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Overcome hurdles to realize full potential of PM, urges ESI International

Beijing - September 19, 2011

While project management has a bright future in China, companies are not yet making the most of the possibilities it offers. That was the message of Ravi Sahi, Regional Director, Client Solutions (Asia) of ESI International, the world's leading project management learning company and a PMI Global Registered Education Provider.

Delivering a keynote address at the Project Management Institute's PMI (China) Congress 2011 in Beijing's China National Convention Centre, Mr. Sahi offered delegates a frank appraisal of the current state of the field of project management in China, entitled The State of the Project Management Office (PMO)…and Insights on its Future.

"For countless organizations around the world, the PMO has become a widely accepted and important element of their strategy for boosting project performance," said Sahi. "PMOs have evolved in different ways to fit the needs of a huge range of industries and markets. Some of these have been very successful, but this success has not been universal – many organizations are still struggling to operate their PMOs as effectively as they would wish."

Sahi's assessment is based on the results of a new global study into the state of the PMO commissioned by ESI International. The research explored the current perceived value of PMOs to businesses, along with their effectiveness. It probed the ways that PMOs deliver value, and the metrics used to measure that value. The findings of the survey, which collected 3,000 responses, paint a comprehensive picture of the role played by PMOs in businesses in various industries in the North American, European and Asia-Pacific markets.

Focusing on PMOs' strengths and weaknesses in the China market, Sahi noted that project management was still a maturing field in China. He predicted that companies would gradually see greater benefits from PMOs as best practices became more entrenched.

"Since the 1940s, when project management was first recognized as a discrete discipline, it has played a critical role in driving operational efficiencies," said Sahi. "In a business context, PMOs are the hubs of project management, and they need to improve their transparency to enable their effectiveness to be measured accurately. This is vital to demonstrating the value that project management adds."

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