Program Framework, Project Management Practice, Project Online, Project Planning

Customise Microsoft PPM to your business needs

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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 >>

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Microsoft release Project Online app: Office 365 Project Time Reporter

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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 >>

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New product offerings in the Digital Marketplace

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Let’s take a moment to think about the importance of the Public Sector. The government, its departments, public corporations, municipal councils, agencies and other bodies are vital to the way we live. From healthcare to social housing and education to refuse collection; without proper management and conscious planning, the public sector can very quickly run into problems. And these are issues that could have an effect on thousands – if not millions – of lives. As members of the public, we are highly invested in these organisations, not least because we provide the income necessary for them to function. Continue reading >>

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Office 365 Planner – is it for you?

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People have developed a whole series of expressions about overkill – a ‘sledgehammer to crack a nut’, a ‘bazooka to kill a fly’, or (as in Russian), ‘to shoot sparrows with a canon’. Overloading and saturating can be just as damaging as starving. This principle can be applied practically anywhere – from growing a plant to filling a vehicle engine.

In the workplace, this principle definitely applies to project management. Continue reading >>

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Long term thinking: the flexibility of your investment in Office 365 Project Portfolio Management

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Flexibility is an interesting concept. For sports stars, its value might be their most important physical attribute – it’s essential for injury prevention as well as allowing for the highest level of performance. Flexibility is also interesting as a personality trait; i.e. the extent to which a person can cope with changes in circumstances, and consider problems and tasks in original, imaginative ways. This personality trait becomes relevant when stresses and unexpected events occur, requiring a person to change their outlook, attitude, or commitment. To round off, cognitive flexibility is the ability to switch between two concepts as well as simultaneously think about multiple concepts. 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 >>

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Office 365 Enterprise E5 – the comprehensive package

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Even the most tech-savvy and well-informed Microsoft guru may struggle to list off every member of the Office 365 arsenal. This is, of course, a good problem to have; the Redmond tech giant certainly hasn’t been holding back on releasing productivity tools in recent years, as well as providing numerous updates on existing software. Updating and replacing the current E4 plan, the recently released Office 365 Enterprise E5 contains every piece of the productivity platform puzzle. The only problem is that there’s too many pieces to list in one blog post! Continue reading >>

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Program Framework: A look back at 2015

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This marks our final blog for 2015, and we’re happy to say it’s been a fantastic year. We’ve been lucky to attend so many brilliant events over the last twelve months, and we’re thrilled we’ve been able to meet so many people who value project management as much as we do.

So, by way of a celebration we thought we’d recite our Top Moments of 2015 (in no particular order, of course!) Continue reading >>

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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 >>

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What is Office 365 Planner?

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As an article in CIO recently reported; many industries are facing a dearth of project managers with the skills and experience required to support organisational goals. Project Management is a highly skilled profession, with its own qualification system. The software which allows project managers to do their jobs also demands a steep learning curve and a real understanding of the theory behind the practice. Continue reading >>