Hyperion selects Knowledgepool to provide project management training


KnowledgePool, the IT, personal and business skills training company, is rolling out a customised project management training programme in conjunction with Hyperion, global leaders in business analysis application software. The programme, aimed at consultants across the UK and the rest of Europe, is being run through Hyperion University, the company’s strategic umbrella for managing learning and development. Following the rapid expansion of their product portfolio and the increasing complexity of implementing business analysis solutions, Hyperion identified a need to enhance project management skills, in order to continue to offer their clients the best possible service. Consultants from across Europe have attended the initial part of the programme and are expected to have completed their training by 2002. Hyperion chose KnowledgePool because they were able to offer the most tailored training solution. Ivor Herman, UK Practice Manager at Hyperion, said: “We did a lot of searching and chose KnowledgePool because they had the best approach, offering us a flexible customised programme that caters for individuals’ needs.” UK project staff undertake a base level course, followed by two days at a project management assessment and development event held at KnowledgePool’s headquarters near Windsor. Following this event, the KnowledgePool trainers are able to identify each consultant’s needs and devise a personal training plan. Training plan modules range from project risk management to advanced interpersonal skills and are offered on a regular basis as part of Hyperion University’s training offerings. The programme has obvious benefits for Hyperion project staff, enhancing their existing skills in a very competitive industry. Ivor Herman remarked: “The feedback from those participating in the programme has been very positive, and all have said that they appreciate the quality of KnowledgePool’s training. Many individuals have also commented on the benefits seen in their day-to-day activities.” Paul Butler, CEO of KnowledgePool, added: “KnowledgePool is extremely pleased with the success of the Hyperion training programme thus far. The approach taken to deliver this customised training solution has enabled us to identify each employee’s specific needs and train them accordingly. Due to a surge in the market, project management is a growth area for us, and this further demonstrates our capabilities.”

Hyperion (Nasdaq: HYSL) is a global leader in business analysis application software. Hyperion helps business leaders plan, manage and execute on strategies by analysing information on e-business initiatives, supply chain execution, customers, operations and finance. The company’s market-leading Hyperion Essbase technology, packaged business analysis applications and tools are used by over 6,000 organisations world-wide, including more than 60 of the Fortune 100 and more than 40 of the Financial Times European Top 100. 8 out of 10 winners in CFO Magazine’s CFO of the Year 2000 awards were from companies that use Hyperion application systems. In addition, 400 Hyperion alliance partners deliver technology, applications and services to increase the flexibility and choice for customers. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, the company has offices in 26 countries. More information is available at http://www.hyperion.com, info@hyperion.com, or 1-800-286-8000.

Hyperion, Essbase and Hyperion Enterprise are registered trademarks of Hyperion Solutions Corporation.

A project is a collection of tasks, with distinct start and finish points. Throughout any project there are discrete objectives in terms of time, cost and performance. A successful project is one that is delivered on time and to the agreed specifications, within budget and with a satisfied client.

Project management is a collection of techniques used to manage projects and includes the process of planning, organising, and managing tasks and resources to accomplish the defined objectives. A project plan can be simple, for example, a list of tasks and their start and finish dates written on a notepad. Or it can be complex, for example, thousands of tasks and resources and a project budget of millions of dollars.

Although every project is unique, most projects share common activities, including breaking the project into easily manageable tasks, scheduling the tasks, communicating with the team, and tracking the tasks as work progresses. All projects consist of three major phases:

  • Build the plan
  • Track and manage the project
  • Close the project