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At Aspira, our Business Applications team focus on enabling clients to leverage a range of cloud and on-premise business tools to enable their business be more flexible, productive and responsive to their customer needs, internally and externally. 

Our team draws its experience from a range of backgrounds ranging from supply chain, pharmaceutical and manufacturing to various services industries, ensuring that not only do we understand and implement Business Applications, but that we also have a deep understanding of clients needs with our industry domain knowledge.

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Gas Networks Ireland

Gas Networks Ireland needed to improve their portfolio selection capabilities, including supporting its requirements for identifying and optimising the selection of projects in line with available funding and resources. Having worked on Business Resourcing, Advisory, and Software Development projects for over 10 years, Gas Networks Ireland turned to Aspira for advice.

Gas Networks Ireland

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Business Applications FAQs

A project is a complex puzzle made up of many components. Each of these components must work in unison if the puzzle is to be solved and the project successfully completed.

This is what project management software provides.

Project management software is a framework that brings together and links all the components of a project into a cohesive unit. Teams that use project management software benefit from better communication, effective resource management, live analytics and status reports, structured data organisation, and much more.

Good project management software should be a “multi-tool” that replaces calendar apps, remote meeting tools, inventory and resource management tools, office applications, and of course, post-it notes.

There are many benefits of project management software. The ultimate benefit is that project management software facilitates the smooth running of a project and greatly assists the team in achieving a project’s goals.

It achieves these results by being something of a digital toolkit for project managers and teams. Each of the tools in the toolkit is designed to help project teams achieve their goals, and among the overall benefits that these tools make available are: 

  • Better resource management
  • Real-time reporting and analytics
  • Process standardisation
  • Data Management
  • Improved risk management and mitigation
  • Better team collaboration and communication
  • Improved budget management

The process of selecting the best project management software begins with understanding the needs and expectations of the organisation. Amongst the points that should be considered when selecting project management software are: 

  • The features and functionality that the organisation requires
  • The usage of the program, e.g., is it for a single project? Or is it to be used on an ongoing basis?
  • Involve the project team in the decision as ultimately, they are the end-users
  • Budget considerations
  • Ease of use
  • Scalability – Will it scale up to meet possible future demands?
  • Size of organisation – small firms are going to have radically different requirements than that of large enterprises

Many software management programs allow potential users to try a demo version. Trying demos when they are available can also be useful for determining whether the software is suitable.

It makes sense to invest in project management software as soon as a project moves from the concept stage. Failed projects are often down to mismanagement. The root cause of failures is invariably because maintaining control of complex projects is incredibly difficult without software to assist in the process.

Investing in project management software is often seen as an unnecessary overhead. In reality, the opposite is true. Investing in project management software can reduce costs by ensuring that projects run on time, within budget, use resources efficiently, and are of paramount importance in bringing projects to successful conclusions.

The cost of project management software varies depending on a large number of factors. Amongst the common criteria that can affect the cost of the software are: 

  • Features – Some packages are priced depending on the features that the user requires. This is why it is always essential to understand the organisation’s requirements before selecting the appropriate package.
  • Number of users – Many project management software packages have subscription tiers that increase with higher user numbers
  • Frequency of billing – Paying annually as opposed to monthly for project management software will often reduce the cost of the package

Because there are so many differing price structures that range from limited-functionality free versions to premium packages that can cost thousands of dollars, understanding what is required of the software is critical.

Project management software packages are usually crammed full of features, not all of which apply to all projects or organisations. However, in most cases, the key features to look for when selecting project management software include: –

  • Collaboration and Communication Tools – The ability to facilitate easy communication and collaboration within a project team is one of the cornerstone features of any project management package.
  • Planning and Scheduling features – Good project management software should simplify the planning and scheduling process of a project. It should include task assigning and prioritisation, shared calendars, agile management tools and many more.
  • Reporting and Analytics – Having access to all the required data to monitor the progress of a project in real-time is essential. It is also important that the application presents the data in a format that is simple to understand. Many project management applications will provide the same data in different formats to help team members and project managers to understand the status of the project.
  • Financials – Project management software can look after the financial aspect of the project. This includes monitoring the project budget, time-tracking, and billing & invoicing
  • Ease of use – Intuitive and easy to learn interfaces that are simple to use are essential. Not every staff or team member is necessarily an IT whiz, so look for software that is easy to master and use.
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