European Commission chooses Vision IT and EPM Live's PortfolioEngine

The European Commission chooses PortfolioEngine and EPM Live Partner Vision IT (Belgium) to address key Project and Portfolio Management requirements.

About European Commission

 

 

 

 

The European Commission is the EU’s executive body and represents the interests of Europe as a whole (as opposed to the interests of individual countries). The term ‘Commission’ refers to both the college of commissioners and the institution itself – which has its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium with offices in Luxembourg. The Commission also has offices known as ‘representations’ in all EU member countries.

 

About Vision IT Group

 

 

Vision IT Group is a European consulting and engineering group specializing in the infrastructures and development of Information Systems, and in software qualification. Founded in 2001 simultaneously in Belgium, in France and in Luxembourg, the group today operates in 9 European countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. Following the example of major groups, it offers its international clients seamless services across Europe.

Verizon Business (VA) chooses WorkEngine and Infostrata Solutions

Verizon Business Solutions (VA) chooses WorkEngine and EPM Live Partner Infostrata (UK) to address key Project and Portfolio Management requirements.

About Verizon Business

Verizon Business (VA) is a leading provider of advanced communications solutions to large government agencies, major corporations, local municipalities and educational institutions.  Verizon is one of the state’s largest employers.

About Infostrata

InfoStrata Solutions is an EPM Live partner that specializes in business solutions based on Microsoft’s SharePoint™ technology. They offer a strategic mix of development experience, consulting track-record and best-of-breed enhancement technologies to deliver the safest and most cost-effective route for your line-of-business requirements.

Free Training Dollars for EPM Live Partners

You delivered your demo and your customers are compelled. You’ve effectively addressed ALL of their requirements and you’ve even gone the extra mile and provided 3 outstanding customer references to which you have included in your proposal (which by the way took several days to prepare). You’ve submitted your proposal and after what seems likes an eternity to get to where you are today everything seems to come to a screeching stop and what seemed like a “sure thing” appears to be contingent on one thing…price.

Sometimes a little incentive is all that is needed to get the momentum back.

From November 25, 2011 to December 31, 2011, EPM Live is offering your customers free training vouchers for every new license purchased before the end of the year. Here are the details:

1. For every license or seat your customers purchase they will receive a $150 training voucher for free.

2. Each voucher can be used towards any of our eLearning end user training courses during 2011 and 2012.

3. On Premise licenses or Annual Subscriptions qualify.

4. All qualifying purchases must be made between Nov 25th to Dec 31st, 2011.

If your EPM Live-based proposals have been stalled, this is an excellent opportunity for you to offer free training $$’s to your clients. For questions regarding this promotion please feel free to contact me directly at mwilson@epmlive.com.

CMCS Joins the EPM Live Partner Program

I’d like to welcome CMCS to the EPM Live Partner Program. CMCS is the Middle East leader in enterprise portfolio project and risk management solutions. CMCS has served more than 2,000 clients representing industry leaders in Engineering and Construction, Oil and Gas, Power and Utility, Government and Non Government Organizations, IT and Telecommunication, Financial Services, Education and Media.

CMCS has 17 offices in 15 countries and services more than 25 countries over the GCC, Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. As of today, CMCS has offices in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, Libya, India, Kenya, Afghanistan, Italy and Greece.

We’re thrilled to have CMCS on board.

King County chooses adaQuest and EPM Live to address key PPM Needs

adaQuest, Inc., a leader in Project Portfolio Management, recently completed a pilot project with King County’s Wastewater Treatment division that became a successful showcase of how they can offer customization of the project management tool WorkEngine® by EPM Live to suit the needs of any business or organization.

Read full article here: Yahoo! News

adaQuest, Inc. offers on-site and hosted project portfolio software tools and professional design, implementation, and testing services. adaQuest employs PMP®-certified PMs who are experienced with the latest technologies, including EPMLive’s Workengine®, Microsoft Project, and Microsoft Project Server 2010. With a staff of MCTS- and PMP-certified technical specialists, adaQuest is able to assist on customers’ portfolio, program, and project assignments.

Abel Solutions Provides a Project Management Platform for Delta Community Credit Union with EPM Live's WorkEngine

We are proud to highlight EPM Live partner Abel Solutions, a leading Microsoft SharePoint solution provider in Atlanta.  In a recent press release, Abel Solutions announced they will be deploying EPM Live WorkEngine for Delta Community Credit Union to address business requirements for management of projects ranging from regulatory compliance and new product development to IT infrastructure. Delta Community Credit Union is one of the largest financial institutions in Georgia.

Read more about it here:   Yahoo News

Abel Solutions is a Microsoft Gold Partner for Content Management Solutions as well as Portals and Collaboration. Abel Solutions is widely recognized for their custom application development and innovative delivery methodology. Abel Solutions has been delivering custom solutions for businesses, state and local government and non-profit organizations since 1995.

