Saving TimeBy Bob Violino Print
Online collaboration tools offer improved employee productivity and greater efficiency.
Using collaboration tools also can help slash the time it takes to complete projects. For example, Daiwa House, Japan's largest homebuilder, deployed a project management/collaboration application called Concerto from Realization Technologies to speed up a massive SAP ERP implementation that was months behind schedule.
"The project lead time was shortened by more than 25 percent in the programming phase, as well as in the testing phase," says Kyoji Kato, head of the Daiwa House Information System department. This was due to the fact that roles were more clearly defined; the structure of meetings was more effective and problems during execution were revealed early on.
"Concerto made me feel confident about what to focus on to maneuver the project," Kato says. "This tool helped us to focus on how to [complete tasks] quicker. Before introducing Concerto, we were focusing on why delays occurred in the past. Now our attitude is future-looking."
As the lead time of the project shortened, the reduction of project costs was dramatic, he reports.
"Because project members have access to Concerto, we did not have to make separate data [sheets] for progress/problem sharing and reporting for various meetings," Kato says. "All we cared about was keeping the system up to date. Then, anybody was able to capture the project situation and priority."
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