Published By: Microsoft
Published Date: Jun 19, 2017
Gartner reports that 75% to 80% of organizations are using some form of agile project management process.
Although agile project management has been around for many years, the way we adapt it has changed significantly, especially as project portfolio management (PPM) practices have evolved.
In today’s businesses, technology plays a crucial role in our success, but technology can also make things more uncertain. This uncertainty has given us the motive to be more flexible and requires a “think on your feet” mentality. For this reason, we've seen a big spike in Agile PPM over the last few years. So how do we continue to deliver stability and efficiency, the result of traditional style PPM, while also giving in to necessary risks that lead to innovation and competitive edge?
It’s simple: accept the value in each method, avoid the inevitable pains that may develop with segregation, and opt for a unified agile and traditional PPM model.
Today’s adaptive enterprises have to leverage data to remain flexible and responsive, but they need the right data.
But it isn’t easy: Many companies struggle to improve technical execution while maintaining the visibility executives need. That’s why we created CA PPM + CA Agile Central, a seamless integration of our agile-management and business-portfolio management solutions. Together, they provide unparalleled visibility into both funding and work across every level of your organization.
CA has reevaluated the design methodology behind its PPM tool to deliver an end-user-driven solution that better reflects the goals and motivations of the entire team, helps to ensure project confidence and removes the stress associated with the possibility of project failure.
At the core of this new design methodology is our proprietary research, which unquestionably points to the need for an outcome-driven approach to innovation, chiefly concerned with understanding and measuring the customer’s success criteria.
We implemented CA PPM + CA Agile Central within our own organization, to prove out its efficacy as a combined solution, and the results exceeded even our expectations.
CA PPM was used extensively in our Global Information Systems (GIS) division, which supports our 12,000 employees across the globe. In order to improve its competitiveness in today’s digital marketplace, GIS wanted to standardize its delivery approach, so they implemented CA Agile Central as well.
Keeping up with the new pace of change requires building agility into your business to adapt to change faster, while carefully overseeing your investments. The integrated solution of CA Project & Portfolio Management (CA PPM) and CA Agile Central (formerly Rally) helps you effectively balance agility and governance by connecting the work of agile teams to your enterprise portfolio. Supporting an evolutionary approach to adopting agile, the solution lets you continue using traditional methods, while growing agile adoption to deliver on portfolio investments faster—with higher quality and predictable business results. A holistic view across all projects helps portfolio managers optimize budgets and resources for maximum return on investment.
At a Glance:
With the new CA Project & Portfolio Management (CA PPM) 15.3, you can tailor projects to any business unit with drag and-drop ease. Whether complex workflow for HR or simple task management for sales, workers now spin up projects in minutes—not days. Add in-app collaboration to eliminate redundant meetings, a familiar Microsoft Excel®-like grid to manage budgets, a new connection for third-party business intelligence (BI) tools to unearth answers, and you have the most modern project portfolio management app on the market today.
Download this whitepaper today to find out more about CA PPM 15.3—a simple, powerful and practical project portfolio management tool available on-premises and in the cloud—let you modernize the project management office.
Modern solutions like CA PPM continue to raise the bar above last-generation IT demand management tools, continuously providing new features to ease the burden of the PMO, the financial manager, the resource manager and the product manager.
In the last few years, new vendors looking to exploit the large and increasingly influential project and portfolio management (PPM) market have developed modules that “snap” into their SaaS platforms. These vendors claim their tools are easy to install, easy to manage and save customers money. It sounds too good to be true. And for most organizations, it is.
Carefully consider whether you need a PPM solution that is only capable of providing low-level functionality for the project manager, or if your organization could benefit from PPM technology that provides 360-degree optics across your organization, delivers actionable business intelligence and enables extensive modeling and forecasting capabilities to make data-driven business decisions.
At a Glance
Today’s workforce has grown accustomed to using personal technologies that make communication easy and simplify their lives. But many enterprise tools haven’t kept pace. Most current project and portfolio management solutions fail to provide simple ways of performing everyday tasks. They don’t facilitate contextual communication that would help to solve problems, and they lack key functionality: the ability to narrow the focus to relevant data, to drill down for additional information and to efficiently forecast financials and model outcomes.
Download this whitepaper now to see how CA PPM brings more value to your business by providing 15 key features that remain unaddressed by other products on the market today.
More than 400,000 workers at some 400 companies—including Polycom, Qantas and Toyota already use CA Project & Portfolio Management SaaS (CA PPM SaaS) to reduce costs, drive adoption and make smarter business decisions.
Download this whitepaper today to find out more about how this solution can help your company today.
Software drives competitive advantage more than ever at an increasing velocity for releases along with higher, overwhelming levels of deployment complexity.
