We'll say it till our keys are worn out: Environmental project management is changing. A new wave of technology is colliding with a traditionally tech-laggard field. The result? A supremely data-centered paradigm that is allowing us to re-evaluate how we learn, plan and execute our complex project management.
We've all heard the old adage of "Don't work harder - work smarter". Well, what if that's just step 1?
In an excellent article put out by Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation titled "Digital Reinvention in the Remediation Industry", the authors highlight three ways that remediation professionals can succeed with the advent of digital technologies in the environmental liability management space.
Method 1: Doing things smarter.
When it comes to trimming off bloated, unnecessary aspects of your process set, tools matter - not only individual applications or software solutions, but the technological bedrock on which they operate.
Computing power as a whole has come a long, long way from the days where spreadsheets were the premier option for complex project management. Is your company taking advantage of that computing power? If you're looking for ways to improve portfolio performance - start with the cloud. The process optimization and streamlining power of specialized cloud software provide an opportunity to execute your team's work more efficiently, more timely, and ultimately more error-free.
Equipping your team with shared, real-time access to your data via intuitive, accessible user interfaces can unlock some serious potential. The "same old" reports can evolve into something new, allowing you to ask better questions and easily find out what insights your data is hiding. The better the lens, the more you can see - even if it's the same landscape.
Method 3: Trying things that are entirely new.
More than just improving on existing processes, the digital world can offer up entirely new business models. Whereas before, remediation teams would have no choice but to adopt enterprise systems despite their highly-specific needs, today's array of software solutions (such as ENFOS) can allow for frameworks that target the exact needs of the remediation professional. Check out our latest webinar on Project-Management-Enhanced P2P for an illustration of the difference a domain-specific tailored business model can offer.
All in all, if you want to supercharge your environmental liability management, it's a good time. The new tech wave is here, and the remediation industry is (finally) shedding its reputation as a slow-adopter.