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Exciting new roadmapping capabilities now available for Microsoft Project users!

Written by Ben Chamberlain on January 18th, 2019 at 11:57 am

Microsoft recently released a new feature for Project called Roadmap. According to Microsoft, “Roadmap is a visually exciting way to combine information from multiple Waterfall and Agile projects and share it with co-workers.” But that’s just the beginning…

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Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for IIPA Recognizes UMT360 As A Visionary

Written by Hubie Sturtevant on November 30th, 2018 at 10:05 am

For the seventh consecutive year, UMT360 is once again recognized as a Visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Integrated IT Portfolio Analysis Applications (IIPA). In its 2018 report, Gartner recognizes UMT360 for its completeness of vision and ability to execute. The full report can be found here (Gartner subscription required).

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UMT360 Named A Visionary In Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for IIPA

Written by Hubie Sturtevant on November 28th, 2017 at 9:59 am

UMT360 has once again been recognized as a Visionary in Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Integrated IT Portfolio Analysis Applications (IIPA). This is the sixth consecutive year that UMT360 has been recognized by Gartner for its completeness of vision and ability to execute. The full report can be found here (Gartner subscription required).

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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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Creating A Dynamic Planning Framework & Taking Corrective Action

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

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Part 4 in a series on how to extend the value of Microsoft Project Online & Project Server…
OK, so we’ve seen how to easy it is to integrate financials into our PPM process. We’ve recognized the importance of building robust business cases. We’ve realized that time wasted on manual reporting can be spent on more strategic activities. We should be feeling pretty good about ourselves now.

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It’s Time To Automate Status Reporting & Variance Analysis

Written by Ben Chamberlain on July 6th, 2015 at 11:54 am

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Part 3 in a series on how to extend the value of Microsoft Project Online & Project Server…
One the banes of today’s Project Management professionals is status reporting. It’s an important component of any PPM process. But’s it’s often a logistical nightmare that typically involves manual processes that suck valuable time away from more strategic activities. Data must be gathered and reconciled from disparate systems and then reports must be manually developed. Read the rest of this entry »

Better Portfolios Begin with Better Business Cases

Written by Ben Chamberlain on June 30th, 2015 at 11:29 am

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Part 2 in a series on how to extend the value of Microsoft Project Online & Project Server…
An organization’s portfolio of projects is really a collection of strategic investments. And these investments are of course made with the expectation that they will drive better business results. Too often, not enough is done on the front-end of the PPM process to manage the demand for new investments.

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The Winds of Digital Change Are Howling

Written by Ben Chamberlain on June 9th, 2015 at 12:16 pm

This year’s Gartner PPM Summit was held just outside of Dallas, TX, in early June. One of the highlights of the event was the standing room-only presentation by UMT360 client Frank LaRocca about how PMOs need to adjust their methods to adapt to a changing business environment.

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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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