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The Growing Need for OKR Software & Tools in 2022

The Growing Need for OKR Software & Tools in 2022

OKR software tools help you to plan, measure, and evaluate outcomes, so you can improve your processes and achieve aggressive goals.

How can we achieve sustainability when managing projects?

How can we achieve sustainability when managing our projects?

Cora CEO Philip Martin examines what organizations need to do in order to deliver projects in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly manner

What is OKR? Your Guide to OKR Planning

What is OKR? Your Guide to OKR Planning

OKRs allow you to ensure alignment within your organization, keep your team focused on measurable goals, and track progress.

Performance Measurement Baseline and Getting Healthcare Projects Right

Performance Baseline Measurements and Getting Healthcare Projects Right

In this blog, we examine the importance of establishing a Performance Measurement Baseline and its use in delivering Healthcare projects

First Patients, Now Organizations: Digital Transformation in Healthcare

First Patients, Now Organizations: Digital Transformation in Healthcare

In this blog, we examine the impact of Digital Transformation in Healthcare and see what leading experts have to say

8 Tips for Better Resource Capacity Planning

8 Tips for Better Resource Capacity Planning

An essential part of planning any project is to match the available resources with the jobs to be done, identify gaps in resources, and fill the gaps.

OKRs and the Future of Work

OKRs and the Future of Work

What are OKRs? In this blog, we provide an overview of OKRs and how they can help achieve strategic objectives

Managing and Implementing Healthcare Projects: The Checklist

Managing and Implementing Healthcare Projects: The Checklist

In this blog, we break down NHS England's four pillars for managing or implementing a healthcare project

Late Payment in Construction and Engineering: What to Do?

Late Payment in Construction and Engineering: What to Do?

Between the end of last year and the beginning of this, the UK’s Construction News conducted a number of investigations into that perennial bugbear; late payments.

5 Capacity Planning Strategies & 4 Capacity Planning Mistakes to Avoid

5 Capacity Planning Strategies & 4 Capacity Planning Mistakes to Avoid

In times of extraordinary change, capacity planning is an even more essential ingredient to evaluate and manage projects and resources.

Your Guide to Agile Project Management Methodology & Tools

Your Guide to Agile Project Management Methodology & Tools

Agile project management methodologies integrate an iterative approach to your project planning process. Learn more about the process here.

How to Use a Balanced Scorecard in Project Management

How to Use a Balanced Scorecard in Project Management

Project Management advisor and lecturer, John McGrath outlines how to use a Balanced Scorecard in Project Management.

10 Benefits of Strategic Portfolio Management

10 Benefits of Strategic Portfolio Management

Strategic Portfolio Management is all about maximizing your return on investment. Learn about its 10 most critical benefits here.

What is Capacity Planning in Project Management?

What is Capacity Planning in Project Management?

The goal of capacity planning is to ensure projects are aligned with strategic goals and match strategy to capacity requirements.

Planning in Project Management: 9 Critical Questions to Ask

Planning in Project Management: 9 Critical Questions to Ask

Project management creates the framework for planning, managing, & measuring projects. Here are 9 project planning questions you should ask.

How to Maximize Your Investment in PPM Tools

How to Maximize Your Investment in PPM Tools

To effectively manage projects and resources, it takes a consistent and focused effort and requires the right PPM tools.

5 Steps to Creating a Digital Transformation Strategy

5 Steps to Creating a Digital Transformation Strategy

As you map out your digital transformation strategy, here are five steps you need to consider to get started.

What is Predictive Analytics and Predictive Project Analytics?

What is Predictive Analytics and Predictive Project Analytics?

Project Management advisor and lecturer, John McGrath looks at the potential impact of Predictive Analytics on Project Management and the new world of Predictive Project Analytics” (PPA).

Introducing the Cora Assistant: Your Virtual Guide to Cora

Introducing the Cora Assistant: Your Virtual Guide to Cora

The Cora Assistant supports you every step of the way and is the key to unlocking your team’s real potential.

How to Choose Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Software

How to Choose Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Software

In this post we explore everything that resource managers should look for in project and portfolio management software. 

