Project Manager Today Shares EPM Live Product Review

Steve Cotterell of Project Manager today takes a look at EPM Live, “A SharePoint add-on that turns it into a full-blown portfolio, project and work management tool.”

“Microsoft’s SharePoint is a major player on the corporate collaboration scene. It therefore makes perfect sense that any project oriented organisation that’s invested SharePoint technology would want to take advantage of that investment when considering what project management software they should use. Enter EPM Live, an American company with offices in London and Australia and partners in thirty-five other countries. There are currently three Engines in EPM Live’s portfolio:   Project, Portfolio and Work Engines.”

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EPM Live Wins TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award for Scheduling Software

The schedule is one of the most critical components used for delivering a project. Project Managers have needs to manage schedules with different levels of rigor and complexity. Other project plan software limit Project Managers to one scheduling tool and method. WorkEngine offers a variety of scheduling methods and tools to meet the needs of every Project Manager.  EPM Live’s WorkEngine has always been known for its flexible scheduling tools that allow users to build schedules and tasks using a variety of methods including simple task lists, the online planner, the agile online planner, or Microsoft Project.  Regardless of user maturity or preferred methodology, EPM Live’s WorkEngine has the right tool for every user.  We are thrilled to announce that it is finally official, EPM Live has been named as one of the top scheduling software tools for 2012 by TopTenREVIEWS.

EPM Live’s WorkEngine’s scheduling application was chosen for the TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award because of how effectively it streamlines communication and keeps projects on schedule and under budget.  TopTenREVIEWS evaluates products from multiple platforms providing customers the information they need to make smart purchasing decisions. TopTenREVIEWS only make recommendations for the best product in each category.  “With WorkEngine you can keep track of everyone on your team, their tasks, the budget and the schedule all in one program,” noted TopTenREVIEWS, “with a myriad of support options available from EPM Live, now you can focus on the project and not worry about the details falling through the cracks.”

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EPM Live Announces Launch of WorkEngine Fall Release

Carlsbad, CA — October 19, 2011 EPM Live, a global leader in Enterprise SharePoint Project, Portfolio and Work Management applications, announced at SharePoint Conference 2011 the launch of its WorkEngine Fall release.. Building on its award winning foundation aligned with project and work execution, WorkEngine has extended its core capabilities to include an array of features that will enhance the end-user experience. WorkEngine supports end-to-end Enterprise Project and Work Management disciplines throughout the entire life cycle of projects as well as non-project work and is known for its ease of use and flexibility resulting in the following benefits:

1. Guaranteed Usability- WorkEngine is built on the SharePoint Platform, making it intuitive, flexible and familiar
2. One Size Fits All- WorkEngine contains tools for every user regardless of maturity, work focus and preferred methodology. One system is all you need for all users, all work, all processes
3. No Deployment Limitations- WorkEngine is tailored for the user, which means it can be served up online, on-premise, hosted, or even in a dedicated environment
4. Instant Results- WorkEngine is built from best practice work solutions giving you out-of-box templates to instantly begin managing projects, products, applications and services

“This release extends our commitment to maximize ROI for businesses who own Microsoft SharePoint by adding a comprehensive end-to-end Enterprise Project and Work Management Solution to their platform. For those who don’t own SharePoint, our online WorkEngine environment allows teams to get up and running now and begin realizing the benefits of Enterprise Project and Work Management immediately without the need for costly deployment cycles. It’s a win-win for everyone involved,” says Joe Larscheid, CEO of EPM Live.

EPM Live recently wrapped up its WorkEngine beta program and received raving reviews from the participants. “The WorkEngine system is reliable and robust enough for the largest organizations, and on the other hand, it empowers smaller ones to work with more basic features without getting burdened with complex and overkill management workflow, management and other elements of that nature. So whether you’re the Basecamp type, the Attask type or the Microsoft Project type, WorkEngine Live has a solution for every type of customer.” said Web-based Software.

