Case Study: Shire

The Problem

1. Required One, Integrated solution for Managing All Projects

The Shire HGT group had previously used Oracle’s Primavera EPM solution for capital projects, Microsoft Project for research and development, and Excel-based tools for smaller projects. Clients of the project controls group, including 160 users managing over 200 projects worth more than $300 million, needed one integrated, enterprise-wide system that would allow visibility into division-wide schedules and resources.

2. Forecasting Projects Several Years in Advance

Senior managers wanted the ability to plan projects several years in advance, schedule for contingencies, and run project scenarios.

3. Streamlined Project Controls

For added complexity, the research group was embarking on many smaller projects and needed to streamline project controls. It was clear that the current solutions were not meeting the division’s needs.They identified key criteria for the new project management software solution, which included ease-of-implementation and in-house knowledge. Microsoft Project Server met these criteria as many clients and program managers at Shire were familiar with the solution. Shire sought the help of experts to drive full implementation and training.


The Solution

Expertise That Could Meet the Clients Schedule

Shire HGT required integrated scheduling and cost analysis as well as portfolio analysis. Their specific search led them to MS Project Now from whom they requested a full implementation schedule. MS Project Now not only provided the full implementation schedule, they also included a pilot test phase. Shire HGT chose MS Project Now for their expertise, as well as their ability to expedite the portfolio analysis portion of the implementation.

The Result

Scalable Company Wide Solution

Every Shire program manager and scheduler now uses Microsoft Project Server for project detail and cost forecasts. The organization relies on the system and recognizes it has the capabilities they need and can grow with them as their projects change in size and scope.

“MS Project Now was very flexible, able to adjust the schedule to our needs and tailor both training and support for us."

-Ryan Ennis, Scheduling Manager

What Our Satisfied Customers Have to Say

We are very satisfied with MS Project Now and readily recommend them to any organization looking for experts with Microsoft Project Server.

Allyson Bosch, Alberta Environment

Never have I been so ready to start my company up on a new tool. Lots of work, but totally worth it. Good-bye old excel spreadsheets…

Nena Krause, Meggitt