Daptiv honored as Bronze winner in the 5th Annual 2013 Golden Bridge Awards

 Only Project Portfolio Management Vendor To Be Recognized In The Mobile Product Innovation Category

This month, Daptiv earned the Bronze status in the Golden Bridge Awards for its Daptiv Mobile solutions. We were the only PPM vendor to be featured in the Mobile Innovation category. More than 40 judges from a broad spectrum of industry voices from across the world participated and their average scores determined the 2013 Golden Bridge Business Awards winners.

The annual Golden Bridge Awards program encompasses the world’s best in organizational performance, innovations, products and services, executives and management teams, women in business and the professions, innovations, case studies, product management, public relations and marketing campaigns, and customer satisfaction programs from every major industry in the world. Organizations from all over the world are eligible to submit nominations including public and private, for-profit and non-profit, largest to smallest and new start-ups.

Daptiv Mobile makes it simple for enterprises to deploy and for project managers and team members to use. Since Daptiv Mobile leverages HTML5, there is no application to install or maintain. Daptiv Mobile is accessed on the user’s smartphone browser and the application automatically syncs any updates and changes made on a mobile device with Daptiv PPM. Unlike other mobile PPM offerings that are iPhone or Android-specific applications, a single version of Daptiv Mobile caters to clients across multiple mobile platforms – including iOS, Android and Blackberry. This ensures that users experience the same interface across multiple devices.

Daptiv Mobile, a HTML5-based Web client that enables users to securely manage timesheets, tasks and approvals anywhere from a mobile device. This application complements Daptiv’s cloud-based PPM solution and gives users more choices on how to use Daptiv PPM away from their offices and computers.

To learn more about Daptiv mobile, please visit: http://www.daptiv.com/products/daptiv-mobile.htm

 

Survey Finds Resource Management is the Top Business Challenge for Senior Executives

We recently surveyed 100 senior IT executives at the Gartner PPM and IT Governance Summit from May 20-22, 2013 to gauge and analyze the key business challenges faced by organizations in today’s economy. Interestingly 67% of respondents considered resource management as their top business challenge, 28% of them found it difficult to justify the value delivered by the Project Management Office. 22% stated that keeping track of time and money leakages was a concern. Only 5% considered delivering change without overburdening their staff as their main issue, which can likely be attributed to their usage of PPM software and resulting benefits.

“67% of Senior Executives Identified Prioritizing Work to Fit Available Resource Capacity as Their Biggest Business Challenge”

Project Management Offices are increasingly seen as custodians of the resource management process within organizations, and this is validated by another study conducted by pmsolutions research – “The State of the PMO 2012”.  The study looked at a broad spectrum of companies across the globe and found that the number one priority for the PMOs is to “Improve Resource Planning and Forecasting Process.” Pointing towards similar findings, both the Daptiv survey and the pmsolutions’ study reveal that overcoming resource management challenges will be vital for PMOs to justify their value in the future.

You can find the details of the survey here.

Daptiv to Provide Resource Management Capabilities to Delta Dental of New Jersey

Delta Dental of New Jersey has selected Daptiv PPM for its resource management capabilities to manage resources, streamline processes and standardize projects across the organization. Delta Dental of New Jersey (www.deltadentalnj.com) is New Jersey’s leading dental benefits company, providing or administering coverage to more than 1.5 million people through contracts with employers in New Jersey and Connecticut.

Delta Dental of New Jersey selected Daptiv’s SaaS-based PPM solution over competitive alternatives based on superior process improvement methodology, metrics tracking, usability and low total cost of ownership. Delta Dental of New Jersey’s decision to deploy a PPM solution comes at a time when economic conditions are forcing organizations to improved efficiency and accuracy, particularly as they relate to IT projects. By streamlining established processes, Daptiv PPM enables Delta Dental of New Jersey to improve resource utilization, better prioritize projects and lower overhead costs.

Daptiv’s SaaS-based PPM solution enables Delta Dental of New Jersey to integrate all of its projects and provide real time visibility into the status of multiple projects across its portfolio. High-level dashboards for C-level executives keep track of developments on a regular basis, and an intuitive interface helps executives and managers identify resource bottle necks, manage resource utilization and more accurately plan projects.

You can view the complete announcements here.

Improving Adoption and Usage of PPM in Your Enterprise

What makes a Project Portfolio Management solution deployment successful?  A great deal of hard work?  Definitely.  But there are some other ingredients in that “special sauce” that makes your PPM deployment succeed.  Let’s explore.

A few years ago Jack Welsh of GE fame led a keynote speech on large programs.  He was presenting to the business leaders of some of the largest enterprises in the world.  The speech began something like this:

“If you can’t get top management to support your program, don’t even bother.  Don’t even waste your time.”

