dSPACE GmbH Enhances Multiproject Planning Capabilities and Resources
 
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dSPACE GmbH Enhances Multiproject Planning Capabilities and Resources

dSPACE is the world’s leading provider of hardware and software tools for developing and testing sophisticated electronic control systems. For more than 20 years, dSPACE has built high-quality, off-the-shelf software and hardware solutions to empower engineers to design innovative control systems, while dramatically reducing development time and cost.

The company is a world leader in development environments for electronic control systems in the automotive and aerospace industries, among others. Electronic operating systems are now standard in many industries, enabling a new depth of comfort and performance, but simultaneously increasing development complexity, while shortening research and development lead times. dSPACE GmbH enables companies to find the balance between innovation, efficiency, and the bottom line.

dSPACE had many varied development departments working autonomously on their specific areas of focus. The company executed a re-organization initiative, combining all departments under one lead, to better organize active projects and projects in the pipeline. With this new structure, the company required a more efficient approach to project management, to enable precise resource planning and integrate individual subprojects into larger projects. Additionally, dSPACE needed increased transparency and visibility enterprisewide, to gain an overall view of activities and to support more efficient planning of development projects and resource capacities for current and future projects.

dSPACE GmbH used Oracle’s Primavera P6 Professional Project Management to enable greater insight and more efficient management of multiple projects simultaneously, across the organization—improving resource planning and timing. The solution was adopted seamlessly and easily by company employees, as dSPACE GmbH was able to develop training sessions in-house.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from dSPACE GmbH

  • “Oracle’s Primavera P6 Professional Project Management enabled us to handle very complex projects in a streamlined, efficient manner―a capability we previously lacked.” – Rolf Rainer Moritz, Section Manager, Quality and Process Management, dSPACE GmbH

  • Integrate research and development subprojects for test hardware and software with the larger electronic control systems to enable a streamlined, top-level flow of information between departments and to improve overall project management planning and activities
  • Gain visibility into project drivers and roadblocks in multiple simultaneous projects to save time and decrease costs involved with project development
  • Obtain an overview of human resources availability in hardware and software development departments to facilitate improved planning for future orders

Solutions

Oracle Product and Services

  • Deployed Oracle’s Primavera P6 Professional Project Management to enable multiproject management capabilities and deeper insight into projects at an organizational level
  • Integrated development subprojects with larger electronic-control projects via interactive interfaces to easily identify shared resources and synergies, eliminating delays and bottlenecks and supporting proactive problem solving
  • Enabled precise estimates regarding timeframes with the top-level project view provided by Primavera P6 Professional Project Management, allowing the company to better plan schedules and resource use
  • Gained visual representation of project structure plans and resources with graphs and calendars―such as overlaying employee vacations with project deadlines―to improve planning for current projects and forecasting for future projects
  • Captured all product development timelines with Primavera P6 Professional Project Management’s portfolio management tool, and categorized project timing, organizational overhead, and training on the software
  • Provided early visibility into potential project obstacles, improving dSPACE’s agility

Why Oracle

dSPACE GmbH thoroughly defined the necessary requirements for its project management solution, and narrowed the selection down to three tools. Following an extensive testing period, dSPACE GmbH project managers visited users of two of the project management solutions to obtain additional insight on day-to-day use. The company ultimately chose Oracle’s Primavera P6 Professional Project Management as it was easy to use, yet powerful in meeting the requirements of dSPACE GmbH.

Partner

dSPACE GmbH worked with Oracle Gold Partner INTECO GmbH to implement Primavera P6 Professional Project Management. The implementation began in early 2005, with dSPACE going completely live on the solution, for all projects across the enterprise, in 2006. dSPACE depended on the high-quality support it received from INTECO during the implementation process.