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Program Framework & Consortium: a team of individual experts

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What makes a great team? Often when we talk about successful teams we single out a number of individuals with special talent that give their team the edge over the competition. But it’s not always the case that the team with the best players prevail – just look at the recent European Championships match between England and Iceland. And this is not limited to sport teams—why do movies with a cast of stars and an acclaimed director sometimes flop? Or how could a company employing vastly experienced business people and top graduates from the most elite business schools in the US fail so spectacularly?


The question of why theoretically great teams sometimes fail is a difficult one to answer—there are many reasons and influences why a team might succeed or not. The important take away is that success is never guaranteed. In reality, for a team to be truly successful there has to be more than just an abundance of talent; each ‘player’ must know their role and play their part. An impressive skill set is of course favoured, but just as important is the ability to work well within a team. As well as that, each member should be able to feed off other members’ abilities, thus bringing the capability of the collective to its highest level.

Equal parts of the puzzle

At Program Framework – along with all of our Consortium team mates – we know exactly what is expected of us and what we bring to the table. We are one strand of a powerful partnership of award-winning Microsoft Partners, working in our specialist fields for hundreds of clients across the public, private and third sectors.

What we bring to the party

At Program Framework, we provide Microsoft enterprise solutions and expert project management consultancy and now we’re bringing that expertise to Consortium. Like other members of the Consortium team, we ultimately help our clients to implement their strategies and reach their various goals. We are the Project Portfolio Management (PPM) experts, and our experience with a host of clients across different sectors puts us in the perfect position to ensure our Consortium clients get the very most out of their PPM solution.

Current happenings

Partner-led trial

If you’re reading this blog you’re likely well aware of PPM and its evolution over the last decade. Major changes and improvements have meant that you can avail of all the capabilities of Project Server available as Project Online in the cloud, enabling your business increased flexibility with lighter IT overheads. What you may not know is that Program Framework are offering you a free trial of Project Online, so get in contact now!

Case study: Arup

Arup – a global design and engineering firm – is no stranger to cutting edge technology for producing various aspects of their work. One of its main tools for IT projects is Microsoft Project Online. Arup’s executives, project managers and their PMO collect great ideas, launch campaigns and gain instant visibility into the health of their projects. With a cloud-based solution, employees have the ability to access their content and data anywhere, on any device so that they can get a greater number of projects completed. You can read the full case study here.

Project Online QuickStart

Do you need a solution immediately for a time sensitive campaign? In order to get to started within a very short space of time, our unique Project Online QuickStart Service is designed to get you up and running with a functional prototype offering custom configuration specifically made for your way of working. The prototype will enable your team to gain an understanding of how Project Online can drive successful completion of your specific objectives and goals. To find out more, visit our QuickStart page.

Project webinars

Come September, Program Framework is putting together specialist webinars on Project Online best practice. The 45-minute webinar will provide your company and team with an expert overview on Project Online and its power when it comes to delivering your projects through the cloud. We will be covering the most relevant topics to give you a firm insight into why we love this project management tool so much:

  • Pay-per-user plans that come with no infrastructure costs.
  • The benefits of schedule management.
  • Resource management.
  • Risks and issues.
  • Reporting and insight capabilities.
  • Powerful project collaboration.

We are currently taking bookings; places are limited and filling fast, so register today to secure your time slot!

Save the date

Fire up your calendar apps and don’t forget to add a ‘Save the Date’ for:

  • Consortium Cloud Event Day—Making digital transformation real with Microsoft technologies.
  • When: Tuesday 13th September, 2016
  • Where: 130 Fenchurch Street, Content and Code offices
  • What: Join us as each Consortium member will deliver multiple sessions on their specialisms. For your company’s tech decision makers—CIO/IT Director/IT Leaders—choose from multiple sessions over the entire day. And don’t forget to join us for lunch and networking drinks. 

More details to follow, so remember to keep up with our blog for updates!