Warrington Borough Council
Revised project processes and integrated software solutions
A unitary authority since 1998, Warrington is quickly emerging as
one of the country’s foremost high performing and dynamic councils.
Warrington Borough Council is actively striving for a community
where the quality of life for people and business continues to
improve. An essential part of this is the effective use of
Information Technology in all departments of the Council in order to
enable it to deliver its services to its citizens.
The IT Development Unit of the Council is charged with turning
the aspirations of the council into reality through the development,
implementation and maintenance of numerous IT systems. These
aspirations include serving the Citizens of Warrington by moving
forward on the “e-Government” agenda; with “joined-up”, easier and
integrated access to services; whilst still providing efficiency,
effectiveness and Best Value.
All this means that the IT Development Unit has to manage a great
variety of complex and inter-related IT projects. It has recognised
that the successful management of these projects is a Critical
Success Factor for the Council.
Warrington Borough Council therefore employed Sky Consultancy Ltd
to review their project management systems and procedures. Martin
Berman, a Director of Sky, put forward a number of innovative
proposals, which were accepted. Sky Consultancy Ltd. was then asked
to turn these proposals into reality.
It did so by implementing a project methodology, which is now
applied to all IT projects. An essential part of this method is the
powerful use of software to control both projects and resources.
The software chosen was the AMS REALTIME Solution. The AMS
REALTIME resource management and timecard facilities are now
integrated with Microsoft Project 2000. This provides project
managers and team members with the information they require to
complete their jobs on schedule and on budget.
The aim of this implementation is to provide improved utilisation
of valuable IT resources across multiple projects. WBC projects
include a mixture of development and on-going maintenance work for
systems across the council.
The AMS REALTIME Solution is designed to provide increased
visibility of resource availability and current workloads. With this
information, WBC are able to make better use of their valuable
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