Why do organisations implement Project and Portfolio Management systems?
Invariably a key objective is gaining control and visibility of the project portfolio. We want to gather project information efficiently and turn it into insights to be shared with stakeholders promptly.
Project Online is a great tool to rapidly implement a highly personalised project database and adopt a consistent process framework. It’s the combination with Power BI that raises this solution to another level.
What is Power BI? This is how Microsoft explains it:
“Power BI is a suite of business analytics tools that deliver insights throughout your organization. Connect to hundreds of data sources, simplify data prep, and drive ad hoc analysis. Produce beautiful reports, then publish them for your organization to consume on the web and across mobile devices. Everyone can create personalized dashboards with a unique, 360-degree view of their business. And scale across the enterprise, with governance and security built-in.”
As a cloud service within Office 365 it is instantly available and connects easily to Project Online’s data sources (such as Projects, Resources, Tasks, Assignments, Risks, Issues, Timesheets and many more). Continue reading >>
We are celebrating! Program Framework as a member of the Consortium partner alliance has won the Microsoft worldwide Partner of the Year Award for Cloud Productivity!
This is the notification we received from Microsoft:
“Congratulations Program Framework ! You are a 2017 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award Winner.
It is my great pleasure to inform you that from the 2,800+ partner entries submitted this year for the 2017 Partner of the Year Awards program, your company’s nomination, The Consortium , 17-18138, was selected by the Microsoft judges as the Winner for the Cloud Productivity Partner of the Year.
This achievement highlights your truly exceptional work in delivering Microsoft products and services that positively impact our mutual customers.”
A fantastic achievement for the Consortium, and great recognition for our team. This follows our finalist position last year for the Global Project and Portfolio Management Partner of the Year Award – we are delighted. Continue reading >>
Microsoft have just announced a significant update to Project Online, now allowing for up to 30,000 projects to be stored. This is a massive increase from the previous published limit of 5000 projects. Better still, every one of those project can have its own project site. This is clearly a great piece of innovation, and the result of Microsoft investing much of its R&D budget for the product into performance and scalability improvement.
You can find the full detail of this announcement here. Continue reading >>
Implementing a PPM solution like Project Online has the potential of delivering significant benefit to your project teams, management and whole organisation. Increased efficiency, more timely and consistent information, improved resource utilisation, a more strategic project portfolio, and ultimately increased project success – a lot to aim for. Be aware though: The role of the Project Support Office (PSO or PMO) is crucial in turning this potential into reality.
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How many PMOs are there that receive status reports in Excel, Word or PowerPoint format for each individual project, then extract the data manually to create executive reports? …which are then distributed to management via email using those same disconnected file formats?
Pretty much every customer we work with wants to improve this process, for obvious reasons: countless days are being wasted, executive reports are of limited use and delivered with delay, decision making is compromised. Continue reading >>
Technological innovation and the future share many parallels. Both are unpredictable, both are anticipated with enthusiasm by some (and with apprehension by others) and both come around faster than we ever think possible. The cloud and the great spread of connected devices and apps have transformed the way we communicate, collaborate, and accomplish our tasks. Continue reading >>
We write a lot on this blog about the benefits of project portfolio management and what the right solution can do for your organisation. We usually focus on these positives from a business process point of view: how your project management office can incorporate vital data into its practice; have a broader, as well as deeper, view of a project’s resources; present complex information in a simple to understand visual format. And what that means for an organisation in a very practical way, i.e. how it can affect production, help you budget effectively, and provide a real ROI that will show up on your company’s bottom line. Continue reading >>
…and so are we! Program Framework are proud to be joining our Consortium partners for the Microsoft UK tech convention from 1–2 November at the ExCeL Centre in London. In fact, we’re delighted to announce that we are a headline sponsor with Consortium. Continue reading >>
The prevalence of mobile devices continues to shape how we go about our daily lives. According to the above article, no other technology has impacted us like the mobile phone. It’s the fastest growing manmade phenomenon ever, from zero to over 7 billion in about three decades, and it’s showing no signs of slowing. Continue reading >>
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. Continue reading >>