Reinventing the Way the Business Works

Michael Vizard
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Ten Online Project Management Mistakes to Avoid

Tips to get your project management initiative online.

The problem with the way we ask people to work today is that everything winds up in discrete applications that don't provide any real context. As a result, there's no real coherency in the way people are asked to work using any number of enterprise applications. Not surprisingly, this means there are a raft of enterprise applications, including project management software, business intelligence applications, business process management (BPM) and workflow software and knowledge management applications that never really found mainstream adoption.

The reason for this, argues Clarizen CEO Avinoam Nowogrodski is that all of these applications really represent a sliver of what end users are actually trying to accomplish across an extended process. But once we ask employees to subdivide those activities across multiple applications it becomes virtually impossible to maintain any context, says Nowogrodski.

An alternative approach, says Nowogrodski, is to start unifying all these activities under a common framework that will allow all these activities to be accessed by multiple users not only in parallel, but also in real time. To advance that goal, Clarizen recently released an update to its namesake SaaS software that affords customers the ability to customize the environment to a much greater extent. Clarizen today is most noted for being a pioneer in the development of online project management software. But as Clarizen evolves, Nowogrodski says that the company's ambition is to unify all workflow processes in a way that makes it easy for employees to maintain context around any given task.

Nowogrodski says that the rise of social networking in the enterprise is obviously a big part of fulfilling this vision. But the goal has to be more than merely replacing email with a lighter-weight communications system. The goal should be facilitating the rise of real-time enterprises that leverage both parallelism and asynchronous communications to increase actual employee productivity.

In recent years, one might argue that IT organizations have lost sight of that fundamental IT mission. Most of the focus in recent years has been about how to manage what is in place now at a lower cost. But eventually the race does go to the swift, so the companies that focus on how to leverage IT innovation to deliver better processes that culminate in a real sustainable competitive business advantage will be the organizations that ultimately win the day.

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Aug 17, 2011 11:40 AM Miguel Valdes Faura Miguel Valdes Faura  says:

I couldn't agree more. For all of the innovation taking place in enterprise applications, there's a definite inherent fragmentation  since the mainframe days -with the result being employees working in silos that hinder efficiency. Enabling maximum levels of collaboration-and providing employees with usable tools that allow them to easily integrate different applications and their processes in a unified framework-is an increasingly critical enterprise requirement to ensure continuity between business and IT.

- Miguel Valdes Faura, BonitaSoft CEO


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