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Know Before You Go – Gartner PPM Summit Preparation

The Gartner PPM Summit is coming up next week, and anyone attending will want to prepare in advance to take full advantage of the show.

trade-showMost people attending Gartner are investing resources researching which Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) solution and/or vendors they want to work with for their enterprise project management. Vendors have paid handsomely for the right to present their wares just as Conference attendees have also paid well for the right to go shopping. All attendees make these investments with no apologies that everyone attending is looking to do some business. Make the most of your investment as an attendee by taking advantage of the following methods to prepare for the conference.

  1. Know what you don’t know and want to learn – there are four tracks at the Gartner show (a. Pioneer, b. Partner, c. Build, & d. Transform) that will focus on a. “New” (methods, PPM approaches, metrics), b. culture/change management, c. optimization and alignment, and d. governance and tools. Understand which of these tracks you don’t understand and write down what questions you have on them before attending any sessions.
  2. Understand which primary technology stack(s) you want to consider – there are seventeen product manufacturers (congratulations to Planview for top marks two years in a row!) and you will not be able to take them all in during the show. Prioritize your time to get to the booths of the vendors who support the technology you might buy so you can meet them in person. (Remember, Innovative-e supports Microsoft primarily, we integrate with other technologies, and we will be in booth 213!)
  3. Prepare advance questions to assess vendor ability to understand the PPM vision for your business – ask your prospective vendors how they approach understanding the value of your system to you.
  4. Prepare advance questions to assess vendor ability to execute the PPM vision for your business – ask your prospective vendors how they approach delivery and quality. (Remember, delivery is all about meeting constraints and quality is all about consistency!)
  5. Prepare advance questions to assess vendor integrity and reliability such as asking them to describe a time when a project failed, and customers didn’t get what they wanted. How did it happen? What did the vendor do to remedy the situation?
  6. Have a tool and an approach to evaluate vendors – use a consistent rating tool by all the members of the evaluating team. Explore different scores with qualitative discussions. Use standardized scoring and a weighting system to evaluate across multiple factors. Innovative-e has an example weighted scoring matrix in an excel file, send a request to eoin.callan@innovative-e.com for a copy if you would like to see how it works.

Innovative-e is incredibly excited and eager for the Gartner PPM Summit and to meet with everyone! We welcome your questions of us and look forward to the chance to help you achieve your goals using #AmazingPM.

See you next week in Booth 213!

 

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Equipping Yourself with the Right Project Management Tools in Heavy Manufacturing

Do you manage projects in the manufacturing industry? Innovative-e offers an array of #AmazingPM tools to deliver winning projects, realize better ROI on PM portfolio investments, and empower your teams with decisive insight and control over your projects.  Ranging from mass-produced, OOTB Microsoft products to standardized, yet tailored, Innovative-e services and products, our tools answersthe question, “What should you have in YOUR toolbox?”Tools.jpg

Tools in Innovative-e’s Toolbox for the Manufacturing PM

Microsoft PPM

Microsoft PPM provides, on its own, robust project management capabilities to maximize business value. Increase PM performance and project throughput, optimize productivity by increasing resource utilization, and improve enterprise resource management with Microsoft Project with cost-effective features such as:

  • Easy time and task management
  • Robust issue and risk mitigation
  • Intuitive collaboration
  • Wide-spread access from virtually anywhere

Check out our fact sheet about the business value of Microsoft PPM here.

OutageHawk™

Built to leverage the power of Microsoft PPM, OutageHawk™ is an outage planning and performance management tool created especially for PMs in heavy industry. OutageHawk™ enables project managers in pulp and paper manufacturing plants, chemical manufacturers, energy companies and other heavy manufacturing industries to manage non-routine, planned maintenance outages, plant upgrades, and critical repair outages smarter and more efficiently to come in on-schedule and under budget safely, sometimes by millions of dollars.

Manufacturing PMs who use OutageHawk™ will be able to:

  • Make better informed decisions where to apply resources on critical tasks
  • Gain improved visibility on schedule drivers and the lock-out/tag-out status of jobs
  • ​Maximize collaboration by adopting a tool designed to work with teams

Want to know more? Download our two-page brochure about OutageHawk™ here or watch our short video about how to use #AmazingPM on your next outage.

Edison365 Projects

Edison365 Projects (previously known as PS+) is an award-winning add-on for Microsoft Project to empower you and your team with even greater insight and control than comes with standard OOTB PPM. Improve collaboration and manage your entire project from start to finish with an intuitive add-on that extends Microsoft Project’s capabilities to give you:

  • Easy-to-use OOTB apps and aids to increase system adoption and productivity immediately
  • Visibility into portfolio project management performance
  • Management reporting
  • Finance management

With Edison365, you’ll gain insights into your portfolio project management performance, take control of resources and expenditures, make more informed decisions, have critical near-real-time information at your fingertips, maximize your resources, and enable more productive collaboration. All of this in an easy-to-use, intuitive interface!

Read this comparison to see how Edison365 Projects deepens and enhances Microsoft PPM, or watch our recorded webinar, “Accelerate Your PM with Edison365 Projects.”

Customer Success Management Services (CSMS) Subscription

With these PPM tools at your disposal, you want to protect your investment and make the very most of it. Innovative-e’s Customer Success Management Services (CSMS) subscription and Application Management and Ongoing Adoption (AMOA) service product give a solid foundation for your user community and your PPM toolset. We will train you to effectively use, manage, and maintain these tools to achieve your business goals at your desired level of self-sufficiency.

Innovative-e uses our years of expertise and stable of PPM subject matter experts to address your PM pain points and attain your organization’s project management goals using the people, processes, and technology you already have in place.

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Use some or all of these tools to maximize productivity, gain better visibility into your portfolio project management, and access up-to-date project performance information to enable informed business decisions. These tools lead to better control over resource management, project scheduling, and portfolio reporting so projects stay on time, on- or under-budget. Each of these tools is designed to help project managers across a number of industries do what they aim to do with their project portfolios and they are especially helpful for PMs on projects in the manufacturing industry.

If you want better ROI and decisive insight from your manufacturing industry project management tools, drop us a line at info@innovative-e.com today!

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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 – 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!