Project management is about managing activities that drive business success.
Businesses are most effective when tasks are under control. Management and staff must perform many tasks to remain competitive. Tasks such as creating invoices, tracking projects, opportunities, emailing prospects, filing electronic and printed documents, scheduling appointments, maintaining customer information, and monitoring social media require daily attention. While necessary, time spent on the tasks described tend to dilute focus on strategic aspects of your business.
Your employees work together, shouldn’t your software?
To run a business on several different software applications is challenging. A software package for accounting. Different applications for sales and customer support.
A Web site to market products
and services, another application to manage social media, and stand-alone shipping and receiving software can separately create information silos.
Share information between applications? Sometimes, between some applications. In most cases, employees have to re-enter data into each application, increasing the possibility of errors and decreasing productivity. A lack of integrated reporting hinders management from real-time information crucial to important decision-making.
Yes, integrated applications exist. However, for many businesses the costs associated with monthly, Cloud subscription pricing per user, installation, and maintenance can be off-putting unless persuasive evidence of long-term benefits are clearly articulated.
Consider a single, integrated strategy to run your entire business enhanced by the use of technology. An integrated strategy should connect project management with daily tasks, and your organization’s overall goals and objectives.
An ideal strategy:
- Reduces IT costs.
- Increases productivity because entering data is only required once.
- Provides individual access to information in the Cloud. Role-based permissions define what functions each person can see and use, which dramatically improves productivity and efficiency.
- Provides integrated reporting capabilities to give managers and employees a complete view of all facets of the business in real-time.
- Allows industry terminology customization and on-the-fly reporting.
To develop an integrated strategy enhanced by technology requires a complete understanding (that only comes from experience installing and creating integrated systems) of Web-based, legacy, and enterprise solutions. Understanding all the front and back office functionalities needed to run a business, with tools to manage products, services, leads, customers, partners, vendors, and employees is difficult but not impossible to achieve.