Project managers need real-time data--and a couple ERP modules of their own

Typically, project managers receive ERP (enterprise resource planning) data in batches at the end of each month. However, unlike other 'business-as-usual' departments, project managers need real-time data on a continuous basis in order to make critical estimates and schedules, and respond quickly to variances as soon as they occur.This article discusses how project managers can benefit by working closely with their organization's IT department and describes how to use ERP project control modules in concert with WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) modules to provide visibility to each project and its multilevels. This configuration enables an aggressive style of project management through accurate, real-time project-to-date reporting, actual-versus-budget reporting, and estimate-to-complete reporting.
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