CMCS Launches New Online Courses

CMCS Launches New Online Courses

Targets Project Managers Seeking to Learn Project Management, Agile and Six Sigma Concepts and Prepare for PMP® Certification

Dubai, UAE –May 18, 2015 – CMCS announced the expansion of its Project Management, Agile and Six Sigma curriculum with online, self-paced courses and simulations that allow professionals to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) and prepare for the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification exam. CMCS is partnering with MindEdge, Inc., a leading online education provider and a PMI® Global Registered Education Provider, to offer these web-based courses.

CMCS now offers online courses to accommodate time-constrained and cost-conscious professionals. Since courses are self-paced and completely web-based, professionals can earn PDUs or prepare for the PMP® certification exam anytime and anywhere with an internet connection.

With access to courses around the clock, professionals can progress through courses at their own pace. Courses include interactive exercises, real-world examples, case studies, quizzes, and practice exams to help learners apply PMBOK® Guide concepts. Learners can raise questions throughout the course with an “Ask the Expert” feature and will receive responses within 24 hours.

Participants who successfully complete our PMP® Exam Prep course earn 35 Professional Development Units (PDUs)/contact hours and are well prepared for the certification exam. And for participants looking to maintain their PMP certification or looking to strengthen their knowledge in areas such as Agile and Six Sigma, CMCS offers a variety of online courses vital to a Project Manager’s training and qualifies learners for 3.5-25 PDUs.

According to Bassam Samman, Founder and CEO of CMCS, “This training program offers an easy and convenient way for professionals to train for the PMP® certification exam or refresh their knowledge and understanding of project management, Agile and Six Sigma concepts. Our online programs add to the flexibility and savings in travel that many of our adult students seek and strengthens CMCS’ commitment to providing top quality training.”

A listing of courses, course descriptions, and registration information is available at

About CMCS

About CMCS: Over the past 30 years, CMCS has served 2,500+ clients in 40+ countries in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas attaining 55+ performance achievement awards. Just in the past ten years, CMCS has completed 3,700+ project assignments and delivered 5,500+ delivered 5,500+ days of project management training attended by 14,500+ professionals.

About MindEdge

MindEdge, a Global R.E.P. through the Project Management Institute (PMI), is an educational content provider, publisher, and supplier of online programs for adult learners, as well as graduate and undergraduate students within higher education.

CMCS Launches the Most Comprehensive Planning and Scheduling Practice for Engineering & Construction Industry in the MENA Region

CMCS has announced today the most comprehensive planning and scheduling practice for the engineering and construction industry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. For more than 30 years, the CMCS team has helped project owners, project management firms, consultants, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in developing their planning and scheduling best practices. No one can offer the extent of products and services that CMCS can offer for those who are serious about having the best when it comes to planning and scheduling their projects.

Our Planning and Scheduling services are not limited to any industry or projects type. CMCS has unmatched experience in Engineering and Construction, Oil and Gas, Energy and Utility, Information Technology and Communication among many others. The CMCS Planning and Scheduling Practice include:

  • Developing, maintaining, reviewing and analyzing project schedules
  • Schedule delay analysis and associated damage assessment for loss of efficiency, prolongation, acceleration and other losses
  • Developing the integrated planning and scheduling practice Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) manual
  • Training and assist in the achieving the Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP and PM-SP) certifications
  • Provide the Planning and Scheduling Software Licenses, Hands-On Training, Configuration, Health Check and Extended Technical and Functional Support Services

What makes CMCS offering more unique is that the delivery of the services will be done using the world leading applications in planning and scheduling and for which they are the norm for the MENA region. Those applications include Oracle Primavera P6 and Risk Analysis, ASTA PowerProject, Deltek Acumen Fuse, Risk and 360, TILOS Linear Scheduling, Synchro 4D Simulation, ARES PG2, Nomitech CostOS, Hard Dollar and PMWeb Project Management Information System (PMIS).

