The power of networking
Numerous published articles have previously addressed the advantages of using project management. This article--authored by the managing director of the State Bank of India (Mumbai, India)--contributes to this conversation by discussing how the State Bank's adoption of an enterprise-wide project management culture enabled it to develop and implement an information technology (IT) initiative that allowed it to network its 14,000 domestic branches and its 70 foreign offices to a single platform. It overviews the project's phasing and its challenges; it describes the competitive advantages that the bank has been able to realize as a result of implementing this project. It also discusses the way the bank plans to expand its ATM network to include an additional 3,000 new ATM locations over the next 12 months.