Dramatic growth in mobile applications, analytics, systems of engagement, and cloud demands that organizations respond adaptively, even as resource constraints make it challenging to nearly impossible to do so. As a result of these combined factors, IDC sees increased interest in, demand for, and adoption of agile approaches to development and also for business initiatives driving adoption of agile approaches to overall project, program, and portfolio management. As we receive inquiry on this area increasingly, it makes sense to assess this market.
Project and portfolio management or PPM software can make or break an organization’s ability to deliver.
The recent growth in portfolio management as a strategic business function has led to many vendors of software related to elements of project execution “bolting on” project and portfolio management (PPM) modules. This is a clear attempt to try and get a piece of a growing, lucrative market.
Twenty five years ago, PPM software was nothing more than project management software with the ability to publish or share information across projects. It was capable of doing a lot, but none of it was intuitive and therefore wasn’t particularly useful. Compared to today’s solutions, those products were dinosaurs. Since then, many vendors have invested a lot of money into their solutions, developing world-class offerings that can truly support effective management of the portfolio, and, more important, of the business that portfolio drives.
In too many organizations today, innovation isn’t happening fast enough. Within these businesses, skills are siloed and resources are misaligned. As businesses seek to speed innovation and meet their growth and revenue targets, they have to get maximum utility out of all their investments—including in the areas of IT infrastructure, product development and human resources.
This buyer’s guide is intended to help those decision makers tasked with making this critical buying decision—focusing on the characteristics that help enterprises address both their immediate and long term needs. This guide shows how leveraging a PPM platform that delivers both top-down, strategic portfolio management, as well as bottom-up project management capabilities, helps organizations maximize their ROI over the long term.
The ‘80s Called… … And they don’t want their enterprise Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) tools back.
If your Project Management Office (PMO) is still relying on the same or similar processes and systems used when neon and mullets were trending, it will never keep pace with today’s market demands or shifts in technology. Six-month deployment schedules and command and control models of yesteryear are actively being replaced with continuous delivery methods and practices like agile and lean—all in the interest of driving greater customer engagement.
In a fast-changing app economy, agility and alignment are king. Without these attributes, it’s difficult to address top priorities around growth, customers and workforce. Organizations need to know that they’re developing and delivering the solutions that customers want when they want them. That means aligning the right resources to best-bet projects in order to roll out new offerings on time and within budget—and ultimately deliver value to the business.
Take steps to improve resource management today. Because when your people are engaged, your projects really move. Learn more about CA PPM resource management today by downloading this white paper.
Reconstructing resource management tools to simplify tasks, drive collaboration and facilitate action.
People who use technologies at home expect the same ease of use and intuitiveness for the tools they use in the workplace. But enterprise tools aren’t keeping up with the pace of change. Many product and portfolio management (PPM) solutions force resource managers to create entire workflows or navigate through multiple screens just to see the fundamental component of resource management—what their people are working on.
Resource managers also cite shortcomings such as no simple way to perform everyday tasks, communicate in context with others, drill down into key information, narrow the field of resources and forecast financials and model outcomes.
At a Glance
To excel as resource manager, you need to quickly find the right talent to solve the right problems at the right time. CA Project & Portfolio Management (CA PPM) provides you with the modern resource management functions you need to maximize your company’s most valuable assets: the people.
Modern, simple and powerful, CA PPM helps you work smarter by region, department, project, role and skill set.
The latest version of CA Project & Portfolio Management facilitates core financial activities with the ease and familiarity of a spreadsheet.
Two years ago, CA began to reevaluate how organizations were leveraging their project and portfolio management solutions. Our goal was to identify ways CA Project & Portfolio Management (CA PPM) could better serve every user, from project, resource and financial managers to executive decision makers and team members.
CA PPM 15.3 simplifies the job of the financial manager with Microsoft Excel®-like functionality, embedded communication and collaboration features, and direct links to the industry’s most popular reporting and business intelligence tools.
Auf einen Blick
Mitarbeiter von heute sind es gewohnt, privat digitale Technologien zu nutzen, die eine problemlose Kommunikation ermöglichen und die Abläufe des täglichen Lebens vereinfachen. Bedauerlicherweise können viele Unternehmenstools nicht Schritt halten. Die meisten Projekt- und Portfoliomanagementlösungen, die heute eingesetzt werden, bieten keine unkomplizierten Optionen, um alltägliche Aufgaben auszuführen. Sie ermöglichen keine kontextbasierte Kommunikation, mit der sich Probleme lösen lassen, und verfügen nicht über entscheidende Funktionalität. Dazu zählen z. B. die Möglichkeit, den Fokus auf relevante Daten einzuschränken, das Durchführen von Drilldowns, um zusätzliche Informationen zu erhalten, sowie die Vorhersage finanzieller Entwicklungen und das Modeling von Ergebnissen.
