The last months showed: Cloud-based tools are the need of the hour. But a successful project needs more than that.
How do IT projects change as a result of the Corona crisis? After a few months of project work under “Corona conditions” with our long-term partner Sodastream, it is worthwhile to sum up and share the experiences for successful remote project work.
“Dealing with the pandemic from March 2020 was new territory for all of us. The impact of the related changes on NetSuite projects, which require a lot of coordination and meetings, could not be foreseen. The exceptional case of working from home became a rule. Cloud-based tools became the instrument of the hour.” ( Michael Schlecht, Senior Project Manager Alta Via).” (Michael Schlecht, Senior Project Manager Alta Via)
Alta Via is the NetSuite implementation partner for various global and international implementation and rollout projects at Sodastream. The project teams are made up of internal and external employees from different locations and countries. Colleagues from Israel, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Poland, and Ukraine work closely together.
Sodastream’s project methodology includes a series of workshops such as kick-off, classroom pilots, user acceptance tests, training, and go-live support. Prior to the corona-related contact restrictions, these workshops took place at the project sites. In recent months, the project work has evolved into almost 100% remote tasks. Face-to-face meetings have been replaced by Zoom sessions. Staff who could only work from their home offices were fully involved in the project.
“Of course we need experienced NetSuite consultants with the ability to convert business requirements into stable NetSuite solutions. Sodastream is growing rapidly, processes and requirements are subject to constant change. We expect our partners to contribute their experience in this dynamic environment and work with us to develop the right solution for the current situation.”
“Project work is understood as a team task, external and internal team members work together on the solution. Success or even mistakes are borne by the team. Mutual trust in the respective project participants is one of the elementary requirements for this. We have had excellent experiences with Alta Via with this working model and are already looking forward to the next successful sub-projects.” (Shahar Malenboim, Sodastream)
“”At Sodastream, we have been able to establish and develop many contacts in face-to-face meetings over the last few years. This has helped us a lot in the transition to a fully remote project. We regret the loss of the face-to-face meetings, the exchanges over lunch or dinner. That is missing.” (Michael Schlecht, Alta Via)”