World Leader in Manufacturing Selects WorkEngine for PPM in New Product Development

Congratulations to Vectron International and EPM Live trusted partner PM Providers for implementing a successful WorkEngine PPM Solution for New Product Development!

“WorkEngine was a great choice for us.  We’ve been able to bring project teams together from across the globe and improve collaboration.  Our executives love the ease it has provided to roll up multiple projects at a glance, and the seamless data integration with our other business systems,” said Dave Chandler, Vectron Product Manager.

Vectron International is a world leader in the design and manufacture of Frequency Control, Sensor, and Hybrid Product solutions including crystals and crystal oscillators, frequency translators, clock and data recovery products, Crystal filters and other components used in telecommunications, data communications, frequency synthesizers, timing, navigation, military, aerospace and instrumentation systems.

Headquartered in Hudson, NH and with operating facilities and sales offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Vectron International is known for its technical capabilities in crystal oscillator and SAW filter design. The innovation and capability provided by the company reflects technologically sophisticated integrated solutions.

Vectron’s continued innovation curve is dependent on highly skilled engineering resources with specific domain expertise.  As a result, Vectron’s ability to develop and drive new products and custom applications to market is directly tied to the availability of these valuable and limited engineering skills.  In order to more effectively balance the need for new product development with customer-specific custom orders, Vectron needed a way to understand and model the entire project portfolio with specific focus on product development road-map projects to ensure that adequate resources continued to be focused on future product development.

In addition to developing and tracking the portfolio of projects in the pipeline, Vectron also needed a way to account for production support activities, resource allocations across the portfolio, and actual work accrued against projects across three business lines and four development sites in the US and Europe.  The development of good project scheduling techniques, product development process adherence, enhanced collaboration and communications, and time reporting were essential elements for driving improved performance, accountability, and resource capacity optimization.

Vectron knew they needed to deploy a Project Portfolio Management System (PPM) to address their business challenges but were concerned with introducing too much complexity for employees.  Vectron entrusted PM Providers, an EPM Live partner, to select the ‘right-fit’ PPM solution for their business.  PPM tool selection was a critical step to ensure system acceptance and data integrity.  After evaluating Microsoft Project Server, EPM Live’s WorkEngine, and PM Providers’ EPMLite solutions, Vectron selected WorkEngine as having the right mix of functionality and ease-of use for the organization.

With the WorkEngine Solution Vectron was able to rapidly develop business-centric views of their project portfolio with dynamic, real-time reporting including resource utilization and capacity analytics.  In addition, WorkEngine’s user-friendly timesheets and timesheet compliance reports allowed Vectron to quickly evaluate resource efforts across business units and projects and adjust allocations to meet shifting priorities.  Built on proven Microsoft SharePoint Technology, WorkEngine was clearly the right-fit solution for Vectron International.  Now Vectron is able to effectively monitor and control project resources and direct key staff efforts to strategic roadmap projects without compromising existing customer project support.

EPM Live Welcomes Cambridge Technology Partners to the Partner Program

EPM Live welcomes Swiss based Cambridge Technology Partners to the EPM Live Partner Program. As part of an ongoing effort to serve clients across Europe, Cambridge Technology Partners and EPM Live have partnered to help customers leverage WorkEngine’s end to end Project and Work Management capabilities.

Cambridge Technology Partners was founded in 1991 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and rapidly became a leading consultancy. Today, they are a Swiss company serving a diversified portfolio of upper mid-market and corporate companies from locations in Nyon, Zürich and Basel.

Project Management 2010- "I have seen the future!"

With the launch of WorkEngine 2010 comes a lot of excitement!  Over the last few years, EPM Live has committed to an aggressive roadmap to ensure our customers the best of the best in project and work management technology.  In order to meet these goals and stay on the critical path to innovation, we asked ourselves these key questions:

