Finding the right software sometimes can be the easy part. Getting a project off the ground requires a project manager who can lead IT, the business unit, and, yes, the vendor to a successful implementation. Veterans who have gone through the process preach adaptability as well as any number of methodologies.
By Robert Regis Hyle
Remember the good old days of assembly lines where everyone had a single task to perform and at the end of the day a car magically was built? Todays business world, thanks in great part to technology, has meshed many of the tasks employees perform so there is more of a reliance on what co-workers are doing. This interdependence holds true for the tools employees work with and the need to implement those tools effectively. To achieve a successful implementation, project managers have taken the forefront in bringing all sides IT, business, and the vendorsinto the same room.
Project management is definitely a joint venture, says Adrian Brown, CIO of Canal Insurance. Its a marriage. If you dont implement a project correctly, youre not going to have something anyone is going to use. It could be the best product in the world, but if you dont implement it correctly, it wont fit your needs.