Here are some of the cool new features in WorkEngine’s Fall Release:

• “My Work” Additions- Add comments, check off work with one click, and create personal views to help simplify managing work
• All New Project Planner- Access other critical list items such as risks, issues and documents directly from the online schedule. Leverage powerful Gantt controls to easily update and edit schedules and build the team directly from the default task view
• Getting Started Tab- Leverage the slide out “getting started” tab that allows users to watch videos relevant to the page they are on. These help guides can be customized to include pertinent training information for work teams
• Add Comments to Any Work Item- Now users can add comments on any work item including tasks, documents and issues
• New “Create Project” Process- Create templates with ease or select from EPM Live’s online gallery. Leverage pre-built workspace templates to make creating projects easy and to standardize the project creation process
• Create “New Item” Feature- Easily create new items from one centralized location streamlining content creation and collaboration
• Common Actions Feature- Administrators or managers can now populate the Common Actions dropdown with content that is specific to their processes
• New “My Workspaces” Component- The “My Workspaces” navigation component is always with the user no matter what page in the site they’re on. With two clicks, users can navigate to any site in the Site Collection, both horizontally and vertically
• Email Notifications- Improving team communication was a big focus of this release. Now email notifications can be turned on for any list
• “My Work” List Automation- Now, with the check of a box, users can automatically add the fields necessary to roll up any list into the “my work” list so users can view workload across all project and work initiatives
• Smart “Edit Plan” Functionality- Multiple buttons for the various planning tools have now been replaced by one simple “Edit Plan” button. Administrators and managers can set which planners are available. This feature will greatly simplify the way users interact with their planning tools. Users now have the option to set a default planning tool which is automatically launched when clicking the “Edit Plan” button
• Build Team Access- Now users can access the build team feature from multiple locations in their sites. Users can build their team from their resource pool and will no longer see the entire list of users when they are not relevant

EPM Live will continue to provide cutting-edge, cost effective project and work management solutions leveraging the Microsoft technologies organizations already own to increase the value of their current IT investments. EPM Live’s applications support the entire work and project management lifecycle and provide the necessary efficiencies and indicators for companies to improve their ROI, streamline their business processes and make critical business decisions. EPM Live offers its clients solutions that possess the flexibility and scalability to meet specific industry and methodology needs. These innovative solutions include capabilities such as Portfolio Management, Project Management, Cost Management, Time Management, Resource Management, Service Management, Agile Management, Business Intelligence and Collaboration. These capabilities are all designed to work together or separately to meet any business specific need.

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.

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.

EPM Live Acquires EPK Group Product Line

EPM Live, a global leader in Enterprise SharePoint Project and Work Management Solutions, announced today at the Gartner ITxpo their acquisition of EPK Group’s EPK-Suite product line. The result of this acquisition and upcoming development efforts will produce an integrated system that truly revolutionizes the way organizations manage work using Microsoft SharePoint.

“WorkEngine and the EPK Group founders share a joint vision to evolve the traditional, powerful capabilities of EPK Suite Portfolio Management, Resource Management and Cost Management and extend the same value-driven concepts to all work areas of the business using Microsoft SharePoint,” said Joe Larscheid, CEO of EPM Live.  Earlier this year when they announced WorkEngine 2010, Joe stated, “This launch will not only confirm our commitment to an aggressive product roadmap, but will fill the gaps in the technology market allowing us to meet market demand and further enhance our market position.”  “The acquisition of the EPK products reinforces our commitment to take the necessary steps to add maximum value to the systems our customers require.  As an organization’s work takes the shape of all different sizes and complexity, WorkEngine will now be able to help meet the Portfolio Work Management and Resource Management objectives of most organizations, to increase growth and profitability for an overall competitive advantage,” Joe added today.

The EPK Suite acquisition and the product integration development already underway, will add an array of enhancements to WorkEngine and Microsoft SharePoint that will help address customers’ needs by offering a deeper level of portfolio work management, and highly functional resource management and cost management capabilities.

About EPK Group



The EPK Group founders average more than 30 years experience in the project management field, including consulting, implementation, and project management systems development. They have led the development and introduction to the marketplace of many of the project management systems used over the past 30 years, including the Enterprise Project system Microsoft acquired in August 2000. As part of the acquisition of Enterprise Project, they became members of the Microsoft product development team and participated in the development of Microsoft Project Professional and Microsoft Project Server.

NASA Improves Project Visibility, Reduces Costs, with Enterprise Solution

As a part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is responsible for numerous missions including explorations of Mars and Jupiter. The laboratory employs over 5,000 people and is running a large number of projects at any given time. JPL’s project schedulers were using Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007 to manage project timelines on their desktops. However this meant that the schedulers were creating copies of schedules for other employees to view. JPL also wanted to increase the role of its engineers in managing project schedules and facilitate greater collaboration within project teams. JPL decided to deploy EPM WorkEngine from EPM Live, an enterprise project and work management solution that integrates Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 to achieve improved schedule visibility, greater collaboration, and to reduce costs.

