Office 365 Success: ‘No Wrong Door’ in King County

Find out how employees of Washington’s largest county use Microsoft OneDrive for Business and Microsoft SharePoint Online to ensure that every citizen gets answers–quickly and easily.

“We have 14,000 employees working in more than 250 offices, which is a lot of people in a lot of places to connect at a moment’s notice. Increasingly, employees are using OneDrive for Business to store project plans, schedules, videos, and any other kind of file. This helps them collaborate across departments and devices to find what they need to respond to citizens and colleagues. Information is not buried on employee’s computers; it’s in the cloud—well organized and available securely, to everyone who needs it.”

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Walsh Construction Manages 606 Project for City of Chicago, Using Office 365 (Similar to VPO)

We’re so excited to share this exclusive customer success video series from Microsoft, on how Walsh Construction uses Office 365 to coordinate key construction documents between Engineers, Project Managers, and Construction Workers on the 606 project. Our VPO solution, being built on Microsoft’s Office 365 platform and combining with Simplex’s experience in project management, offers this same functionality. (more…)

Using Timesheets for Better Estimating

What’s the value in using Timesheets? Contributor Laura Nee, Simplex President/CEO shares her insight.

One of the biggest challenges on a project is accurately planning the amount of time it’s going to take for someone to complete a task. By nature, people tend to think, optimistically, that they can get a task done sooner than is really possible. When building an estimate myself, I’ll ask my team how long it will take to complete a task, and then double it!  Estimating is difficult. What can help is using a project management system the way it’s designed–for tracking how long it actually takes someone to complete a task, comparing it to what was planned, and then revising your template so that the next time you plan a similar task, you are using a helpful estimate. (more…)

Using Virtual Project Office (VPO) on a Public Infrastructure Project

Contributor Laura Nee, Simplex President/CEO, shares some exciting news.

This week we’re rolling out VPO on a project located in Nassau, Bahamas. This is when we wish we did have to go on site to implement VPO! It’s a design/build project, and our client will be using VPO as an online project management system, for controlling the project documentation centrally, and allowing all team members to access information securely–like the contract documents, design drawings and specifications, etc. This is particularly important because the team members are geographically dispersed across the States and the Bahamas. (more…)