P3O & Project Portfolio Management (PPM)

The Portfolio Management of programs and projects ensures that an organisation can better manage its selection of initiatives to achieve the implementation of strategic objectives.

Portfolio leadership encompasses management across the project pipeline to control resources, change, financials and risk

Whether public or private sector, today’s enterprises can benefit from experienced help to meet the challenges of multiple change initiatives, prioritisation and planning

  • Seasoned, talented PPMs with relevant Sector experience and knowledge
  • Strong communication and stakeholder management capabilities

Safe hands able to steer your transformation & transition objectives through to success

Program Leadership

Organisations are complex beasts and their change initiatives equally, if not more so. The Program Leader is the key function overseer who leads (not manages) the project teams and stakeholders to successful outcomes.

Acert Program Directors bring the critical functional elements and governance to the table, along with the intellectual flexibility  to make it all work in your environment.

Cost-efficient, high-quality program value – day in, day out

  • Capable, flexible and affordable Program leaders, covering a wide scale and scope of projects
  • Interim, full and part-time consulting deployments based on delivering results, not just resources

Multi-project delivery success to meet your transformation goals and value objectives

Project Management

Adherence to PM standards such as Prince2 is crucial to ensure attention to detail like RAID tracking and reporting, as is overall great governance, the ability to manage upwards and to keep a constant focus on communication.

  • Dedicated external expertise – both short and longer-term
  • Actionable knowledge and skills transfer, to embed changes in key business processes, operating models, teams and systems
  • Many years of seasoned experience and successful project delivery

Fresh insight and energy, underpinning successful delivery of your project

What we bring:

Access to specialist skills and experience
An external independent viewpoint
An augmented management team
Backfill for medium/long term absences
The ability to design a bespoke team
People who inspire and build momentum

Change Management

What factors do we believe will lead to optimum success in change programs?

  • Work with networks not hierarchies
  • Establish a sense of shared purpose early
  • Show progress, widely and often
  • Commit to success, top to bottom – there’s no way back…

At Acert we have the capability to drive affordable change programs with the flexible contribution of highly experienced, expert collaborative resources

  • Skilled and talented Change leaders, to translate, communicate and realise the vision with you
  • The options for a Program, Project, long-term Portfolio or Consultancy approach, and modified in-flight as suits you best

Your organisational transformation objectives delivered, with maximum agility and cost-efficiency

Software Asset Management (SAM)

21% of software installed on computers in the UK in 2017 was not properly licensed, according to the 2018 Global Software Survey from BSA | The Software Alliance.

The commercial value of unlicensed software in the UK was 1.4€Bn in 2017. With SAM in place organisations typically see an average of 30% savings on Software License costs in year 1.

Acert can help you build an ROI-based compliance solution, on a significant benefit-fee ratio

  • From initial study & investment proposal, through to definition and delivery of an effective and embedded SAM solution
  • Experienced practitioners, whether for a project, long-term SAM role or high-value specialist input

Software asset management improvement – flexibly, affordably, effectively

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