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Time to Take a New Look at Today’s PPM Solutions – Extending Microsoft Project Online, Part 2

In our last blog post, about using market-leading Microsoft-aligned products to enhance the OOTB functionality of Project Online, we talked about the benefits of using these products, and spotlighted a few of such products that your organization might be able touse, or might already be using.

We wanted to mention at greater length another solution that can vastly improve your OOTB Project Online experience to give you #AmazingPM: PS+.5580_CPS_PS-US-Web-Banners-x-2_262x450

PS+ is a pre-configured, best-practice solution to enhance Project Online by improving visibility and transparency into projects and portfolios for decisionmakers, and improving ease-of-use for users. The folks who made PS+ won the 2016 Microsoft Partner of the Year award for this solution, which seamlessly integrates with Project Online to bring better navigation, clearer data for better reporting and analysis, preconfigured templates, and other productivity-boosting features.

Innovative-e is the premier US partner for PS+, which you can test drive for free and with no risk or obligation (drop us an email if you want to know more!).

When examining the PPM solution you have in place, consider PS+ to augment Microsoft Project Online to accelerate your PM, make it easier for stakeholders to look at the big picture, and make it easier for users to use.

Watch the 3-minute video about for a quick overview of what’s now possible with PPM solutions.

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Time to Take a New Look at Today’s PPM Solutions – Extending Microsoft Project Online, Part 1

In his most recent video, “Time to Take a New Look at Today’s PPM Solutions,” Mike Taylor, President of Innovative-e, talks a little about how using Microsoft Project Online can accelerate your project and portfolio management and free up resources that can then be used elsewhere in your organization. Straight out of the box, Project Online will boost your PPM.

But Project Online can be extended to make your PPM solution even more amazing.

Microsoft-approved and -aligned add-in products can further reduce cost and time to implement and maintain Project Portfolio Management solutions. Core platform capabilities are enhanced with automated best-in-class products that provide a vast array of benefits…

These benefits include:

  • Enhanced user experiences for PMs and users
  • Features like best practice templates based on PMI or Prince2
  • One-click access to all info
  • Simplified organization of projects
  • Utility time-savers like one-click status reports
  • Enhanced data-visualization reporting
  • Improved financial management with near-real-time data mart and trending info and time-phased information

If your PPM integration needs are more advanced, the Project Online platform works with other mature tools and market-leading products, like Oracle, SAP, and others. Integration with other Microsoft products, such as Office 365, is seamless.

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Regardless of the platform you’re using now to manage your projects and portfolio, Microsoft Project Online – with or without add-ins – can make your project management more efficient and give you a measurable return on your investment.

Watch the video, and reach out to us at info@innovative-e.com to find out more!

 

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Time to Take a New Look at Today’s PPM Solutions – out with the Old, in with the New

In his latest video, “Time to Take a New Look at Today’s PPM Solutions,” Mike Taylor, President of Innovative-e, says:

The latest tools are vastly superior to those of only a few years ago. Roadblocks to success from the past are gone.

What’s changed?

The traditional model of PPM was a solution configured on an organization’s data center in a server farm. This involved purchasing and maintaining servers and software, and the staff to set up and manage both. Expensive both in terms of dollars and resources!

Microsoft’s PPM platform has shifted from costly on-premise solutions to a secure cloud-based platform – Microsoft Project Online – that reduces infrastructure costs and setup/maintenance time. Instant-on infrastructure accelerates the implementation of a solution so organizations can deploy quickly and start realizing ROI faster than they could with on-premise solutions. The win here is obvious – organizations have more money and time to invest elsewhere in their businesses.

Access to a cloud-based PPM platform is fast and simple. Users (executives, PMs, and team-members) can access the platform in a number of ways, from almost any device. Project Online is available, by role, to anyone, anywhere. In a work society that is more globalized than ever, this flexibility that allows stakeholders to access an organization’s PPM platform from anywhere on virtually any device extends organizations’ efficiency and productivity, another clear win.

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Microsoft Project Online, effective OOTB (out-of-the-box) has some other goodies for PPM professionals, which we’ll be discussing at greater length in our next post. If you want a preview before our next post, be sure to watch the video!

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Time for a New Look at PM Solutions – Overview

Mike Taylor, President of Innovative-e, recently dropped a brief three-minute video discussing the need to look at new approaches to implementing project management solutions. PPM has changed in recent years, resulting in vastly improved solutions.