Why did Jack say that?  Because to him, adoption of the program and solution is so important that a both are doomed to fail without that top level support – all the way from the top to the bottom.  You can spend an extraordinary amount of time, effort and financial resources around setting up a program, developing a methodology and implementing your PPM solution but without the team being ‘on board’ with your solution you will have a very difficult time succeeding.

Once we can secure an executive sponsor, and have them attend the kick-off, and elaborate why the initiative is so important, what’s next?  The next step is to make sure your solution takes advantage of a very simple setting – allowing project managers to ‘align’ their project with one of a limited number of corporate initiatives.  This simple step will serve two purposes;  it will enable the project manager to understand where their project fits (and more importantly, how it contributes) to the company’s goals as well as act as an indicator to tell the PMO and executive committee which projects are going “rogue” – those which are not aligned to any goals or objective.  One of the best examples that come to mind comes from the early 1960’s, before man landed on the moon, when President John F. Kennedy was touring the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center.  A humble and down to earth leader, JFK encountered a janitor as he was being guided through the facility.  He stopped the entourage and approached the janitor and asked him what he does there.  The janitor replied: “I’m putting a man on the moon.”  Surely he knew he wasn’t directly flying an astronaut to the moon, nor did the director of the space agency tell him to answer that way if the president asks.  No.  The mission of the center was so clear from the very top to the very bottom that every single person knew what their contributions were working towards.

Next idea has to do with appreciation for the stakeholders and user community.  A solution’s adoption is most successful when everyone is able to contribute to its design and change.  It is essential for the PPM Steering Committee (the team who manages the solution’s use and configuration) needs to capture end user feedback in order for the solution to evolve and grow with the program.  Why is this so essential?  Simply because when we set out to design the program, we may not have taken everyone’s perspective into account.  We may also not have thought about how each role would interact.  But more importantly, you increase the chances of success by casting your feedback “net” as broadly as possible.  There’s an old story that helps demonstrate this idea.  On some highway, a trucker is driving his semi.  He approaches a bridge with a sign that warns of 13’ of clearance.  Thinking he can fit, he continues onward only to hear the sound of crushing metal and his truck quickly stopped.  He gets out of his rig and finds his trailer wedged under the overpass with no easy way to get out.  The state police are called followed by the civil engineer.  Bridge plans are reviewed and a crowd starts to gather.  A little girl walks up to the engineer and says “mister, why don’t you just take the air out of the truck’s tires?”  The truck is lowered and is now able to roll out.  Sometimes the best ideas come from the strangest places.  But even more important, one of the people in the community was able to share an idea that had a direct impact on solving a problem, creating a positive environment across the entire community.

Of course, there are many other aspects to user adoption of your PPM solution, but getting the support from the entire organization, from the top to the bottom, is essential to the success of your continued deployment.

Daptiv Records Strong Business Results in 2012 – North America New Client Sales up by 58%

 The only SaaS PPM vendor to be rated as a “Leader” by both Forrester and Gartner in 2012

2012 marked the end of yet another remarkable year for us. We recently announced our business results for 2012 and recorded an impressive 23 percent bookings growth during the year. While we grew our North America business by 58 percent, we continued to strengthen our grip over the market and grew the new client business by 32 percent year-over-year.

 This success stems directly from the growing adoption of its SaaS based delivery model and Daptiv PPM – our flagship solution that has enabled customers to significantly improve productivity and efficiency through better decision making. Additionally, in 2012, we continued to grow global field operations in Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, and Africa.

Key Highlights from 2012 below:

Company Momentum:

  • Closed 2012 fiscal year with 23% bookings growth over 2011 in a wide range of industries, including financial services, healthcare, consumer goods, services, industrial equipment, education, and government
  • Grew new client business by 32% over 2011; up 58% in USA, 13% in UK, and 23% in international channel
  • Expanded global field operations with exceptional team growth in Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, and Africa regions
  • Strengthened EMEA presence with the opening of Daptiv’s European data center in the Netherlands

Product Innovation

  • Announced the launch of Daptiv Mobile, a HMTL5-based web client that enables users to securely manage timesheets, tasks, and approvals using a mobile device
  • Unveiled next generation Work Intelligence™ for PPM, providing unparalleled visibility into business performance across the enterprise through reports, scorecards, and dashboards that can be accessed using a web-browser or a mobile device
  • Launched an Earned Value Management solution to help organizations track and report on key project performance metrics
  • Launched the Japanese language version of Daptiv PPM to meet growing demand in Asia Pacific

Industry Accolades

  • Daptiv received the highest possible rating of “Leader” in the 2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Based PPM Services. Gartner valued Daptiv’s ability to execute and completeness of vision and rated it as a Leader in its category
  • Daptiv was recognized as a Leader in the 2012 Forrester Wave™ report on Project/Program Portfolio Management citing that “its investments in analytics, integration, and mobile have pushed the vendor into the Leaders category”
  • Daptiv was selected as a CODiE award finalist in the Best Project Management Solution category

To view the complete announcement, click here.