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What’s the Difference Between Project Controls and Project Management?

What’s the Difference Between Project Controls and Project Management?

What’s the difference between project controls and project management, and how do project controls prevent cost overruns?

Using Working Capital to Maximize Margins

Using Working Capital to Maximize Margins

Working capital determines how healthy an enterprise organization is, funding its current and future projects. This is how you make it work.

How Strategic Workforce Planning Boosts Revenue

How Strategic Workforce Planning Boosts Revenue

Strategic workforce planning means your talent pool and resource capacity are aligned with your organizational objectives from the very beginning, and on a continuous basis.

What are the key elements to Strategic Planning for Enterprise Organizations?

What are the key elements to Strategic Planning for Enterprise Organizations?

Strategic planning for enterprise organizations allows them to plan according to their capacity, improving how they manage their resources.

Will Digital Transformation of Freight-forwarding Fix Supply Chain Woes?

Will Digital Transformation of Freight-forwarding Fix Supply Chain Woes?

The freight-forwarding industry is finally going through its own digital transformation process. Could this help solve our supply chain woes?

Global supply chain going through profound change

Global supply chain going through profound change

Security is now as important as costs and speed for the global supply chain, so manufacturers are changing the way they do business.

Facility Management in project management

Facility management in project management

John McGrath outlines the importance of factoring Facility Management in Project Management plans.

Crisis Management in project management

Crisis management in project management

Project Management advisor and lecturer, John McGrath outlines the importance of working capital and the impact that it can have on an organization.

Understanding Revenue Recognition

Understanding Revenue Recognition

In this blog, we explain what revenue recognition is and outline how you can make it work for your bottom line.

Stemming the ‘Great Resignation’: Capacity Planning and Resource Management

Stemming the ‘Great Resignation’: Capacity Planning and Resource Management

The best way to stem the ‘great resignation’ is with a laser-focused capacity planning and resource management.

What Is the DCAA and How Does it Work?

What Is the DCAA and How Does it Work?

What exactly is the DCAA, and how do you become DCAA compliant? Get that right and you could see some of that $800 bn.

What is working capital in project management?

What is working capital in project management?

Project Management advisor and lecturer, John McGrath outlines the importance of working capital and the impact that it can have on an organization.

How Green Hydrogen is Making Manufacturing More Sustainable

How Green Hydrogen is Making Manufacturing More Sustainable

Green hydrogen is set to transform manufacturing, transport, and industry. Here’s how.

What is ERP software and how does it compare to PPM software?

What is ERP software and how does it compare to PPM software?

The best way to understand the difference between ERP and PPM software is to think of the latter as a later development of the former.

What is sustainability in project management?

What is sustainability in project management?

Project Management advisor and lecturer, John McGrath shares four key considerations when it comes to achieving sustainability when managing projects.

The Future for Aerospace and Defense: The Digital Thread and Smart Factories

The Future for Aerospace and Defense: The Digital Thread and Smart Factories

In this blog, we explain the digital thread and smart factories and the part they’ll play in the future of the Aerospace and Defense industry.

Connecting patients to care: Building public health infrastructure

Healthcare A-Z: #3 Connecting patients to care: Building public health infrastructure

Technology is helping public health bodies provide the infrastructure needed to connect patients to care. Here’s how.

From Lab to Patient:  A New Pharma Drug’s Journey

Healthcare A-Z: #2 "From Lab to Patient: A New Pharma Drug’s Journey"

New pharma drugs used to need more than 10 years and over $1bn to get from lab to patient. Not anymore.

Preventing Deviation in Engineer to Order (ETO) Manufacturing

Preventing Deviation in Engineer-to-Order (ETO) Manufacturing: the 3 Pillars

The biggest problem for engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing is deviation between price and cost. Here’s how you eliminate that.

The Patient’s Hospital Journey: Lessons for Healthcare Providers

Healthcare A-Z: #1 The Patient’s Hospital Journey: Lessons for Healthcare Providers

There’s more to hospitals than just getting your patient through their procedure. Here’s how technology helps the business of healthcare.

What is the Future of Supply Chain Planning?

What is the Future of Supply Chain Planning?

Recent global events have shown that effective supply chain planning has never been more important or more needed. What will that look like?

What is Earned Value Management in Construction and Engineering?

What is Earned Value Management in Construction and Engineering?

