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Nintex continues to improve their enterprise mobile apps

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In an earlier post we mentioned our partner Nintex had some exciting developments up their sleeves, to be announced in the coming months. Sure enough, Nintex have now launched new versions of Nintex Mobile and Nintex Forms, helping companies to build much more sophisticated mobile apps and forms with custom branding and advanced data connectors. We’ve long been fans of Nintex, as have our clients, so we are really pleased to see their products improving even further.

These improved tools add a new layer of sophistication to the Nintex enterprise-grade workflow automation platform. Helping companies drive productivity and engage global workforces around the clock, whether they’re in the office or in the field, on laptops or mobile devices, online or offline. There was reason we said to be excited. Continue reading >>

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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 >>

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Carrying out ‘what if’ analyses with Tempus Resource

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Tempus Resource series 3 / 3

This is our third and final post about Tempus Resource, a state of the art resource management tool from ProSymmetry. In the first post we looked at how managing resources is a major issue for Project Managers, as most existing project management tools lack this capability. In the second post we looked at how Tempus Resource helps users make major resource decisions by letting them build models, and in the final post we’ll look at how this would work in reality.

“What would happen to project costs if we employed two hundred new staff?”; “what would happen to Project A if we split Project B?”; “what would happen to our employees’ workloads if we asked them to commit two hours a day elsewhere?” Program and Project Managers are always looking for ways to improve the efficiency of their outputs and constantly seek the best results for their portfolios. Continue reading >>

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Using Tempus Resource to make data driven decisions

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Tempus Resource series 2 / 3

This is the second post in our three part series on Tempus Resource, a next-generation Resource Management tool. In part one of the series we looked at the major resource challenges which Project Managers face and showed how Tempus Resource helps users make the best decisions. In this post we’ll be looking in further detail at how the platform does so through the use of its powerful modelling feature.

Program and Portfolio Management is a challenging and dynamic field – and that’s one of the reasons we find it so fascinating. Nonetheless, when enormous budgets are on the line, when project outcomes are in the balance and when facing important deadlines, managing resources is no walk in the park. Even the most insightful and aware Project Manager can’t take every possible factor into account and this loads more risk onto an already unpredictable situation. Continue reading >>

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Modelling for the 21st Century – New Program Framework Whitepaper

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When it comes to the crucial decisions which drive business forward, many organisations are forced to make enormous choices based on unreliable information. This is particularly the case in the field of Project Management (PM): lacking oversight of projects, unable to fully visualise the impact of changes or to see how different factors mesh together, PM professionals are often forced to take decisions ‘in the dark’. Currently available tools make it incredibly hard to model changes, require extensive training and lack flexibility. These tools just don’t correspond with the needs of decision makers in large organisations that have a number of simultaneous projects on the go. Continue reading >>

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Looking into the future with Tempus Resource

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At some point, we’ve all wished we could look into the future; knowing what might have been, which opportunities we should take, which situations we should avoid. It would allow us to decide which routes to go down and make better decisions in the present. The same goes for Project Management: when working on large portfolios, having an idea of the outcomes of a change in staffing or a compression in timeframe would allow Project Managers to make the best practice decisions in the present.

Of course, bar looking into a crystal ball, knowing what will definitely happen in the future remains an impossibility. Nonetheless, whether it’s forecasting the weather, estimating macroeconomic trends or simply knowing that your train will arrive at a certain time, the ability to use previous experience to estimate outcomes is a marker of consciousness. Continue reading >>