Group is headquartered in Germany and has offices in 20 countries. It is one of
the largest players on the Swedish market for personnel and business travel
insurance and insurance for expatriates. A major part of the ERV Group’s
development work is carried out in project form, and during the spring of 2015,
the Nordic project office was established, which consists of project managers
in Sweden and Denmark.
establishment of the project office, ERV identified a need for an integrated
PPM tool with support for planning, resource management, reporting,
monitoring and time reporting. The PPM tool would be set up jointly with
the Danish organization and the purpose was to replace the existing solution:
we were primarily using Microsoft Office to manage our projects with templates
in Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Even though each tool provided a certain amount
of support, it was difficult to get a good overview of individual projects and
our project portfolio,” says Jessica Einarsson, Responsible for the Nordic Project Office, ERV.
ERV also considered a connection to the SAP business system as well as an
integrated solution between the project tool and project methodology, in this
case, PPS. Moreover, there were requirements on user-friendliness and the
possibility to use the tool in different language versions. In addition to
this, information security was an important issue.
comparative assessment of multiple project management tool suppliers, Antura
Projects was chosen, which ERV believed fulfilled the requirements
best. Johannes von Huelsen, CEO of ERV, sums it up:
the most important features for us are time and resource management as well as
risk management and financial monitoring of our projects. Antura Projects was
able to offer this.
Projects also has a simplicity and user-friendliness that is key for the tool
to be able to be handled by everyone in the organization. Furthermore, the
implementation time is relatively short for being such a powerful tool, which
in our case was also key when we made the decision to select Antura.
Immediate Benefits and Long-Term Advantages
configuration and implementation of Antura Projects has now been completed, and
Swedish and Danish project managers are working with the tool. Before the start
of the project and during the implementation, the collaboration between Antura
and ERV was really good.
benefited greatly from Antura’s consultants in discussions about resource
management and the economic items, in particular. They have contributed with
considerable knowledge of the subject. We have received the help and support we
asked for and Antura has tried to meet our needs to the greatest extent
period of use, Jessica Einarsson finds that:
Project’s strength is that you can control project and portfolio management in
a single tool. It has functionality to manage all the parts of the project and
even to integrate with our project methodology. In addition to that, we also
have complete resource management within the tool, which supports the entire
organization in optimizing how resources are used.
Even if the
benefit is immediate, ERV also sees long-term advantages with Antura
complex change process, where both Sweden as well as Denmark are involved in
the project, has been simplified thanks to the tool,” says Johannes von
"Our entire complex change process, where both Sweden as well as Denmark are involved in the project, has been simplified thanks to the tool."
Johannes von Huelsen, CEO of ERV
founded back in 1920 and in 2012, the name ERV was adopted, which is an
abbreviation for “Europäische
Reiseversicherung,” European Travel Insurance. The ERV Group is
headquartered in Munich and has offices in 20 countries. In Sweden,
ERV is one of the largest players in personnel and business travel insurance;
every year, 1.2 million travellers and 3.5 million bank and credit cards are