Project management requires diplomacy and discipline

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When it comes to the implementation of hardware and software in business, it
is important to secure harmonious interaction between supplier and purchaser
to ensure successful project rollout.


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When it comes to the implementation of hardware and software in business,
it is important to secure harmonious interaction between supplier and purchaser
to ensure successful project rollout.
"Effective system integration requires that both parties involved, the
supplier and the customer, have an equal understanding of the situation. This is
a major challenge, particularly in ensuring close collaboration and co-operation,
but it is one that has to be addressed from the outset,' explains Teryl Schroenn,
CEO of Accsys.
Accsys is a member of the Business Connexion Group (BCX) and national
supplier of people management software and hardware solutions within the HR,
payroll and time and attendance space.
The company is positioned at the forefront of project rollout and solution
integration within key sectors across Africa, specifically retail, commerce,
government and manufacturing.
Schroenn says there is structured project management methodology
available to help businesses, but the first priority is to keep channels of
communication open. Regular meetings will ensure that deadlines are kept.
"These meetings are required to detail any variations and to make sure
everyone understands that variations may push out deadlines on projects. This
is a constant issue within projects and requires an intense level of ongoing
diplomacy and consultation,' she says.
For this reason Schroenn believes there is a business case for implementing
and running parallel with a vanilla version of the project, or a live proof of
concept, then adding the customisation to requirements. She adds that this is
not always possible, and depends very much on the size and complexity of the
project. It is a particularly successful model when rolling out a modular or a multi
divisional solution.


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