Ben has traditionally worked with clients on site to provide Microsoft’s Enterprise Project Management (EPM) solutions to customers, meeting a set of defined business criteria and over the years has been involved in many successful Project and Project Server/Online implementations. Microsoft’s EPM solution includes Project, Project Online, SharePoint and PowerBI.
A typical consultancy engagement involves helping define the customer’s Project Server/Online requirements, and then configuring the solution to meet those requirements. Ben provides full documentation, onsite knowledge transfer, PowerBI report development, training development and delivery and on going support.
Ben is also available for contract work, and approaches this with the same enthusiasm as for standard consultancy work; so what’s the difference? From a professional and skills base there isn’t any difference, but contract work tends to be longer term and “fixed” in terms of which days per week are worked. If you have a requirement for a Project Server contractor or consultant, please contact Ben today.
A range of workshops are run with key users to fully understand the organisation’s requirements, and to demonstrate how those requirements can be met using Microsoft’s EPM solution and related technologies.
Following on from the workshops, a Proof of Concept (PoC) solution is built. The aim of the PoC is to verify that configuration will meet the organisation’s requirements.
Once the PoC is completed, signed-off and documented, a pilot can be initiated. The aim of the pilot is to run real projects through the system with real users! It’s where the rubber hits the road! As part of the pilot the deployment team and Applepark work closely with the organisation’s pilot users.
It’s important to know what to do and when; this is where documenting your project management processes becomes important as it will highlight any gaping holes in your processes, and helps define the touch points between the EPM toolset and human intervention.
All EPM solutions need some form of training, whether that is carried with the EPM administrators as part of the deployment, or in a more formalised environment to team members and project managers as part of the pilot/live deployment process. Training for an EPM deployment is always customised to match the EPM environment as no two organisations are the same.
Sometimes there are so many ways to achieve the same thing using Microsoft Project that it’s nice to have some best practice guides at hand. Applepark work with each customer to define the best way to achieve their desired results, and once we know it, we write it down as best practise which we then share within the organisation.
Applepark provide consulting services, training and support in Microsoft Project, Project Online, Project Server, PowerBI, Power Query and related technologies. Our aim is to help our customers deploy solutions that enable them to run their projects and programmes more successfully.
Ben implemented Project Server at Attenda, a Microsoft Gold Partner “With Office Project Server, we have revolutionised the way we do resource planning. We’ve gone from reactionary resource assignments to proactive forecasting
Applepark are a prime example of an organisation that have the technical know how required to implement and troubleshoot Microsoft’s Project Server solution. We had some specific database requirements that Applepark were able to resolve, and then 18 months later Applepark were brought in again to upgrade the database to the latest Microsoft offering. On both occasions Applepark understood our requirements and worked hand in hand with us to provide a timely and successful solution
Ben Howard and Applepark deliver top quality project server training to our partners in EMEA. The expertise, standards of preparation, training delivery and the feedback we continue to receive is continually high.
The support that Ben Howard has given us over the last 18 months has been invaluable and extremely beneficial to our organisation
Applepark have the technical, process and project management skills necessary to successfully deploy EPM solutions.