ARES PRISM Blog

CWA Engineers Selects ARES PRISM For Increased Collaboration, Change Control, and Earned Value Management

Posted by Tiffany Minegar on Nov 7, 2017 1:08:48 PM

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Topics: Earned Value Management, Dashboards, Change Management, Cost Management, PRISM News, Integration

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

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

Client Server, Cloud or Hosted Solution?

Posted by Simon Medley on Dec 16, 2015 1:30:37 PM
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Topics: Project Lifecycle Management, Change Management, Cost Management, Forecasting, Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) Software, Engineering, Procurement, Contracts

Automated Change Management at Crossrail

Posted by Tiffany Minegar on Sep 3, 2015 8:54:36 AM

We are pleased to announce a new PRISM case study with Crossrail which is a 118-kilometre (73-mile) high frequency, high capacity railway in London. They have been working to create this railway by excavating 42km of tunnel underneath the city. 

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Topics: Change Management, Implementation Strategies, Cost Management, PRISM News

Largest Engineering Project in Europe is On-time and Within Budget!

Posted by Tiffany Minegar on Jun 25, 2015 8:00:00 AM

CBC News just released a video featuring London's massive expansion on its iconic subway system. This megaproject is the largest in Europe with an estimated project cost of $24 Billion USD.  With 37 Stations, 8 new sub-surface stations, and 21 kms of new twin-bore tunnes under central London, this is no small endeavor. 

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Topics: Change Management, PRISM News

Integrated Field Management and Labor Cost Management at Laing O'Rourke Australia

Posted by Tiffany Minegar on Apr 15, 2015 4:44:01 PM

We are pleased to announce a new PRISM case study with Laing O'Rourke, Australia's largest privately-owned construction company and an $8 billion global engineering enterprise. This case study explores the power of integration of field progress, project schedule, labor cost, and timesheet resources information. Learn about some of the challenges that they faced before using an integrated field management and cost management solution.

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Topics: Limitations of Spreadsheets, Change Management, Implementation Strategies, Cost Management, Forecasting, PRISM News

5 Steps To Managing Project Change

Posted by Chris Bell on Aug 12, 2014 2:34:00 PM

Executive Summary:

It is said that project change is inevitable.

According to , the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport's Terminal C renovation project budget was raised from $650 million to $2.7 billion (USD). Chief Executive Sean Donohue shared that "there has been over 30 scope changes to the entire project."

Fly northwest to Washington State and you'll find North America's largest tunnel boring machine known as "Bertha" is stalled but unlikely to begin chewing up rocks underneath downtown Seattle until a rather large change order is complete.

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Topics: Change Management, Cost Management

Let's Learn From Our Mistakes: Perfect Project Change Management

Posted by Ett DiGiovanni on Jul 15, 2014 9:29:00 AM

We have all done it.  We know what it’s like to track changes on a project manually. It seems much easier than having to create change records and get everyone’s approval.  But there is a high risk involved in this manual approach. Not only can it affect the validity of our project data, but it obscures visibility into our projects true health.  Here’s my story about the importance of project change management. 

Awhile back I was asked to help out one of our clients.  They were using our PRISM software for project controls on a refinery project.  The project had already been running for a couple of years and they were about 50% complete. 

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Topics: Change Management, Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) Software