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ProModel Hosts Optimized Strategic Resource and Portfolio Forecasting Executive Briefing at the Microsoft Technology Center in Malvern PA featuring a presentation by Chris Beck, VP, Program Resources and Decision Support of Shire Pharmaceuticals

It was a great turnout for the Optimized Strategic Resource and Portfolio Forecasting Executing Briefing on March 29, 2011 at the Microsoft Mid-Atlantic office in Malvern, PA.  The ProModel hosted event included a luncheon and presentations geared to help attendees learn how to visualize and optimize their portfolio of projects to more efficiently and effectively forecast and achieve their financial, resource, and project performance objectives. Representatives from several pharmaceutical companies, and other industries and consultancies were in attendance.

David Higgins, VP of Channel Operations at ProModel, explained how various industries can use the unique ProModel strategic forecasting tool for resource analysis, portfolio optimization, and what-if scenario analysis.  He explained several different approaches to using the Enterprise Portfolio Simulator tool and the benefits it can provide.

The Shire case study was presented by Chris Beck, VP, Program Resources and Decision Support, and Maureen Martini, Sr. Mgr. Program Resources and Decision Support, both from Shire. The presentation “Using MS Project 2007 and Portfolio Simulator for Enhanced Enterprise-Wide Capacity Planning” was a great example of exactly how ProModel EPS technology can help large organizations make better decisions. The detailed case study explained how Shire Program Resources and Decision Support used MS Project 2007 and ProModel Enterprise Portfolio Simulator to create resource analytics to support the growing Shire portfolio.  The total number of resource assessments needed for the Shire Portfolio had increased by 75% between 2009 and 2010. The existing Program Resources and Decision Support group was expected to handle this increased workload with accuracy and fast turn-around.  By pulling resource data from MS Project into the ProModel EPS tool, building the various scenarios that were possible and analyzing the data with EPS canned and customized reporting, they were able to accomplish this goal.

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Building a Modeling Culture in Manufacturing at Pfizer

At Pfizer, the value of models is not in mimicking reality, but in illustrating the interactions between people, equipment, materials, and time.

Joe Cancelarich,  Pfizer Director of Global Engineering, recently published two articles for Putman Publishing periodicals Pharma Manufacturing and Pharma Quality by Design.  “Building a Modeling Culture in Manufacturing at Pfizer” discusses some of his real world experiences in attempting to get modeling as a decision support solution engrained into their culture.  Click here to read this article.

Joe’s second article titled “Modelers Gone Wild” can be read at this link.  It describes the top 6 practices to prevent so that simulation modeling projects stay on track.


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