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Manage your R&D funding more effectively

Whether you are a University Research department, or a commercial R and D team, research into new products, technologies, and techniques often relies on external R&D funding. However, each funder will demand data that justifies their investment, such as:

  • Detailed plans that scope and cost the project
  • Reporting of time spent and actual costs incurred,

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Managing resources in a matrix organization – How workforce planning tools help

Businesses that manage multiple projects face two conflicting objectives:

  • To keep their clients happy and the business profitable, each and every project must be delivered on time, within budget and to the required specification.
  • Staff working across the project workload must be continuously busy, whilst avoiding unmanageable bottlenecks that could jeopardize individual project dates.

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Control your volatile portfolio of projects with resource planning tools

Managing a portfolio of projects with a limited pool of resources is no easy ride. Just when all looks to be in balance a project change comes along creating an unacceptable resource bottleneck. Having too few staff can jeopardize committed dates and risk disappointing your clients, but too many hanging around ‘just in case’ 

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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 organizations, from those that manage mass marketing campaigns, through to ones that hold highly sensitive personal data, such as credit card or health records;

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Skills database – Staffing your projects when skills and experience really matter

Clients increasing insist that only suitably qualified personnel are assigned to their projects. Advances in technology are rapidly increasing specialization of the workforce and locating suitable staff requires more data on each person’s skills and experiences. 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 organizations

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. Maintaining the right balance is a necessity,

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

IT departments in large organizations are keen to minimize the number of systems that they need to maintain. They have a strong incentive to go for ERP, enterprise project management (EPM) software and other large corporate systems, avoiding a multiplicity of best of breed systems. Resource management software falls into this decision,

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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, and this is where top down planning steps in.

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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 ae charged with meeting their key project milestones and will demand adequate resources to ensure that every one can be achieved.

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Engineering resource management – keeping your teams fully utilized

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.

Managing projects with a limited pool of resources can be a lively ride.

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