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Editorial – What Does It Take to Be a PM?

 By – Geoffrey C. Hingle
(With some help from Rudyard Kipling’s poem entitled “IF”)

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all doubt you;
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can plan-and not make plans your master;
If you can think-and not make, thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to see the requirements you’ve captured
Twisted in implementation to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the designs you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your risks
And mitigate them  with one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
to serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with VP’s-nor lose the common touch,
If neither teammates nor customers can hurt you,
If all count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And-which is more- you’ll be a Project Manager who gets a project done!

PMOLink Recognized for a Second Time by Inc. Magazine

 

 

For the 2nd time, PMOLink has made the Inc. 500|5000 list

of the fastest–growing private companies in America

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 Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual Exclusive List of

America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc.500|5000

 PMOLINK, LLC Ranks No. 3236 on the 2011 Inc. 500|5000 list

  

NEW YORK, August 23, 2011Inc. magazine today ranked PMOLINK, LLC NO. 3236 on its fifth annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Online retailer ideeli tops this year’s list. PMOLINK, LLC joins Spirit Airlines, television maker Vizio, Honest Tea, Dunkin Donuts and Metrokane, makers of the Rabbit corkscrew, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list.

 In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2011 Inc. 500|5000 companies remains an impressive 94 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created 350,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $366 billion, up 14 percent from last year.

 Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/5000.

 “Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500/5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward.  Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is,” says Inc. magazine Editor Jane Berentson.

 

More about Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000

Methodology

 The 2011 Inc. 500 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2007 to 2010. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2007. Additionally, they had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2010. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2007 is $100,000; the minimum for 2010 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at www.inc.com/500.

PMOLink Offers Subscription-Based Access to Primavera and MS-Project Schedulers for Project Controls

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PMOLink Recognized For Fast Growth By 1012 CORRIDOR Magazine

PMOLink was recognized as the 12th fastest growing company on the I-10/I-12 corridor by 1012 CORRIDOR Magazine.  The top twenty five of the fastest growing companies were identified. They were culled from the annual Inc. 5000, which ranked percentage revenue growth of privately held, for-profit companies from 2006 to 2009.  PMOLink is honored to be recognized.  For the complete list of honorees click   –>  HERE

New “On Demand Scheduling™” Service Announced

PMOLink announces new service offering “On Demand Scheduling™”

As a leader and industry innovator, PMOLink is committed to providing clients new and more efficient solutions to enhance workflow, improve their processes and increase results at the bottom line.

In the past few years, our clients have expressed concern and frustration with the practice of project scheduling. They have told us that they struggle with it on an almost daily basis and they have come to us for practical solutions and help.

We all know what makes project scheduling difficult and expensive:

  • Skilled schedulers are costly, in demand and can be difficult to retain
  • Few companies can afford redundant or back-up scheduling resources to cover time when key personnel are on leave or away
  • Schedulers use expensive software packages with annual maintenance fees
  • An IT environment for software, tools, and the supporting infrastructure needs to be created and maintained, driving capital investment that makes scheduling more costly

In answer to these and other concerns, PMOLink announces our new service offering On Demand Scheduling , available March 1, 2011.

On Demand Scheduling is a unique managed service specifically tailored for project scheduling.  With the launch of this cost-effective offering, PMOLink clients can greatly reduce the time and expenses associated with creating, managing, and maintaining project schedules.  At the same time, this offer provides a higher level of service available at your convenience. 

PMOLink scheduler(s) will be available to you, just like an employee who is remote from your site and you will have full access by email, phone, web-conferencing and webcam.  Our Service Level Agreement (SLA) includes contracted deliverables, dedicated scheduler(s) and an assigned Master Scheduler.

 

BENEFITS:

  • Reduce costs by as much as 50%
  • Receive and deliver project reports on a scheduled basis or on-demand
  • Reduce schedule related software costs and technology infrastructure to near zero
  • Access Qualified schedulers  – available up to 24x7x365
  • Gain 100% Uptime—PMOLink schedulers are available every day with back-up staff and redundant systems
  • PMOLink Master Schedulers have up-to-date certifications and validations

“I am very excited about launching this service.” said Geoff Hingle, PMOLink CEO.  “After discussions with our clients, they overwhelmingly endorse the service.”  One of our most prominent clients from Houston, Texas said….

“This is the solution that we have been looking for. It will allow us to focus more on our core competency, which is construction and with the money savings, I can create new jobs and hire more estimators, which means I bid more work. I simply need my project schedules maintained and reporting as I need it;  yet, I am now paying dearly for employing and contracting schedulers, whether on a full or part time basis.“

Make the most of your valuable resources and relieve the burden on Project Managers. Our Service Level Agreement will guarantee that you have access to a qualified and fully trained scheduler at your convenience. Your designated scheduler is capable of performing all normal scheduling functions: operating your scheduling tools, producing reports, creating new schedules, setting up views, standard schedule analysis, and many other tasks.  You no longer have to schedule your time around a scheduler, whether an employee or contracted.  In addition, you will have a Master Scheduler assigned to you.  