The details of CMCS Planning and Scheduling Practice is available at  CMCS Planning and Scheduling Practice (566 downloads)

For additional details on the CMCS Planning and Scheduling Practice please contact CMCS at

Shurooq Supports Sustainable Project Management Practices

The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) is running a four-day training program on sustainable methods, undertaken by employees of the Authority and other government representatives such as Sharjah Municipality, Sharjah Urban Planning and Bee’ah.

The ‘P848 Certified Green Project Manager Program’ – a Projects Integrating Sustainable Methods (PRiSM) Practitioner training course, which is registered with the International Project Manager Association – began on 15th March, 2015. The program aims to train, educate and develop individuals in project management and sustainability to improve the management and delivery of all types of projects. Over the four days participants learn how to weave sustainable methods into the fabric of their projects; the course will show how these changes can best be integrated into businesses to become normal embedded organizational practices.

The program adheres to project management standards based on ISO 215000 Guidance for Project Management. Leaning outcomes encompass topics including how to measure and report on projects using the GPM P5 Standard – Social, Economic & Environmental Sustainability, Project Process, and Products as measurable bottom lines and Performance Indicators – and various ISA Standards on Energy Management, Environmental Management, Quality Management, Social Responsibility and Asset Management.

The program is targeted at business leaders, experienced project, program and portfolio managers, business analysts, sustainability coordinators, CSR professionals and environmental managers. GPM Global, the worldwide provider of training courses, will provide all participants with a complimentary one-year membership and access to the member website.

HE Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), said: “We place real emphasis at Shurooq on the crucial importance of environmental sustainability, in the face of critical global issues such as global warming, pollution, the depletion of natural resources, and energy efficiency and conversation. The PRiSM course will give employees a Strong grounding in the techniques of project and sustainability management, to minimize pollution and wastage as a by-product of projects, and ensure this philosophy is implemented as the standard business practice across the whole organization”.

Al Sarkal added: “Education and training for employees is a top priority at Shurooq. We selected this program after a rigorous selection process because it closely aligns with our goals and principles. Our employees will benefit from the provision of training encompassing internationally recognized best practices administered by a world-class training provider”.

The training’s duration is for four days each encompass four to six modules on a diverse range of subjects related to sustainability. At the end of each day delegates carry out a practical project or assessment lasting approximately two hours based on what they have learned. The program concludes with participants taking the GPM-b or PRL exam for the GPM-b Certification.

Shurooq’s key mission is to provide facilities and incentives to help overcome obstacles facing investment activities in the emirate, evaluate investment-related infrastructure projects, and lay down the necessary plans to complete such projects.

In recognition of its overall accomplishments, Shurooq was named The Banking Awards 2013 – and 2014 FDI Agency of the Year in the MENA region, in the European’s Global Banking and Finance Award

Are you a planner struggling with your next shutdown?

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iPlan2 will take you and your maintenance event through key stage gates, reducing the risk of poor scope management.

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The Continuing Education Center at the American University of Beirut in collaboration with CMCS is Launching the “Project Management Postgraduate Diploma- Health Focus”

After the success of the Business Development Focus and The Engineering Focus in the Project Management Postgraduate Diploma, AUB-CEC & CMCS are now launching the Project Management Postgraduate Diploma- Health Focus.

The AUB-PMD is a practical hands-on postgraduate diploma. It focuses on advanced project management knowledge and skills meant to enable professionals to deliver small to complex projects based on best practices. The diploma includes the following focuses:

  • Engineering Project Controls
  • Business Development & Entrepreneurship
  • Enterprise and Project Risk Management
  • PMO and Program Management
  • Managing Projects in Telecommunication
  • Managing Projects in Education
  • Managing projects in Health Care
  • Managing Projects in Development Organizations and NGO

To know more about the Project Management Postgraduate Diploma- Health Focus, please download the program brochure Health Focus in Project Management Postgraduate Diploma (461 downloads)

For details on how to attend this special course, please contact CMCS at

Forging New Relationships in the Middle East

IAMTech were proud to welcome our newest partner, CMCS who are headquartered in the UAE to our Wilton Centre (UK) offices this week.  Managing Director, Bassam Samman, spent time working alongside us to help plan how CMCS will be promoting the entire range of IAMTech products throughout the Middle East and North Africa region.