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EPM Live Positioned in the Niche Quadrant of Gartner's Magic Quadrant for IT Project and Portfolio Management

EPM Live, a global leader in SharePoint-based Enterprise Project and Work Management Applications, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Niche quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for IT Project and Portfolio Management.

“We consider our positioning in the Niche quadrant by Gartner confirmation of our vision to evolve the traditional, powerful capabilities of PPM and extend the same value-driven concepts to all areas of the business.” said Joe Larscheid, CEO of EPM Live.  “We continue to strive to push the boundaries of market innovation to ensure our customers have the tools they need to be productive, achieve maximum quality in their projects and work and do it all within the constraints that affect every executable work item; time, money and resources.   With the new launch of EPM Live’s 2010 WorkEngine product line, we will deliver a truly revolutionary platform that will change the way organizations manage projects and work today.  This launch will not only confirm our commitment to an aggressive product roadmap, but will fill the gaps in the technology market  allowing us to meet market demand and further enhance our market position .”

EPM Live provides cutting-edge, cost effective work and project management solutions built on the Microsoft SharePoint platform.  These solutions support the entire work and project management lifecycle and provide the necessary efficiencies and indicators for companies to improve their ROI, streamline their business processes and make critical business decisions.

EPM Live offers its clients solutions that possess the flexibility and scalability to meet specific industry and methodology needs.   These innovative solutions include capabilities such as Portfolio Management, Project Management, Time Management, Resource Management, Business Intelligence and Collaboration.  These capabilities are designed to work together or separately to meet any business specific need.

About the Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted June 7, 2010 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About EPM Live

EPM Live is a global leader in Microsoft SharePoint Project and Work Solutions. EPM Live’s products and services are cutting-edge, revolutionizing the way organizations manage their work. EPM Live can be consumed online or on premise.

EPM Live has evolved the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server stack to a more comprehensive and integrated Enterprise Project and Work Management system. Building on familiar Microsoft tools, the WorkEngine solution includes web parts, Microsoft Project Add-ins, SharePoint Features, and Industry Best Practices & Process templates designed to work together to help you address your Business Productivity needs.

EPM Live Announces Release of WorkEngine 2010, SharePoint Project and Work Management on the 2010 Platform

EPM Live, a global leader in SharePoint-based Project and Work Management Applications, announced its release of WorkEngine 2010, a Project and Work Management application for the Microsoft SharePoint2010 platform.WorkEngine was designed to leverage the powerful capabilities of Enterprise Project Management (EPM) such as portfolio management, project management, resource management, cost management and time management and extend the same value-driven concepts to all areas of your business whether it be traditional projects or the other work that surrounds them, all within one centralized platform.  In addition to EPM, WorkEngine offers applications for Agile Management, Service Management and many others to fit the needs of various workgroups, methodologies and maturities.  These same capabilities that EPM Live has been offering for years and deploying to thousands of customers are now available on the SharePoint2010 platform.WorkEngine is a flexible and robust SharePoint-based platform offering multi-tiered solutions that allow you to gain insight across your business and enable your project and work teams to work more effectively.   The top tier is the central aggregation point for project and work items across your business. Each top level site in each of the WorkEngine applications provides executives critical business insight such as project status, service status, work performance, and risk status in a variety of reporting and dashboardformats.WorkEngine works the way you work allowing you to deploy a variety of workspace configurations to meet any and all unique requirements with zero disruption to other configurations or businesses across your company.  WorkEngine’s EPM application can also leverage Microsoft Project Professional 2010’s new SharePoint sync feature and Microsoft Project Server 2010 for more advanced PPM capabilities.

WorkEngine comes complete with pre-built templates and a rich set of capabilities to help your teams effectively monitor, control and execute on all critical business items such as projects, programs, applications/products, services and everyday work items and responsibilities.  WorkEngine is a one-size-fits-all platform allowing you to accommodate all users, all work and all processes in one centralized toolset.  WorkEngine can be consumed online or on-premise.

About EPM Live

As a trusted Microsoft Gold partner, EPM Live represents the highest level of competence and expertise with Microsoft technologies.  The explosive growth and global acceptance of EPM Live has positioned it as one of inc 500’s 5000 fastest growing companies two years in a row.  EPM Live’s long-term presence and expertise has led to the honor of being named Microsoft’s EPM partner of the year for 4 of the last 5 years.  EPM Live was recently positioned in the Niche quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for IT Project and Portfolio management.  EPM Live continues to grow its partner community to ensure the long-term strength of EPM Live’s network.