Changepoint Announces New Business Execution Management Platform

Today is an exciting day for the Changepoint team as we officially launch our new Business Execution Management™ (BEM) Platform, which allows customers to connect strategy with execution, become more agile, and improve organizational performance. We designed this platform with the understanding that technologies, industries, and organizations are ever-changing while most business processes are unable to keep up with new challenges and needs. In fact, the 2014 Society for Information Management IT Key Issues and Trends Study reported that business alignment and agility are among the top five IT management concerns. Therefore, BEM was created to be flexible enough for executives to keep strategy and execution continuously aligned throughout organizational changes.

The technology behind this platform connects the robust solutions you’re already familiar with to provide new levels of visibility and strategic insight, including project portfolio management (PPM), enterprise portfolio management (EPM), and professional services automation (PSA). Rather than viewing and managing projects and initiatives independently within silos and spreadsheets, customers using the BEM Platform are able view real-time status updates for their technology, business, project, human capital, and other portfolios in one comprehensive view.

One of the many key benefits BEM provides is support for strategic planning and analysis. BEM does this by providing users with the strategic oversight and insight necessary to realize the downstream impacts of decisions, updates, and changes going on in separate departments. To do this BEM uses key EPM functionalities to develop a map of the enterprise, while connecting IT and business for real-time analysis of project, resource, and asset performance, as well as the interrelationships that exist across portfolios.

To learn more about the other three major benefits of this platform, and to hear what one of our customers has to say about it, check out the official press release. You can also Follow/Connect with us for live updates as we unveil the BEM Platform at Gartner’s 2015 Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, FL this week.

Changepoint Heads to Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015 to Unveil Business Execution Management Platform

Over the next few months we’ll be traveling around the globe to attend three upcoming Gartner Symposium/ITxpo events happening in the United States, Spain and Australia. On October 5th, during the U.S. event, we’ll officially unveil our Business Execution Management (BEM) platform to the public for the first-time. Then in Spain and Australia we’ll continue the momentum by showing off this innovative platform that unites our robust Project Portfolio Management (PPM), Enterprise Portfolio Management (EPM), and Professional Services Automation (PSA) solutions. The Gartner Symposium/ITxpo events are ideal settings for unveiling BEM because their focus is to provide IT and business leaders with brand new insights and tools to help achieve better business outcomes.

If you’re planning to attend any of the upcoming Gartner Symposium/ITxpo events, please stop by the Changepoint booth to experience BEM first-hand, and see how it provides valuable enterprise transparency across business and IT portfolios to align strategy, planning and execution.

U.S. Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015
Where: Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World
When: Sun., Oct. 4 – Thur., Oct. 8
Booth: 207

A.U. Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015
Where: Gold Coast, Australia at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Center
When: Mon., Oct. 26 – Thurs., Oct. 29
Booth: A12

E.S. Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015
Where: Barcelona, Spain at CCIB (Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona)
When: Sun., Nov. 8 – Thurs., Nov. 12
Booth: TBA

While you’re at these symposiums, and even if you’re unable to attend, you can follow us on TwitterLinkedIn, and Facebook throughout the events for live updates and additional details!

Changepoint to Demo Daptiv PPM and BMC Software Integration Capabilities at BMC Engage

As we begin to settle into the Fall season, the Changepoint team is heading to Las Vegas, NV to attend BMC Software’s BMC Engage IT Conference. While we’re there we’ll demonstrate the unique benefits of Daptiv PPM’s exclusive integration with BMC Software’s Remedy IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions. BMC Software, the global leader in software solutions for IT, named Daptiv PPM its preferred PPM solution a little over one year ago in March 2014. Since then we have integrated Daptiv PPM’s technology with Remedy, which now allows users of either product to seamlessly initiate, assign, and monitor tasks within one product, while providing valuable status reports to each other.

Together with BMC Remedy we’re able to provide businesses with a tool that streamlines communication between two robust products while eliminating duplicative data entry. Customers of both Daptiv PPM and Remedy benefit from a set of features we designed to increase efficiency, accuracy, and the ability to prioritize projects and requests, including:

  • Service Request Integration – Allows BMC Remedy users to create service requests that are translated into Daptiv PPM project requests. This allows project managers to strategically prioritize, initiate, and manage requests within Daptiv PPM while providing updates to BMC Remedy users without accessing or inserting data into multiple programs.
  • Change Request Integration– Enables project managers using Daptiv PPM to initiate change requests, which are received by IT managers through BMC Remedy. The IT managers then have the ability to prioritize requests and assign the most appropriate IT resource to complete them, all while keeping project managers updated through data and status reports.
  • Release Request Integration – Transfers project managers’ release requests made within Daptiv PPM to IT managers using BMC Remedy. After receiving these release requests IT managers are able to identify the top priority requests and assign IT resources to complete them. Throughout this process project managers are able to continually communicate with the IT managers, and receive status updates on their requests within Daptiv PPM.

