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Using Dependencies & Validations for Project Online/Server Fields

I was recently teaching a class for UMT360 Administrators, and as I was covering the feature Dependencies and Validations for Project Server Fields, one of my students in the class exclaimed in a eureka moment, “I didn’t know we could do that!” So I thought, maybe others who are not aware of what their UMT360 …

Strike & Maintain the Right Innovation Balance

IT and the business knows:    The year-to-year viability of a company depends on its ability to innovate. We have learned over the years that innovation comes from three sources. Top Down – Driven by management imperatives (i.e. we have to be in the cloud) Bottom Up – Can originate anywhere in the organization, everyone …

What is Portfolio Management?

Ask ten people to define portfolio management and you’ll likely receive ten different answers. Of the various definitions, most will focus on some sort of aggregate reporting across portfolios or highlight alignment of spend with strategic priorities and selecting the optimal project portfolio under varying budget constraints.

UMT360 Announces the Release of UMT360 Portfolios

UMT360 today announced the release of the newest module in its leading Enterprise Portfolio Management solution – UMT360 Portfolios.  UMT360 Portfolios connects siloed portfolios (e.g. project, application, IT Service and business capability) to build a dynamic blueprint of a company’s operating fabric.  It provides three breakthrough EPM models to help CIOs, Portfolio Managers and PMOs visualize …

Cumulative Update 4 (CU4) for UMT Project Essentials 2012

We are pleased to announce the release of the UMT Project Essentials 2012 Cumulative Update 4 (CU4). This update includes a number of fixes, therefore UMT strongly recommends that you test this in a test environment based on your production environment before putting this fix live in production. Here’s the list of fixes and improvements addressed: Core …

5 Principles Essential to IT Cost Optimization

IT investments face a leaner, slimmer future but the companies that master IT investment cost optimization will emerge with better ROI on their investments.  IT investments are positioned as so essential to core operations and integral to business success that they often remain remarkably resistant to cutbacks, even in economic downturns.  Although IT investment budgets …

Should You Shift from a Project to Product-Based Investment Approach?

It’s been a topic of discussion by industry analysts in recent days – businesses making the move from a project to product-based investment approach. What’s the difference? In his latest white paper, UMT360 CEO Mike Gruia explains why the project-focused project and portfolio management (PPM) processes which organizations have used for the last decade are …

The Evolution of Portfolio Analytics

UMT360 CEO Mike Gruia talked a bit about the history of UMT360 when he introduced Gartner’s Donna Fitzgerald recently at the Microsoft Project Conference in Anaheim.  Below is his introduction during which he discussed UMT’s history in the evolution of portfolio analytics. I’ve been fortunate to be involved with portfolio topics for the last 20 …

How to get Started Integrating Project Financial Controls

At this week’s Microsoft Project Conference in Anaheim, attendees packed into the session about Benefits Realization wanting to know what they can do to better achieve project and portfolio benefits.  UMT360’s Ben Chamberlain presented the Benefits Realization session and told the crowd that it is essential to start looking at projects as business investments.  That …

Talking Benefits Realization at the Microsoft Project Conference

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 …

Reflecting on Microsoft’s 2006 Acquisition of UMT Innovation

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 …

Marquette University Shares How UMT360 Helped Them Get More from Project Server

Marquette University has expanded its use of Project Server – adding UMT360 capabilities to help it maximize the value of its PPM platform.  The university went from using Project Server as a simple repository of project schedules to doing so much more including using it for the capital selection process. At Microsoft’s Project Conference next week in …

Ushering in 2014 & Your Application Spend

As we ring in 2014, IT spending is on its way up.  Gartner is forecasting a 3.1% increase in worldwide IT spending this year taking it to an estimated $3.8 trillion.  Also on the rise, the amount of software budgets dedicated to applications.  In a Gartner enterprise IT spending study last year, respondents indicated the …

UMT360 for Project Server Data Sheet Now Available

Built on the Microsoft SharePoint Server, UMT360 helps companies get more value from their Project Server investments.  It helps companies digitalize investment planning and controls to gain complete financial transparency across their project and program portfolios.  Check out the new UMT360 Data Sheet  – Project and Portfolio Financial Intelligence for Microsoft Project Server.  If you …

Why organizations need more from portfolio management.

In a UMT360 webcast, an industry analyst said that business leaders are now “reaching out to the market again looking for independent portfolio management functionality that will allow them to justify new investments and justify the redistribution especially of funds in order to exploit new business opportunities.”   Today, it can be a daunting process for …

What is PPM 2.0?

UMT360 is focused on delivering PPM2.0 for our customers – the new PPM which provides organizations with the complete perspective they need to make better decisions about projects – decisions which ultimately will translate to more ROI.  But what does PPM 2.0 really mean? PPM has evolved significantly over the last 15 years.   Organizations have …

UMT360 Lends a Helping Hand

In early October, UMT360’s northwest team took a day to disconnect from technology and lend a helping hand to a wonderful nonprofit in Washington state.  The team spent a day volunteering at the Harmony Hill Cancer and Wellness Retreat Center on Hood Canal.  Harmony Hill opened back in 1986 as a wellness retreat and added its cancer …

Are you ready for PPM 2.0?

UMT360 is pleased to bring you a series of webinars on PPM 2.0 – Why Portfolio  Financial Intelligence (PFI) is Key.  You can click here to view the recording of the first in the series presented in late September  by UMT360 CEO Mike Gruia.  Join us for the next three webinars being presented by Frank …

UMT360 is Growing with New Openings Announced

As UMT360 continues to expand its team, we’re accepting applications for a number of positions including Sales/Business Development Representatives, Software Sales Executives, Technical Sales Engineers, Program Managers and Technical Writers.  Interested applicants can read more about the positions on the UMT360 website or contact our HR department at hr@umt360.com.  Based in Bellevue, WA, UMT360 provides …