Artificial Intelligence in Project Management: What impact will it have?

Artificial Intelligence in Project Management: What impact will it have?

In the latest of his "Future focus in PPM" series Project Management advisor and lecturer, John McGrath looks at the potential impact of Artificial Intelligence in Project Management.

AI for Project Management: key innovations having an impact

AI for Project Management: 5 key developments making an impact

AI for Project Management can have a massive impact in the future. See how five key innovations are already starting to make a difference

What is Project Portfolio Management?

What is Project Portfolio Management?

In this blog, we break down the subject of Project Portfolio Management and outline its importance

What is Robotic Process Automation in Project Management?

Robotic Process Automation in Project Management

In this article Project Management lecturer, John McGrath looks at the potential impact of Robotic Process Automation in Project Management

The Benefits of IT Consolidation

The Benefits of IT Consolidation

In this article Project Management advisor and lecturer, John McGrath outlines the challenge and benefits of IT consolidation.

What is Earned Value Management?

What is Earned Value Management?

In this article Project Management advisor and lecturer, John McGrath aims to give readers a high-level overview of Earned Value Management.

What are Project Controls?

What are Project Controls?

In this article Project Management advisor and lecturer, John McGrath answers the common question "what are project controls?" and looks at how new technology can be used to enhance their benefits.

5 Key Questions for Strategic Planning

5 Key Questions for Strategic Planning

In this article Project Management advisor and lecturer, John McGrath puts forward five key questions for strategic planning that you should consider asking in your organization’s next planning session.

No One Believes in the PMO? Here’s How to Gain PMO Acceptance

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No One Believes in the PMO? Here's How to Gain PMO Acceptance

In recent posts we posed the question "Is the PMO still the right option for your strategy realization objectives?" and discussed the differences between a Project Management Office (PMO) and a Strategy Realization Office but we're also aware that in some circumstances newly established PMOs have difficulty getting buy-in from the rest of the organizations.

Iain Graham Joins Cora Systems as Senior Business Consultant

Media Release: Iain Graham Joins Cora Systems as Senior Business Consultant

Iain Graham has joined Cora Systems as a Senior Business Consultant for the EMEA region while also focusing on the worldwide pharma sector

Seasons Greetings from the Cora Team

Seasons Greetings from the Cora Team

Seasons Greetings from the Cora Team

Catch up with Cora

Catch up with Cora

Catch up with Cora

What is a Strategy Realization Office?

What is a Strategy Realization Office?

In this article Project Management advisor and lecturer, John McGrath examines five areas of difference between the areas of focus of a PMO and SRO.

How the Head of Strategy Can Benefit From PPM Software

How the Head of Strategy Can Benefit From PPM Software

A good PPM solution positively impacts the whole organization. In this blog, we examined the impact on the Head of Strategy role

How Portfolio Planning Can Reduce Project Controls Issues

How portfolio planning can reduce project controls issues

In his latest blog Cora Systems CEO Philip Martin outlines how portfolio planning can be used to reduce project controls issues

Cora PPM Release Review – August 2020

Cora PPM Release Review – August 2020

Cora PPM Product Owner Nick Hall looks back on the features in the latest Cora PPM release (versions 1.4 and 1.5) and gives insight into our plans

How to Build a Digital PMO in 5 Steps

How to Build a Digital PMO in 5 Steps

Global competition, changing market demands, and technological advances are disrupting industries and encouraging organizational change to accelerate.

Why You Need Project Management Software

Why You Need Project Management Software

Why You Need Project Management Software

Introducing the Cora Customer Success Team

Introducing the Cora Customer Success Team

Meet the people behind our Customer Success Team. They provide best-in-class support, ensuring that your investment in Cora PPM reaps rewards

How to Convince Your Boss to Invest in a PPM Solution

How to Convince Your Boss to Invest in a PPM Solution

You have outgrown using multiple spreadsheets to manage your project and have identified the need to invest in a PPM solution. What next?

