Welcome barometerIT to the Changepoint Family!

By Mark Upson, Changepoint President

Today I am excited to announce barometerIT is the newest addition to Changepoint’s solution platform. Acquiring barometerIT allows us to strategically build upon our solid foundation of project portfolio management (PPM) and professional services automation (PSA) by adding strategic planning and portfolio analysis abilities to the Changepoint suite of business solutions. This added capability to offer strategic portfolio planning and analysis, paired with PSA/PPM allows us to bring an increased level of value to customers, as well as to the employees and partners of both companies.

barometerIT’s solution has been proven to deliver impactful results in weeks, as compared to the months and years typically expended in corporate enterprise architecture initiatives. Because of this innovative approach in achieving cross portfolio enterprise intelligence, the Minneapolis -based company has earned the attention and praise of industry experts with recognition as a “Visionary” in the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Integrated IT Portfolio Analysis and as a Gartner 2014 ”Cool Vendor.”

This acquisition is great news for new and existing Changepoint customers as together these solutions will enable you to…

  • Easily map complex relationships across project, application, technology, service and other business-critical portfolios
  • Audit enterprise portfolios for security, end of life, and compliance risk
  • Identify business and investment risks/redundancies before they have severe downstream impacts to the organization
  • Better track and migrate IT spending from sustainment to innovation
  • Continually rationalize investments and align (or re-align) initiatives/performance with objectives
  • Facilitate better organizational effectiveness by providing up-to-date and accurate visibility into resource, application and technology models across systems with complex interdependencies

Pairing these solutions into an integrated business execution management platform will provide you with leading edge enterprise portfolio management capabilities that deliver an up-to-the-minute blueprint of your business and IT portfolio investments, and the tools to optimize performance while eliminating redundant costs. We’re looking forward to bringing this new offering to market, and I’m confident the acquisition of barometerIT will significantly grow our capabilities, bringing  Changepoint client satisfaction and value to all-time highs.

You can follow this acquisition online and learn more about additional benefits in the coming days (@Daptiv@_Changepoint, and @barometerit). For more information please view the official press release here.

 

Daptiv PPM by Changepoint Aids VitalityHealth’s Project Management Office

The Problem Daptiv PPM by Changepoint Helped Solve

VitalityHealth is a highly innovative private medical insurance organization in the United Kingdom. The company launched in October 2004 in response to a growing need for consumer-directed private medical insurance products in the UK.

Because the company operates in the heavily regulated Healthcare industry with changing government strategy, policies, and multiple audit requirements, VitalityHealth was in need of dynamic project portfolio management that would ensure they tracked and met these changing requirements at the project level without adding excessive time and cost. After tiring of trying to make sense of unorganized data from many disparate tools, VitalityHealth wanted to keep its focus on servicing clients and opted to examine several SaaS-based project management solutions.

In the end, they chose the Daptiv PPM project management solution by Changepoint for three essential reasons:

  1. Daptiv PPM’s ability to create real-time reports and dashboards that closely align with VitalityHealth’s business model to monitor and measure what truly matters to their business.
  2. Daptiv PPM’s smooth and seamless integration with existing business applications so relevant data could be incorporated or added as needed.
  3. The consistent and accurate capacity planning capabilities Daptiv PPM offers across a growing portfolio projects for improved visibility and management of project resourcing.

ROI & Top Takeaways from Daptiv PPM by Changepoint Technology

VitalityHealth now has an enhanced portfolio management process for improved decision-making, accountability and scalability of project management initiatives. Thanks to Daptiv PPM, it’s now easier for VitalityHealth to do health checks, and manage costs and time better, as Daptiv PPM acts as a transparent enabler to identifying savings opportunities.

VitalityHealth is now easily able to manage all projects and better allocate a growing number of employees across various tasks – enabling greater visibility into project status, performance, and benefits across the portfolio.

Additional results included increases in clarity and communication among their staff of project managers and delivery teams and a decrease in overall cost, which was largely due to the efficiencies and streamlining that is offered through the Daptiv PPM SaaS-based tool.

“The fact that Daptiv PPM by Changepoint was SaaS-based, friendly, and highly configurable was a critical advantage for our business,” said VitalityHealth’s PMO Analyst, Mohamed Salah. “We started researching PPM options two years back. We short-listed four PPM vendors initially and eventually decided to move ahead with Changepoint, as its tools addressed all our functional needs and is very adaptable.  We didn’t have to change the way we work to make it work for us.”

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

Join Me in Welcoming Mark Upson As Changepoint’s New President

Today I’m proud to announce we’ve welcomed Mark Upson to the Changepoint team as President. Mark joins us with over 20 years of experience as an executive leader in the B2B software industry. We took great care in the selection process to choose a candidate best suited to lead Changepoint into its next phase of growth. Based on his previous executive leadership experience and proven ability to drive company success we’re confident Mark will excel in his duties as President.

In the past two decades Mark has played an integral role in multiple companies’ rise to success. Most recently as the co-founder, President, and CEO of Scout Analytics, a leader in solutions for customer success management, where he helped drive the company’s significant growth and eventual acquisition by ServiceSource in 2014. Mark’s ability to take companies to the next level was also evidenced in his prior success as President and CEO of PureEdge Solutions, where he grew the company into a market leadership position and through its acquisition by IBM in 2005.

