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Businesses are increasingly investing in enterprise project management as a means to achieve competitive advantage in their marketplace. Through project management, these businesses hope to realize more effective and predictable project performance, reduced time-to-market, streamlined business processes, and improved cost control across their entire enterprise. In order to maximize this investment, many of today's leading businesses turn to specialists outside their organization to help them determine the best approach for implementing or improving their use of enterprise project management. Using proven methodologies, disciplines and best practice procedures, these project experts offer the industry and application experience necessary to meet each business's specific needs. As a result, these businesses can plan and implement an enterprise-wide project management business model designed to meet evolving business goals, while ensuring effective knowledge transfer relating to their system.

Choose The Right Partner
In today's global market, businesses need to choose the right consulting partner; someone that uses a consistent, structured approach to consulting engagements, and has a proven track record of success in their industry. By choosing the right consulting part
ner, businesses can reduce the risk and overall duration of implementing enterprise project management, while ensuring the achievement of business goals.

Qualified and Experienced Consulting Staff
By combining global business experience with sound project management fundamentals, AIT helps organizations realize the full value of enterprise project management. Unlike many consulting organizations, AIT consultants have hands-on experience in a broad range of business environments. 

  • Software Project Management/Application Development
  • Capital Project Management
  • Product Introduction Management
  • Process Development
  • Information Systems/Information Technology Project Management
  • Research and Development Projects
  • Production Control Planning
  • Cycle-Time Reduction

Effective project management integrates best practice processes and techniques, flexible organization structures, and cultural values to create an environment that can rapidly respond to evolving market conditions. To minimize the risks associated with planning and implementing project management, AIT uses ITIL practices to deliver comprehensive and complementary services that take into account each aspect of project management. Each phase of the structured approach has specified objectives and deliverables that provide visibility and control of the implementation process, and ensure effective knowledge transfer to the customer. ITIL brings focus and consistency to project management consulting by breaking down broad issues into focused activities, while still allowing the flexibility to adapt to each organization's specific needs.

Define the Requirements:
The scope of project management within an organization must be aligned to the strategy and achievement of the business objectives. Process Assessment ensures that customer investment in project management focuses on priority areas, and that each project management discipline is addressed. Through evaluation of an organization's existing project management practices, AIT consultants can define target objectives, and provide detailed recommendations for improving identified "performance gaps". The output from the Process Assessment serves to prioritize improvements and recommendations for addressing the identified weaknesses, including:

  • Process improvement
  • Organizational change
  • Information systems
  • Education and training
  • Cultural change

Plan The Approach:
Effective planning of the project management implementation ensures that both the business requirements and implementation timescales are formally agreed upon and documented. Using the Implementation Planning Workshop (IPW), AIT consultants bring the project team together to review the implementation objectives, scope of work, and critical success factors. Through the IPW, roles and responsibilities from both an organizational and an individual perspective are established for the team, all assumptions and acceptance criteria defined, and known milestones, deliverables and timeframes are agreed upon. These are subsequently integrated into a documented implementation plan.

Map the Systems to the Organization:
Critical to the success of the project management software implementation is a detailed review of how the system will integrate the business's project environment. The Product Introduction Workshop (PIW) combines a review of project management theory with an introduction to the software functionality, thereby identifying any specific system and process-related issues that need to be addressed. The PIW prepares the team for the Application Design Review (ADR) which defines the roles, processes and data standards associated with the system. Additionally, the system architecture and configuration are determined, including any custom software requirements. Extension Development enables customization of the system to match the specific needs of the organization.

Pilot in a Controlled Environment:
The Pilot phase takes the implementation team through a full project reporting cycle, and serves to validate the configuration and procedures while ensuring effective knowledge transfer through hands-on training. During the pilot, Role-based Training and Documentation is initiated in preparation for roll-out. Several aspects of the project management environment have to be considered; the organization, the roles and responsibilities, the standards and procedures, and the software. All of these areas are integrated into focused training courses that address the identified roles in the organization.

Roll-Out to the Organization:
Based on the validation and fine-tuning of the pilot, the implementation can now be extended to incorporate other projects, and deployed across the entire organization. This phase involves User Training, and on-site assistance during critical phases of roll-out, with the option of establishing a Project Office environment to provide on-going project support. Installation Services provide on-site configuration and system set-up by qualified technical consultants, and ensure the application is operational and tuned to the customer's technical environment.

Manage the Change:
Processes and applications alone are insufficient for producing real business change. Meaningful change only occurs when people are committed to and capable of performing new roles in a new environment. To ensure that maximum benefits are achieved from the system and process enhancements, AIT consultants bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to assist organizations in creating the appropriate culture and working practices. This can range from Project Organization Design and Role Definition, to Project Management Process Enhancement and the development of Standards and Procedures. Education and Training is particularly important in ensuring acceptance of the cultural changes implicit in the introduction of new business processes. AIT consultants have many years of experience in providing focused training programs that help to bring about effective change by integrating best practice project management methods and case studies into interactive educational workshops. These include:

  • Management Awareness Workshops
  • Project Management Training
  • Project Leadership Skills Development
  • Requirements Definition
  • Planning/Implementation
  • System Conversions
  • Quality Assurance/Testing

Revenue Assurance:
By examining processes and revenue channels, AIT can determine if and where you are loosing valuable revenue.  In any recurring billing situation and especially when reselling services it is easy for things to fall through the cracks.  With all the Add/Deletes/Changes that an organization can have for a given customer certain items can sometimes be missed.  If an error is against the customer you can rest assured that you will usually find out about it.  If, however an error is made in favor of a customer, it is often times never found.