AtTask Project Management Software Enables BDM Consulting to Quantify and Validate a Positive ROI for Clients, worth Millions of Dollars

by Adam Baker
, 3 min read

OREM, Utah-July 13, 2009--AtTask, the definitive solution enabling organizations to collaborate and accomplish the work most essential to the enterprise, has partnered with BDM Consulting to help organizations implement timely supply chain solutions.

“We use AtTask to efficiently manage all customer engagements to ensure timely project delivery and cost management,” said Damon De La Pena, co-founder and managing director of BDM Consulting. “What’s more, AtTask helps us demonstrate our value to our customers. In the case of our NV Energy client, we quantified a positive ROI of greater than 10x on just one of several project engagements.”

NV Energy supplies the power needs of Nevada and northeastern California. The Generation Department recently selected BDM Consulting to strategically transfer thousands of internal inventory items used for maintenance, repair, and operations on plant systems, from a company owned inventory to a consigned vendor-managed inventory (VMI) model, using AtTask as their project management software.

“This was a complicated project that involved hundreds of people from throughout the state of Nevada,” De La Pena said. “It was imperative we use a project management solution that could provide transparency system-wide, enabling BDM to efficiently manage implementation, facilitate collaboration among NV Energy team members, and quantify the cost savings to management. Simply put, AtTask was the answer.”

Using AtTask reports and dashboards, team members at both BDM and NV Energy were able to see every time a task status was updated in real time. This kept everyone involved on task and on the same page. AtTask’s issue management capabilities collected key data used to negotiate corrective action when challenges developed.

“This project had a tight deadline,” De La Pena said. “The visibility provided by AtTask was key in helping us stay on schedule. Instrumental team members were scattered throughout the state, but AtTask allowed us to create a virtual environment of collaboration and efficiency.”

“We are certain AtTask will help us not only save money,” Parfitt said. “But reduce overruns, provide more accurate billing, resolve issues quickly, increase collaboration and teamwork, get things right the first time and improve our overall process.”

In fact, AtTask streamlined the implementation process by consolidating vendors and reducing the number of individual transactions flowing through NV Energy’s accounts payable (averaging between $25-$50 per transaction). Using AtTask, BDM quantifiably reduced inventory expense on maintenance items by 10x.

“Quantifiable data is critical for organizations to measure results,” said Scott Johnson, CEO of AtTask. “Organizations like NV Energy want to measure the value of a consultant like BDM. Being able to easily demonstrate Return on Investment (ROI) can be invaluable when talking to clients or even upper management. AtTask allows BDM to calculate return at the task level.”

“The implementation of AtTask within our global IT department has been very successful,” says McGriff. “The R&D department has also rolled out globally. We plan to phase in the entire organization by the first of next year.”

“Buckman represents a model implementation for us,” says Johnson. “Their mature PPM processes and focus on business value allows them to concentrate on those initiatives that will make them more effective, innovative, and competitive. Companies following this model are able to accomplish the work most essential to their organizations.”

In May 2008, BDM Consulting and NV Energy jointly presented these results at the National Utility Supply Maintenance Conference, highlighting AtTask’s role in the project’s success.

“AtTask enabled NV Energy to realize the value of thinking in terms of a fleet-wide, value-added strategy, which is paying off for them,” said De La Pena. “On our end, AtTask allowed BDM to manage vertically and horizontally across the company. With the time-stamped issue management solution, there was immediate visibility. I was also able to manage costs and communicate effectively, making implementation a smooth process.”

Recent AtTask Highlights

* AtTask finishes another record-breaking quarter with 183 new customers and 140% year-over-year increase in Q1 2009 bookings
* AtTask February Update 2009 allows business leaders to align strategic vision and objectives with project selection and execution enterprise-wide
* AtTask named best on-demand project management solution by TopTenREVIEWS for the third consecutive year
* AtTask’s first ever User Conference an overwhelming success with customers, prospects, and partners attending from around the world
* AtTask wins second year in a row with 2009 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Project Management Software
* AtTask recognized by Utah Valley BusinessQ in their UV50 listing of fastest-growing companies as #4 with three-year growth of 387%
* AtTask continues to build a strong, experienced management team with the addition of Kevin Hayden, Chief Marketing Officer and Michael Olson, Chief Financial Officer

About AtTask, Inc.

AtTask ( is the project and portfolio management (PPM) solution that focuses all knowledge workers on those activities that make them and their company more effective, innovative, and competitive. Its platform-independent and multilingual solution increases efficiency for small- to medium-sized businesses and Fortune 500 companies across the globe. AtTask's clients include American Airlines, Boeing, CBS, Chevron, Cisco Systems, GE Healthcare, Google, HBO, Johnson & Johnson, Newsweek, Samsung, Toyota, Walt Disney, and Whirlpool.

About BDM Consulting

BDM specializes in global supply chain management solutions to maximize lean manufacturing and operational strategies. This includes innovative asset management solutions for materials demand, inventory optimization solutions, best in class sourcing strategies, and lean enterprise risk assessments. For more information, please visit