ARES PRISM Blog

What is Service Oriented Architecture?

Posted by Gail Medley on Jun 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM

You may or may not have heard of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), but this approach is actually at the core of successfully integrating your various software systems. 

A Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is an architectural approach where you expose and encapsulate services in a coarse-grained manner. It helps to enable integration interaction between systems.  To put it in more basic terms, it is different services communicating with one another. 

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Topics: White Paper Downloads, Efficiency, Project Controls, Integration

Why Invest In Estimating Software?

Posted by Gail Medley on May 11, 2017 7:51:35 AM

Estimates are a necessary part of project management that simply cannot be avoided. Accurate and timely estimates can mean the difference between project success and failure. But beyond that, why should you invest in Estimating software?

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Topics: Project Lifecycle Management, Forecasting, White Paper Downloads, Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) Software, Efficiency, Project Controls

AACE International Awards ARES PRISM with "Excellence in Cost Management"

Posted by Tiffany Minegar on May 1, 2017 5:29:41 PM

ARES PRISM is honored to accept this year’s AACE International award for Excellence in Cost Management.  The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding organizations who embody standards for excellence and innovation in the field of cost, risk and project management.  ARES PRISM was acknowledged for its outstanding efforts in the Crossrail, Dubai Expo 2020, and Abu Dhabi Airport expansion projects. 

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Topics: Cost Management, PRISM News

Strategic Partnership between ARES Project Management and Infracon Consulting

Posted by Scott Hyman on Mar 27, 2017 8:34:51 PM

Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa – At an event held on 23 March, ARES Project Management LLC, a subsidiary of ARES Holding Company, and Infracon Consulting (Pty) Ltd, a level 1 B-BBEE majority black female owned Proudly South African Company, launched their strategic partnership to serve the African continent. This collaboration places Infracon Consulting as one of the first black female owned companies to partner with a global giant in project management like ARES. The event was well attended by government agencies, SOEs, and large corporations in the private sector.

This partnership envisages itself taking the leadership position in infrastructure investment and development across the continent. ARES is extremely excited about our new partnership as well as our investment in Infracon and the possibilities that this collaboration brings to the African marker. Infracon has a positive reputation and holds a leading position in the market for providing outstanding project controls and project support services, which will now be further enhanced with the addition of ARES PRISM software to their service offering.

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Topics: PRISM News

Biggest Causes of Cost & Schedule Overrun

Posted by Gail Medley on Mar 21, 2017 11:55:21 AM
Cost and schedule overruns can completely derail a project. No one wants that! So its important to look at the major pain points that contribute to overruns which include:  
  • Limited access to information
  • Lack of trust in data
  • Manual preparation of reports
  • Inconsistent processes
  • Management reserve (contingency) is spent too quickly
  • Surprises that cause overruns in cost and time

Project Management Offices (PMOs) are in a unique position to develop strategies to avoid these pain points.

And that's why we wrote our newest white paper.  We wanted to look at strategies that can be used by PMO's to resolve the causes of most cost and schedule overruns.  Start learning from other high performing and mature PMO's who utilize these strategies: 

  • Get the questions right
  • Simplify getting to the answer
  • Optimize reports
  • Analyze and forecast
  • Adapt, evolve and engage

New Call-to-action DOWNLOAD WHITE PAPER: STRATEGIES FOR HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PMOs

The Project Management Office (PMO) is responsible for enabling the decision-making process; verifying and reporting progress; and facilitating communication across the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), Project Management Contract (PMC), and Owner Operator (OO). This white paper provides strategies utilized by high performing and maturing PMOs to accomplish these goals.

 

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Where We've Been - Follow PRISM to London, Montreal & California

Posted by Tiffany Minegar on Mar 15, 2017 10:39:49 AM

The beginning of the year has been a busy and exciting time for ARES PRISM.  We participated in AACE's Western Winter Workshop and the CG/LA Global Infrastructure Forum. We also hosted a UK PRISM Seminar & Networking Event. We love meeting all our PRISM fans and look forward to upcoming events this year!

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Topics: PRISM News

The Advantages & Disadvantages of ERP Software in Project Management

Posted by Simon Medley on Feb 7, 2017 9:05:00 AM

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is often used to manage projects, however, it is questionable how effective these systems really are. ERP is a method of using computer technology to link various functions— such as accounting, inventory control, and human resources—across an entire company.  We will be looking specifically at the advantages and disadvantes of the a single all-encompassing solution as opposed to multiple best-of-breed softwares integrated together. 

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Topics: White Paper Downloads, Efficiency, Project Controls

Earned Value Cheat Sheet

Posted by Gail Medley on Jan 17, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Find yourself forgetting important Earned Value formulas and symbols? Use this handy cheat sheet to refresh your memory! Click here for a printable version.

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Topics: Earned Value Management, Helpful Tips, Cost Management, Project Controls

Introducing A New ARES PRISM Customer Portal

Posted by Tiffany Minegar on Dec 22, 2016 11:15:00 AM

 

At ARES PRISM, our customers are important to us and we want to make sure that they receive the support they need. That is why we are introducing a new and improved customer support portal where you can:

  • Report a problem
  • Request an enhancement
  • Request a license
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Topics: PRISM News

PRISM G2 Version 4.0 Now Available

Posted by Tiffany Minegar on Dec 21, 2016 3:15:51 PM


Here at ARES PRISM, we work continually to improve our product to ensure it is meeting our customers' needs. And that is why we are thrilled to announce the availability of
PRISM G2 Version 4.0.

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Topics: PRISM News