The 5 Stages of Project Controls

Posted by Andrew Landridge on Aug 10, 2018 12:47:12 PM

Project controls professionals work tirelessly to deliver their projects on-time and within budget. We believe that there are five core project controls that are elements required for the successful delivery of a project or program: Work breakdown structure (WBS) generation and management, estimation, scheduling, cost management and change management. These five elements are further described in the new White Paper: 5 Pillars of Project Controls

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Topics: Change Management, Cost Management, White Paper Downloads, Project Controls, Estimating

Analyzing S-Curves Using ARES PRISM Software

Posted by Gail Medley on Aug 4, 2017 2:45:13 PM

S-curves can be an incredibly powerful tool in the management of projects. They graphically display cumulative progress information over time and can be used to gain valuable insight into any type of project. The curves provide an intuitive method for the project team and stakeholders to understand how a project is progressing.

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Topics: Earned Value Management, Dashboards, White Paper Downloads, Reporting

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

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

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

Improving Visibility in Capital Projects

Posted by Gail Medley on Feb 17, 2016 3:13:21 PM

Projects are getting larger and more complicated with each passing day. In order for organizations to remain competitive they must find a way to improve their efficiency and visibility when managing projects. A lack of visibility or efficiency can cause an array of issues in a project.  If team members are unable to easily access information it limits their capability to make decisions or detect risks, ultimately undermining project success.

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Topics: Project Lifecycle Management, Helpful Tips, White Paper Downloads, Efficiency

The Easy Way to Implement Recommended Practice AACE 86R-14

Posted by Gail Medley on Feb 1, 2016 3:51:19 PM

AACE provides project managers with an array of recommended practices to help them better manage and report on their projects. The newest recommended practice is AACE 86R-14, which offers guidelines on variance analysis and reporting.

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Topics: Helpful Tips, White Paper Downloads

How To Select A Pilot Project For Your Software Implementation Plan

Posted by Jeremy Leavitt on May 18, 2015 9:19:00 AM

When implementing project lifecycle management software, like PRISM, it is a common practice to select a “pilot project” that represents a cross section of characteristics likely to be encountered.

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Topics: Helpful Tips, Implementation Strategies, White Paper Downloads

Cheat Sheet: Mitigating the Most Common Software Implementation Risks

Posted by Tiffany Minegar on Feb 19, 2015 5:01:00 PM

According to Top Risk Mitigation Strategies - A Proven Software Implementation Plan, many organizations make simple mistakes that can delay and cripple an implementation.  In fact, even once these mistakes are recognized, "many projects fail to implement corrective actions in time and then do not deliver a return on the company's initial investment."

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Topics: Helpful Tips, Implementation Strategies, White Paper Downloads