ARES PRISM Blog

3 Reasons Why Owners Need Integrated Project Controls

Posted by Tiffany Minegar on Sep 30, 2016 7:50:08 AM

 

It's well-known that global projects are continuing to grow in size and complexity. These projects become even further complicated when owners attempt to make key decisions based soley off of contractor data. Ultimately, the owners are responsible for the well-being of the project, so its imperative that they invest in effective project controls so that they are not reliant on second-hand information. 

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Topics: Project Lifecycle Management, White Paper Downloads, Efficiency, Project Controls

The Importance of  Data Visualization

Posted by Gail Medley on Sep 9, 2016 8:47:36 AM

"Visualizations reveal insights hiding in raw data, but without the right tools, they can be slow and difficult to build," shares Tableau. 

Luckily using a dashboarding tool allows you to see visualizations of your data - meaning you can quickly identify trends and problem areas. 

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Topics: Dashboards, Project Lifecycle Management, Efficiency

What Does "Out Of The Box" Software Really Mean?

Posted by Ett DiGiovanni on Aug 9, 2016 2:33:31 PM

When someone tells you that something is “out of the box”, what goes through your mind?

The reason I ask is that you may be surprised by what the term “out of the box” means to some people, especially in regards to software.  Some companies argue that “out of the box” includes software that provides basic functionality when initially installed, but requires additional custom development before it would be considered usable in a working environment.  After all, they argue, the software is partially usable - it can be installed on a computer and will start, it will show basic forms and menus. True, it doesn’t yet include all the functions you need, but that’s just a configuration issue, right? The software seller has promised to “configure” the software (for an additional cost over a period of months) to include the missing functions.  So, why can’t they call their software “out of the box”?

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Topics: Earned Value Management, Project Lifecycle Management, Change Management, Cost Management, Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) Software

The Importance of Change Management In Project Success

Posted by Gail Medley on Aug 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Change management is a fundamental aspect of project management - but only 27% of organizations are always using change management practices when working on projects. (Project Management Institute, Pulse of the Profession 2016)

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Topics: Change Management

Tips & Tricks: Why Am I Locked Out Of My Project?

Posted by Costa Bitar on Jul 20, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Ever wondered why you're unable to access your PRISM project at a specific moment in time? Especially during period close?

There are times when you will need to access a project but can't because someone is logged in as ‘Exclusive’. It can be incredibly frustrating - but there is a solution!

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Topics: Project Lifecycle Management, Helpful Tips, Efficiency

Where We've Been - Follow PRISM to Brisbane, Johannesburg, Montreal, London and Toronto

Posted by Gail Medley on Jul 14, 2016 1:01:48 PM

 
ARES PRISM has gotten to see some more of the world's most beautiful cities over the past couple of months.  We have visited Brisbane, Johannesburg, Montreal, London and Toronto and have enjoyed meeting all of our PRISM fans along the way!

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Topics: PRISM News

PRISM Highlights at AACE 2016

Posted by Gail Medley on Jul 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM


Last week, ARES PRISM exhibited at AACE International's Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada. We enjoyed meeting with all the attendees and discussing our enterprise project lifecycle management solution.  We can't wait to go back next year and see you all again!



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Topics: PRISM News

Pristine Data From A Powerful Solution

Posted by Gail Medley on Jun 28, 2016 8:30:00 AM

DILBERT © 2016 Scott Adams. Used By permission of UNIVERSAL UCLICK. All rights reserved.

Spreadsheets can be a fantastic resource. They're great for importing and exporting, analyzing small amount of datas, and creating simple reports. However, they are not a smart way to manage your projects, particularly large ones. 

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Topics: Limitations of Spreadsheets, Project Lifecycle Management, Change Management, Cost Management, PRISM News, Efficiency

ARES PRISM is the Solution of Choice for State Nuclear Power Engineering Company (SNPEC)

Posted by Gail Medley on Jun 15, 2016 3:51:46 PM

BURLINGAME - SNPEC has successfully implemented ARES PRISM as their enterprise project lifecycle management tool for ensuring the completion of their nuclear projects. SNPEC is currently involved in the development of four units of two AP1000 pressurized water reactors in the Sanem & Haiyang Nuclear Power Plant. Developed by Westinghouse, the AP1000 represents state-of-the-art nuclear power technology. This multi-billion dollar project is incredibly complicated and requires a rigorous project controls process in order to achieve success.

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Topics: Earned Value Management, Project Lifecycle Management, PRISM News, Efficiency

Systems Integration: Bringing Your Data Together

Posted by Gail Medley on Jun 13, 2016 3:02:58 PM

Systems integration - linking together all your computer systems and software into one cohesive whole.  It seems like a good idea, right?  But why is integration so important?

Having integrated systems allows organizations to: 

  • Avoid data silos.
  • Gain real-time visibility into their data.
  • Reduce mistakes and duplications.
  • Save time by not having to manually import data.
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Topics: Project Lifecycle Management, Helpful Tips, PRISM News, Efficiency