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Genius Project Gives Loxam Greater Insight and Tighter Management Over IT Projects Spread Across Europe

Europe’s largest machinery rental company consolidates all IT project management in Genius Project solution

MONTRÉAL CANADA, GENEVA SWITZERLAND  and LYON, FRANCE – (September 21, 2011) – Loxam, Europe’s largest tool and machinery rental service, is using Genius Project project management solution to coordinate the efforts of 60 IT staff that support more than 3,900 employees in 528 offices spread across the continent, announced today.

Paris-based Loxam centralized all of its IT project-related information in’s Genius Project solution, which is now the IT department’s primary planning and collaboration tool. Loxam’s IT department provides technical support, maintains the network infrastructure, and develops customized solutions to support the company’s operations in the construction, public works and manufacturing industries. Loxam rents more than 200,000 different tools and machines in Europe and Northern Africa. The company needed a more cohesive IT project management solution so it could keep better track of time and resources. 

“We were looking for a comprehensive project management offering that delivered the collaboration necessary to improve the way we work,” said Loxam Group CIO Olivier Hertu. “We were using Microsoft Excel and Microsoft project documents to manage our activities, but we quickly realized these documents were not going to give us the information we needed. Information was difficult to centralize; everyone had their own version of the truth.”

Genius Project is a comprehensive enterprise project management solution that encompasses essential functionality such as Gantt charts, workflow, portfolio management, document management, employee timesheets, reporting and collaboration. The Lotus Notes Edition integrates seamlessly with Lotus Notes infrastructures. Loxam implemented Genius Project in three days, and within two weeks the system was deployed to the entire IT team. The company started seeing benefits almost immediately, from shorter project completion times to better tracking of actual time spent on projects versus planned time spent. Genius Project helps management follow up on existing IT projects and forecast what the project pipeline will look like in the months ahead.

“Large, widely distributed companies like Loxam show Genius Project at its best,” said Christophe Borlat, managing director sales and marketing at “Genius Project was designed to make order out of complexity and the hundreds of variables that can go into a project. The clarity it can bring to project management has a direct effect on a company’s profitability and ability to bring new products and services to market sooner than the competition.”

About Genius Project
Created in 1997, Genius Project is a project management software that improves project selection, planning, staffing, execution and tracking. More than 60,000 users at 600 customers across the globe use Genius Project. They are supported by European and North American offices and a global reseller network. 

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