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These changes improve managing a project or portfolio for all stakeholders – execs, PMs, and team members. The new way to handle PPM boosts efficiency, accuracy, and saves money – so everybody is happier. The new approach also enhances proactive management, surfacing actionable PPM info that shifts the conversation from figuring out where matters stand, to moving forward in a meaningful way on:

  • Schedules
  • Budgets
  • Resources

In the next few posts, we’ll dig a little deeper into the benefits of reevaluating your PPM solution. In the meantime, check out the video. It’ll help you learn how to make your PPM solution amazing!

 

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Innovative-e is Pleased to Announce Partnership with Concerto Cloud Services

Innovative-e has entered into a partnership with Concerto Cloud Services, starting with  a hosted SharePoint environment, which will be the foundation to leverage other cloud services in the future.

From the news release about the new partnership:

“After conducting extensive research of different cloud solution providers, Concerto Cloud Services stood out as a high-performing, quality provider of hosting services with a reputation for exceptional customer support,” said Mike Taylor, CEO and President of Innovative-e. “Concerto is initially providing us with a hosted SharePoint environment, but we’re looking forward to leveraging this relationship and the talented Concerto team to provide additional cloud-based project management solutions to our customers.”

Steve Terp, president of Concerto Cloud Services, said, “”This partnership will help Innovative-e bolster its project management services through the cloud, and offer new models and solutions that will streamline business processes for its customers.”

We agree with Steve. Just another way we’re bringing #AmazingPM to our customers!

Read the full news release here.

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What you need to know to choose the perfect Microsoft Partner for #AmazingPM

Are you currently considering moving to Project Online? If so, you know such a move can be difficult because of the complexities and risks of adoption. So what do you do? Many companies have found success by using a Microsoft partner to guide their Project Online implementations. But in order to ensure adoption within your organization and an overall #AmazingPM experience, there are a few things to consider before selecting a partner.

If you’re looking for help with a Project Online migration, the best method is to select a partner who will guide you in following these three principles:

  • Start quickly
  • Achieve winnable wins
  • Sustain adoption

Any good partner should help you start quickly so your organization can see returns on your investment soon after you’ve implemented Project Online. Focusing on quick wins helps ensure adoption and growth for your investment.

Innovative-e’s solutions are designed to be successful and provide you an #AmazingPM experience right out of the box. This allows your organization to focus on the tool, and worry about the high-end customizations after the tool has been adopted by stakeholders.

Choosing the right partner to help you implement Project Online for your organization will help you experience #AmazingPM by enabling you to get started on the fly, achieve early wins to share with decision-makers and higher-ups, and encourage widespread and sustainable adoption of your implementation. A good Microsoft partner will step through the entire migration process with you so that you don’t have to worry about the risks of adoption, so you can see demonstrable returns on your investment quickly, and so that your overall project management experience is amazing.

Innovative-e is a Microsoft partner with Gold-level competencies in Project & Portfolio Management, Content & Collaboration, and Application Development. We have a well-established history of guiding organizations across multiple vertical industries migrate to Project Online. Our customers report back positive results from the implementations we’ve helped them with, and consistently give us kudos for providing #AmazingPM results.

Do you want a quick start, fast ROI, and widespread and sustained adoption of your Project Online solution? Do you want #AmazingPM? We’d love to help you! Email us today for your free consultation. You may also qualify for a free half-day or full-day Microsoft-sponsored session.

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What creates an amazing project management experience?

As it relates to a Project Management Information (PMIS), amazing experiences may mean different things to different people.  One core theme we have heard repeatedly, is that to be amazing, a project management solution must provide value to all stakeholders.

There are many types of stakeholders for a PMIS, but we find there are 3 core roles.  These have common value points they seek:

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Executives are most interested in information that helps them make better decisions.  Project transparency that is surfaced via dashboards, reports, and other data analysis tools allows for better project outcomes.

For this level of management, the ability to visualize problems before or as they are happening is critical.  Whether it’s schedule, budget, cost, risks, or other dimensions of project management, near real time information anywhere, on any device, is paramount.

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Project Managers want to have all the information in one place to manage their project data and resources more effectively.

Managing data in multiple sources such as individual project plans, excel, shared drives/SharePoint, email, etc. by multiple people can be inefficient at best and downright impossible at worst.

A single source of truth for all PM information is vital.

 

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Team Members are the folks are the ones doing the actual project work.  They need tools that create the least disruption of this work.  Ease of use by the team members is a key factor to sustainable adoption.

Bringing data together into a single, easy to use, purpose built system with relevant information available at a click can create an Amazing Project Management solution for all!