ARES PRISM Blog

Importance of Project Controls Software in Public-Private Partnerships

Posted by Gail Medley on Nov 3, 2016 5:22:06 PM

Public-Private Partnerships (also known as P3s or PPPs) are gaining popularity as a way to fund massive infrastructure projects across the globe. The use of P3s makes it possible to invest in projects that would otherwise be neglected, ultimately creating economic opportunity and improved global infrastructure. 

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Topics: Earned Value Management, Cost Management, Project Controls

Why Consulting Companies Should Use ARES PRISM Project Management Software

Posted by Gail Medley on Oct 24, 2016 9:30:00 AM

It's well known that ARES PRISM is highly useful for owner companies, but some may be unaware of the benefits it can provide to consulting companies.  

Here are five simple reasons why consulting companies should be using ARES PRISM's Enterprise Project Lifecycle Management Solution including quick deployment, versatility & flexibility, easy reporting, standardized processes and data integrity. 

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Topics: Project Lifecycle Management, Cost Management, Efficiency, Project Controls

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

Pristine Data From A Powerful Solution

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

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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

Integration of Cost and Schedule at Adani Mining

Posted by Tiffany Minegar on Aug 4, 2015 8:00:00 AM

We are pleased to announce a new PRISM case study with Adani Mining who focuses on coal mining projects in Australia, Indonesia, and India. Adani Mining is a globally admired leader among integrated infrastructure businesses with a deep commitment to nation building. But they were struggling to get crucial cost reports from their ERP system and were wasting time trying to manipulate reports in excel spreadsheets.

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

The Devil's in the Details: How to Get Accurate Progress Measurement

Posted by Ett DiGiovanni on Jun 8, 2015 9:24:47 AM

Introduction: Is it best to report on the progress of engineering work on a project using solely a CPM schedule?  I agree that it is possible, but not practical. Creating, in some cases, hundreds or thousands of activities, resource loading them, manually assigning progress steps, and linking the activities with logic connectors would result in a scheduling nightmare. Consider integrating your cost and schedule activities for accurate progress measurement. Here's why...

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Topics: Cost Management, Engineering, Procurement, Contracts

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

Helpful Tips: New Improvement to the PRISM Navigation Pane

Posted by Ett DiGiovanni on Jan 1, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Happy New Year from ARES PRISM! We are bringing in the new year with a helpful tip for all our loyal PRISM users. In the latest 3.6 release, we've made an improvement to the Navigation Pane. Now, total and sub-total values appear on the same row as the grouping fields. In previous versions, these values could only be seen if you drilled down to the Control Panel level and would show up at the bottom of each list. 

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Topics: Helpful Tips, Cost Management