Congratulations Plains Midstream on selecting WorkEngine for your PM Solution

EPM Live is thrilled to welcome Plains Midstream Canada to our customer family!

Plains Midstream Canada ULC is an indirect subsidiary of Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (“Plains All American”). Plains All American is a publicly traded master limited partnership headquartered in Houston, Texas. Its common units are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PAA”.

Plains Midstream Canada business activities include crude oil transportation, gathering, marketing, terminalling and storage as well as marketing and storage of liquefied petroleum gas and other petroleum products (collectively, “LPG”). Plains Midstream Canada does business in over 40 U.S. states and in five Canadian provinces.

 To learn more about Plains Midstream click here

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.

Enhance Microsoft Project Server with EPM Live

I was recently asked by someone, why an organization would deploy EPM Live with Project Server.  By connecting EPM Live to the Project Server platform, organizations take advantage of all the features Microsoft Project Server offers and tie it together nicely with a flexible SharePoint solution that enables them to manage not only their entire project lifecycle but all of their other work as well.  EPM Live combined with Microsoft Project Server’s technology caters to all users, all work and all processes.

Organizations in the initial deployment of Project Server can maximize their return on investment and reduce cost and risk by leveraging our pre-configured SharePoint project templates, Project Server database, SSRS Reports, etc.  For those already using Project Server looking to enhance its capabilities without costly and risky customization,  EPM Live offers many enhancements that I’ve outlined below.

Pick and choose features that would benefit your organization the most, without disruption to your existing processes.  Project Managers continue to use Microsoft Project Professional and Microsoft Project Web App. Directly accessible from the Project Web App (PWA) interface.  Teams can share all work assignments, priorities, and critical dates with an effective and easy to use collaboration tool, to increase communication and productivity across their projects.  EPM Live with Project Server enables organizations to work better together and allows Microsoft Project Server to reach a broader audience and meet the needs of the entire project team.

Project Management

  • Leverage multiple scheduling methods to determine which method is right for your project.
  • For iterative planning, use the Agile Planner to schedule tasks, user stories, defects, etc.
  • Microsoft Project schedules and Project Web App schedules are published to a SharePoint task list in the Project Workspace so you can easily leverage SharePoint out of box features on your tasks
  • EPM Live’s App MarketPlace offers powerful, easy-to-use, predefined solution templates that optimize the dynamic features of EPM Live products and accelerate the implementation process.

Work Management

  • View, update and manage all individual work assignments from a single location with the EPM Live My Work web part. Roll up any work you are tracking in your SharePoint Project Workspaces to allow Team members to update status in one view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Easily collaborate with the team using EPM Live Comments feature.  Post a comment on any item in the system to centralize discussions and communicate effectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Resource Management: 

  • Provide resource visibility on All Work such as Issues, Risks, Changes, Actions, in addition to Project Server assignments.  EPM Live’s Resource Planner allows resource managers to view resource workload across all work, view resource availability by time-phase, perform what-if analysis on resource assignment level workload and availability, and view resources by various attributes such as department, skill, and role.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Gain valuable insight into resource assignments by accessing EPM Live out-of-box resource reports. Printable Resource Management reports on all work such as Issues, Risks, Changes, Actions, in addition to Project Server assignments
  • Ability to build SharePoint Workflows on Resource Work and Assignments (including Project Server assignments)

Time Management:

  • Report Time on any work item such as Service Requests, Backlog Items, Changes, Issues, Risks, in addition to your Project Server assignments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Report Time using the EPM Live Work Log feature.  Understand the full effort associated with the execution of any work item by quickly logging time within the same status interface that team members use for managing day to day activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Capture Time for Multiple Time Categories.  Create multiple time categories such as billable or non-billable to manage and account for time that aligns with a specific corporate work structure. Categorize time to extend reporting and report on what matters most to the business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portfolio Financial Management:

  • Standardize financial planning by leveraging pre-defined, configurable cost categories such as labor, hardware, software, overheads and contingency to easily plan your project budgets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Leverage unique roll up components to aggregate all project cost data across your portfolio. Built-in cost dashboards provide key performance indicators to drive awareness of cost status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • What-if Financial Modeling – Analyze your proposed portfolio against defined financial targets to determine alignment and overall financial impact. Compare defined budgets against proposed projects and make adjustments where needed.  Leverage color-coded heat maps to visualize impacts and make adjustments to reduce overages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resource Capacity Planning:

  • Using your Project Server resource pool, estimate role-based resource hours to ensure the resource plan can be fulfilled given current resource workload and availability. For the more sophisticated organizations, our powerful resource workflows allow project management to create resource requests.  Department managers can compare resource availability to identify resource shortages and surpluses and easily match available resources to resource requirements to ensure the right resources are assigned to the right work at the right time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Leverage intuitive color-coded heat maps to view over allocations and modify dates and sequencing to define the most optimal portfolio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reporting:

  • Leverage over 20 pre-built SSRS Reporting templates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Easily build dashboards with EPM Live Silverlight Chart Web Parts for graphical chart reporting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Take scheduled snap shots for trend reporting with pre-built trending reports, such as Burn Down and Burn Up reports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Configuration:

  • Site hierarchy flexibility (Department – Portfolio – Program – Project – Sub Project Workspaces)
  • Publish multiple projects from Project Server into a single Project Workspace (Programs or Portfolios Workspaces)
  • All Data resides in SharePoint Content DB to enable you to easily leverage SharePoint out of box features (Project data, Assignments, Issues, Risks, Bugs, Changes, Actions, etc.)
  • Access to EPM Live web parts for rollups, time management, reporting, ect.

Cross Platform Support:

  • View Project Server data on both PC or MAC computers
  • View Project Server data in Non IE browsers
  • Safari 3.X or higher
  • Firefox 3.X or higher​

Related Webinars/Events:

Case Study – How to Get More Out of Your Project Server Deployment

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 plans to launch new SharePoint Project Management capabilities at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011!

The Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011  is right around the corner!  We at EPM Live are looking forward to this SharePoint event – as it is the most comprehensive SharePoint event in the world hosting over 240 sessions!   Not only will my teammates and I get to connect with customers at our booth and soak up valuable information from the loads of technical sessions, we will get to enjoy attending the private party at Disneyland Park Resort!

At the SharePoint Conference, we are thrilled to unveil our new and improved WorkEngine product.  We continually strive to make your work life easier and to improve the way you manage your work and your projects.  As part of this, we have several new features being released with 4.2.  Here’s a little sneak peak:

  • Online Planner: Our latest release will include a new SharePoint online planner that will support real-time updates from team members, individual and shared work hours, task relationships with predecessors & successors, and much, much more.  Did I mention that it is very easy to use….  and performance is greatly enhanced!!  Create unlimited online planner configurations to map to any SharePoint list.
  • My Work: New and improved My Work web part making it even easier for Team Members to relay status back to Managers.  Team members can access all their information in one spot with new capabilities such as saving personal views and one click auto-complete feature.

  • To improve team collaboration, our new version will include the ability to add comments to any SharePoint List item.  As comments are made, comment icons will appear in our grid to indicate items that have comments associated.  Participants on the comment thread will be notified via email, so you can stay on top of your work items without leaving your inbox!

  • Last but not least, we will be launching our very own Online App Store which will allow our customers to access and deploy new project workspace templates and solutions with just a few clicks with no additional fees!   We want to make your Project & Work Management solution flexible and easy to use!

You can find out more by coming by our booth 553 at the SharePoint Conference 2011 at Anaheim, CA.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Register Now!

 

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How Waterfall and Agile Work Together at EPM Live

At EPM Live, we confront many of the same challenges our customers face in regards to managing all types of projects.  For example, we have a managed services division of the company that manages customer deployments using a traditional waterfall type of methodology.  This model supports defined stages and allows for thorough planning, logical design, implementation and deployment.

On the other front, we also have our product development department using an Agile approach to managing our product releases.  For those that are not familiar with Agile, we basically develop in short and frequent sprints or iterations by cutting down the “big picture” into puzzle size bits, and fitting them together when the time is right.  This allows our product team to focus on “the now” (what is currently happening) and take into account any feedback, shifts or changes that may occur and respond quickly.

Now, the challenge…  we were all working within our own WorkEngine product to manage these projects & products.  We needed to manage costs, time, resources and general work with varying schedule management needs.   Yes, we do “eat our own dog food”!  At the same time, we had customers looking for the same capabilities we were looking for internally!  There are many robust tools available to support the varying Agile software development methodologies.  However, they force customers to have separate platforms if you manage your projects with different methodologies.