You also realize cost savings in the information technology area. Most companies have invested a substantial amount of money in the hardware and software to support project management and scheduling. Your SLA can include maintaining the software licenses and annual maintenance costs.  We will ensure that we are using the most up-to-date versions, fully supported by the manufacturer, with the latest tools and best practices, so your deliverables are fully compliant with customer needs.  Additionally, your data is secured in our network infrastructure through a fully redundant, fault-tolerant data center, which gives you the peace of mind that your information is fully backed up on a daily basis and available 24×7.  

Call us today at 800.401.5701   OR     email solutions@pmolink.com

A DECADE OF DELIVERY

PMOLink Celebrates 10th Anniversary

10 Years of Project Delivery Excellence

This November, PMOLink marks an especially important milestone in company history as we celebrate a “Decade of Delivery.”  Over the years, our growth has created challenges, overcoming these challenges has created success, and success has created new growth.  As a result, there is a lot to celebrate on this 10-year anniversary.

With a background derived from work experiences that range from government to private sector, PMOLink was founded on a robust background in successful management of large and technically complex projects.  The business model for PMOLink was derived from the observation that there was a lack of companies offering repeatable solutions targeted at solving real world problems that project managers face on a daily basis.  “We would go to lunch and wonder why there wasn’t a company out there supplying infrastructure support to help project managers be successful,” Geoff Hingle, Founder and CEO recalls.

Noting that there was a trend across many industries to embrace the principles espoused by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and that PMI membership was growing rapidly worldwide, PMOLink was formed.   Using Geoff’s house as the corporate mailing address and dining room tables to print and collate proposals, PMOLink was off and running by the end of 2000.

10 years have passed and PMOLink is now stronger than ever. With a client portfolio spanning across industries ranging from energy, utilities, manufacturing, and construction, to major pharmaceuticals, insurance companies, and government agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, NASA, U.S. Navy, and FEMA, PMOLink is a testament to resilience and dedication in providing the best possible solutions to customers while never straying from the fundamentals the company was founded on.

A seven-time honoree as one of the best places to work by New Orleans City Business magazine, three-times receiving top honors and slated as one of 3 private companies to watch by North Shore Report magazine, as well as being ranked 2,285 by Inc. 500/5000 on the list of the top 5000 fastest growing corporations in the nation out of a pool of over 32 million for 2010, PMOLink is proud to celebrate “A Decade of Delivery.”

PMOLink currently maintains offices in New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio, and New Jersey and has served customers operating across all 50 states and abroad.

GridWeek 2010

GridWeek 2010

GridWeek – The Only Place to be, Two Weeks from Now

Invitation to GridWeek 2010

PMOLink,LLC cordially invites you to attend GridWeek, the most important gathering of Smart Grid leaders being held in Washington DC, October 18-21, 2010. PMOLink,LLC is providing you with a special discounted registration.

Where will you be October 18-21?

As the largest and most focused conference on Smart Grid since 2007, GridWeek is the only place to be in less than two weeks from today.

Globally recognized as the must-attend Smart Grid gathering, GridWeek is the only event with a proven history of attracting the complete diversity of global Smart Grid stakeholders to explore Smart Grid’s impact on the economy, utility infrastructure, consumers and the environment, while addressing the industry’s most pressing challenges to help set the agenda for Smart Grid advancement.

Top Three Reasons to Attend GridWeek 2010

  1. Learn: GridWeek offers unparalleled content in 40 sessions over four days, tackling the industry’s most pressing and timely challenges in an industry-leading format. Developed in partnership with key Smart Grid organizations, GridWeek’s agenda helps set the Smart Grid agenda for years to come.
  2. Network: With the complete diversity of stakeholders represented as speakers, sponsors, partners and attendees, GridWeek 2010 is the only place to meet and network with the critical movers and shakers in Smart Grid. During ample networking over four days, GridWeek provides a unique forum for developing new relationships, forging strategic partnerships, and productively identifying new business opportunities – in the U.S. and abroad.
  3. Influence: Today, Smart Grid is at the most critical phase in its evolution; addressing challenges from policy to consumer adoption, and technology developments to industry maturation – under the pressure of high global expectation. GridWeek provides a productive forum for you and your company to help influence and shape the future of Smart Grid, and all that it enables.

Time is tight, register and book travel today

In 2009, GridWeek was oversubscribed, causing many to miss the year’s most critical Smart Grid discussion. Don't miss this year's key event, and make plans now to join your fellow Smart Grid leaders two weeks from today. GridWeek only happens once a year!

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Major Issues at GridWeek Plenary Roundtables

Some of the most profound strategic insights from the industry’s top thought leaders are offered during GridWeek’s plenary sessions and keynotes, held Monday through Thursday. Last year’s industry roundtable was hailed as the most valuable and memorable session of the entire conference.

