Program Framework

See you at Future Decoded

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Are you attending Future Decoded?

Program Framework will be there and exhibiting with our Consortium alliance partners, this year focussing on some key industries and explaining the benefits of Microsoft Cloud for their specific digital transformation challenges.

We have a number of presentation sessions throughout the two days. I will be co-presenting “Delivering the benefits of digital change in the Public Sector” on Tuesday 31st Oct @ 11.30 (Day 1) in the Purple 3 theatre.

We will explore what digital change really means in the public sector, wrestling with the challenges of delivering smarter, accessible and cost-efficient services to the public. Calling upon our collective experiences and real customer examples from those organisations who have already embarked on a journey of change or modernisation using Microsoft technologies, we will share insight and best practices from within the sector. Find out more from this short video.

Look forward to seeing you at Future Decoded next week! Continue reading >>


The Power of Power BI – a revolution for data driven PPM

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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 a 2017 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award Winner!

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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 >>

Project Online, Project Planning, Project Scheduling

Project Online Scaling to New Heights

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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 >>

Project Governance, Project Management Practice, Project Online, Project Planning

Does your Project Support Office need support?

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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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PMO Agent, Project Governance, Project Management Practice, Project Online, Project Planning

Revolutionise Project Status Reporting with Project Online and PMO Agent

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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 >>