Earned Value Management for Dummies

Earned value management (EVM) is not just for corporations and government contractors. It is for all kinds of organizations that have projects to plan and need to deliver those projects on time and on budget.

Deltek’s special edition EVM for Dummies is an excellent first step for any project professional considering the implementation of EVM for the first time. Whether you are a seasoned project manager, a project controls professional or an executive, this eBook will give you practical advice on achieving more from projects and making your EVM journey successful.

  • EVM is a project management methodology, not an additional set of tasks
  • Better measure project status, analyze variances and avoid surprises
  • Take a look at a simple project through the eyes of EVM
  • EVM vs. EVMS – Key differences and how they are related
  • EVM and Technology – Types of technology to manage projects more effectively
  • Objective measurement of project scope, schedule and cost
  • Recognizing early warning signals about potential delays and overruns.

Integrated Program Management for Dummies

Learn how to use integrated program management (IPM) to plan and run your projects and programs more effectively and profitably!

IPM is an excellent approach for just about any organization whose existence revolves around landing and completing projects. IPM exists to plan, analyze and monitor projects or programs through an integrated system, rather than some haphazard, seat-of-the-pants approach.

Download the free Integrated Program Management for Dummies eBook now and see how you can take program management to the next level by providing structure and a common language for the entire team!

Planning a Great Project for Dummies

You’ve got the most powerful, up-to-date project planning and management tools. So why are projects continually behind schedule and over budget?

The solution is in your hands! This helpful book spells out a five-part process for creating schedules that are well-formed, risk-adjusted, and optimized, leading to more realistic and achievable project plans.

  • Build a sound basis of forecast for your project: pick the right building blocks when building a project schedule
  • Look for hotspots and identify risks: figure out what roadblocks could derail your project, then adjust accordingly
  • Optimize your plan: adjust your risk-adjusted schedule so your project can realistically meet stakeholder objectives
  • Bring the team on board: win the buy-in your project needs from the people who will make it succeed

Download it now and see how you can optimize the project planning process!

Organizational Change Management for Dummies

Your guide to ensuring a project’s success by managing change

Change happens, and these days it seems to happen more frequency and dramatically than ever. Organizations successfully change by integrating people, processes and technology seamlessly. This book offers helpful steps for ensuring that your people embrace change not because they have to, but because they want to.

    • Ensure that everyone shares the same vision – align your strategy, determine the future state, and get the organization ready
    • Link change management with implementation – collaborate and integrate, because competing doesn’t get the job done
    • Keep the focus on the end result – remind all parties of the overarching reasons for change

Project Manufacturing for Dummies

If you’re in the manufacturing business and your work is driven by project requirements, you can’t miss this book. Cover project manufacturing basics, understand the value of going paperless, and discover how a total manufacturing system will help your overall business.

Highlights include:

  • Communicate more effectively. Integrate your project-based ERP, project management, and manufacturing systems
  • Learn from the past. Track details that will help you win new projects
  • Achieve higher quality. Find, resolve, and eventually prevent problems on the factory floor
  • Build new efficiencies. Document and shrink costs while eliminating waste
  • Match supply and demand. Ensure that you have the materials you need, when and where you need them.

Best Practices for a Successful Talent Management implementation

Adoption of technology solutions to streamline succession planning and performance management by companies is on the rise as CEO’s continue to recognize the value of having such systems in place. If you have been the one tasked with selecting the vendor and managing the process, there are a few things you should consider before embarking on your journey into the technology implementation.

Opting to automate your processes is taking a huge step in moving toward best practices in talent management—one that may reap great results over the course of time. While selecting the right vendor for your company is crucial because of the large capital outlay and time involved, your focus should be on
the implementation and change management processes involved after the contract is signed, so you’ll want to consider your organizational readiness.

You may also want to consider hiring a consultant to guide you through the process if most of what you are reading here is new to your organization.

Download the Whitepaper below to read more.


Leveraging Technology for a Next Level Talent Management Strategy

In the ongoing war for talent, companies are struggling to find and retain quality employees, making the need for a competitive talent management strategy all the more crucial. Baby boomers are retiring at an increasingly fast pace, while a whole new generation of workers, the millennials, enters the workforce with an entirely new set of demands for their career choices.