Monday: International Collaboration Roundtable
Tuesday: Consumer Engagement Roundtable
Wednesday: Deployment Roundtable
Thursday: Acceleration Roundtable
Full Agenda

GridWeek 2010 agenda consist of four days of conference sessions, made up of 40 sessions, with over 150 top speakers focused on advancing Smart Grid agenda.

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"NEMA is proud to have participated in GridWeek since its inception and support its growth into one of the premiere national events in the promotion of Smart Grid. To us, GridWeek represents a forum where the past, present, and future of the industry coalesce. Every year we learn something new at GridWeek, whether it's new ways to view existing components of the grid, or the vast possibilities of emerging technologies. There is no doubt that the NEMA interests in cybersecurity, energy storage, and high performance buildings have been driven by what we've seen there. GridWeek is of great strategic importance to our organization, and we look forward to the opportunity this October to reconnect with the thousands of colleagues we've worked with at past events, as well as the new faces who will join us for the first time."Paul Molitor, Sr. Industry Director for Smart Grid, NEMA

 

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Overcome the Barriers to ARRA Reporting and Compliance

Leading energy companies have been awarded ARRA grants for Smart Grid projects  but now face the monumental task of regulatory compliance, reporting, and grant-related  audits. With reporting deadlines rapidly approaching, many are already overextended.  Crowe Horwath LLP and PMOLink LLC have joined forces to deliver solutions that can  help companies develop the strategy, processes, systems, and capabilities they need  for heightened reporting and compliance.

When you need field-tested solutions implemented quickly and  effectively, Crowe and PMOLink can deliver.

To speak with a professional regarding ARRA Reporting and Compliance, please contact Rob Martin at (800) 401-5701 or Rob.Martin@pmolink.com.

PMOLink LLC offers unparalleled services in grant management, reporting, and compliance. This combination of expertise in audit, tax, advisory, risk, and performance and proven track record of effective project management and technology solutions can deliver the knowledge and experience energy companies need to help optimize their reporting and compliance capabilities.

PMOLink Recognized by Inc. Magazine

Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Fourth Annual Exclusive List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000

NEW YORK, August 24, 2010Inc. magazine today ranked PMOLink NO. 2285 on its fourth annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Music website Pandora, convenience store chain 7-Eleven, Brooklyn Brewery, and Radio Flyer, maker of the iconic children’s red wagon, are among the prominent brands featured on this year’s list.

“The leaders of the companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have figured out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession since the Great Depression,” said Inc. president Bob LaPointe. “The 2010 Inc. 5000 showcases a particularly hardy group of entrepreneurs.”

The 2010 Inc. 5000, unveiled today on Inc.com, serves as a unique illustration of the profound changes taking place in the U.S. economy. The Government Services sector showed the biggest gain in terms of the number of companies on the list, up 33 percent from last year to 335 companies. Government Services was also the second-fastest-growing sector in terms of median revenue growth, posting a 202 percent gain over the 2006-2009 measuring period. More than half of these companies are based in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The fastest-growing sector by median revenue growth was Real Estate, now just a tiny group of 38 young, small companies, which showed 231 percent median growth over the period. (There were 121 Real Estate firms on the inaugural Inc. 5000 in 2007.) Business Products & Services is the top industry by number of companies on the list (640) and total revenue ($80.7 billion), while Health is the biggest by total employment (287,726  jobs).

Despite the fact that most of this year’s measuring period of 2006-2009 took place during the latest recession, aggregate revenue among the companies on the list actually increased to $321.6 billion, up more than 50 percent from last year. The effects of the recession are seen, however, in the median three-year growth rate, which dropped to 96 percent from last year’s 126 percent. This year’s Inc. 5000 employ a record 1.4 million people, up from one million on last year’s list. With unemployment remaining stubbornly high, policymakers and business leaders will do well to look to the Inc. 5000 companies for fresh ideas on achieving growth and creating jobs.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found on www.inc.com/5000.

PMOLink Awarded SeaPort-e IDIQ Contract

PMOLink Government Solutions, leading a team which included Tekton Executive IT Group, Technology Specialists Inc, and TSM Corporation, has been awarded a SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e) indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) multiple-award contract (MAC), enabling PMOLink to compete for contracts solicited by Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Naval Supply Systems Command, Military Sealift Command, Naval Facilities Command, Strategic Systems Programs, Office of Naval Research, and the Marine Corps.  The 22 functional service areas within the scope of the contracts include:  process engineering support; software engineering, development, programming, and network support; reliability, maintainability, and availability support; configuration management support; quality assurance support; information system development, information assurance and information technology support; and administrative support, among others.  Over $5 Billion of services per year will be procured via SeaPort-e and PMOLink is now eligible to compete for these contracts.

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