the enterprise. What is the data
telling us? How do various inputs
inter-relate? Are visualizations easily digestible and usable by team
So I’m happy to say that the new
generation of EPC has overcome
those hurdles. The whole team
now has a comprehensive picture
of what’s happening. We can clone
a project and put together different
scenarios—in minutes, not days.
Outputs are quickly available for
executive level conversations—
they don’t have to be translated to
be digested and understood.
Since this new version is an
industry-specific cloud platform,
we wouldn’t have to invest in any
physical infrastructure or pay for
ongoing maintenance or upgrades. And, with built-in features
designed to suit our industry’s
complex operating environment,
we didn’t need to build or integrate
a lot of additional applications yet
could easily custom-configure it
to meet our needs. The product’s
flexibility, cost-efficiency, and scal-ability to grow with our organization organically (at our pace, and
in sync with our changing needs)
were other aspects that attracted
us to it.
At Edge, the single most important
benefit we searched for in a work
management solution was the
ability, through visualization of the
work, to make better day-to-day
prioritization decisions that ev-
eryone could see and understand
to meet our corporate objectives.
We wanted alignment, teamwork,
and improved decision-making.
The new EPC generation provided
a single collaborative work environment that allows every team
member to clearly see how their
work impacts each other. It allows
everyone to collaborate together
to accomplish a single mission
and execute confidently. It makes
the organization more effective at
executing the corporate strategy.
It’s simple and intuitive, which
means the entire organization
uses the system. It reduces administrative effort and helps us stay
in alignment. It includes all the
training and implementation support we needed so that we were up
and running in just one week. Any
questions or requests are handled
Since we also deal with a lot of
they need to get into the system
and integrate their content with
ours. This avoids us having to
double-track activities, keep stand-
alone spreadsheets, and one-off
plans that go out of date. From an
IT security standpoint, they don’t
have to be on our email system to
offer detailed and sophisticated
timelines or use the system. The IT
structure provides its own indi-
vidual based security.
There also doesn’t have to be duplication of information. We don’t
have to re-do data entry, vendor
info, visualization. We can seamlessly export info into slides.
Most important, this works with
a multi-generational workforce:
from senior executives still getting
used to current digital platforms to
Gen-X and Millennials. Information can be printed, downloaded
to slides or viewed on the web or
For the first time at Edge, we
can each see the consequences
of our decisions right away. We
understand the interdependencies between functional teams and
individuals, how the work flows,
and who is doing what, and when.
We know the implications of decisions right away that eliminates all
the back-and-forth conversation
between teams—it’s efficient decision-making. This also removes
ambiguity. The less ambiguity, the
better, as it prompts faster, smarter
decisions that avoid repeat work.
For example, we used to spend a
considerable amount of time to
pull together the stages and steps
needed to develop different compounds and build individual plans.
Now we use one plan and then
clone it for six products, customize
it and see if the plans were optimal
from an operations standpoint.
Just this capability has saved us
weeks’ worth of time and effort.