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IT Project Management Tools: MS Project and Its Alternatives (Part 1)
In a previous blog post, I wrote about the Project Manager’s role and some of the constraints that affect the daily life of a PM, namely: scope, time, and cost.

flowchart of corporations  used to document and flowchart process models. MS PowerPoint was used for end-user training, as a tool to make presentations to obtain project funding, and (once the project was under way) to communicate progress and highlight constraints with senior management. In addition, MS Word was used to write user training guides and document project changes and methodologies. Furthermore MS Excel was used in a variety of tasks planning, reporting and importing information to update the project plan. The

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Leveraging Technology to Maintain a Competitive Edge During Tough Economic Times -- A Panel Discussion Analyzed Part Two: Business Process Modeling


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flowchart of corporations  program. This model or flowchart defines how and where data will travel (i.e., be orchestrated) along the process pipeline, as depicted above. We do not see BPM as a significant factor for mature ERP or computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) applications, particularly not in a single-site environment. Indeed, how many ways do there need to be to pay vendors, create invoices, book debits and credits, or schedule maintenance? However, with respect to more extrovert applications like SCM and Read More

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