We examine the industry specifics of Earned Value Management in Construction and Engineering and outline benefits

What are the keys to efficient forecasting in project management?

What are the keys to efficient forecasting in project management?

Project Management advisor and lecturer, John McGrath sets our four questions to ask yourself when forecasting in project management

Viapath selects Cora platform for project portfolio management

Media Release: Viapath selects Cora platform for project portfolio management

Cora Systems are delighted to announce that Viapath will use our platform as its project portfolio management solution.

What is Supply Chain Synchronization? The 3 Ps

What is Supply Chain Synchronization?

What is supply chain synchronization, and what do you need to focus on to make it happen? Introducing the 3 Ps.

The Benefits of Project Management Software for Engineering and Construction

The Benefits of Project Management Software for Engineering and Construction

We examine the many benefits of Project Management Software for Engineering and Construction and explore four in detail

What is the secret to successfully managing commercial engineering projects?

What is the secret to successfully managing commercial engineering projects?

Project Management advisor and lecturer, John McGrath looks at the secret to successfully managing commercial engineering projects.

How do you know when your PMO is mature enough?

How do you know when your PMO is mature enough?

What is PMO maturity and how do you know when your PMO is mature enough? And what can you do to help speed that process up?

Culture Is Key to Public Sector Transformation: 5 Actions to Help Change it

Culture Is Key to Public Sector Transformation: 5 Actions to Help Change it

Culture is key to transforming the public sector, and these 5 actions will help you make that happen.

Covid Absenteeism Is Speeding Up NHS Reforms

Covid Absenteeism Is Speeding Up NHS Reforms

Covid absenteeism is forcing each of the organizations within the NHS to look at structural reforms.

Not Where You’d Expect Digital to Help Construction – But it Does

Why Digital is so slow in Engineering and Construction

Why is digital happening so slowly in engineering and construction, and how do you speed all that up?

Transformation in the Public Sector: 3 Steps for Sustained Success

Transformation in the Public Sector: 3 Steps for Sustained Success

The 3 steps for long-term transformation in the public sector – but first, you need to begin by taking stock.

Why Digital Is So Slow in Engineering and Construction

Why Digital is so slow in Engineering and Construction

Why is digital happening so slowly in engineering and construction, and how do you speed all that up?

How to Leverage PPM Software in the Healthcare Industry

How to Leverage PPM Software in the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare organizations often encounter serious challenges when managing projects. PPM software gives you the tools for repeatable success.

9 Enterprise PMO Best Practices & Tips

9 Enterprise PMO Best Practices & Tips

The right enterprise PMO software solves problems before they occur. Explore the benefits of enterprise project management software here.

Why do so many Construction projects go wildly over budget?

Why do so many Construction projects go wildly over budget?

Why do so many construction projects go over budget? Here are three cautionary tales, two key reasons, and a solution.

8 Benefits of Enterprise PMO Software 

8 Benefits of Enterprise PMO Software

The right enterprise PMO software solves problems before they occur. Explore the benefits of enterprise project management software here.

Seasons Greetings from the Cora Team

Seasons Greetings from the Cora Team

We would like to wish our clients, partners, suppliers, and friends a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year! In lieu of Christmas Cards, we’ve made a donation to Cancer Care West to support their mission to provide professional support services to cancer patients and their families

9 Benefits of Project Resource Management Software

9 Benefits of Project Resource Management Software

Project resource management software has a variety of features to make project planning & tracking easy. Learn about the top-9 benefits here.

12 Reasons to Implement Resource Management Software

12 Reasons to Implement Resource Management Software

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

The Biggest Problem Managing Healthcare Projects? You (plural)

The Biggest Problem Managing Healthcare Projects? You (plural)

In this blog, we examine the importance of organizational culture when it comes to successfully managing Healthcare Projects

Cora Focus: Managed Services To Fully Unlock Your Platform Investment

Introducing Cora Focus

Cora Focus offers a suite of managed services to fully unlock your platform investment and boost employee productivity

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 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.

How to Gain PMO Acceptance

Blog:
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

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

Paul Rees, Cora Systems' Head of Client Delivery, offers five key reasons why you may need Project Management software and the benefits that it can bring.

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

Blog:
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

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

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

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

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

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

5 Tips for Effective Project Risk Management

The Cora Platform allows organizations gain better control and insight over the Project Risk Management process. Here are our top five tips.

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