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How to Use Free Analyst Reports to Build Your Case for Microsoft Project

If you’re ever in the position of needing to sell your senior executives on the idea of using Microsoft products for your project and portfolio management (PPM) work, take a lesson from Microsoft itself: Exploit the contents of analyst reports. Recently, for example, Arpan Shah, the director of the Microsoft Project business crowed about his…

The Model Project Management Office

The project management office or PMO can provide multiple functions within an organization. It can help monitor and control project performance, develop project management competencies and methodologies, manage multiple projects, manage strategy, and perform project management skills training. Yet PMOs come in multiple sizes and styles. In this article I share the types of PMOs…

Project Portfolio Management: Align Project Resources with Business Strategy

Projects fulfill a number of purposes within an organization. The categories within a portfolio make clear which purposes the projects serve. Examples include mandatory growth, cost-cutting, and sustaining projects. For example, a sustaining project could include preventive maintenance projects for current manufacturing equipment. Growth versus cost- cutting distinguishes projects that generate new revenue from projects…

Putting Project Portfolio Management to Work in a Bad Economy

How has the economic downturn affected your company’s bottom line? A common theme you’re probably hearing is that organizations want to improve efficiency, cut costs, and maintain core functions, allowing them to survive and be ready to bounce back as soon as times get better. Unfortunately, cost cutting efforts usually translate into project work being…

Oracle on Track to Buy Primavera

Bolstering its strategy to provide mission-critical operational applications for key industries, this week Oracle announced its intention to acquire Primavera Software. Primavera is a leading provider of project management applications and services. Primavera’s software is intended to help companies propose, prioritize and select project investments, and plan, manage and control complex projects and project portfolios….

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