Office 365, Program Framework, Project Management Practice

Digital is upending the finance sector – grab the opportunity by transforming your business

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The term ‘paradigm shift’ is often overused in business speak for minor and frankly insignificant developments. However, in its correct sense, it refers to a wholesale change in how a society views science, religion, industry or any other major entity. While the phrase has become one of the main culprits for business jargon – given the huge pace of change in banking and finance in recent years, it’s not an over-exaggeration to refer to a paradigm shift in the sector. Modern banking – and the way society at large views the financial industry – has changed so much in the past decade, that it is now almost unrecognisable.

This rapid and radical change promises exciting opportunities for financial services organisations to reimagine themselves, realign their relationship with customers and reassert their position in the wider market. For your organisation to capitalise on this change, and to avoid being left behind, you will need to develop a strategy to transform the way you provide services to this new scenario. Continue reading >>

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Do you know what your digital transformation should look like? Learn how with Consortium

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Digital transformation has to be the business buzzword of 2016. Yet, it can be a challenge to really picture what it should look like at your organisation. Perhaps part of the problem is that digital transformation isn’t about one single thing; rather, it’s about a more general shift in strategy, culture, technology and IT philosophy – among other important factors. It’s about shifting from valuing efficiency to valuing constant innovation, moving from a focus on legacy technology to cloud and mobile apps. This all sounds great, but how do you map this general change to the specifics of your company, your activities and the way you work? Continue reading >>

Program Framework, Project Management Practice

The annual celebration of project excellence returns

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Project Managers today have to ensure they’re constantly keeping up to date within the industry in order to give projects the cutting edge. Whether it’s identifying agile practices, implementing digital transformation or understanding requirements, the world of project management is expanding and professionals need to do all they can to keep up. Thankfully, there are a number of talks, events and opportunities to help you do so. Continue reading >>

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Program Framework & Consortium: a team of individual experts

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What makes a great team? Often when we talk about successful teams we single out a number of individuals with special talent that give their team the edge over the competition. But it’s not always the case that the team with the best players prevail – just look at the recent European Championships match between England and Iceland. And this is not limited to sport teams—why do movies with a cast of stars and an acclaimed director sometimes flop? Or how could a company employing vastly experienced business people and top graduates from the most elite business schools in the US fail so spectacularly? Continue reading >>

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WPC 2016: connecting businesses on a global scale

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Microsoft’s 2016 Worldwide Partner Conference came to an end just under 10 days ago, and after a lot of build-up and preparation, we’re happy to say it more than lived up to our expectations! From keynotes to exhibitions to concerts, WPC 2016 was without a doubt the biggest and best event of the year for Microsoft Partners. With 17,000 attendees, WPC marked the start of Microsoft’s financial year; a look towards new and exciting things to come for the company and its partners. Fittingly, the Microsoft Partner logo has received a fresh coat of paint:

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The Metro Toronto Convention Centre hosted 17,000 attendees for the duration of WPC, with breakout sessions, speaker slots and the (huge) exposition hall. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, it was the perfect venue for making new connections and networking with like-minded peers. As a company with international clients and relationships, WPC was a great chance for us at Program Framework to meet with both new and long-term partners that we may otherwise not get to see face-to-face. Continue reading >>

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Announcing Consortium: ‘the cream of the crop’

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When Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker got together in 1966 to form the world’s first successful ‘supergroup’, Cream, they were already very popular musicians in their own right. In fact, as some of the decade’s most talented musicians, together they produced a number of the most memorable rock songs of their generation, and they are a group that still remains popular today.

In that spirit, we are delighted to announce that Program Framework is joining forces with four other award-winning, UK-based Microsoft Gold Partners to form our own ‘supergroup’. Introducing Consortium – a powerful team of IT consultancies with a combination of expertise in key Microsoft technologies. Along with our deep knowledge in project management, with Consortium, our customers can avail of the group’s full expertise across the entire Microsoft enterprise suite, communications, infrastructure, security, as well as big data analytics, all in one place.logo-2

Consortium is about providing IT buyers with a new and alternative service. Continue reading >>

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Counting down the days – WPC is right around the corner

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“WPC is where we come each year to celebrate the success we have together, and also to reaffirm that commitment.”

—Satya Nadella, WPC 2015, Orlando.

It’s hard to believe that in just under a month’s time, Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) will be getting underway. Right now, as you read this, there are more than 15,000 people putting the final touches on their preparations for the tech giant’s annual summer event. Microsoft ensures attendees will be able to make new networking connections, uncover business insights and create partnerships that can help deliver world-class results. So, if you’re getting ready to go, we probably don’t have to do that much convincing to get you excited! Continue reading >>

Program Framework, Project Online, Project Planning

An exciting two months ahead

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We’re setting ourselves up for a busy summer at Program Framework, as we’ll be attending some exciting events throughout June and July. We’re always excited for new opportunities to network and learn from likeminded peers in the Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) sector – as well as getting to attend arguably the biggest Microsoft event of the year! So, what major learning and networking events are we looking forward to this summer? Continue reading >>

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Discover new PMO techniques and ideas

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After sold-out success in 2015, The PMO Conference is returning on the 8th June for its second consecutive year. An event dedicated to PMO practitioners from around the world, the PMO Conference promises a focus on portfolio, program and project offices, encouraging attendees to learn more about their chosen profession from like-minded experts and individuals. We’re excited to announce that Program Framework will be exhibiting at the event as a Silver sponsor, handpicked especially to advise attendees on the businesses that can directly help their PMO. Continue reading >>

Program Framework, Project Management Practice, Project Planning

Understanding Change Management

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Creating sustainable change within an organisation requires time, effort and commitment, but it also requires an understanding of the steps required in order for change to take place. The two key disciplines for this are project management (PM) and change management.

Project Management
The application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities to meet project requirements. PM is accomplished through the application and integration of the project management processes of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, as well as closing.

Change Management
The processes, tools and techniques to manage the people side of change to achieve the required business outcome. Change management incorporates the organisational tools that can be utilised to help individuals make successful personal transitions resulting in the adoption and realisation of change. Continue reading >>