If you’re planning to attend BMC Engage 2015 we welcome you to stop by our booth (#601) in the conference’s IT Innovation Zone to experience these exclusive integration features firsthand, and have your questions answered. For additional insight into this integration you can check out the full press release or Follow Like / Connect.



Precor Whips IT Project Management into Shape and Increases Productivity with Daptiv PPM by Changepoint

The Business Problem Precor Solved with Daptiv PPM
Precor is a leading home and commercial fitness equipment manufacturer and subsidiary of the world’s largest sports equipment company, Amer Sports Corporation. The company designs and builds its products paying special attention to natural motion, science, and engineering. With this approach, Precor aims to continue revolutionizing the home and commercial fitness industry with innovative product categories, such as, EFX® Elliptical, Adaptive Motion Trainer® “AMT®” and Preva® Networked Fitness.

Since Precor is a subsidiary of a larger sports equipment company, Amer Sports, it’s crucial that its Systems Applications and Products (SAP) team is able to map projects back to the larger business goals of its parent company. In addition, and simultaneously, the team must also field and prioritize project requests at a local level. While this close alignment enables Precor to produce leading-edge equipment, it also creates a unique set of challenges. Before Daptiv Project Portfolio Management (PPM) by Changepoint, Precor’s SAP team relied on a multitude of disjointed tools to manage requests and projects, such as Excel, PowerPoint, and a Request for Change database. This method of tracking proved to be inefficient and was unable to provide accurate real-time data. In order to overcome these informational gaps and enable strategic decision-making regarding project prioritization and initiation, Precor’s business leaders set out to implement a PPM solution.

Precor selected Daptiv PPM for the following reasons:

  • Flexible tracking and reporting of project data on a project-by-project and resource-by-resource basis
  • The solution’s ability to replace all disparate tools, increasing visibility and enabling strategic project prioritization, initiations, and timing
  • Intuitive user experience allowed team members to succeed in project management roles without taking attention away from core responsibilities

Daptiv PPM Shapes-Up Precor’s Strategic Project Prioritization
Since deploying Daptiv PPM, Precor’s SAP team has dramatically improved its once complicated process of organizing and completing project requests. Because the solution provides real-time views across project portfolios, the team is able to identify top-priority projects and make strategic decisions regarding timing, while mapping back to business goals. Daptiv PPM’s highly configurable reporting features have also enabled the entire team to view and discuss each facet of a project which has fostered a more collaborative approach to ensuring project health.

Additionally, because the team has been able to save valuable data on each project completed within Daptiv PPM, they can make more efficient and accurate decisions on future projects regarding time, cost, and resources. “Continually reinventing the same process makes it nearly impossible to achieve any kind of economy of scale or efficiency. Daptiv PPM stores the invaluable data we’ve collected during past projects and takes things a step further by providing a template approach to new initiatives which allows for constant improvement with every new project,” said Clinton Pawlick, Precor’s Senior Application Delivery Manager.

For more detailed information on Precor’s usage of Daptiv PPM you can view the full case study or official press release. For live updates: Follow / Like / Connect


Changepoint Heads to UK Gartner PPM Summit with Customer Austrian Airlines

It’s been an event filled week for the Changepoint team! We just spent the week in Texas, and had a great time at Gartner’s PPM & IT Governance Summit and at the Enterprise Architecture Summit. Right now we’re packing up and getting ready for some international fun at Gartner’s PPM & IT Governance Summit in the UK – We’ll be at the Lancaster London from June 8-9th. While there we’ll be offering game-changing advice from industry experts and a long-time customer in two great sessions entitled, Is the Glass Half-Full? Implementing PPM without Management Support, and Enterprise Performance Management and Building a Closed Loop of Portfolios.

At the Summit, Changepoint PPM experts Alan Crean and Vange Yianni will kick things off on Tuesday morning by demonstrating new ways to identify dynamic and contextual relationships across enterprise portfolios by connecting information in new ways. They’ll provide steps attendees can use to align business strategy and planning in real-time for more confident decision-making and portfolio improvements. After Alan and Vange’s presentation the great insights will keep coming as Ulrich Aigner, of Changepoint customer Austrian Airlines, reveals proven tips for implementing PPM without management support.

If you’re planning to attend the UK PPM & IT Governance summit we’d love to see you at our booth (P1). We’ll be providing tips, tricks, and insights for building a closed loop of portfolios to increase enterprise intelligence and oversight throughout the event. Be sure to stop by and check out product demonstrations, sign up for prizes, or just chat with the team.

You can find more details on Alan, Vange, and Ulrich’s presentations here. Also, keep an eye out for updates and prize information throughout the conference on TwitterLinkedIn, and Facebook.