place, consider PS+ to augment Microsoft Project Online to accelerate your PM, make it easier for stakeholders to look at the big picture, and make it easier for users to use.

Watch the 3-minute video about for a quick overview of what’s now possible with PPM solutions.

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Time to Take a New Look at Today’s PPM Solutions – Extending Microsoft Project Online, Part 1

In his most recent video, “Time to Take a New Look at Today’s PPM Solutions,” Mike Taylor, President of Innovative-e, talks a little about how using Microsoft Project Online can accelerate your project and portfolio management and free up resources that can then be used elsewhere in your organization. Straight out of the box, Project Online will boost your PPM.

But Project Online can be extended to make your PPM solution even more amazing.

Microsoft-approved and -aligned add-in products can further reduce cost and time to implement and maintain Project Portfolio Management solutions. Core platform capabilities are enhanced with automated best-in-class products that provide a vast array of benefits…

These benefits include:

  • Enhanced user experiences for PMs and users
  • Features like best practice templates based on PMI or Prince2
  • One-click access to all info
  • Simplified organization of projects
  • Utility time-savers like one-click status reports
  • Enhanced data-visualization reporting
  • Improved financial management with near-real-time data mart and trending info and time-phased information

If your PPM integration needs are more advanced, the Project Online platform works with other mature tools and market-leading products, like Oracle, SAP, and others. Integration with other Microsoft products, such as Office 365, is seamless.

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Regardless of the platform you’re using now to manage your projects and portfolio, Microsoft Project Online – with or without add-ins – can make your project management more efficient and give you a measurable return on your investment.

Watch the video, and reach out to us at info@innovative-e.com to find out more!