Integration Top Issue for Improving Project Management

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Integration is seen as a major barrier to cost-effective and successful enterprise projects, according to an international survey of executives and project managers. In particular, project leaders say software integration in financial and ERP systems would improve project management throughout the organization.


Fifty-two percent of the 273 project managers and executives queried cited lack of integrated enterprise systems as a barrier to successful projects, and several other sites reported this week. In the United States, that percentage was 48 percent.


It's telling, however, that the other two top reasons cited involve integration at one level or another. Fifty-five percent said enterprise planning was a barrier, in particular mentioning issues with integration among financial and ERP systems, according to the article. Forty-seven percent cited real-time data, yet another issue that comes with integration requirements, according to CBR Online.


That may explain why, when it came to prioritizing spending, integration of IT topped the list of priorities at 49 percent. It edged out resource planning (45 percent), and real-time data and supply chain management (both 44 percent), according to PACE, a process and control engineering site.


The survey was conducted by the International Project Management Association (IPMA), and queried projects managers and executives in the United States, the UK, Scandinavia, Benelux and Australia. It also cut across industries, pulling from responses from utilities, telecoms, energy, construction and manufacturing, according to CBR Online. The full report is available for free download from IFS, an enterprise resource-planning vendor that sponsored the survey.

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Oct 1, 2010 8:03 AM Ron Bunn Ron Bunn  says:

I have no argument with the fact that integration is key to effective management but may I suggest seamless data integration as opposed to modular integration. A Ram Centric ERP is up and fully functional in about 1/10th of the time as a traditional ERP System, simple, easy to use and for most organizations will dramatically decrease both their IT and Administrative costs. It is a totally seamless natural workflow and terrific when it comes to achieving corporate consolidation of data and management.


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