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What a difference a simple web interface makes
In 2011, the Design and Supply Chain at IHS had a lead time of 6-8 weeks for project completion. They were using spreadsheets and emailing updates, or updating via phone calls and in staff meetings. Brian York, Senior Program Manager at IHS, wanted a better solution for his global team.
For about a month, Brian tried out Viewpath, using 3-4 projects to test the waters. Brian soon realised that Viewpath's cloud-based software was exactly what IHS needed. As he explains, "We were jumping project-to-project inefficiently. It was easy to set up the free trial and we could quickly see that it matched our requirements." After using the app consistently, and already starting to see results, Brian rolled out Viewpath to the rest of the staff.
- Keep it Simple. He wanted an interface everyone could use without being intimidated.
- Cloud-based. Their locations in California and China needed the ability to coordinate the various aspects of their joint projects.
- Expense. A consideration for every business.
New Users Get Up to Speed Rapidly
One of Brian's concerns was the ability to get new employees up to speed quickly with minimal training. This was a challenge they had faced with Microsoft Project. Brian says, "Viewpath gives us a simple view in an online solution that was available to all users. The ease of use and the fact that it shows projects cleanly was key for us. The simplest parts of Viewpath probably account for 99% of our use."
Reduced lead time by 50%
One of the biggest measurable effects of implementing Viewpath is Productivity. Prior to using Viewpath, projects were taking 6-8 weeks to complete. After the implementation, lead times went from 6-8 weeks to 4 weeks. That is a 50% reduction in lead time. Yes, 50%.
How did we do?
There is no doubt that Viewpath has more than paid for itself. My teams are coordinated, project completion is on track, and group communication has benefited, enabling us to be more confident in our scheduling commitments.
|AT A GLANCE
Industry: Global market information and analytics
Location: El Segundo, CA
Customer Since: June 2011
Use Case: Internal project management
- Flexible, intuitive solution ensures user adoption
- Cost-effective solution fits the department's budget
- High level view of all project statuses
- Task "Comments" capability provides additional user interaction
- The cloud delivery model eliminates software maintenance