The Art and Science of Effective Portfolio Management

The Art and Science of Effective Portfolio Management

The Art and Science of Effective Portfolio Management

The Key to Effective Cost Forecasting on Projects

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The Key to Effective Cost Forecasting on Projects

One of the needless failings of the project and portfolio management (PPM) process is how easily we get stuck with bad decisions, as a result of flawed analysis.

We’re Here to Help Your Business Continue to Succeed

We’re Here to Help Your Business Continue to Succeed

These are unprecedented times where businesses will face a range of difficult challenges in the coming weeks and months but Cora Systems are here to help

The Impact of the Coronavirus on Work – Could There Be a Silver Lining?

The Impact of the Coronavirus on Work - Could There Be a Silver Lining?

In his latest blog Cora CEO Philip Martin examines the impact of the Coronavirus on work and asks could there be a silver lining?

How the Head of Engineering Can Benefit From PPM Software

How the Head of Engineering Can Benefit From PPM Software

How the Head of Engineering Can Benefit From PPM Software

Mark “International Project Management Day” at the PMO Roadshow

Mark “International Project Management Day” at the PMO Roadshow

Mark "International Project Management Day" at the PMO Roadshow

Infographic: Why using Excel for Project Management is no longer a satisfactory option

Infographic: Why using Excel for Project Management is no longer a satisfactory option

Infographic: Why using Excel for Project Management is no longer a satisfactory option

Enterprise Computing; working local, impacting globally

Enterprise Computing; working local, impacting globally

Ahead of his return to studies, Enterprise Computing intern Daire Guckian looks back on the six months he has spent with Cora

Three key learnings of a Software Development Intern

Three key learnings of a Software Development Intern

Ahead of her return to studies Software Development Intern Aoife Egan looks back on three key learnings from her time with Cora

From College to Cora: My Summer Internship

From College to Cora: My Summer Internship

Finance and Admin Intern Emma O'Beirne looks back on her experience at Cora Systems internship and how it might shape her future careers options.

Infographic: 7 Reasons for Resistance to Change

Infographic: 7 Reasons for Resistance to Change

Infographic: 7 Reasons for Resistance to Change

Infographic: 9 Characteristics of a Successful Project Manager

Infographic: 9 Characteristics of a Successful Project Manager

Infographic: 9 Characteristics of a Successful Project Manager

Lessons learned from my summer internship at Cora Systems

Lessons learned from my summer internship at Cora Systems

Marketing Intern Orla Flynn looks back on her internship with Cora Systems this summer and how the experience has benefited her

Work placement at Cora Systems: Putting theory into practice

Work placement at Cora Systems: Putting theory into practice

Software Development Intern Rebecca McGlynn looks back on the months she spent with Cora and how the experience helped develop skills learned at college.

“Module of the Month”: The Portal and Project Request

"Module of the Month": The Portal and Project Request

In his latest blog Cora Systems' Account Manager Enda Smith takes a look at the Cora PPM Portal and Project Request Modules

Infographic: Why Project Managers should take a Holiday!

Infographic: Why Project Managers should take a Holiday!

As a project manager the day to day management of millions worth of projects can, at times, be overwhelming.

The key to managing individual projects in a Multi-Project Environment

The key to managing individual projects in a Multi-Project Environment

In his latest Guest Blog, Lee Lambert shares some tips on effectively managing individual projects in a shared-resource multi-project environment.

Cora PPM “Module of the Month”: Forms and Registers

Cora PPM "Module of the Month": Forms and Registers

In the latest of our “Module of the Month” series Cora Systems’ Account Manager Enda Smith takes a look at how our Form and Register modules are used to integrate, centralize and consolidate Portfolios.

How sophisticated Project Management capability saved IBM

How sophisticated Project Management capability saved IBM

Lee Lambert looks at how IBM developed Project Management capability which resulted in dramatic increases in project/market success

Cora CEO Philip Martin gives thoughts on National Broadband Plan delays

Cora CEO Philip Martin gives thoughts on National Broadband Plan delays

Cora CEO Philip Martin recently gave his thoughts on delays with the National Broadband Plan rollout and its impact on rural Ireland

Project controlling and monitoring – How to Better Manage a Project’s Cost and Schedule

Project controlling and monitoring – How to Better Manage a Project’s Cost and Schedule

In his latest blog, Paul Rees looks at project controlling and monitoring and offers advice on how to better manage a Project’s Cost and Schedule.

