In 1945, Vannevar Bush stated in his famous essay “As We may think”, that the mankind has reached the point where the amount of information is uncontrollable by a human. Technical aids are needed to control and understand the information.

After two generations later, we could not agree more: There are approximately 160 million emails sent, more than 3 million GB of internet traffic – and yes – almost 7.000 Tinder matches being made – every minute.

These are monstrous global figures, but we do see the trend in our business and project level too. Projects are overwhelmed by information flow. Project team, partners, customers, and authorities require and push information via email, various project systems and standards. For a project professional, it is not an easy task to cope with the huge amount of project information and to be able filter the underlying trends and risks from data.

While waiting for the AI project manager or controller, project leaders should have a serious look at analytics and business intelligence platforms. Tableau, Qlik, Microsoft PowerBI and other Gartner-rated forerunners seem to do good and supply first hints of usability too. Especially in diversified information landscapes, where data is stored and flowing in/to silos and in various forms and rhythms. Like in our projects.

There is more to come

Gartner states that the number of data and analytical professionals will increase three times the rate of IT experts. This pushes us to reconsider what type of organisations, partners, competencies and skills are needed in projects.

Prohoc started using visual BI tools in combining management system data into visual reports. Today we can access business metrics, employee wellbeing indicators, trends and details in QMS dashboard. That has simplified the control, analysis and decision making a lot. Qualities that surely help the projects too.

“Our early project control dashboards combine project risks, project information indicators, time data and financials from various sources. The hard part is to picture a common semantic layer for projects – a model – that can survive in jungle of projects where each “animal” is a bit different.”, says Ilkka Palola, Chief Operating Office of Prohoc.

“It is a captivating challenge and we think it empowers our project customers to next level”. Ilkka continues.

At Prohoc, we provide project management, control, information and construction management services.. Please contact with us – we’d love to tell you more about our new possibilities to empower customers projects.

Read full article from Scope Stakeholder Magazine edition Summer 2019

Scope Stakeholder Magazine

Summer 2019