StrategicProjectSolutions fully understands the challenges faced by organizations today. Resources are both precious and limited. False starts and chaos within a project are unacceptable. Having the right project manager who fully understands the business drivers is invaluable.
Business solutions often have three dimensions: people, process and systems. New systems are typically selected because the old systems no longer meet a client’s needs and may impair their growth (or worst case, provide a competitive disadvantage). These systems often require current technology, making the implementations more complex. An example is implementing a new accounting system that operates on an Oracle database (which may not exist in the organization) and requires integration with existing data marts. Another example is using Cloud Technology such as Amazon’s AWS or Microsoft Azure.
The new features often require new processes to be defined and implemented to take advantage of the technology. Business Models have to be defined to support the new systems. Detailed documentation, SWOT analysis, recommendations have to be completed for client approval.
Once the systems, processes and models are defined, the people have to be assessed. Skills require upgrading. This leads to the application of change management. Skills need to be defined, gaps need to be assessed, and people need to be trained. Occasionally the new system leads to headcount reductions, and that process needs to be managed (i.e. who stays, who goes, who is capable of keeping up).
Because of the complexity of systems and changes within the business function, StrategicProjectSolutions provides a bridge between the IT and the Business Community because we can speak in both worlds. Add in the training, knowledge and experience of Business Process analysis, Change Management, Enterprise Risk Management, ITIL and a MBA results in a a broad and deep tool chest. These designations share the formality of having structured approach. But having the business foundation enables us to assess if a project should be undertaken, and more importantly, assures that business value is produced at every step of the project. With a background in financial and human resources management, our focus is on designing and implementing business solutions for organizations. The “value-add” or “proposition offering” made to clients stems from having solid business experience which enables leadership over the design and development of effective business solutions. Simply put, we are empathetic to our clients needs because we’ve walked in their shoes!
In-depth understanding of business processes and best practices results in lower total cost-of-ownership. Ensuring that business value is being realized throughout the project, and most importantly in the end state deliverable is essential. Clients have benefited by being fully prepared for each phase of a project, keeping projects on target and on track! Interaction amongst PMI’s 9 knowledge areas permeates the project life cycle. For example, substituting less skilled analysts (Human Resource Management) may address budget challenges (Cost Management), but negatively impact deliverables (Quality Management) and increase risk (Risk Management). Consequently a project manager must be skilled across all knowledge areas and have sharp business acumen in order to make the best decisions.
StrategicProjectSolutions is supported by formal training from Project Management Institute which has over a half million members operating in 170 countries. Complementing PMP is Prince2 certification. A different approach whereby the focus is on continuous business value. Simply put, project’s business case is continually updated to ensure value is being realized. But project management effectiveness must be partnered with business expertise.
CMA Canada addresses this by being the leading organization in strategy, management and accounting. This became a complementary value-add when the three accounting designations became CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant).
Certified Management Accountants provide rigour and expertise in management control and internal management. Backed by 40,000 members, CMA Canada has earned an enviable place globally as the leading organization in management accounting. Having the CMA designation, like that of the PMP® designation, ensures that integrity and quality are delivered throughout the engagement.
CMAs have the unique training and experience in strategy, management and accounting that enables an innovative, integrating perspective to organizational decision-making. Designing and implementing technology solutions that are aligned to organizational goals is integral to the approach of StrategicProjectSolutions.
The combination of CPA, CMA, Prosci and PMP is a powerful dynamic. These designations share the formality of having structured approach. But having the business foundation enables us to assess if a project should be undertaken, and more importantly, assures that business value is produced at every step of the project. With a background in financial and human resources management, our focus is on designing and implementing business solutions for organizations. The “value-add” or “proposition offering” made to clients stems from having solid business experience which enables leadership over the design and development of effective business solutions. Simply put, we are empathetic to our clients needs because we’ve walked in their shoes!
With the combination of PMP, CPA, CMA, Prosci and overall business and IT experience, organizations are assured of realizing superior results!