Program Framework, Project Management Practice, Project Online

Arup meets Tempus Resource

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Those of you who follow our blog will be aware of our work with Arup – the global design and engineering firm. We’re extremely grateful to have worked alongside them, as our partnership earned us the award for Best New Cloud Customer at the EMEA Partner Forum back in September. We’ve built many lasting relationships with the Arup team, which is why we’re even happier to learn that they have chosen to further improve their project and portfolio management (PPM) by investing in Tempus Resource – the resource management tool from our US partner, ProSymmetry. Continue reading >>

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The risk and reward of migrating to Office 365 Project Portfolio Management

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If businesses can be said to be made up of processes and practices, then project management is the string that ties these processes together. Even the largest companies have a resource limit, and good project portfolio management (PPM) makes sure resources are focused in the right areas for maximum efficiency.

PPM is concerned with asking the most pertinent questions about your business practices: Continue reading >>

Office 365, Program Framework, Project Management Practice, Project Online, Project Server

Microsoft Project 2016 comes to Office 365

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2015 has been an exciting year in the world of project management, with a whole range of exciting products and updates released. Looking back over the past twelve months, there have been many standout moments, but the announcements around Microsoft Project 2016 were particularly impressive.

Immediately available to Office 365 users, Microsoft launched Project 2016 at the end of September to minimal fanfare. Nonetheless, the low key release wasn’t indicative of a low key product refresh. Rumours about the updates had been circulating for some time, so we were very excited to get our hands on Project 2016 – and we weren’t disappointed.

How has Microsoft improved and updated Project, and how will that affect you? Continue reading >>

Office 365, Program Framework, Project Online, Project Planning, Project Server

Learn how Project Online is helping companies achieve more at the Project Online Roadshow

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We’re delighted to announce that Program Framework will be presenting at Microsoft’s Project Online Roadshow on Monday 7th December in London Victoria. Our seminar, Managing Portfolios in an FMCG organisation and the introduction of Project Online, will include a guest appearance from Simon Ireson, Programme Manager at Britvic and will be led by our director, Gero Renker. Continue reading >>

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Program Framework win ‘Best New Cloud Customer’ award for work with Arup

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Microsoft held this year’s EMEA Project Partner Forum in Amsterdam on the 9th and 10th September, taking the opportunity to communicate the IT giant’s latest developments and recognise the successes of partners in the region. Among this year’s winners, we were presented the award for ‘Best New Cloud Customer’ by Sajan Parihar – Microsoft Director of Product Management – for our work with the design and construction firm Arup.

Partners arrived in the Dutch capital to hear about the future of Microsoft’s most popular Project Management tools, network with peers, and gain invaluable insights into the future of PPM. At the Netherlands headquarters at Schiphol, the conference heard from various Microsoft leaders. Compelling business success stories surrounding Microsoft’s range of PPM offerings underscored the value of appropriately deployed Project Management technology. Continue reading >>

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What is the Digital Marketplace and why does it matter?

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Before we dive straight in and take a look at the specifics of the Digital Marketplace, we first need to provide you with a little bit of history by looking at its parent – “G-Cloud”. The UK Government G-Cloud is a government-wide initiative aiming to ease procurement for public-sector bodies via the use of cloud computing. The G-Cloud consists of: 

  • A series of framework agreements with suppliers. These agreements save an awful lot of time for perspective buyers, so these public sector organisations can call off services without needing to run a full blown tendering process or competition procurement process.
  • The Digital Marketplace; a central hub that allows public sector workers to search for any service covered by the G-Cloud Framework with ease.
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Office 365, Program Framework, Project Management Practice, Project Online, SharePoint

Change Management and the legal industry

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Nobody likes change, especially in the workplace. New working hours can be stressful to those they affect, a new office can be a cold and unwelcoming environment until its occupants warm to it, a new IT system or productivity tool can also throw employees off their usual routine. In short, people are naturally wired to enjoy consistency. It’s safe, reassuring, and expected. Coming in one morning to find any deviation from the norm can thus be unsettling and unnerving. And employers know that unsettled employees are not happy employees, nor as productive as they can be. Continue reading >>

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Microsoft Customer Stories: Arup and Program Framework

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We are delighted to announce that Microsoft have recently published a Customer Story based on our work with Arup, the global design and engineering firm. We’re really pleased that Microsoft have recognised not only the hard work that went into this project, on both sides, but also the excellent solution and benefits that Arup have been able to realise.

Arup was founded in 1946 and offers engineering, design, planning, project management and consulting services for all aspects of the built environment. They have a varied workforce of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists. We have been speaking with them for some time about how we can help improve their project governance, in particular working with their Global IT Portfolio Management Office (PMO). The end results, using Project Online in some really interesting ways, has transformed how Arup approach Project and Portfolio Management. Continue reading >>

Project Online, Project Server

Portfolio Management using Project Online, Project Server 2010 / 2013, creating a Competitive Advantage inside your Organization

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Overview

If you want to achieve great results in a demanding environment and create Competitive Advantage for your Organization, then you should ensure you are selecting the best projects, the best investments and above all creating the best portfolio[1] for your organization.

As a CEO, a CSO, or a PMO in a Private Company or in the Public Sector, selecting the best projects means ensuring that you’re delivering the best value-for-money for your investments.

The aim of this article is not to be an overview of Strategy Management, or Portfolio Management, but to quickly demonstrate how Project Online / Project Server can help you achieve the intended results.

[1] Portfolio: a range of investments held by a person or organization.

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Project Online – a compelling case for moving Project Management forward

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Following the trend over the last few years away from native installations, Microsoft have now made their project management solutions available in the cloud in the form of Project Online. It’s a compelling option for Project Managers; more than simply moving MS Project onto the cloud, it offers full compatibility with SharePoint and integration with the whole Office 365 suite. With a facelift, a raft of new features and increased flexibility, it sits well with the all inclusive philosophy Microsoft envisage for the modern workplace.

While Project Online will be a logical choice for new subscribers, users with established project management software would be right to ask whether investing in the newest outing of MS Project offers any significant improvements for them and their business. In this post we’ll be looking at the most exciting features of the solution and explore what it can offer to different sets of users. Continue reading >>