Traditional recruiting methods are falling short in a world where top companies have the data to make them unstoppable. Lean recruiting departments have led to a slow hiring process, often resulting in unqualified or underqualified candidates. However, when they do find the right candidates, what are they doing to keep them?

On this Webinar you will learn:

  • The right technology to arm your organization to win talent without fighting the war.
  • The solution to this current Talent Crisis
  • How to recruit top talent and retain them
  • Make smarter and more informed decisions
  • Find the most qualified candidates faster than competitors
  • Develop your talent into future leaders of your organization

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Deltek and Silversoft expand partnership to include new talent management solution

Silversoft now primary reseller and Tier 1 support provider of Deltek’s Talent Management suite in South Africa.

Deltek, the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses, recently announced a new talent management partnership with Silversoft – a trusted Deltek ERP partner for 10 years and Premier Partner in 2013 and 2014. Through the expanded partnership, Silversoft will now be the primary reseller of Deltek’s Talent Management suite in South Africa. Deltek’s Talent Management suite is powered by HRsmart, a unified SaaS solution Deltek acquired in February of 2015. In addition to reselling the solution, Silversoft will also become the Tier 1 support provider for South African Talent Management clients.

With Deltek Talent Management, Silversoft broadens its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions offering and is now a significant player in the Talent Management market in South Africa, delivering a cloud-based, unified talent management platform for recruiting, onboarding, training, compensating and developing employees – key processes that are critical to the success of all project and people-driven organisations.

“The Deltek Talent Management offering is the ideal complement to our portfolio of products, offering our clients a platform to manage their most important resources, their people. We are looking forward to leveraging our partnership with Deltek to provide this innovative solution to the South African market and continue to work with existing HRsmart clients to help their business reach their potential,” said Jacques du Buisson, Silversoft Managing Director.

“Silversoft has a long track record of successfully delivering enterprise software solutions for people and project-centric firms and has deep knowledge of Deltek products. As a result, we know we have a trusted partner in Silversoft to take the lead on our Talent Management focus in South Africa,” said Claus Thorsgaard, EVP and General Managers of Enterprise, International and Channel Partner Sales at Deltek.


Silversoft, headquartered in Johannesburg South Africa, is a multinational enterprise software provider focused on delivering solutions to people and project-centric firms. It has partnered with Deltek for more than ten years in offering best-in-class enterprise software tailored for professional services firms in African and surrounds. Its cloud, on premises and mobile solutions deliver real-time information that helps its clients optimise their resources, manage costs and drive profitability behaviour. Silversoft’s Deltek ERP solutions provide a fully integrated set of financial ledgers, people, project and client management functionality – which supports the entire service delivery life cycle from client acquisition to visualising key performance indicators. Silversoft’s highly skilled consultants and tailored offering have seen some of the largest professional services firms in the world invest in its solutions. It is also a proud Level 1 BBBEE Contributor. www.silversoft.co.za


Deltek is the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for government contractors, professional services firms and other project- and people-based businesses. For decades, it has delivered actionable insight that empowers its customers to unlock their business potential. Twenty thousand organisations and millions of users in over 80 countries around the world rely on Deltek to research and identify opportunities, win new business, recruit and develop talent, optimise resources, streamline operations and deliver more profitable projects. Deltek – Know more. Do more. www.deltek.com

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Can Technology Help the Changing Marketing and Communications Industry?

‘A poor workman always blames his tools’ is a well-known quip but I would challenge that, actually, having the right tools at your disposal is a critical part of completing any project successfully.

Prepare your Agency in a changing industry

The new world of digital consumption is booming and this is particularly palpable in the fast paced world of Marketing and Communications, where creativity is key. In order to continue to be successful, Marketing Agencies must stay ahead of the trends and enable their greatest assets; their people , to be free to think creatively and not be stifled by outdated technology, wasting precious time and energy.

To continue to stay relevant and win new business, you have to portray to your clients that you are the most innovative, forward-thinking agency in your field of expertise, and that you are capable of capitalising on all the changes and advances within the industry in in order to help them to continue to reach their audience.

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