Systems Implementation

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For many people the key problem is understanding what the system on which you rely can really do for you and your business. Asking your supplier does not always help as they may be either sales people or technical people, that is they do not understand your business and how you want to run it.

That’s where People First Solutions come in.

The influences

Your, or your supplier’s, technical people maybe the best at looking after your system and ensuring it works technically correctly. On the other hand you may have outgrown their capabilities.

Your business managers know what results they would like from your Internet system; but they do not understand the technical aspects in depth nor do they have experience of running Internet related projects.

Your business changes continually. Staff have ideas for improvement. Customers demand new services. Finances drive cost reductions. External forces make new requirements. Who can cope with all this?

So, to make the improvements, projects are born. Sometimes they are internally created, sometimes you may employ consultants to define your projects.

But, unfortunately, oh so often, the projects just do not deliver. With the best will in the world the day to day pressures take over and they lapse.

The Problem Areas

There are three main reasons why these projects fail.

  1. No one has responsibility for driving the project through. They have their day job and, when things get tricky, or delays intervene, the project gets quietly forgotten.
  2. Within these projects there a slugs of work that need time and effort to get completed. And this does not get done causing delay so that people loose interest and enthusiasm.
  3. FInally, both parties (operations and IT Services) have difficulty communicating their needs, limitations or capabilities effectively to the other. As a result nether can see a resolution and a stumbling block becomes an impasse.

Improvement efforts get started and then fizzle out incomplete, frustratingly incomplete.

How oftern does this happen to you in your organisation?

Help is at hand.

People First Solutions have been delivering ICT systems improvements in Housing Associations, ALMOs and local medium and smaller businesses for over ten years. We are a small business ourselves, so we know how important it is to run these projects effectively and quickly, whilst at the same time being practical about the impact of the project workload on your mainstream operations.

We do not sell or install hardware, servers, operating systems or cabling. There are plenty of people who are far better at that than we are. We are not linked to any systems or suppliers.

We work with business managers to get these improvements done. We specialise in shorter term projects that require part time effort.

We provide:-

  1. Practical project management to keep progress happening – not just piles of Gantt and PERT charts.
  2. Additional effort for those chunks of work that need understanding and activity away from the workplace.
  3. hard won experience at the front line of Internet solutions.
  4. Technical to non-technical communication between all parties so that system limitations can be identified and acceptable working practices defined.

Contact us today for an initial informal chat.

We cannot cover all aspects of computer systems, so let’s make clear where our core competencies lie.

  • Accounting systems – you need a good accounting system to ensure your customers are billed correctly and your finances are in good shape. It frequently helps if it can integrate with your operational systems. Which is right for you? Can you get the information you need from it?
  • Operations systems – in many businesses there are specialist systems for helping the operations teams keep on track. A courier company needs an order tracking and dispatch system, a Housing Association needs a housing management system and so forth. Get the most out of your system today!
  • Data analysis and conversion. Frequently needed to keep your operational data quality up to scratch and when implementing new system or modules.
  • One off solutions – there are frequently those odd items where computers could help but there is not a system for doing it. Examples with which we have worked include handling survey returns, processing report data, calculating Direct Debit profiles. We enjoy solving these processes that are office based, manual and repetitive using simple computer technology.

What’s your IT systems issue? It costs nothing to ask, call today!

Getting the most from your IT systems

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Getting the best from your Internet presence

All businesses need computer systems to manage their businesses. Whether it be simple letters, an accounting system or a mainline production management system. More and more businesses rely on the Internet to get new customers, keep contact with current ones and deliver services..

But how many people in your organisation know the latest about how to capitalise on your website? What els eshould you be doing (both on and off line) to make it an effective marketing machine?

Surely your efforts are better spent in your core expertise. And that’s where we come in.

For many people the key problem is understanding what the system on which you rely can really do for you and your business. Asking your supplier does not always help as they may be either sales people or technical people, that is they do not understand your business and how you want to run it.

That’s where People First Solutions come in.

The influences

Your, or your supplier’s, technical people maybe the best at looking after your system and ensuring it works technically correctly. On the other hand you may have outgrown their capabilities.

Your business managers know what results they would like from your Internet system; but they do not understand the technical aspects in depth nor do they have experience of running Internet related projects.