IAMTech MD, Ross Coulman: ‘We carefully pick our partners around the world to make sure we only work the very best. CMCS are proven to be one the best consultancy and training companies in the MENA region and with Bassam’s vast experience in the Oil, Gas, Power and Chemical industries I am confident that we will continue to grow the IAMTech brand in the MENA region. We look forward to working closely with Bassam to achieve this.

About CMCS: Over the past 30 years, CMCS has served more than 2,500 clients in 40 countries in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas attaining more than 55 performance achievement awards. Just in the past ten years, CMCS has completed more than 3,600 project assignments and delivered more than 5,500 days of professional project management training courses for the public.

2015 Deltek Acumen World Tour: Better Forecasts, Better Projects

Confidence in your project forecast matters now more than ever. Deltek Acumen, the leading solution for improving project maturity and completion confidence, is coming to a city near you!Acumen customers consistently report projects that complete on time (within days of the Acumen forecasted finish date!) and on budget. Join us for a complimentary breakfast or lunch presentation that will walk through how your peers are benefitting from advanced diagnostics, robust risk management and analysis and automatic optimization.

Highlights include—

  • Case studies and use cases by real Acumen customers
  • A review of how to use the software from project plan to project completion
  • A look at the new Acumen 6.0 features
  • Take home a free trial of the Deltek Acumen software suite
City: Date: Time: Location:
Mumbai, India April 13, 2015 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. IST The Leela Mumbai
Dubai, UAE April 15, 2015 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. GST The Address Dubai Marina


09:30 AM           Registration
10:00 AM           Industry outlook with CMCS
10:30 AM           Case study presentation
11:15 AM           Coffee and tea break
11:30 AM           Acumen 6.0 Live!
12:30 PM           Lunch and Event concludes

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Web-Enabled Cloud Hosted Document Management Solution for Unlimited Number of Projects, Unlimited Projects Value with Unlimited Users* for Only US$16,000 per Annum

CMCS is pleased to extend this special offer to all Project Owners, Project Management Firms, Consultants, Contractors, Subcontractors, Suppliers and others. The solution is based on PMWeb Project Management Information System (PMIS). Today PMWeb is used by world leading organizations such as GE, Goldman Sachs, Harvard University, Hill International, CBRE, City of New York among many others. In the Middle East, PMWeb users include Kuwait Ministry of Public Works, Al Maabar, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Makah Municipality, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), Al Turath Engineering Consultant, Laing O’Rourke, ConsultantHSS, Al Nasr Contracting, Associated Constructions & Investments (ASCON), Al Ryum General Contracting, Vital Quadro Consultancy (VQC), Ali Moosa & Sons, Union Properties, Bin Shafar Contracting, Brookfield Multiplex Middle East among many others.

What The Offer Includes:

  1. PMWeb Modules
    1. Project Management
      1. Engineering Forms
      2. Cost Management
    2. Visual Workflow
    3. Document Management
    4. Document Management Viewer/Redlining
    5. Asset Explorer: Ability to attach Projects and Equipment to Locations
    6. Portfolio Management
  2. Users
    1. 5 FULL NAMED
    2. 5 GUEST CONCURRENT (*You can add unlimited number of users but only 5 users can access PMWeb at the same time. Additional users can be added for a fee)

In addition, the offer includes:

  1. Using pre-built Engineering Forms for RFI, Meeting Minutes, Transmittals, Submittals, Snag List, Safety Report, Correspondence and Actions for All of Your Projects with Unlimited Users1 for FREE.
  2. Using pre-built Cost Management for Budget, Budget Requests, Commitments, Progress Invoices, Change Orders, Forecast to Complete, Funding and Cost Worksheet for All of Your Projects with up to 5 NAMED users for FREE.
  3. Using pre-built Company Directory to capture details of all Companies that you work with for FREE.
  4. Designing your own Business Intelligence (BI) Tabular and Graphical Reports for All of Your Projects For FREE.
  5. Designing your own Dashboards for All of Your Projects For FREE.
  6. Designing your own Engineering Forms and Cost Management Document Templates for All of Your Projects For FREE.
  7. 100 GB of data storage included for FREE.

