Integrated construction services, materials and infrastructure investment group, Group Five, has rolled out Post Vision Technology‘s online project portfolio management software, Project Portfolio Office (PPO), to its infrastructure and technology department in order to better manage its resources, improve project delivery and create greater visibility and project status reporting.
Says Group Five group IT manager, Flynn Bedworth: “We were finding that our project team was trying to work across numerous projects concurrently, something that was starting to take a large chunk of their time. In addition, project delivery was slow and involved a number of scope changes from both the business and technology sides, which were uncontrolled and difficult to track and manage.”
Bedworth explains that Group Five IT did not have consolidated reporting across its projects in place, and that this was needed for project prioritisation, as well as cost and resource management of projects, in order to focus the project team on key projects and the delivery of these within a timeframe suitable to its internal and external clients.
“PPO‘s alignment to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) guidelines for project management was one of the reasons that we have elected to implement the software, as it is the framework within which we apply our project management activities,” he says.
Guy Jelley, Post Vision Technology CEO, explains that the cost-effectiveness of PPO was another important factor in Group Five‘s decision. “As a software as a service (SaaS) offering, PPO allows users to pay as they use and scale subscriptions as required, meaning that they do not need to pay for an unused licence as with an on-premise software.
“Research has proven that the total cost of ownership of a SaaS solution is up to four times less than an on-premise solution, because no additional hardware or software is required, no specialised technical skills are needed and seamless updates and upgrades are automatically received,” he adds.
“As a true, on-demand application, PPO is immediately available and can be configured to support any methodology.”