CIO recently published an in-depth comparison of the project management solutions offered by Mavenlink, Asana, and Wrike. The publication compared features, company information, UI focus, integration capabilities, and the overall pros and cons of each solution.
Understanding and consistently optimizing resource utilization throughout an organization is crucial for improving a company’s profitability. However, it can be difficult for both businesses and employees to know where to begin.
Services businesses depend on data insights more than ever to understand how they can improve their work, meet ever-increasing client needs, and streamline behind-the-scenes processes. But gaining these insights requires the right data management solution that will orchestrate the flow of information and create insights needed to excel in the services industry.
I often ask in my presentations on project management a question of the audience; “How many of you get to choose the projects that you manage?”
More businesses than ever are leveraging distributed workforces, with employees spread around the world and many working from home or in remote office locations. Approximately 50% of the workforce will be remote by 2020, according to MarketWatch. While the use of a distributed workforce brings numerous advantages and reduces the cost of running a business, it also creates a new set of challenges. The following complications commonly occur when leveraging a network of remote employees, but by...
Resource management is easy.
Most companies have solved this problem a long, long time ago and the answer, it turned out, is very, very simple.
Today’s services organizations commonly leverage ERP, Software as a Service (SaaS), and other cloud services to collect and utilize the data they need to effectively do business. However, these systems frequently lead to information silos, creating cloud integration challenges across organizations. Being able to overcome these challenges through an effective integration strategy means that a company’s solutions can be put to far better use.
How many systems do you use every day? Putting aside the commonly-understood pitfalls of task switching, working with disparate systems also introduces errors into your processes. When you have to enter data into two or more tools, there’s simply a greater chance that someone will make a mistake. It won’t be intentional, but lack of integration comes with a business risk. To offset this, most cloud systems today are designed with interoperabiliity in mind. Interoperability improves...
CIO recently published its in-depth review of Mavenlink and gave glowing praise for our software, stating, “From its high-level views to the smallest unit of task detail, Mavenlink offers a well thought out platform complete with business intelligence reporting — a definite plus for service-based businesses.”
So here you are, leading a successful project management office (PMO) and all is well with the world. Did you plan a phase two? Was there a next step that the business expected or is now requesting?
The services industry saw many changes and trends across 2018 – some expected and others surprising. The ability to predict what 2019 will bring for services organizations can help prepare for the year ahead, but looking back on 2018 is equally important.
Efficiently managing resources is one of the key challenges for service organizations. Not only are you trying to manage a range of projects of varying sizes and complexity, you’re trying to manage the pipeline of incoming work as well. Resource management is only one element of managing a successful service organization, but as resources are one of the largest expenses for companies operating in this space, resource management is crucial.
Over the past decade, the global workforce has evolved substantially, and it is accelerating. The drivers of this evolution are manyfold. The global competitive landscape is relentless; there are generational shifts giving rise to different work modes and behavior; the pace of technology acceleration seems unstoppable; and business has gone through a dramatic digital transformation requiring companies to have a more fluid, agile workforce model.
It’s almost 2019, and while people around the world are making New Year’s resolutions, fitness goals are not just for individuals. The New Year can be a time for services firms to commit to healthier habits, too. According to The Washington Post, 25% of New Year’s resolutions are broken by January 7. But having the right fitness goals in place can mean a world of difference for your business, so long as your company stays committed.
Scope creep is one of the easiest ways for project margins to be eroded. Small changes and additions to a project, additional work hours, and shifting deadlines can often happen without a company noticing until the scope of work has grown to the point of being unprofitable.