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Time to Take a New Look at Today’s PPM Solutions – out with the Old, in with the New

In his latest video, “Time to Take a New Look at Today’s PPM Solutions,” Mike Taylor, President of Innovative-e, says:

The latest tools are vastly superior to those of only a few years ago. Roadblocks to success from the past are gone.

What’s changed?

The traditional model of PPM was a solution configured on an organization’s data center in a server farm. This involved purchasing and maintaining servers and software, and the staff to set up and manage both. Expensive both in terms of dollars and resources!

Microsoft’s PPM platform has shifted from costly on-premise solutions to a secure cloud-based platform – Microsoft Project Online – that reduces infrastructure costs and setup/maintenance time. Instant-on infrastructure accelerates the implementation of a solution so organizations can deploy quickly and start realizing ROI faster than they could with on-premise solutions. The win here is obvious – organizations have more money and time to invest elsewhere in their businesses.

Access to a cloud-based PPM platform is fast and simple. Users (executives, PMs, and team-members) can access the platform in a number of ways, from almost any device. Project Online is available, by role, to anyone, anywhere. In a work society that is more globalized than ever, this flexibility that allows stakeholders to access an organization’s PPM platform from anywhere on virtually any device extends organizations’ efficiency and productivity, another clear win.

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Microsoft Project Online, effective OOTB (out-of-the-box) has some other goodies for PPM professionals, which we’ll be discussing at greater length in our next post. If you want a preview before our next post, be sure to watch the video!

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Time for a New Look at PM Solutions – Overview

Mike Taylor, President of Innovative-e, recently dropped a brief three-minute video discussing the need to look at new approaches to implementing project management solutions. PPM has changed in recent years, resulting in vastly improved solutions.

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These changes improve managing a project or portfolio for all stakeholders – execs, PMs, and team members. The new way to handle PPM boosts efficiency, accuracy, and saves money – so everybody is happier. The new approach also enhances proactive management, surfacing actionable PPM info that shifts the conversation from figuring out where matters stand, to moving forward in a meaningful way on:

  • Schedules
  • Budgets
  • Resources

In the next few posts, we’ll dig a little deeper into the benefits of reevaluating your PPM solution. In the meantime, check out the video. It’ll help you learn how to make your PPM solution amazing!

 

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Innovative-e is Pleased to Announce Partnership with Concerto Cloud Services

Innovative-e has entered into a partnership with Concerto Cloud Services, starting with  a hosted SharePoint environment, which will be the foundation to leverage other cloud services in the future.

From the news release about the new partnership:

“After conducting extensive research of different cloud solution providers, Concerto Cloud Services stood out as a high-performing, quality provider of hosting services with a reputation for exceptional customer support,” said Mike Taylor, CEO and President of Innovative-e. “Concerto is initially providing us with a hosted SharePoint environment, but we’re looking forward to leveraging this relationship and the talented Concerto team to provide additional cloud-based project management solutions to our customers.”

Steve Terp, president of Concerto Cloud Services, said, “”This partnership will help Innovative-e bolster its project management services through the cloud, and offer new models and solutions that will streamline business processes for its customers.”

We agree with Steve. Just another way we’re bringing #AmazingPM to our customers!

Read the full news release here.

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What is #AmazingPM?

maketodayridiculouslyamazingWhat makes an amazing project management experience?

We at Innovative-e believe that Value = Transparency x Adoption. By applying this formula, we provide our customers – project managers like you, across a broad swath of industry verticals – with continuously amazing project management experiences.

If you give executives and stakeholders clear visibility into their projects or portfolios, and you give the people who do the day-to-day work easy-to-use tools that foster sustainable adoption of your project management solution, BAM! #AmazingPM.

Innovative-e’s solutions start with Microsoft Project Online. We have an array of tools and solutions – from PS+ to Outage Hawk(TM) – that extend Project Online’s already robust capabilities to address particular project management needs for PMs in Federal, state, and local governments; healthcare; professional services; and the heavy industrial and manufacturing industries.

What, in particular, do we think makes for an #AmazingPM experience?

  • Getting started quickly with a sustainable solution
  • Clear reporting and dashboards to provide greater visibility
  • Making informed decisions based on accurate, actionable project data
  • Improving communication and collaboration among your team
  • Using your processes, technology, and people to meaningfully and visibily boost ROI

What do you consider #AmazingPM?

How can Innovative-e help you be even more amazing?

 

 

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Innovative-e launches Outage Hawk™ app at November 7 Microsoft PPM Summit in Chicago, IL

outage-hawkInnovative-e has developed Outage Hawk™, an outage planning and performance management toolset built to leverage the power of Microsoft PPM, to give heavy industry a  better way to plan, manage, analyze, and make more real-time decisions about maintenance and Capex outage projects.

Innovative-e brings their experience with developing solutions for manufacturing and heavy industry customers to Outage Hawk™, which provides tools for greater visibility and insights into planned outages, better and more informed decisions, and an ease-of-use that ensures usability and adoption for the people who are using the tool.

