Over 60% of organisations still use stand-alone spreadsheets for planning and executing their portfolios. No PPM tool has displaced Microsoft Excel™ as the dominant tool as its familiarity and flexibility cannot be matched by the alternatives... until now.
With Connected Intelligence™ everyone is able to work from the same, complete, real-time information. Excel's strengths are enhanced and all its weaknesses overcome. Connected Intelligence™ enables personalisation to be retained whilst the data in spreadsheets is synchronised into a central database.
Up to the minute, trusted information is absolutely critical in making timely and informed decisions. However critical decisions are often made without it, or made 'late', because of the time and effort required to produce reports. One benefit of Connected Intelligence™ is live connectivity. It builds up-to-the-minute reports, directly from the data inside 100's or 1000's of Excel spreadsheets as they are being used across the organisation. Reporting can be done directly from Connected Intelligence™ or indirectly from data fed into your existing and preferred reporting tools like Microsoft® Power BI®.
Connected Intelligence™ retains the familiarity and flexibility of the trusty spreadsheet and combines it with seamless connectivity to a central application with a powerful database. Repetitive copy and paste is eliminated. This saves days of PMO effort each month collecting data, fixing errors and creating reports. Instead, PMO analysts can spend their time adding more value and are equipped with real-time visibility of all portfolios, programmes and projects with optional administrative control around portfolio structure and project life-cycles.
Every user with a linked Excel spreadsheet can continue to add their own sheets and their own columns to support their specific needs and Connected Intelligence™ connects them all together. For those who prefer to work in Microsoft Project, Connected Intelligence™ imports plans from it directly into Excel with just a couple of clicks.
Unparalleled ease of use ensures that novices with near zero training and experts are both immediately comfortable. This enables Connected Intelligence™ to deliver value immediately it is implemented.
Connected Intelligence™ has a fully auditable database that guarantees 100% data integrity and 'a single source of the truth'. Senior stakeholders have data they can rely on that provides up-to-the minute status on progress, risks, issues, KPIs, budgets and dependencies. With Connected Intelligence™makes better quality of decision making an instant reality.
Engagement and adoption by users is essential as it is one of the biggest reasons for the failure of IT implementations.
Connected Intelligence™ side-steps this issue by embracing what people like and are used to: Excel spreadsheets. Excel has unmatched flexibility and familiarity and requires little to zero training. Connected Intelligence™ retains the ubiquitous, 'personal productivity canvas' that is Excel and transforms it into a joined up ‘enterprise system’. This avoids any of the usual pain of IT system implementation, and guarantees engagement and adoption by users.
Real-time situational awareness for business leaders
Progress, status, budgets, risk, issues, dependencies, resources and performance indicators.
Realise benefits in less than 2 weeks with no upfront purchase costs.
Fast adoption, easy to use ... near zero training.
Radically improve collaboration and project inter-dependency management. Build strong, cohesive teams.
Meet the differing needs of diverse internal & external stakeholders.
Very flexible, with customisation supported at 3 levels. Personal changes in spreadsheets do not require any change controls.