Enterprise Project Management (EPM) support and services specialist Fulcrum IT has provided its expertise and knowledge of this environment to Tasima, an arivia.kom-led consortium, to support the development and implementation of a new integrated National Traffic Information System (eNaTIS) in South Africa.

Tasima incorporates black economic empowerment companies Thuthukani Information Technical Services and Webcom. The consortium recruited the services of Fulcrum IT to provide and implement a project management solution that would help track all the major deliverables and milestones around the development and implementation of the eNaTIS system which will completely replace the older NaTIS.

The existing distributed architecture makes it difficult and expensive to develop and maintain. The new system is expected to provide the National Department of Transport with a host of other benefits including the fact that data updates will be available to all users across the estimated 700 sites simultaneously and in real time. The new system is expected to help the department stamp out corruption by allowing it to keep a more detailed database of vehicles in the country and their owners.

Fulcrum IT was brought in to partner with Tasima in the development of a full project office environment through the provision of a Microsoft Project™ EPM solution including timesheets, scheduling and supporting documentation.

"Fulcrum IT has provided us with the means to administer the toolset, control and centrally manage this project. We rely on timely delivery and scheduling is obviously a big part of this. We also require a complete collaborative environment, and the solution, training and excellent user documentation that Fulcrum has provided has definitely made a difference thus far. The documentation was exceptional in that it allowed the project office staff to apply the knowledge they gained with minimal assistance required from Fulcrum staff," says Nico Jobse, Project Office Manager at Tasima.

"We have been busy with a full migration plan for eNaTIS that, with time, will be implemented at various sites throughout the country. The new system will not actually incorporate a great deal of change in terms of functionality – but there will be a definite change in the look and feel. Centralised data is a major aspect of the project and we are currently in the process of integration testing at our data centre as well as our disaster recovery site in Pretoria," he continues.

Andre Wolmarans, MD of Fulcrum IT says the deployment of the Microsoft Project EPM solution is complete and Tasima is now steering its own course in terms of its project office operation.

"Our approach is based on looking at the entire scope of the project management space including the definition of specific requirements, processes, procedures and methodologies. We have the experience and skills required to define and implement an efficient project office, customised with a project management solution tailored to add specific value," concludes Wolmarans.