“I suspected that we were managing the top priorities but I was worried about the backlog – how we prioritized those still important projects and aligned them with the overall charity strategy.”
Saldanha wanted to ensure that he, his five engineers and three project managers could maintain a tighter grip on IT projects and ensure that opportunities weren’t being missed. He also wanted to ensure that the executives they reported to, could be kept in the loop in a time-efficient manner. Most of all, the team felt the need to respond to the charity-wide strategy, and ensure that the IT systems were tied into the same objectives and long-term goals.
Saldanha opted for a solution based on Microsoft Project Server, believing that while other project management applications had the potential to handle the workload, none had the integration ability of the Microsoft’s tools: Office 365, SharePoint 2013 and Microsoft Azure. Furthermore, where other products left him with concerns about security, governance and long-term support, Project Server was an easy win.
Saldanha’s only headache was implementation.
Originally he considered building a Microsoft Project Online solution in-house, but it soon became apparent that he and his team wouldn’t have the time to employ it to its full potential, or tie it in seamlessly with Office 365 and SharePoint. Saldanha asked Microsoft to recommend a third-party, and Microsoft suggested PS+.