But why change tools?
Several factors may justify leaving the status quo. The most important is obviously the return on investment of a resource management tool. This calculation is based on billable hour earnings for your teams regarding the improvement of your human resources policies with better capacity management.
These profitability gains will also be part of a long-term logic, with an increased customer satisfaction. A better management of your projects will increase deliverable quality and enable reduced delivery times.
Finally, implementing a tool is also smoothing good practices internally by centralizing information.
To learn more, we wrote an article regarding good reasons to implement a project management tool.
Change yes, but for which tool?
First of all, focus on your needs, as well as the expectations you have about the expected benefits. For example, it is possible to categorize existing tools according to the project's nature:
Complex project management
When it comes to managing one project at a time, in a very detailed manner, your heart will go for MS Project. However, its level of precision will also be synonymous with complexity, and training will be essential so that it does not become too time consuming.
Managing a large set of projects
Similar in a way to MS Project, Microsoft EPM will give you a better portfolio management of complex projects. As with MS Project, a non-negligible training time will be essential and it will only match certain profiles of your organization.
Integrated solution to all functions of the company
These solutions are very enticing with the promise of integrating all of your functions into one centralized tool. Unfortunately the cost of deployment is also very high, with a level of complexity that makes it inflexible and usable by only a part of your resources.
Solution for managing capacity and resources
A tool like Beeye will not be used to replace tools like MS Project or even integrated solutions like SAP. Our area of expertise is on resource management, planning and time management with a business intelligence dimension.
We aim to be collaborative so that everyone is aware of the issues of capacity management.