The company, a major financial institution in the Spanish market, with a presence in nine countries, will benefit from the possibilities offered by Microsoft Project Online.
Abanca is reinforcing its commitment to Microsoft and continues the transformation of the business model within its commercial network.
Abanca has chosen Microsoft Project Online, the PPM (Project Portfolio Management) of Office 365 for managing their portfolio of projects, with the aim of providing a centralized management of its corporate portfolio. The financial institution, present in eight other countries (France, Mexico, Panama, Portugal, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Venezuela and Germany), has a strong commitment to a service model that reconciles the best of traditional banking with the attributes of a bench edge.
The ultimate goal of Abanca is to offer a unique service to its customers and therefore needed to strengthen the alignment of its portfolio with strategic objectives, improve visibility of the execution of portfolio for informed decision-making at the right time, increase the productivity of project teams and rationalize the use of resources.
With that premise, Abanca, which already manages its project portfolio through Microsoft Project Server on-premises, decided to take advantage of the management capabilities provided by the latest version of Project Online. This has allowed Abanca to improve management of its portfolio of services and operational. Abanca opted for this solution as a logical step in its growth that also meets the objective of facilitating the integration of the service with other bank systems.
During the second half of 2015, supported by Aula Informatica Complutense, a Microsoft Partner, it began the implementation of Microsoft Project Online in Abanca. The project was carried out in phases during which users were adapting to the different capabilities of the solution gradually. All this thanks to the creation of two associated sub-implementations: one for parameterization and configuration of the tool; and another to update the interfaces with other systems in the bank. This has allowed no breaks in the daily operations of the organization during transition.
Abanca also expressed their willingness to continue working on this tool in order to reach a comprehensive solution for managing the corporate portfolio, from which an initiative is born until it closes, certifying the return on investment.
“A great advantage of Project Online is that senior management can have an updated each project report, obtaining a global view.” said Juan Manuel Sánchez-Quinzá, director of the Project Office. “Before we invested considerable time and resources in creating these reports. Now the address information is quick and agile without forgetting safety for us is key.” he stressed.
Microsoft Project Online: flexibility, immediacy and safety
Microsoft Project Online is a flexible, cloud solution for managing project portfolios . Project Online, available through Office 365, enables organizations to get going, plan their activities, prioritize investment project portfolios and deliver the expected business value from virtually anywhere and on almost any device. All this with the benefits of not having to undertake an investment in infrastructure.
In addition, Project Online offers a level of security and privacy to respond to organizations of any size, with support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and compliance with a growing list of certification standards such as FISMA, ISO 27001 and HIPAA.