Facing these challenges internally and listening to our customer feedback motivated us develop WorkEngine’s Agile Planner and Application Management templates to support using both waterfall and iterative planning within the same application.   We released our Agile Planner in June of 2010, and have continued to improve it with each release by taking feedback from our internal team, in addition to the valued input from our customers.  I won’t spill the beans on the new release, but we are continuously enhancing the product so that our customers can easily manage their projects using the tools that make the most sense to them!

On a side note, for more information about WorkEngine application development capabilities,  watch our webinar focused on TFS integration presented by one of our valuable partners OAG:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/562337566

Extend SharePoint with WorkEngine's Cost Management Capabilities

For this blog post, I thought I’d share some “outside the box” ideas on how to extend your current SharePoint Project Management environment by adding the power of WorkEngine’s Cost Management capabilities.

For instance, imagine you are using SharePoint to manage your bids and proposals.  SharePoint offers a great enterprise content and collaboration platform to manage, collaborate and share complex RFQs with many suppliers and subcontractors. Throughout the purchasing lifecycle, organizations have activities that need to be managed for managing requisitions, bidding information, tender documents, RFQ, supplier responses, purchase orders and much more.  If you are familiar with WorkEngine’s Work Management capabilities, it’s easy to understand how it  will augment your SharePoint solution with visibility and tracking to all your work associated across multiple bids and proposals.

Now let’s take it a step further.  With WorkEngine’s Cost Management features, you can attach budgets, actuals, estimates, etc. on ANY SharePoint work item!  Even documents!    See how simple the mapping is in the screenshot below showing how Cost Management is enabled on various lists in your SharePoint environment:

By setting up the mapping, you can now see the Cost Planner appear on your Shared Document library below:

Cost Planner on Document Library

 

This is just one of many examples of how WorkEngine can extend your SharePoint enviornment to a full Project, Porfolio and Work Management solution mapping to your business specific needs.

Upgrade to WorkEngine Enterprise Cost Management…

With EPM Live’s WorkEngine Enterprise edition, organizations don’t have to deploy a complex project and portfolio management tools to plan, estimate, budget, and control costs.  The WorkEngine Cost Planner and Cost Analyzer allow users to create, manage and analyze project budgets using a simple spreadsheet-like interface.  As always, WorkEngine supports all types of projects and work.  Whether you are tracking costs on simple projects, software development projects using Agile methodology or large programs, our cost management capabilities will meet your needs!

I’ve had several existing customers ask how they can take advantage of the new cost management features.  Well, it’s easy!  Those of you who are already on the WorkEngine platform (either on-premise or on EPM Live’s online environment), can simply upgrade your current system to the Enterprise edition and immediately start leveraging the power of our Cost Management capabilities.  After our enterprise features have been activated, you will see new icons on your Project Center ribbon to allow you to start planning, estimating and controlling costs against your projects right away.  It’s that simple!!

WorkEngine Enterprise Ribbon

If you are using WorkEngine timesheets, a quick mapping to our pre-configured Actuals cost type will allow you to control costs and report on budget vs. actuals.  Other options for analyzing actuals, is to easily enter the data into the simple grid interface, or tie into your existing financial systems.

 

 

Cost Analyzer

For those of you who are interested in learning more, or want to try out our cost management capabilities hands on, simply request a trial and we will get you set in the right direction!  WorkEngine Free Trial

EPM Live Launches eLearning for SharePoint Project Management

Over time, we’ve had many requests from our customers for re-occurring online training sessions.  We listened to you all, and I’m excited to announce the launch of our new eLearning courses for SharePoint Project Management using WorkEngine. Our eLearning courses are 90-minute informational webinars designed to help you quickly learn specific areas of WorkEngine through product demonstration and Q&A.  The course topics will be expanding over the next few months, so stay tuned!

We are currently offering eLearning courses for the following two roles:

Project Managers – those individuals who will be creating and managing projects with the WorkEngine 2010 Standard Edition solution.

Site Collection Administrators – those individuals who will be given Site Collection Administration rights and will be responsible for configuring and maintaining the WorkEngine 2010 Standard Edition solution.

To get more information or to register for any eLearning course click the appropriate link below! And remember, all eLearning courses are FREE through August 8th, however space is limited to only 25 attendees per course.   So, register today – don’t miss out!

WorkEngine eLearning Courses for Project Managers: https://student.gototraining.com/3f3f0/catalog/3406675486073723136

WorkEngine eLearning Courses for Site Collection Administrators:
https://student.gototraining.com/3f3f0/catalog/5451216258411642368