In his new role Mark is directly responsible for all Changepoint business operations, including spearheading our global initiatives to bring Changepoint into new and rewarding global markets, while expanding our footprint in those where we already have a strong presence. Meanwhile, I will remain the company’s CEO and am looking forward to spending more time focused on strategic planning and growth. With his extensive track record of excellence within the software space we’re confident in Mark’s ability to lead Changepoint’s executive team and global initiatives.

With 2014 behind us, the executive team is looking forward to driving a successful New Year. Together with our customers, partners and dedicated team we will continue to grow our leading professional services automation (PSA) and project portfolio management (PPM) solutions for the global business marketplace.

Best,

Jim Byrnes, CEO

You can follow this news on Twitter to learn more about Mark’s background (@Daptiv, and @_Changepoint). For more information please view the official press release here and reach out to us on social media for more information.

Changepoint and MundoPM Give Accolades to Project Management Professionals at PMI’s Brazilian National Congress

Today, we are honored to announce our position as lead Platinum sponsor for the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Brazilian National Congress on Project Management a forum for professionals from around the nation to discuss current issues, and honor those who have gone above and beyond within the industry. “Innovation in Sustainability” shaped this 9th Annual Brazilian Congress, focusing on keynotes and sessions discussing the need to deliver value to the next generation of project managers, the latest techniques, tools, and practices for streamlining the management of projects, as well as innovative ways to bridge the industry’s widening talent gap.

At the event, which runs through today, in partnership with MundoPM we honored 14 individuals for their involvement in initiatives taken in various sectors of the project management industry. These professionals were recognized for either an academic project, corporate innovation or achieving PMO of the year.

Academic Project

These finalists were actively involved in the management of projects which gained the attention of the academic community and their peers. We congratulate all of you on being selected as a finalist for this prestigious category:

Finalists:

  • Cristiano Rodrigues Barcellos
  • Ronielton Rezende Oliveira

Winning PM Student: Carlos Magno

Corporate and Innovation Project

Each year thousands of professionals like those honored below participate in the management of projects for their employers. Today, their hard work and dedication is being honored by upper management and their peers. Congratulations to those selected as a finalist for the Corporate Innovation award:

Finalists:

  • Geraldo Zoghbi
  • Paulo Bicalho
  • Maury de Souza Junior
  • Esdras Eliwan Martins Leite
  • Antônio Raad

Winning PM Professionals: Joseane Zoghbi, Rodrigo Caixeta and Fabiano Duarte

PMO of the Year

In Brazil alone thousands of PMO organizations like those acknowledged below take initiative and drive projects on behalf of their employers without the expectation of being honored at this caliber by their managers and colleagues. Congratulations to you and your teams for being selected as finalists for the PMO of the Year:

Finalists:

  • Efigênia Amoroso
  • Washington Souza

Winning PM Professional: Bruno Peres de Aguiar

To those honored award recipients, we recognize your actions this year have gone well beyond that of many Project Managers in Brazil and see your efforts as something of which to be proud. It is your contribution to the project management industry in Brazil that makes this profession one of the fastest growth areas in the country. We are excited to sponsor the PMI’s Brazilian National Congress for the first time at a marquee level this year, and look forward to continuing to serve our clients in Latin America with a breadth of services and industry knowledge in the years to come.

 

Adapt 2014 User Conference Wrap-up

The Changepoint Adapt 2014 user conference for Daptiv PPM has officially wrapped up and we are excited to share the details, especially for anyone unable to attend or thinking about making the trip next year. This year’s three-day conference consisted of two lecturing days and one hands-on training day with Daptiv PPM. Topics covered during the lecturing sessions included customer case studies, integrating Daptiv PPM into multiple project management methodologies, portfolio planning, applications, and reports among others. View the full schedule here.

“Adapt 2014 was designed to help you to take the next steps to personalizing, vitalizing and optimizing your PPM practice.”

Attendees were treated to luxury accommodations and conference rooms at the W Hotel and finished the two-day lecturing session with bowling and socializing. Throughout Adapt 2014 attendees interacted with the official social media channel #Adapt2014 and gave everyone at the conference the benefit of attending all sessions. Check out some of the engagement before and after conference sessions:

Jake Brittingham ‏@Jvbritt 

Just had lunch with Hamish Taylor at #Adapt2014 and I am blown away by his presence. Absolutely amazing keynote speaker this morning!

Chris Padilla ‏@WHavenCommuter 

“If you want a breakthrough…look outside your environment” – Hamish Taylor #Adapt2014

Kumudha G ‏@KumudhaG 

Discovering the problem to solve is our biggest challenge. via @Sanjayradhakrishnan #Adapt2014

Melinda Rings‏@ringoswife

Loved the mixology challenge!!! The ‘Seattle Shermanator’ should have won!!! #Adapt2014 pic.twitter.com/c7ONOJOVHG

The 2014 user conference was a huge success and we are looking forward to planning the next. Check back in to our blogs and social media channels to stay updated and get the jump on our next user conference. If you attended the event feel free to tell us what you thought in the comments section or interact with us on social media.

To everyone who took the time to get the most out of our Daptiv PPM tool – thank you for your time and we hope you found the sessions useful. See you next year!

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Daptiv PPM social media – @Daptiv