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Introducing UMT360 Apps for Microsoft PPM

Written by Ben Chamberlain on August 17th, 2017 at 2:27 pm

There’s no question that Microsoft Project Online and Project Server are world-class PPM solutions. When implemented correctly, Microsoft’s PPM platform enables organizations to establish the solid foundation they need to manage project execution. But when it comes to extending capabilities beyond Microsoft’s core PPM features, organizations have historically relied on expensive and complicated customizations and work-arounds.

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New Pricing & Options For Microsoft PPM Cloud

Written by Margaret Wallace MPM, MCP, MCTS on August 17th, 2016 at 8:45 am

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Microsoft recently announced new pricing for its Project Cloud PPM platform. As with any pricing change, how this new plan may impact your organization depends on your particular situation. Let’s first take a look at the facts, which will help provide a clearer idea of what it could mean to you.

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Can A PPM Platform Really Deliver 300% ROI?

Written by Ben Chamberlain on April 12th, 2016 at 8:07 am

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A recent Forrester Consulting report commissioned by Microsoft examines the costs and benefits of deploying Office 365 Project and Portfolio Management. The bottom-line? According to Forrester, a typical organization can realize a 301% ROI over three years! That’s a pretty bold claim, so let’s take a look at how they arrived at that figure.

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Microsoft PPM Platforms: The Fact And The Fiction

Written by Ben Chamberlain on January 27th, 2016 at 4:19 pm

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“Decades-old fables about Microsoft Project’s lack of capabilities bear little resemblance to today’s reality.”

We’ve all heard the age-old myths about the moon being made of cheese or fantastic creatures patrolling murky depths or hairy giants haunting the Pacific Northwest. With experience comes the wisdom to recognize which is truth and which isn’t. Yet, some of us do still occasionally fall for a modern myth or urban legend. Just ask anyone who still believes that Elvis has never really “left the building.”

Looking to do more in 2016?

Written by Ben Chamberlain on December 21st, 2015 at 12:55 pm

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The end of the year is a time to connect with loved ones, celebrate the holidays, and make resolutions for the New Year. For PMO leaders, it’s also the perfect time to take a step back and assess the effectiveness of the processes you use to manage project and program investments, while also assessing their impact on your business.

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Is Robust Benefits Realization Finally In Reach?

Written by Ben Chamberlain on July 10th, 2015 at 12:54 pm

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Part 5 in a series on how to extend the value of Microsoft Project Online & Project Server…
By now we know how important good business cases are to ensuring good project and program selection. A business case helps the organization determine the relative value of investments, and are also used to evaluate and prioritize competing initiatives.

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Three Hurdles to Benefits Realization

Written by Ben Chamberlain on March 25th, 2014 at 2:00 pm

A recent UMT360 webinar on Project and Portfolio Financial Controls for Project Server included discussion of the need for a benefits realization framework.  It’s a topic of intense interest as businesses focus on getting the most out of their investments. Executives want to be assured that they’re getting 100% of the benefits promised and that those benefits are being delivered when expected. So, what’s keeping businesses from realizing benefits?

In working with clients over the years, UMT360 has seen clear themes emerge as to why businesses fail to achieve investment benefits. Most seem to face three main hurdles.

  1. Stakeholder Involvement, Commitment and Engagement
    In many cases, once a project is funded, no one is responsible for benefits realization. There has to be accountability, a clear vision and agreement on objectives.
  2. Lack of a Proven Benefits Realization Process
    No one understands how to manage the benefits lifecycle or there’s a lack of management support for a formal benefits realization process.
  3. Uncertainty
    Market conditions, scope and resources change along with the inherent challenges associated with defining and managing soft or non-financial benefits.

Benefits realization is key to ensuring businesses get the expected payoff from investments. Learn more about how to get started with Benefits Realization by reading UMT360 CEO Mike Gruia’s white paper The Benefits Realization Crisis.  Click here to download.   Did you miss the webinar?  Click here to view it and learn how Adding Project and Portfolio Financial Controls to Microsoft Project Server can help you realize more ROI from your PPM investment.