As Brexit damages business investment, resource planning tools can boost productivity levels

With senior UK government figures castigating businesses whenever they express legitimate concerns, a Brexit disaster seems headed our way. As the uncertain future erodes confidence, and levels of investment fall, what can UK businesses do to retain their competitiveness? One way for project-based ones is to focus on optimising the utilisation of their staff,

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The impact of GDPR on workforce planning software users and vendors

GDPR has finally arrived and many clients and suppliers, including providers of workforce planning software, are struggling to agree their responsibilities. The regulations cover such a wide range of organisations, from those that manage mass marketing campaigns through to ones that hold highly sensitive data,

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Skills database – Staffing your projects when skills and experience matter

Clients increasingly require that only suitably qualified staff are assigned to their projects. Advances in technology are rapidly increasing specialisation of the workforce and locating suitable staff requires more data on each person’s skills and experience. Just take a look at the range of Training and Certification options on the Cisco website to see the exponential growth in available options!

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Implementing resource management tools in multi-project organisations

Managing multiple projects with a limited pool of resources can be a wild ride. As soon as the project demand is in balance with the skills capacity, something changes; a new project arrives, there is a scope change, or the client postpones the next phase.

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Resource management software – the case for a best of breed solution

IT departments in large organisations are keen to minimise the number of system that they need to maintain. They have a strong incentive to go for ERP , enterprise project management (EPM) software  and other large corporate systems to avoid a multiplicity of best of breed systems.

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How top down planning boosts operational profits

The completion of a project should be a cause for celebration, but too often the outcome disappoints. Recent history is littered with projects that have overrun in cost and time and failed to meet expectations. The root cause is often that the project was not properly scoped,

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Workforce planning tools for Engineering services – How can they help?

Managing multiple projects with a limited pool of resources is challenging for many industry sectors. Workforce planning tools have a large role to play as organisations strive to optimise the utilisation of their staff, whilst ensuring that individual project commitments will be met.

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Program resource management – resolving conflicting objectives.

Program resource management is not for the faint hearted. Managing a portfolio of projects with a limited pool of resources can be a wild ride due to divergent, conflicting objectives.

Project managers are charged with meeting their key project milestones and will demand adequate resources to ensure that every one can be achieved on time.

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Engineering resource management – keeping your teams fully utilised

As competitive pressures increase, engineering firms with a portfolio of projects need to do more with less. An obvious area to look at is the productivity levels being achieved by their project teams and this is where more effective engineering resource management can make a significant contribution.

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Improving the UK’s productivity levels. Resource planning tools to the rescue!

Commentators continue to bemoan the UK’s poor levels of productivity. Improving it remains the key to economic growth and better paid jobs all round. Everyone agrees that more investment in infrastructure and technology is needed to make it happen, but recent history is littered with such projects over-running on time and cost and failing to meet their objectives.

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