INTRANET DEVELOPMENT FOR A PROJECT-BASED ENTERPRISE
By Aliyu A. Aziz
|-||What needs to be done; the projects end objective makes it a unique or relatively infrequent undertaking.|
|-||To what standard specifications and quality of human performance to achieve the result.|
|-||The schedule and sequential order of tasks.|
|-||How much the tasks/project will cost.|
|-||What is the degree of certainty of the result.|
|-||What kinds of people are needed.|
|-||What commitments must be procured, or what resources must be contracted for.|
How do all these people communicate to perform at the necessary level, to the quality of project needed, at the cost expected, and by the date required? This is managerially complex due to objectives conflicting with constraints.
|Time spent reconciling project accounts has been reduced at monthly and quarterly reporting.|
|Time spent answering queries dropped since information is available on-line and does not require looking through hard copies for the latest update.|
|If a hard copy profile of a project proposal or company is required, it could be produced in less than five (5) minutes.|
|Our organisation has transformed from hierarchical, paper-driven model to electronically based, networked and synergic.|
|Our leaders have transformed from warriors who demand respect to facilitators who encourage self-respect. Instead of issuing commands and control, they now empower and coach us.|
|Our attitudes have changed from power by hoarding information to power by sharing information.|
|It is 100% Internet-based Client/Server application. It uses an Internet Browser as client and constructs the servers from application specific customised middle-ware and SQL Server (Back end, transactional and document servers).|
|PMIS is built on revolutionary technology of Internet based Object Oriented Programming, complete with Intelligent Agents, and Object Oriented Programming behaviours which create scalability.|
|The structure combines the power of relational database, distributed processes, and the script-based object-oriented Notes programming environment to easily access data over the Intranet.|
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|Principal Consultant - Afri-Projects Consortium (APC)|
|B. Eng. (Civil), M. Sc. (Struct) - Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria|
About APCAfri-Projects Consortium, a comprehensive Project Management outfit specialises in:-
Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE)
Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS)
Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM)
Council of Registered Engineers (COREN)
Four other professional associations and eight International Agencies
|Employs 114 professionals and 93 support staff|
Part 1:Information Management.
Part 2:IT Infrastructure at APC.
Part 3:Project Management Workflow.
Part 4:Project Management Information System.
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Specific Information related to Scope, Quality, Time, Cost, Risk, Human Resources, Contract/Procurement and Integration - Information and Communication.
Pursuing innovative initiatives using information technology differently.
Globally Networked Business Concept and Enterprise Computing using Internet-based Technologies onIntranets and Extranets.
Allows us to manage information internally.
Offers robust solution to the demands of our business.
Improves organisational efficiency through streamlined business processes, more effective
communication and a
higher level of collaboration.
Relating the management consultant, the project manager, contractors and clients in an efficient working relationship where information is readily available to those charged with the responsibility for timely decision making for efficient project control.
|Business Process Management.|
|Physical Client/Server Network with fast Ethernet backbone designed around a 3-tier Hierarchical Network architecture.|
|n-tier logical architecture with a distributed-components implementation.|
|Three (3) Servers|
** Primary Domain Controller (also runs SQL Server relational database).
|All Servers run the Windows NT (V4.0) Operating system|
|Lotus Domino (Advanced) Server (V4.5) orchestrates the GroupWare services, the documents repository and then provides the Workflow infrastructure.|
|MS SQL Server 6.5 is the corporate relational database server.|
|Our applications are built as business components, which represent discrete business processes within the enterprise.|
|A multi-threaded Project Server running as a middle-tier business service, manages all project transactions.|
|The HTTP server is Microsoft Internet Information Server version 4.0.|
** WEB Browsers.
|DACON - Data on Contractors and Consultants|
** Database designed to capture essential information on consultants and contractors registered with the Clients.
|Security Features control access to the network and information through the use of :-|
** Access Control List (ACL) Authentication.
Project Management Platforms
|Exhaustive project planning function.|
|Distributed Project Monitoring Concept.|
|Information for Project Control|
|The Implementation of our Intranet for Project Management was conceived as a result of the necessity to simplify our work processes.|
|As a result, we had to devise ways of using technology differently.|
|What we have shared today was borne out of an overwhelming need, which eventually resulted in something different and effective for our operations.|
|Miss Ifeyinwa Obi - my able PA/Secretary|
|Engr. Sunny Osaje and Ibrahim Tizhe - my Resource Consultants|
|Engr. N. A. Rafindadi - our team leader|
|Mal. Salihijo Ahmad - my mentor|
|Engr. Abdurrahman Dahiru - my Managing Consultant (MD)|
|APC, who provided the environment|
|Finally, praise be to Allah, who made everything possible|
Aliyu A. Aziz
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