Project Management

Meeting Software Demands in the Oilpatch

Carol Rogne is making the drive out to western North Dakota for the second time this month. As the CEO of DFC Consultants, and a native of the Dickinson area, she’s accustomed to traveling, but since the oil boom, she has been hitting the road much more often. DFC Consultants’ main office is located in …

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Measurable Impact of Dynamics SL on Professional Services Firm

At our latest Dynamics SL user group in Seattle, there were over 30 people in attendance. I sat down with Tisha Cornwall, VP of Finance of Solutions IQ, Redmond, WA and asked her how Dynamics SL and Synergy has empowered their company. Solutions IQ needed a new project accounting and financial management system that could …

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Using Excel for BI Visualization (Video)

While Excel is not the best tool for a business intelligence platform (see I Don't Need BI--I Have Excel), it can be used as an adequate visualization tool.  But there are some differences between Excel and visualization tools created especially for business intelligence solutions. Read on and watch the video to find out what you can …

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Beyond Waterfall: A New Take on ERP Deployment

I’d like to add a Project Manager’s perspective to Elliot’s post, “Losing Site of the Shore: Moving Forward with ERP and CRM.”   The process traditionally chosen to manage an ERP project, a “waterfall” deployment model, has caused many projects to fail . This is not just in the “over budget / behind schedule” sense, but …

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Avoid Risks by Avoiding Project Assumptions

Assumptions are a part of our lives every day. We make small assumptions all the time, from assuming that other drivers will stop when the light turns red to assuming gravity will continue to keep us tethered to the earth. Most of the time—as with gravity, but maybe not so much with traffic lights—our assumptions …

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Implementing Dynamics GP – Understanding the Business Process Review

Once you’ve decided to implement Dynamics GP and have selected your partner, one of the next major steps is typically the Business Process Review.  Your Dynamics GP consultants will come onsite to gain an understanding of your business and how your internal processes flow.  It’s important that all your “subject matter experts” participate in these …

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Five Things a Business Analyst Is (and Isn’t) in an ERP Project

Any good project manager will tell you that a successful ERP project begins with good business analysis.  However, there is a wide range of opinions of what, exactly, a “business analyst” does. This is not surprising, since there has not been a standardized definition of business analysis until relatively recently. The International Institute of Business …

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Re-engineering Intercompany Transactions with Microsoft Dynamics GP

Many full service engineering companies structure their departments by engineering specialty and then form cross-departmental teams to optimize the coordination on big projects and in some cases bring in other companies to form a consortium to offer the optimal project resources.  This particular engineering firm was made up of multiple specialized companies and they wanted …

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For Project-Driven Organizations, Compliance Is a Snap with Microsoft Dynamics SL

Complying with regulations can be like hacking a path through a jungle; and like jungle bush, new regulations grow all the time. Project-driven organizations must often submit detailed billing data that is in compliance with complex regulatory and industry-specific requirements. Document compliance in general can be subject to more rules and regulations than many people …

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Failed Implementations Have the Highest Cost

Take the time to select your new software, complete a fit/gap analysis between your needs and the software, and provide adequate executive oversight, project management, and employee training time.

 

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