Cora PPM aligned with Biggest Project Management Trends of 2019

Cora PPM aligned with Biggest Project Management Trends of 2019

In a recent article for trendintech.com Mike White outlined the biggest Project Management Trends shaping 2019 and Cora PPM is already "ahead of the curve"

Cora PPM reviewed by PM Today Magazine

Cora PPM reviewed by PM Today Magazine

Charles Orton-Jones of PM Today Magazine recently reviewed Cora PPM and interviewed the Head of our Solution Engagement Team, Derry Lynch,

Cora UK Country Manager Paul Rees features in PM Today Magazine

Cora UK Country Manager Paul Rees features in PM Today Magazine

UK Country Manager Paul Rees was recently interviewed by PM Today Magazine about how Cora Systems powers NHS Digital's Transformation Programme.

Webinar: “Executive Dashboard and Snapshot Reports”

Webinar: “Executive Dashboard and Snapshot Reports”

Webinar: "Executive Dashboard and Snapshot Reports"

The benefits of construction project management software

The benefits of construction project management software

The failure to use construction project management software and the reliance on spreadsheets may harm projects and hide problems from PMs

Cora Systems Head of Marketing Susanne Kerins features on Shannonside FM

Cora Systems Head of Marketing Susanne Kerins features on Shannonside FM

Cora Systems Head of Marketing Susanne Kerins was recently interviewed by Kevin McGillacuddy of Shannonside FM for "The Bottom Line" - their weekly business show.

How the Chief Information Officer Can Benefit From PPM Software

How the Chief Information Officer Can Benefit From PPM Software

A good PPM solution positively impacts the whole organization. In this blog, we examined the impact on the Chief Information Officer

Cora PPM: Making managing complex projects easier

Cora PPM: Making managing complex projects easier

Cora Project Manager Charles Wright uses his interest in Cars to illustrate the need for a "single version of the truth" when managing complex projects.

Engineering PPM Software – Why Your Company Should Invest

Engineering PPM Software – Why Your Company Should Invest

Engineering PPM Software - Why Your Company Should Invest

Cora Systems and 7 Lenses of Transformation

Cora Systems and 7 Lenses of Transformation

Cora Systems and 7 Lenses of Transformation

5 Tips for Effective Project Risk Management

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5 Tips for Effective Project Risk Management

Unfortunately, risk is part of a project process and one of the first things you have to consider when managing a project is; what could possibly go wrong?

NHS PPM Toolkit…Including More Starch

NHS PPM Toolkit...Including More Starch

Andy Welsh, Sales Lead for Cora Systems UK, talks about his personal experience of the NHS and the increased need for project management in healthcare

Why leaving Dublin to work in Ireland’s north-west is best

Why leaving Dublin to work in Ireland’s north-west is best

Growing tired of life in "the big smoke"? Let the team at Cora try and persuade you to consider moving to a better life in the North-West

Don’t Get Left Behind: Establish a Pharma PMO

Don't Get Left Behind: Establish a Pharma PMO

We have now entered the era of project management in the pharmaceutical industry. Now is the time to establish a Pharma PMO.

How the Chief Financial Officer can benefit from PPM Software

How the Chief Financial Officer can benefit from PPM Software

A good PPM solution positively impacts the whole organization. In this blog, we examined the impact on the Chief Financial Officer role

How to Undergo a Digital Transformation at Your Organization

How to Undergo a Digital Transformation at Your Organization

When it comes to digital transformation, the "why" is the easy part. It’s understanding "how" to undergo digital transformation that is tricky.

What is a Work Breakdown Structure?

What is a Work Breakdown Structure?

In this guide, the team at Cora explains what a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is and how it can help deliver a successful project.

The Ready Business Podcast with Brian Purcell

The Ready Business Podcast with Brian Purcell

Our CEO Philip Martin discussed the foundation and development of Cora Systems on a recent episode of "The Ready Business Podcast with Brian Purcell".

