Project Management

Raising The Bar

A growing health research group turns to Microsoft Office EPM solution for increased project visibility, control and collaboration.

Situation: Homegrown project management tools could not keep pace functionally with the needs of a larger, high-profile, high-risk projects.

Solution: Enterprise project management solution enabled more detailed planning, and improved resource prioritization and team collaboration.

Keeping track of the daily minutiae of ongoing projects is a challenge in itself for the everyday office worker. But for John Kocon, project management officer of the Information Technology Group (ITG) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), keeping track of potential, current and future projects requires multitasking in almost supernatural proportions. Kocon and his colleagues at the Portland-based health and research university typically manage more than 600 projects in various stages of completion.

Until last year, Kocon and ITG used a homegrown Web-based project management tool to plan and manage projects, but as the business needs of OHSU grew, the tool could not keep pace.

"It worked well for managing smaller projects, but it didn't provide enough functionality to address the needs of larger, high-profile or high-risk projects that required additional project planning and management to be completed successfully," Kocon says. "And because …

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