Friday 15 November 2019

Project managers slow at tech adoption


Feilim Harvey, partner at PwC
Feilim Harvey, partner at PwC
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Project managers are slow to adopt digital tools such as artificial intelligence and robotics, according to research from consulting group PwC.

The benefits of using more advanced technology include less time being spent on repetitive tasks.

While there is a good uptake in traditional technology such as software for producing plans, video conferencing, and Skype, the majority of respondents admitted that tools such as data analytics, visualisation, cloud storage, and cybersecurity are not regularly used.

Even if firms have an interest in using more sophisticated technology, nearly half of the 126 project managers surveyed said they do not believe their organisation's workforce has the necessary skills to exploit opportunities arising from software advances.

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"Digital tools have a positive impact on project delivery but much more needs to be done to take advantage of emerging technologies and developing the necessary skills required to exploit these tools," said Feilim Harvey, partner at PwC.

"Project managers now need to think beyond the traditional applications of project management software and fully embrace digital tools to make their projects more effective and efficient."

Elsewhere, despite environmental concerns becoming increasingly topical, 85pc of managers said this was not influencing the prioritisation of project selection in their firms. More than half (53pc) of managers said that they rarely or never consider the environmental affects of projects prior to implementation.

Nonetheless, 55pc said they would refuse to work on a project that adversely affects the environment.

Irish Independent

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