Program Framework, SharePoint, SharePoint Online

What we learned about SharePoint 2016 at Microsoft Ignite

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At the Ignite Conference back in May, Chicago witnessed the gathering of many big thinkers. IT professionals, enterprise developers, architects and CEO’s all had the unique opportunity to feel inspired, challenge their existing knowledge and visualise the future of technology. Microsoft Ignite 2015 was a massive event where a range of new products and services were showcased, introducing a new era of enterprise computing enabled by a number of next generation applications and solutions. Among the key announcements was the much anticipated news surrounding SharePoint 2016. Can it really empower organisations to achieve more? We take a closer look. Continue reading >>

Program Framework, Project Management Practice

Game changer: why Change Management is no longer a luxury

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What is it about change that people are so averse to? While there are some areas of our lives where we’re constantly hungry for novelty, humans have a much stronger tendency towards stability. There is a number of reasons for this fear of change – research shows we subconsciously presume things which have lasted longer are better. When something seems old or permanent, we presume it has stood the test of time and is, therefore, good.

Organisations as a whole often have the same tendency, seeing change as something undesirable – businesses prefer stability: ‘better the devil you know than the devil you don’t’. However, in a globalised economy of emerging markets and increasing competition, a refusal to adapt to new pressures, technology and opportunities can be catastrophic. It’s no longer an option to simply carry on as we used to – businesses need to be adaptive if they hope to succeed in this climate. Continue reading >>

Program Framework, Project Management Practice, Project Planning

Nintex workflows – answering the call for rapid ROI

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There’s little doubting that the gradual economic recovery of the last few years is something we’re all pleased about. However, while we’re returning to growth, business remains cautious about making long term investments when it’s still not clear what’s around the corner. This is true for almost any part of a business – from physical infrastructure, to marketing and, perhaps most significantly, in IT. There are a range of preconceived notions about IT projects being expensive, disruptive and having hard to measure Return on Investment (ROI).

This apprehension is perfectly understandable – but we also know that investment is essential for long term growth. Deploying new tools and solutions can boost productivity, cut costs and make your company more efficient. However, no one wants to spend big on enormous IT projects where the company will only begin to see benefits two years (or more) down the line. This kind of project feels sensible in times of plenty, yet is less than a sure bet when times are tight. Continue reading >>

Program Framework, Project Management Practice

Gartner PPM Conference 2015, London, June 8th – 9th

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Working in an area as diverse and fast-paced as Project and Portfolio Management is great. Not only for the work we get to do and help we can offer, but also due to the fantastic number of shows and conferences scheduled throughout the year. We always keep an eye on those ‘must-attend’ events as they’re an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues (old and new) and stay on-top of the latest news and announcements from our industry.

The last few months have been particularly busy and insightful for us at Program Framework. Most notably with the Project Spring Challenge Show in April, which focussed on changes in the PPM landscape and how companies are responding to these new shifts. Add to that Microsoft Ignite, which was a huge event and covered all manner of topics, from sharing Microsoft’s PPM vision and roadmap to understanding and utilising Project Pro in Office 365, we’ve been inundated with exciting news, views and developments which both directly and indirectly connect with our industry. Continue reading >>