Reed Professional Services

Reed Professional Services provides IT resource to a number of significant UK clients in the
broadcasting and banking sectors and as a Project Management focussed organisation they
have a key requirement to be able to manage their resources deployed either in dedicated work
packages or in direct client led project teams.

Reed’s senior management considered many enterprise planning tools to help them achieve
their goals but eventually decided on the Microsoft EPM solution as the best fit for their
organisation. Business challenges to be addressed by improved tooling, processes and training
were identified as:-

• Proposal Generation and Project Initiation
• Improved Estimating & associated MI
• Resource Management
• Project Visibility
• Task Management
• Milestone Tracking
• Inter Project Dependency visibility and management
• Risk and Issue Management
• Project Closure

Project Plan Services (PPS) initially provided a detailed walkthrough of how the functionality
within Microsoft EPM might be able to help and then worked with Reed Professional Services to
draw up a requirements specification based on the identified business goals. PPS has since
designed and planned the configuration for a small pilot to take place with one of Reed’s key
broadcasting sector clients and are now preparing to migrate the “proof of concept” server to a
hosting provider which will present the pilot as SAAS (Software As A Service) offering.

“Project Plan Services turned a set of rather sketchy, incoherent requirements into a usable
solution for our client. This has now been used as a template for other implementations which
with the help of PPS will be going live in the next few weeks“

Charlie Futcher, Delivery Manager
June 2009