  • Question #1 – How can we offer a cost effective solution that will still meet all of the requirements for both small and large organizations while at the same time meeting the needs of the individual users to guarantee usability?
  • Question #2 – What are the current issues with Enterprise Project and Work Management Solutions on the market today that we can help resolve with our technology?
  • Question #3 – What makes these types of Enterprise systems out of reach for organizations and how can we make them available to everyone?
EPM Live has been in the consulting business for many years and we have seen and felt the pain points of organizations struggling to accomplish goals that are critical for reaching strategic objectives.  We wanted to do everything in our power to make those goals a reality.  In order to do so, we had to answer a few questions:
  • Answer #1 – Let’s build our solution on the fastest growing collaboration tool on the market, Microsoft SharePoint!  Not only can organizations get more out of their existing infrastructure investments but it’s easy to use, familiar, and flexible.  Now teams can leverage the WorkEngine applications built on SharePoint to meet any business need and get up and running immediately!  EPM WorkEngine’s ability to integrate with Microsoft Project also allows users to manage schedules in a familiar tool and still allow complete work management by offering those who don’t use Microsoft Project a tool to collaborate, build lightweight schedules and manage all other work in the same system.
  • Answer #2 – Project and Work Management can be difficult already, why bring in additional complexity?  We didn’t have any desire to build a system that carries through all the current issues in the market today, we needed to resolve them.  In Enterprise systems today there are several common pain points: 1) If you implement a system for one area of the business such as a PMO, many times that same system can’t offer other teams or other areas of focus the same benefits.  2) Users will always vary.  You most likely don’t have a business where all employees are the same personality type, the same level of PM maturity, are responsible for the same tasks and have the same expertise.  A system must be flexible and must accommodate all users.  3) Teams will always have different ways of managing their work, different methodologies, and different work in general.  Finding a tool that will do it all is almost an impossible task.  WorkEngine has resolved all of these common pain points by offering a solution that ensures each user a system that works the way they work.  Regardless of methodology, processes, areas of focus or complexity, WorkEngine has the solution for everyone all within a single platform.
  • Answer #3 – Any time you throw the word “Enterprise” into a solution, there could potentially be high costs involved.  Not only for the hardware, but software, training and licenses as well. It takes a lot of funding to build a solution that will work for the entire Enterprise….not anymore.  WorkEngine offers COST EFFECTIVE Project and Work Management to all organizations.  You can now manage your work more effectively than ever before.  We have solutions that will work for one Project Manager, small teams, and large organizations.  It is simply not out of reach for anyone.  With online models, on premise models and even hosted solutions, we cover the gamut for every need, every budget and every user.

As for the title of this blog…..well, as I mentioned earlier, we have a lot of excitement around WorkEngine 2010.  Check out what one of our trusted WorkEngine Partners has to say about WorkEngine 2010 at Demeter.com.

EPM Live has also been positioned in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for IT PPM, has won the award for Top 100 Tech Companies by Red Herring and has been named one of Inc 5000’s Fastest Growing Companies for the 3rd year in a row!  It simply just keeps getting better!

HMS Selects EPM Live for Effective Portfolio and Resource Management

Company

HMS is the nation’s leader in cost containment solutions for government-funded, commercial, and private entities.
Focused exclusively on the healthcare industry, HMS helps their clients ensure that healthcare claims are paid correctly and by the responsible party, and that those enrolled to receive program benefits meet qualifying criteria. By deploying proven approaches, HMS recovers in excess of $1 billion for their clients every year, and saves them billions of dollars more in erroneous payments.Situation

HMS had the need for a project management system that would allow them to improve the following project management disciplines and processes:

  • Resource Planning-  HMS needed a tool to help them efficiently and effectively deploy resources to leverage appropriate expertise and skill sets and maximize return on human resource investment.
  • Resource Capacity Management– HMS required resource allocation and capacity  planning on a daily basis to ensure their resource management needs were being met for a rapidly shifting and growing project portfolio.
  • Resource Analysis– Due to the rapid shifts in project schedules, HMS required visibility into all projects and resources with the flexibility to easily reschedule work or resources to relieve current resource constraints.
  • Resource Reporting– HMS needed to properly analyze resource reporting outputs to ensure their resource management disciplines were effective in resolving all resource management pain points.

Solution

 

With the guidance and expertise of trusted EPM Live Partner, PM Providers, HMS was able to implement a comprehensive Enterprise Project and Work Management solution that would allow them to meet all of their resource management needs.

PM Providers worked with HMS to design, configure, and deploy the system to support HMS’ portfolio of more than 50 concurrent projects by delivering real-time reporting, resource capacity management, and portfolio prioritization capabilities using a cloud-computing environment.  The system integrates with Microsoft Project 2007 as well as web-based project planning functions, and includes SQL Reporting Services reports, on-line charting, executive dashboards and graphical KPI’s.

 

HMS leverage’s EPM Live’s Resource Planning tool to view availability and allocation for all resources within the organization.By combining resource workload on both project and non-project work in a single view, resource managers have a true picture of resource availability.  With the Resource Planner, HMS can view Resource Workload across all of their SharePoint sites and project workspaces, view resource availability by time-phase, perform what-If analysis on resource workload and availability, and group resources by Attributes such as Department, Roles, etc.

As for future phases planned for this implementation, HMS plans to continue the growth of their project and work management system and expand their use of the tool into other areas such as work request management, help desk management and bug tracking in the near future.We always knew that project portfolio management, resource allocation planning and capacity management were possible, PM providers and EPM Live made it a reality.” – VP of managed care services, Thomas Baggett Jr.

Quick Facts:

Industry:  Healthcare Services
Location:  New York
Divisions:  Managed Care Operations,  Commercial and State Government and Enterprise PMO
Website:  www.hms.com

Software Solution

  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • EPM Live

Implementation Partner

Company: PM Providers

Contact: Matt Davis

Website:  www.pm-providers.com