What if you could reduce your organization’s overhead to make more room for actual work and better productivity? Guess what? You can!
Gain work management freedom by understanding that work management systems, and the data within them – whether you’re talking about project management or agile software – is not the actual work, but a digital representation of actual work.
Innovative-e, a recognized leader in the PPM space with multiple awards from Microsoft, is driven to help organizations build, adopt and grow work and project management apps and systems. Our primary objective is to free people from the overhead of maintaining this data by the people doing and managing the work to leave more time for the actual work. Our customers have shown that this drives the need for multi-point integrations and is a critical part of the foundation for value stream management (VSM).
Building these solutions is the easy part – it can be much harder to get people to adopt the new solution. And if people don’t use the work/project management solutions we help them build and put into place, the solution isn’t sustainable and will not promote the organizational growth that is often the object of the change in the first place.
Not just for the C-suite folks
Our solutions often are seen by the people at the C-level, but our customer entry point is generally the people who use the tools, like a project office or PMO, IT leadership, or software delivery leadership. While the C-suite guys may be looking to optimize value streams across the enterprise, we typically work with the people in the trenches. Usually the conversations we have with customers start simply and organically, identifying that we need to integrate disparate systems to reduce the overhead of entering the same data into multiple systems to thoroughly track the work being done. A proper integration also increases the fidelity of the data being entered, resulting in better info management. That, in turn, translates to better efficiency and outcomes for that team or organization.
The magic starts happening when individual tool owners see the broader implications for their team’s experiences when this overhead is reduced, productivity jumps, and efficiency improves. This buy-in from the individual tool level is a fundamental block in VSM.
Stepping beyond point-to-point integrations
While Innovative-e has enabled many customers to integrate their solutions and consolidate their data for many years with point-to-point integrations and/or data warehouse solutions, we’re fairly new to the world of multi-point integrations. When it became clear that multi-point integrations are the future, we arrived at a crossroad: we could either build our own multi-point tool, or we could partner with a tool provider. As we often advise our customers, sometimes the overhead of building your own solution can bog down the effectiveness of that solution. So we took our own advice and, instead of building our own tool, we researched the market and partnered with Tasktop, a world-class leader in the value stream management market recognized by industry analysts like Forrester.
When we were researching VSM platforms and determining who we wanted to partner with, we looked at these key criteria:
- Does the product work well at what it does?
- Is it reliable, both technically and from an organizational level (does it work and is the company that provides it solid)?
We reviewed a number of demos of Tasktop’s VSM platform and attended classes to evaluate Tasktop’s suitability to provide a top-notch multi-point integration tool to bring to our customers.
It was an easy decision! With more than 60 integrations, most cloud-based, our customers who use Tasktop’s VSM platform, benefit from Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery/Deployment (CICD). In a world where software is frequently updated and changed, the CICD benefits our customers get when they use Tasktop’s VSM tool means they’re always up-to-date in a rapidly changing world, without the overhead of managing updates and upgrades themselves.
Tasktop also employs model-based integration. Innovative-e has built numerous custom integrations and have seen both customers and partners build custom integrations. We’ve learned the value of being able to model integrations through a graphical interface rather than managing with code and manual effort (which is yet more overhead). Spend less time mapping code, set up integrations faster, and dramatically reduce the time maintaining the integrations. Reducing all this overhead means fewer headaches for our customers, increased adoption of the tool, and more work time devoted to, well, work. That is work management freedom.
Work management freedom is our vision for our customers, and drives every solution we build and recommend for our customers. Partnering with Tasktop to take our integration solutions to the next level has given us the ability to offer our customers a best-in-class value stream management platform while we continue to bring our customers work management freedom through visibility, agility and control.
More info to help you maximize value
In March 2021, Innovative-e’s President, Mike Taylor, was asked to present at VSMDevCon. To learn more about how we encourage widespread organizational adoption, getting work management systems right and the keys to success for integrating multiple tools to realize maximum value for your organization, watch his presentation here: https://youtu.be/De0hiSFlTb0.
You can also check out the episode of our podcast, “Are You Done Yet,” a video podcast tackling your project management challenges, where Mike and our Business Development Guru Bryan Quick discuss value stream management, how our customers benefit from all-out VSM efforts, and our partnership with Tasktop. https://youtu.be/4kgWgv9kVRY Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Android or Google, and subscribe to our YouTube channel, where you’ll find all the episodes of “Are You Done Yet” plus loads more content about value stream management, Microsoft work and project management tools, Microsoft Teams and more!