Interactions with Corporate Information Officer CIO Office

The Office of the CIO has, among others, the following responsibilities:

1. Identify information needs of the entire enterprise

2. Focus these needs at the project level

3. Build or acquire the systems in order to satisfy these needs

4. Operate these systems in order to provide support to the various projects

5. Reengineer the systems as the needs change

As suggested earlier in the interactions with Accounting/Finance, there is a critical need for the PM, CSE, and PC to be able to track cost, schedule, and technical performance of the project. The cost information typically comes from accounting/finance, but may have to be converted into a project management format by the CIO office. A well-run organization understands that this highly critical interface issue needs to be worked and resolved successfully. This means that the reports sent to the project team must be timely and accurate. Certain special needs may have to be satisfied, such as cost at the task and subtask levels, and being able to establish ''crosswalks'' to the project work breakdown structure (WBS), as an example. Schedule information may be captured in a Project Management Software package (such as Microsoft Project). In such a case, project cost information may have to be transferred into such a package in order to analyze and display cost and schedule status charts. In all cases, project people need to provide timely inputs, such as monthly cost to complete and time to complete estimates, usually at the task and activity level.

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