Outage Hawk™ features an interactive dashboard which enables executives, project managers, and line managers to have a clear picture of what is happening during the planned outage operation. Data within the tool is closer to real-time, which allows for better decision-making based more closely on accurate data than on the “gut feelings” of managers. Simple data entry, focused navigation, and role-based job aids make Outage Hawk™ easier to use, which means that people will adopt using the tool.

Outage Hawk™ increases efficiency by enabling executives to make informed, proactive decisions and manage by exception. Project teams are empowered to provide solutions, rather than discoveries, during team meetings. Supervisors spend less time behind a desk quashing problems and more time on the floor overseeing their operations. Outage Hawk™ delivers value by helping heavy industry and manufacturing customers come in on-schedule and under budget by millions of dollars on their planned outage projects. 

Innovative-e is proud to launch Outage Hawk™ at Microsoft’s one-day PPM Summit in Chicago, Illinois, on November 7, 2016. The summit is an opportunity for executives, project managers, and team members to learn about the power of Microsoft Project to achieve business productivity across workloads and industries. At the summit, Microsoft spotlights how its PPM products make project management easier and improve productivity. At the summit, Innovative-e plans to present a session, “Creating an Amazing PM Solution for Heavy Manufacturing – Outage Planning and Performance Management,” and will unveil Outage Hawk™.

Mike Taylor, CEO and President of Innovative-e, said, “We’re very excited to show Outage Hawk™ to the manufacturing and heavy industry community. This toolset brings a huge amount of value to organizations who need to plan and manage scheduled outages. We want to help our customers increase their efficiency, stay on-schedule, and save millions of dollars, and Outage Hawk™ will do that for them like no solution has before.”

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Innovative-e shares its PM solutions for healthcare professionals at HIMSS event in Atlantic City, NJ

The New Jersey and Delaware Valley chapters of HIMSS (Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society) are holding their 9th Annual Event, “The Essential Role of Technology in Population Health,” at Harrah’s Resort Hotel and Casino October 19-21. Innovative-e is happy to be a sponsor at the event, at Booth 110. We have a proven history of helping healthcare organizations implement industry-specific solutions to solve the complex set of project, process, and change management challenges project managers in healthcare organizations face.

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Innovative-e’s Eoin Callan is ready to see you at the 9th Annual HIMSS event in Atlantic City! We’re at Booth 110.

Innovative-e is pleased to be the premier US partner of  PS+, an award-winning, pre-configured, best-practices solution for Project Online. PS+ is a key component of our solutions to help customers extend the out-of-the-box capabilities of Microsoft Project Online and transform their project management into amazing experiences that support executive buy-in, sustained user adoption, and wider visibility and transparency for decision-makers into projects and portfolios.

Innovative-e’s solutions are tailor-made for customers across a variety of industry verticals. We have proven experience and success helping customers in healthcare, manufacturing, and government transform their project management into continuously amazing project management experiences with exceptional insight, agility, and value.

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Six Ways to Be a Leader Instead of a Boss

Innovative-e’s own Eoin Callan, Managing Partner, was recently a speaker at PMI Tampa Bay’s Annual Symposium, and upon his return, he reported back to our team some of the things he learned while at the conference. Eoin was particularly impressed by one of the keynote workshop speakers’ differentiation between bosses and leaders.

The keynote workshop speaker in question is Andy Worshek, who led the chapter in a workshop called “Turn the Ship Around,” an examination of how David Marquette built a culture of teamwork to achieve excellence aboard the USS Santa Fe with lessons for people in business.

Eoin’s takeaway from Andy’s presentation keynote included these points:

  1. Bosses make people “do.” Leaders make people “think.”
  2. Bosses make people feel stress. Leaders make people feel safe.
  3. Bosses push information to authority. Leaders push authority to information.
  4. Bosses want to be good. Leaders want to get better.
  5. Bosses fix people. Leaders fix the environment.
  6. Bosses think their way to new action. Leaders act their way to new thinking.

Let’s drill down and look at some of the specific tactics a project manager can implement to be a leader rather than a boss:

  1. A leader’s role is not to come to a consensus, but to uncover all the info needed in order to make a proper decision.
  2. To foster an open and “safe” atmosphere, try saying, “Tell me about…” rather than demanding to know “Why?”
  3. Don’t use binary questions – leave things open-ended to promote more thorough and useful discussion.
  4. Separate the positions from the people.
  5. Speak last if you want different opinions – as a leader, you’re a pace-setter, and you will garner more varied response if you let other people express their thoughts before they know yours.
  6. Speak first if you want to win an argument (but lose relationships).
  7. Allow anonymous responses.
  8. Investigate outliers – there may be a good reason for dissenting opinions that you might not have considered.
  9. Fear shuts down curiosity.
  10. Watch out for folks looking to avoid errors rather than those looking to achieve excellence. The latter always strive for what’s best for the client/organization/everybody.

Are you a leader or a boss? We’d love to hear how you distinguish yourself as a leader and what lessons you’ve learned as a project manager. Drop us a line at info@innovative-e.com and tell us your tactics!

Like diving deeper into topics treating effective leadership? You might like our Leadership Insights video series, by Jim Kennedy, retired Director of Kennedy Space Center. Check it out!