What are the keys to successful project management?

What are the keys to successful project management?

In the four and final part of our blog series, Cora asks a project management expert "What are the keys to successful project management?"

Why Do Projects Fail? We Asked the Experts

Why Do Projects Fail? We Asked the Experts

In the third of our 4 part series, Cora asks a number of project management experts why everyone is talking about project management and why projects fail.

What skills are required for effective project management?

What skills are required for effective project management?

In the second of our four-part blog series, we ask a Project Management expert what skills are required for effective project management?

Why has project management become a cornerstone of corporate strategy?

Why has project management become a cornerstone of corporate strategy?

In the first of a 4 part series, we asked a number of experts why has project management become a cornerstone of corporate strategy?

The Myths of Agile Debunked

The Myths of Agile Debunked

The Myths of Agile Debunked - Dr. Justin Kelleher outlines the misconceptions about the Agile project management methodology that need to be cleared up.

The Benefits of Project Management Software

The Benefits of Project Management Software

PPM software has become a necessary tool in managing projects effectively. In this post, we highlight six benefits of using Project Management Software

Biggest Challenges facing Project Managers

Biggest Challenges facing Project Managers

Biggest Challenges facing Project Managers

Poor Project Governance: Are You Losing Control of Your Projects?

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Poor Project Governance: Are You Losing Control of Your Projects?

Anyone who has ever worked on a project will know that there are a number of factors just waiting to derail it. These factors may simply be result of poor project governance.

The importance of Time Management in Project Management

The importance of Time Management in Project Management

Project Managers have a number of responsibilities when it comes to the management of their projects and one of the most important is time management

Six project management trends in life sciences you need to prepare for

Six project management trends in life sciences you need to prepare for

Six project management trends in life sciences you need to prepare for

Video: Irish TV Interview with Cora Systems CEO Philip Martin

Video: Irish TV Interview with Cora Systems CEO Philip Martin

Video: Irish TV Interview with Cora Systems CEO Philip Martin

6 Tips for Introducing a Project Management Solution to your Organization

6 Tips for Introducing a Project Management Solution to your Organization

Introducing a project management solution to an organization can deliver huge benefits, however, the adoption of new software can raise concerns

Establishing a Project Management Office

Establishing a Project Management Office

Establishing a Project Management Office (PMO) will allow an organization to produce a higher quality project with few resources and less risk.

Integrating the Cora Solution with Primavera P6

Integrating the Cora Solution with Primavera P6

Integrating the Cora Solution with Primavera P6

Tips for Handling a Project Management Crisis

Tips for Handling a Project Management Crisis

In this blog post, you will gain an overview of points that are important to consider when dealing with a Project Management Crisis.

A 4 Step Risk Management Process in Project Management

A 4 Step Risk Management Process in Project Management

It's highly advisable to include a risk management process in project management plan and this is our four-step guide to implementing one

Program Managers vs Project Managers

Program Managers vs Project Managers

Program Managers vs Project Managers

Will Brexit Make or Break the NHS?

Will Brexit Make or Break the NHS?

One of the key points from the Leave  Campaign was that an extra £350 million per week would be available to the NHS if Britain was no longer part of the EU. However, the negative impact of an NHS outside the EU did not receive as much coverage and the question of whether Brexit will Make or Break the NHS is now up for debate?

Managing Projects in Multiple Locations: Key Areas to Consider

Managing Projects in Multiple Locations: Key Areas to Consider

Managing Projects in Multiple Locations: Key Areas to Consider

11 Things You Need to do for Project Management Success

11 Things You Need to do for Project Management Success

11 Things You Need to do for Project Management Success

Weekly Insight on Agile Project Management

Weekly Insight on Agile Project Management

This week, the team at Cora has been investigating all things agile and has a few interesting blogs on Agile Project Management that we would like to share with you!

Six Tips for avoiding Project Management Disasters

Six Tips for avoiding Project Management Disasters

Having measures in place to prevent potential problems will make it more likely that you are going to avoid Project Management disasters having an impact.

