Last updated on March 27, 2020
If you are a ‘project manager’ in any business entity today, you need to have a good understanding of not only the employees but also the allocation of resources, machinery, cash-flow, and a hundred other logistical details.
For instance, organizations often depend on effective teamwork and precise coordination between delivery and sales teams. The sales team knows what the customer wants (and how he/she wants it), while the delivery team knows how to best fulfill the customer’s requirements. The sales and delivery duo typically work as a cohesive unit. Therefore, managing a project with both in tandem requires real-time insights and updates, on-time services. One also needs to be on-budget and should meet all the qualitative expectations of the customer while doing this.
This warrants for a robust end-to-end project management tool that allows you to assign resources, dependencies, project durations, and dates – connecting the sales and the delivery team.
Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 Project Service Automation tool is one such tool that is renowned for its capabilities of precisely tracking and planning customer projects. Right from the initial prospect query, through closing the sale, from project kick-offs to its completion in entirety. Let’s understand how it simplifies project management and its benefits for project managers.
The consumer demand for end-to-end project services
Designing, budgeting, and executing projects typically command adequate planning. These also bring in unique complexities, including managing multiple stakeholders in the form of communities, government bodies, clientele, environmental, and new regulatory requirements. Unpredictability makes it impossible for project leaders to boost their chances of success.
To tackle just this, Microsoft’s D365 Business Central – a one-stop-shop for all business management solutions – helps businesses even take advantage of their Project Service Automation (PSA) functionality. This includes everything from Project invoicing, contracts, forecasts, budgets, sales orders, quotations, resourcing even to purchase orders for a project.
Let’s look at a few of the top features and their advantages for complete control in managing any project.
Capabilities and benefits for your business
If you already are on D365, you can use Business Central to perform common project management tasks such as scheduling a resource, as well as track information needed to track the progress of projects and manage budgets. Moreover, multi-purposed with AI-support and real-time analytics, this collaboration tool not only helps better understand the client but also empowers your workforce with capabilities such as:
Eyes on the prize – key considerations for success
Leading a project has been more of an art rather than science. That is not the case anymore. Throughout the delivery phase of any project, leaders nowadays need to focus on FOUR core priorities:
While Dynamics 365 can take over the scientific and mundane aspects of project management, the aforementioned core priorities are crucial to dramatically increase the chances of successful project deliveries.
Only processes cannot resolve every challenge. Confident project leadership that can embrace new mind-sets, technological tools, and changing practices, on the other hand – can.
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