LAIKA produces entertainment films, feature films, and commercial videos. LAIKA has attracted top management and production talent from across the animation film industry. LAIKA has acquired and built upon Will Vinton Studios’ 30-year history of excellence and innovation as a leading producer of computer generated animation, stop-motion animation, and cell animation. LAIKA boasts an Academy Award-winning director, 11 prime time Emmy Awards, and over 100 international accolades. LAIKA’s creative team, management, and projects are helping it quickly grow into a creative powerhouse in the animated film industry.
As part of its ongoing development, LAIKA has branched into two organizations: LAIKA/House, which produces commercial videos and LAIKA/Entertainment, which produces entertainment and feature films. LAIKA/Entertainment’s feature film projects have been an exciting new direction for LAIKA.
LAIKA partnered with Advisicon, a Microsoft Gold Certified EPM Partner, to deploy an integrated EPM solution to support LAIKA’s growing project management needs. This customized EPM system built on the Microsoft Office Project and Project Server 2007 platform resulted in immediate improvements in planning, scheduling, visibility, reporting, and project cost control.
Advisicon delivered a complete EPM solution that provided the necessary functionality, power, ease-of-use, and scalability required by LAIKA’s complex project management challenges. The system automated and centralized many functions including project communications, tracking, and reporting. The EPM system provided a strong platform to support LAIKA’s project planning, scheduling, and management methodology.
Other key elements of the solution that Advisicon delivered included:
Another critical element of the solution’s success was the ability to develop and deliver a pilot project using Microsoft Office Project Server 2007. The pilot was used to identify and correct any issues or gaps in LAIKA’s project management processes and to identify possible integration opportunities with other systems and processes.
Once the new EPM system was installed and running, LAIKA began to see benefits nearly immediately. The most immediate improvements to the company include
Advisicon delivered a successful EPM solution that was able to meet LAIKA’s needs. Long-term benefits of the implementation include:
LAIKA and Advisicon supported this EPM implementation with training for administrators, users and managers. By ensuring the adoption of the technology, LAIKA has seen sustained use and benefits from the Microsoft project management tools. It also enabled them to continue developing their customized methodology, standards, and processes. Given the success of the implementation, LAIKA will be able to build on their infrastructure and extend the benefits of their EPM system to other groups.