Effective Time Management Tips for Project Managers

Effective Time Management Tips for Project Managers

Effective time management for project managers is essential, not just for them but for their team. Here are eight tips to help improve time management

Using KPIs in Project Management to Deliver Value

Using KPIs in Project Management to Deliver Value

In this blog we examine why using KPIs in Project Management can provide additional benefits beyond those anticipated during project approval

Managing and Supporting PMOs

Cora: Managing and Supporting PMOs

The establishment of a PMO has become a popular practice among organizations in recent times, however, managing and supporting PMOs is key to their success

Top Tips for Managing Complex Projects

Top Tips for Managing Complex Projects

Managing a project requires complete dedication and control from all parties involved. Here are our top tips for Managing Complex Projects

What Did You Learn From Your Last Project?

What Did You Learn From Your Last Project?

Project managers are consistently learning and evolving as they move from project to project but how often do you actively log the details or ask yourself what did you learn from your last Project?

Controlling your Projects and Project Management Processes

Controlling your Projects and Project Management Processes

In this blog, we examine the importance of project management processes when it comes to controlling your projects

Best Practice for Project Success: 8 Tips to Follow

Best Practice for Project Success: 8 Tips to Follow

We have compiled eight tips on best practice for project success to help you get from project initiation to execution successfully.

An introduction to the phases of a project life cycle

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An introduction to the phases of a project life cycle

At the centre of project management there must control in order to achieve your project objectives. This type of control can be achieved by following a project management life cycle.

6 Tips for Completing your Projects on Time and on Budget

6 Tips for Completing your Projects on Time and on Budget

With the current climate, organizations are facing difficult times where they must deliver projects within a pre-determined timescale and budget.

Tips for choosing your ideal PMO Structure

Blog: Tips for choosing your ideal PMO Structure

A Project Management Office is commonly viewed as one of the most effective means of business practice that is being undertaken by many successful organizations. However, to ensure the success of the PMO it is important that the PMO structure blends well with the organization’s culture.

5 Step Guide to Delegation in Project Management

5 Step Guide to Delegation in Project Management

Here's our step-by-step guide to delegation. By keeping these points in mind you should find that the delegation process goes smoothly

5 Key Benefits of Delegation

5 Key Benefits of Delegation

Effective delegation can help anyone who is feeling challenged by time management while also delivering further benefits of delegation to the organization.

6 tips to help keep your Projects on track during your Holidays

6 tips to help keep your Projects on track during your Holidays

6 tips to help keep your Projects on track during your Holidays

How to achieve work life balance

How to achieve work life balance

How to achieve work life balance

7 Benefits of a PMO / Project Management Office

7 Benefits of a PMO / Project Management Office

Organizations today can enjoy a high level of project success through the establishment of a Project Management Office (PMO).

A 7 Step Guide to Designing and Implementing a Project Methodology

A 7 Step Guide to Designing and Implementing a Project Methodology

When designing and implementing a Project Methodology there a number of steps that should be followed to ensure that it is delivered successfully.

Key Features Within Our Project Management Software

Key Features Within Our Project Management Software

Key Features Within Our Project Management Software

Engineering Project Management Software with ProjectVision

Engineering Project Management Software with ProjectVision

Engineering Project Management Software with ProjectVision

Role and Responsibilities of a Project Sponsor

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Role and Responsibilities of a Project Sponsor

When you look at what is needed in order to have a successful project, focus tends to fall on the Project Managers. The Project Managers is one of the most important assets to a project; however we should highlight the position of the Project Sponsor in terms of successful project management.

5 Tips for improving Project Security

5 Tips for improving Project Security

How does a project manager ensure that project information on a PPM platform is being kept fully secure? Here are 5 Tips for improving Project Security

7 Tips for managing multiple projects simultaneously

7 Tips for managing multiple projects simultaneously

it is becoming increasingly common for project managers to face the task of managing multiple projects simultaneously. Here are 6 tips that may help

6 Tips for successful Project Management Software Implementation

6 Tips for Successful Project Management Software Implementation

75% of transformation projects fail but these tips will help ensure your Project Management Software Implementation is successful