Save time and jump start the benefits of this special offer and select CMCS offer to configure users, document management folders for one project and on-job training for 2 days for US$ 5,000. This offer is valid in UAE and India Only. For other locations, add cost of travel and lodging for five days.

For Additional Details

Collaboration, Management and Control Solutions (CMCS)
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KM Institute Partners with Leading Training Firm CMCS in UAE to Deliver World-Class Certification Classes in the Region

(March 5, 2015, Washington DC) The Knowledge Management Institute (KM Institute), the global leader in KM Certification and Training, announces its plans to deliver the acclaimed “Certified Knowledge Manager (CKM)” program on a regular basis in Dubai and possibly other locales in the UAE, and has tapped local leading firm CMCS for joint support.

“We are very excited to partner with such a fast-growing firm as CMCS,” says Eric Weidner, VP of Business Development.  “UAE and the Middle East in general has seen an increase in the need for better performance across the enterprise, and it starts with leveraging the skills and lessons learned in the workforce.”

“CMCS is proud of being associated with KM Institute in offering their CKM Certification training for the third consecutive year” says Bassam Samman, Founder and CEO of CMCS.

“CMCS,” adds Weidner, “has achieved a solid reputation as a leader in the region and our shared audience will benefit greatly as we continue to deliver this training and inspire others.”

KM Institute and CMCS plan to deliver the CKM program several times per year, and the next class will be May 17-21, 2015, at the Sheraton Grand Dubai.

About KM Institute

Based in Washington DC, KM Institute is the global leader in KM Certification/Training, with thousands certified since 2001 and classes delivered in up 15 countries each year.  KM Institute trains and certifies KM Team Members and Knowledge Workers in the methods and tools that enable individuals and organizations to transform (and substantially improve) human performance in the Knowledge Age.

About CMCS

CMCS provides fully integrated, 360°, sustainable, quality Project Portfolio Management (PPM) solutions helping clients across all industries to identify, prioritize, select and deliver all projects right, the first time.

Over the past 30 years, CMCS has served more than 2,500 clients in 40 countries in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas attaining more than 55 performance achievement awards. Just in the past ten years, CMCS has completed more than 3,600 project assignments and delivered more than 5,500 days of professional project management training courses for the public.

Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI) – Principles & Practices, April 22-23, 2015, Dubai

For the first time in the UAE, CMCS will offer the course Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI) – Principles & Practices.  This course is designed to train capital project professionals in the effective use of the PDRI methodology in front end planning. Participants will learn from a Certified PDRI Facilitator and Registered Education Provider with the Construction Industry Institute (CII) how to achieve increased team alignment, identify gaps and risks, and objectively measure progress in scope definition using PDRI. Participants will also be introduced to how PDRI can be used to provide significant insight into portfolio-level risk in front end planning. A mock PDRI session will engage all participants and provide first-hand examples of the benefits of PDRI.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to

  • Explain the PDRI methodology and benefits to their project organization
  • Recommend when a PDRI session should be conducted in front end planning
  • Select the most appropriate project template (industrial, buildings and infrastructure) to use for a project
  • Understand the roles, responsibilities and logistics for a PDRI session
  • Understand how to fully utilize findings from a PDRI session to improve project performance
  • Set expectations with senior stakeholders of how PDRI will improve communication of risk
  • Monitor the risk profile of projects in front end planning across a portfolio, identify high risk projects and areas for continuous improvement

For details on how to attend this innovative course, please contact CMCS at