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It’s time for the PMO to focus on the big picture

Written by Hubie Sturtevant on May 29th, 2015 at 12:16 pm

No, the UMT360 team didn’t come up with the theme for this year’s Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit. But we certainly could have. Because from our perspective, the event’s theme — Thriving on Digital Chaos: Innovation, Agility and Collaboration — sounds exactly like what we’ve been telling our clients for years now. Read the rest of this entry »

Things Will Be Heating Up At Ignite Next Week!

Written by Hubie Sturtevant on April 29th, 2015 at 10:46 am

Close to 20,000 people will gather in Chicago for Microsoft Ignite during the first week of May. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone there, but we’re particularly interested in connecting with anyone who manages or depends on Microsoft Project Online and Project Server. If that sounds like you, and you’re planning on attending Ignite, please stop by booth # 549 – we’d love to see you! Because not only can we show you how to make Project work harder for you. We also have a fun challenge that could make all your walking of the show floor really pay off!

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Talking Benefits Realization at the Microsoft Project Conference

Written by Ben Chamberlain on February 5th, 2014 at 4:22 pm

In a packed session in this week’s 2014 Microsoft Project Conference in Anaheim, UMT360’s Chief Product and Marketing Officer Ben Chamberlain talked about the importance of benefits realization and how UMT360 is helping organizations better achieve that.

Industry analysts agree that there’s an issue with organizations not realizing benefits from their investments – PPM is simply not delivering anticipated results.  Ben told the crowd that he feels one of the key reasons for this is the failure to look at projects as business investments.

“Today’s PMO tends to be more focused on some of the tactical aspects of the project such as resource management, schedule management, issue risk management and so forth… I’m not downplaying the importance of those metrics and activities. What I am saying is that if we believe these things to be business investments, we have to up level the importance of financial management and financial intelligence.”

Integrating financial management capabilities with PPM helps businesses effectively gauge the economic impact of under-performing projects and take corrective action.  Ben noted that one of the barriers to entry is the use of inadequate tools to integrate financial management and PPM including Excel, ERP systems and PPM systems themselves.

“Excel spreadsheets are disconnected, error prone, difficult to govern, report against and so forth.  ERP systems are still the system of record and should be treated so, but it’s really designed for the finance team not to provide the PPM teams with the financial views they need.  And traditional PPM systems are designed for strong execution oriented PPM capabilities but often lack the sophistication needed to effectively manage project and financial controls.”

UMT360 eliminates the need for Excel and better connects the ERP and PPM systems to provide integrated project and portfolio financial controls across the entire life cycle.  It helps build investment governance across the life cycle to manage costs, benefits and other needed financial structures; it helps build more reliable business cases and improve portfolio selection; and finally helps to more effectively track costs, look at variance analysis.

UMT360’s dashboard looks at the portfolio level and reveals whether an organization is achieving benefits – you can see where you are from a benefits realization perspective with respect to forecasts and which projects are under-performing from a benefit point of view.   Want to see what that looks like?  Click here to see Ben Chamberlain’s presentation which includes a mini-demo of the benefits realization features.

Reflecting on Microsoft’s 2006 Acquisition of UMT Innovation

Written by Ben Chamberlain on February 3rd, 2014 at 2:51 pm

The UMT360 team is enjoying a great first day at the Microsoft Project Conference in Anaheim, CA.  An energetic response to this morning’s keynote presentations from the GM for Microsoft Office Jared Spataro and the Director of Development for Project Server Ludovic Hauduc. Among highlights, talk about how these are days of rapid innovation and it’s time to look at how project and portfolio management fits in.

Also part of this morning’s conference opening was a look at Microsoft Project and the UMT-developed portfolio optimization capabilities that Microsoft acquired back in 2006.  Ludovic Hauduc commented on the 2006 acquisition recently saying, “What [the acquisition of UMT technology] did to the team was… to bring years of talent and expertise in the portfolio and project management area which to this day is something that is paying off in helping us understand the deep scenarios that allow customers to increase ROI, increase the value of their investment, and also continue delivering capabilities in the product such as Project 2013 which we released last year and Project Online which is available today as part of 365.”

Today, UMT360 is continuing to help Microsoft customers get more value from their PPM investments.  Visit us at Project Conference to learn more or email us at

It’s time to venture beyond PPM!

Written by Ben Chamberlain on January 22nd, 2014 at 4:41 pm

UMT360 is gearing up for the Microsoft Project Conference early next month in Anaheim.  Among the most anticipated UMT360 presentations is a discussion about organizations making the move from PPM to Enterprise Portfolio Management.

UMT360 Chief Product and Marketing Officer Ben Chamberlain and UMT360 President Catalin Olteanu will show how UMT360 is helping our customers effectively integrate financial management best practices with their PPM to gain transparency and optimize the capital spend across project and program portfolios.  Topics include building stronger business cases, automating financial tracking and variance reporting, establishing a benefits realization framework, application rationalization, building and maintaining an application catalog, deriving application total cost of ownership, and transformation roadmaps.

Leading companies including Conoco Phillips, Nielsen, TransAlta, Con Edison, AGCO and Marquette University are among those currently using UMT360’s powerful Enterprise Portfolio Management capabilities to take them beyond traditional PPM and gain the complete transparency needed to maximize ROI from every dollar invested in their product, project, program, application and IT service portfolios.  Join us in Anaheim on Tuesday, February 4th at 3:15pm in room 201A for this great breakout session.

Not attending?  We’re happy to answer any questions you may have or schedule a demo.  Contact us at