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Warrington Borough Council Chooses AMS REALTIME Software to Control Resources and Time-Keeping

Reading, 12 April 2002 - Advanced Management Solutions, a market leader in solutions for Enterprise Project and Resource Management, has announced a strategic agreement with Warrington Borough Council to provide AMS REALTIME™ software. The agreement incorporates AMS integration with their existing, Microsoft Project, planning tool to meet their resource needs and time-keeping requirements.

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 the Citizens of Warrington.

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. It therefore employed Sky Consultancy Ltd to review its project management systems and procedures. Martin Berman, a Director of Sky, put forward a number of innovative proposals, which were accepted. Sky 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 use of software to control both projects and resources. The software chosen was AMS REALTIME Solution

The AMS REALTIME resource management and timecard facilities are integrated with Microsoft Project 2000. This provides project managers and team members with the information they require to complete their jobs on schedule and to budget.

The aim of this implementation is to provide improved utilisation of valuable IT resources working on 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 is able to make better use of their valuable manpower resources.

Warrington Borough Council Chooses AMS REALTIME

About Warrington Borough Council
Warrington Borough Council is a unitary authority in north Cheshire. The IT Development Unit is one of the IT sections managed by the Assistant Director (IT), Roy Webb.

For further information visit: www.warrington.gov.uk or email Roy Webb on rwebb@warrington.gov.uk

About Advanced Management Solutions
Advanced Management Solutions provides innovative Project and Resource Management software together with implementation services enabling organizations to effectively plan and control their work, time and resources in real-time. AMS REALTIME products are widely recognised for providing a powerful combination of functionality, flexibility, usability and high-performance. Designed for enterprise-wide implementation, the software can support hundreds or thousands of users without sacrificing performance.

The AMS REALTIME products are ODBC compliant and are cross-platform compatible across Linux, Unix, Microsoft® Windows 95, 98, NT and 2000, Apple Macintosh®, and the web. The AMS REALTIME products also integrate with Microsoft Project, providing a single repository of all project data across the enterprise.

More information about Advanced Management Solutions is available via the World Wide Web at www.amsrealtime.com.

CONTACT:
Advanced Management Solutions Ltd.
Tel : 44 (0) 1753 607 641
Fax : 44 (0) 1753 607 642
emunir@amsuk.com

About Sky Consultancy Ltd
Sky Consultancy is an independent IT Consultancy that specialises in helping organizations manage their projects more efficiently and effectively. It does this by carrying out a formal analysis of current procedures and identifying the key issues. It then proposes solutions, which take account of the need for the management of projects, programmes, multiple concurrent projects, and resources.

These solutions are typically a mix of improved process and procedures (drawing on standard methodologies, such as PRINCE2, where appropriate) plus an appropriate use of software integrated into the process. Sky then takes the proposals through to complete implementation, thus ensuring that the organization receives the benefits of the changes.

The net effect of this is to improve performance, communications, visibility and delivery whilst maintaining clear control over the portfolio of projects.

For more information email info@skyconsultancy.co.uk or call Martin Berman on
07 803 938 805.

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