Welsh Water selects Primavera for project, portfolio management

Primavera Systems Inc. announced that Dwr Cymru Welsh Water in the United Kingdom has mandated the use of Primavera for project and portfolio management (PPM) across its operations to help ensure the success of its capital investment programme, set at 915 million pounds for the period 2008-2010. At Welsh Water, virtually all new construction, civil engineering, asset capital maintenance, and IT infrastructure work is outsourced in terms of both development and operation...

• Utility's 915 million Sterling pounds capital expenditure programme to be managed via Primavera software solutions

LONDON, April 29, 2008 -- Primavera Systems Inc. announced that Dwr Cymru Welsh Water in the United Kingdom has mandated the use of Primavera for project and portfolio management (PPM) across its operations to help ensure the success of its capital investment programme, set at 915 million pounds for the period 2008-2010.

At Welsh Water, virtually all new construction, civil engineering, asset capital maintenance, and IT infrastructure work is outsourced in terms of both development and operation. More than 10 primary delivery partners are engaged and a range of PPM solutions were previously in use -- including Primavera, desktop solutions, spreadsheets and custom-built solutions. Welsh Water and its contract partners struggled to gain a full view of each project's schedule, resource requirements and costs in one dedicated system. And it was extremely difficult to assess true progress towards target at the overall programme level. By standardising on Primavera, these issues will be alleviated.

"Recognising that we needed a consistent planning environment to improve programme certainty, we ran a consultative process with the project managers from across all of our outsourcing partners," said Ian Davies, programme manager at Welsh Water. "We selected Primavera for many reasons, but especially for its superior support for managing large numbers of multi-team projects and because it integrates with SAP, our financial and asset management environment."

Primavera will provide a platform for Welsh Water to standardise project processes, procedures and data. This consistent approach will help improve managers' visibility, planning efforts, and informed decision making abilities. As a result, Welsh Water will be able to better manage water quality, leakage reduction, environmental, service and efficiency targets as required by customers, the industry regulator OFWAT¹ and the regional Welsh Assembly government and other bodies.

"Welsh Water is a great example of a company taking steps to ensure common and effective programme management enterprise-wide and across multiple contracting partners," said Dean Forbes, vice president, international business, Primavera. "This investment demonstrates Welsh Water's commitment to excellence, and we are working together to ensure a smooth roll-out, which includes a training programme."

Primavera is a software company that provides business solutions for a project-driven world.

¹The Water Services Regulation Authority (OFWAT) is the economic regulator of the water and sewerage industry in England and Wales.

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