In such a highly competitive industry, telco operators need to keep up with changes to offer innovative products & services. Construction of network, towers, satellite, and transmission, creates an ecosystem of complex supply chain, logistics
and distribution. Hundreds of engineers collaborate to meet project deadlines, while ensuring compliance with operational standards.
One of the largest telecommunication operators in Indonesia, Indosat, introduces dozens of new mobile services every year, enhances existing products, and must undertake multiple IT projects. They have twenty project managers or
business owners, responsible for nearly one thousand projects on a daily basis. They collaborate with hundreds of stakeholders, deal with piles of documents, and thousands of tasks to manage projects of network construction, towers, satellite, and transmission.
This is an ecosystem of complex supply chain, logistics and distribution. Not only do these project managers race with project deadlines, they also have to ensure they comply with operational standards.
One of the major challenges is in regards with integrating vendor’s systems such as procurement or invoicing. For years, project documents were submitted in hard copy with no standardized format, resulting in a lot of space required for document storage,
and creating new problem to search for specific document. Archiving and reporting become nightmare to library keepers.
Without central repository, project documents are scattered across multiple personal computers and servers; there is no single source of truth maintained. Everyone has their own versions and cause compatibility issues. Ultimately, no single database gives
no guarantee of consistency & accuracy of information.
Things get more tricky when project managers need to monitor or approve certain project status that needs action, such as BAST (Berita Acara Serah Terima, or project completion report), as it must be done in hard copy, which took a lot of time and efforts.
Project managers must proactively ask vendors for the progress of construction stages, delivery, payment, and inspection, all of which were done manually. They used a variety of tools, ranging from Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to custom applications to manage
and keep track of construction projects. Lack of standardized tool or any form of reporting, making it difficult to track the status of each project, identify delays and roadblocks, keep projects on track, and create reports.
In fact, it took several weeks to gather the data to create a single report. By the time it was ready, the data has become irrelevant. What’s more, storing critical project data on employee PCs poses another security risk – if a computer was stolen or an
employee quit, the data would be lost and unrecoverable.
The development in mobile devices ideally needs to be harnessed for increased efficiency to help real-time decision making, and drives efficiency in cost and execution, and allows quick creation of project plans & reporting.
Fortunately, Indosat realized their problems. “We needed a project management tool that allows us to work together, while referring to the same project documents,” says Mohammad Ichsan, Group Head Technology Deployment at Indosat.
In January 2013, Indosat deployed Microsoft Project Server and Microsoft Project Professional with the goal of standardizing on a single project management platform and creating one place for project data.
“We initially deployed Microsoft Project Server and Project Professional to collaborate and maintain our projects, but we didn’t integrate it with SharePoint to store our project documents. So we only solved half the problem. We still experienced delays
in tracking down information or relevant supporting documents, so it still causes bottleneck in our coordination,” says Ichsan.
In April 2013, Indosat deployed a centralized document repository using Microsoft SharePoint. Now that transaction documents are standardized, it is possible to comply with standards such as SOX and ISO. This delivers competitive products & services from
quality assurance perspective, and allows IT managers to backup the system as part of disaster recovery plan. Last but not least, centralized and digitized document management system uses less of space, and energy resources, making it environmentally friendly
solution in the longer term.
“With integrated project information system provided by the new PMIS, Indosat project managers now have project tracking and monitoring system. They can keep track of multiple vendors’ activities, such as when Nokia are installing antennas. Project tracking
and relevant approvals can be instantly done, making payment easy as a breeze,” says Leksmana Wardana, Division Head Project Assurance.
“Interaction with external parties allow vendors to view and update their status via web, while internally it allows 20 project managers allocate their resources across approximately 1000 projects.”
Top level management now can also be informed about what percentage of projects are completed, and what are still behind schedule. Consequently, they can take action to anticipate increased cost due to the lateness.
“Like an aircraft pilot, our project managers must have better visibility of their aircrafts (projects) to fly them safely (end-to-end) to support Indosat business. To do this, an integrated project management tool is required. Microsoft solutions enable
us to provide such visibility so our project managers can manage their projects better than ever before,” added Ichsan.
Significant cost saving. The new PMIS is integrated with existing system, so business owners can create a PO from within Microsoft Project. With Project Server, sharing experts or resources is now possible. After only 9 months of implementation,
Indosat has saved over Rp 801 million in labor cost, Rp 31 million in travel expenses, and nearly 30,000 sheets of paper.
Greater efficiency and data security from centralized project data. Since the implementation of the new PMIS and document management system, all documents related to project can now be archived and stored digitally according to standardized
format. The result is significant space saving previously dedicated for document storage. Easy navigation within SharePoint make authorized users find specific documents quickly.
Faster, more flexible communication and collaboration. Microsoft Project also allows business owners keep track of their projects confidently, gives them better insight to help making decision faster. Project Managers can find status of
projects requiring their approval, and they can take actions almost immediately, thanks to automated digital form now implemented in the PMIS.
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