Your business changes continually. Staff have ideas for improvement. Customers demand new services. Finances drive cost reductions. External forces make new requirements. Who can cope with all this?

So, to make the improvements, projects are born. Sometimes they are internally created, sometimes you may employ consultants to define your projects.

But, unfortunately, oh so often, the projects just do not deliver. With the best will in the world the day to day pressures take over and they lapse.

The Problem Areas

There are three main reasons why these projects fail.

  1. No one has responsibility for driving the project through. They have their day job and, when things get tricky, or delays intervene, the project gets quietly forgotten.
  2. Within these projects there a slugs of work that need time and effort to get completed. And this does not get done causing delay so that people loose interest and enthusiasm.
  3. FInally, both parties (operations and IT Services) have difficulty communicating their needs, limitations or capabilities effectively to the other. As a result nether can see a resolution and a stumbling block becomes an impasse.

Improvement efforts get started and then fizzle out incomplete, frustratingly incomplete.

How oftern does this happen to you in your organisation?

Help is at hand.

People First Solutions have been delivering Internet systems improvements in local medium and smaller businesses for over ten years. We are a small business ourselves, so we know how important it is to run these projects effectively and quickly, whilst at the same time being practical about the impact of the project workload on your mainstream operations.

We do not sell or install hardware, servers, operating systems or cabling. There are plenty of people who are far better at that than we are. We are not linked to any systems or suppliers.

We work with business managers to get these improvements done. We specialise in shorter term projects that require part time effort.

We provide:-

  1. Practical project management to keep progress happening – not just piles of Gantt and PERT charts.
  2. Additional effort for those chunks of work that need understanding and activity away from the workplace.
  3. hard won experience at the front line of Internet solutions.
  4. Technical to non-technical communication between all parties so that system limitations can be identified and acceptable working practices defined.

Contact us today for an initial informal chat.

We cannot cover all aspects of computer systems, so let’s make clear where our core competencies lie.

  • Accounting systems – you need a good accounting system to ensure your customers are billed correctly and your finances are in good shape. It frequently helps if it can integrate with your operational systems. Which is right for you? Can you get the information you need from it?
  • Operations systems – in many businesses there are specialist systems for helping the operations teams keep on track. A courier company needs an order tracking and dispatch system, a Housing Association needs a housing management system and so forth. Get the most out of your system today!
  • Data analysis and conversion. Frequently needed to keep your operational data quality up to scratch and when implementing new system or modules.
  • One off solutions – there are frequently those odd items where computers could help but there is not a system for doing it. Examples with which we have worked include handling survey returns, processing report data, calculating Direct Debit profiles. We enjoy solving these processes that are office based, manual and repetitive using simple computer technology.

Project Management

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The phrase “Project Management” covers a huge range of project related activities – and sizes of projects.

People First Solutions specialises in a small range of specific project management areas. All our projects are…

  • Information Technology related
  • Short to medium term (three months to around a year in duration)
  • With medium sized companies (20 employees and up), many are Housing Associations or ALMOs

Example projects include…

  1. A company finds that its IT systems are not meeting its current and foreseen needs and seeks to change. We help by…
    • Carrying out an overview to find out if a change is the right course, or whether there are significant aspects of the current system that are not being deployed.
    • If so, then we can advise or manage improvements through commissioning additional modules, changing operational practices and user training.
    • If the system needs replacement then we can run a selection and implementation process.
  2. A department finds that the company’s system fall short of their operational needs We can help by…
    • Identifying applicable supplementary modules of the current system and planning and managing their implementation
    • Identifying third party ‘add ons’ to achieve the same end
    • Designing low impact bespoke software development to interface with the existing system.

Why have others used our services?

  • We always seek the most effective solution for your circumstances and time horizon.
  • Our projects are split into short sections, a few months at most, so that improvements can be delivered quickly
  • Systems are useless without intelligent, resourceful and well trained users. They form a key component in effective delivery, one that will last long after we have gone.
  • We look for the risks to your project’s success and provide means to minimise or mitigate them through careful planning and project management.
  • Testing, Training and Documentation. In our reviews of projects it is these three areas that pose the greatest threat to an IT project’s success. All involve your people as users and as technical reviewers – they have a key role to play in building a successful result
  • Our name says it all – place the People First and you will get the Solution you seek.

If you recognise some of your symptoms in the above then contact us via the ‘Contacts’ page or call us today.