In letzter Zeit ist das Portfoliomanagement zunehmend zu einer strategischen Aufgabe im Unternehmen geworden. Dies hat dazu geführt, dass viele Anbieter von Software, die sich auf Elemente der Projektdurchführung bezieht, Module für das Projekt- und Portfoliomanagement (PPM) „antackern“.
Dies ist offensichtlich ein Versuch, sich ein Stück eines wachsenden, lukrativen Markts abzuschneiden. Vor 25 Jahren war PPM-Software lediglich Projektmanagementsoftware mit der Fähigkeit, Informationen projektübergreifend zu veröffentlichen oder weiterzugeben. Sie bot viele Funktionen, aber keine davon waren intuitiv, und deshalb war sie nicht besonders nützlich.
Im Vergleich zu den heutigen Lösungen waren diese Produkte Dinosaurier. Seitdem haben zahlreiche Anbieter viel Geld in ihre Lösungen investiert. Sie haben hervorragende Angebote entwickelt, die ein effektives Management des Portfolios und vor allem des Unternehmens, dem dieses Portfolio dient, wirklich unterstützen können.
Mehr als 400.000 Mitarbeiter in etwa 400 Unternehmen – darunter Polycom, Qantas und Toyota – verwenden bereits CA Project & Portfolio Management SaaS (CA PPM SaaS) und erreichen damit Kostensenkungen, eine bessere Akzeptanz und intelligentere Geschäftsentscheidungen.
Auf einen Blick
Mit dem neuen CA Project & Portfolio Management (CA PPM) 15.3 können Sie Projekte für beliebige Geschäftsbereiche ganz einfach per Drag-and-drop maßschneidern. Ob komplexe Workflows für die Personalabteilung oder einfaches Aufgabenmanagement für den Vertrieb – Projekte sind nun statt erst nach Tagen innerhalb weniger Minuten eingerichtet.
Mit der In-App-Kooperation eliminieren Sie überflüssige Meetings, Budgets verwalten Sie mit einem vertrauten Raster ähnlich wie in Microsoft Excel®, und dank der neuen Verknüpfung mit Business Intelligence (BI) Tools von Drittanbietern lassen sich versteckte Antworten aufspüren. Sie verfügen damit über die modernste Projektportfoliomanagement-App, die derzeit am Markt verfügbar ist.
Moderne Lösungen wie CA PPM bieten kontinuierlich Verbesserungen gegenüber IT-Anforderungsmanagementtools der vorigen Generation. Sie bieten immer wieder neue Funktionalitäten, um die Belastung des PMO, des Finanzmanagers, des Ressourcenmanagers und des Produktmanagers zu verringern.
In den letzten Jahren haben neue Anbieter, die am großen und zunehmend einflussreichen Markt für das Projekt- und Portfoliomanagement (PPM) Fuß fassen möchten, Module entwickelt und in ihre SaaS-Plattformen integriert. Diese Anbieter behaupten, dass ihre Tools leicht zu installieren und leicht zu verwalten sind und ihren Kunden Geld sparen. Das klingt zu gut, um wahr zu sein. Und für die meisten Unternehmen ist es das auch.
La forza lavoro di oggi è abituata a utilizzare tecnologie personali che semplificano le comunicazioni e la vita quotidiana. Molti strumenti aziendali, tuttavia, non sono riusciti a rimanere al passo. La maggior parte delle attuali soluzioni di project and portfolio management non è in grado di fornire modi semplici per svolgere le attività quotidiane.
Non facilitano le comunicazioni contestuali che agevolerebbero la risoluzione dei problemi e non dispongono di funzionalità chiave: capacità di restringere il focus ai dati pertinenti, di eseguire il drill-down per accedere a ulteriori informazioni e di prevedere in modo efficiente le necessità finanziarie e modellare i risultati.
Il software di project and portfolio management o PPM può essere determinante per la capacità di delivery di un'azienda.
La recente crescita del portfolio management come funzione di business strategica ha portato molti vendor di software correlato ad elementi dell'esecuzione di progetto a "lanciarsi" sui moduli di project and portfolio management (PPM). Si tratta chiaramente di un tentativo di mettere piede in un mercato redditizio e in crescita.
CA Project & Portfolio Management (CA PPM) 15.3 consente di personalizzare i progetti per qualsiasi business unit, con la semplicità del drag-and-drop. Dal complicato workflow per HR o alla semplice gestione delle attività per le vendite, oggi i lavoratori riescono ad avviare i progetti in pochi minuti, anziché in giorni.
È possibile integrare la collaborazione all'interno dell'applicazione per eliminare riunioni ridondanti, una familiare griglia di tipo Microsoft Excel® per la gestione dei budget, una nuova connessione per strumenti di Business Intelligence (BI) di terze parti che consentono di trovare risposte, e si ottiene la più moderna app di Project Portfolio Management attualmente sul mercato.