Changepoint Offers Game-Changing Advice at the 2015 Gartner PPM Summit

It’s that time again, and this year we’re heading to Grapevine, Texas to attend Gartner’s PPM & IT Governance Summit from June 1-3. As an added bonus we’ll also be attending the Enterprise Architecture Summit the following week from June 3-4. While we’re at the PPM Summit Changepoint executives, VP of Product Management, Eric Bergman and General Manager of Enterprise Portfolio Management, Paul Cramer, will present a special session on Empowering PMOs to Connect Business Strategy with Project Execution.

It has been an exciting few weeks for us as Changepoint was the only vendor included in both recently published IT PPM focused Gartner Magic Quadrants, and we think this not only demonstrates how robust our PPM platform is but also ties to our upcoming presentation. At the PPM Summit Eric and Paul will detail how bringing together the typically independent roles of PPM and Enterprise Architecture (EA) allows IT departments to achieve valuable cross-portfolio business execution management. They’ll outline the necessary steps to successfully combine PPM and EA to achieve real-time alignment of strategy, planning, and work management. The two will also show attendees how they can integrate these technologies within their own organizations to ultimately extend IT’s role in improving business performance and outcomes.

If you’re planning to attend these Gartner Summits you can visit our booth at either the PPM & IT Governance Summit (#302) or Enterprise Architecture Summit (#105) to check out product demonstrations and meet the team. If you’re interested in learning more about the power of joining PPM and EA in order to create a business execution management platform be sure to stop by!

You can find more details about Eric and Paul’s Empowering PMOs to Connect Business Strategy with Project Execution session here. Also, keep an eye out for updates and prize information throughout the week on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. We hope to see you there!

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for IT Project and Portfolio Management Software Applications, Worldwide,
Daniel B. Stang, Robert A. Handler, Teresa Jones, 20 May 2015

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Based IT Project and Portfolio Management Services, Worldwide,
Daniel B. Stang, Robert A. Handler, Teresa Jones, 20 May 2015
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Changepoint Is the Only Vendor to Be Placed in Both 2015 Gartner IT PPM Magic Quadrants

We’re proud to announce that Changepoint is the only vendor included in both of Gartner’s recent PPM Magic Quadrants. Our Daptiv PPM product was recognized as a Leader in the 2015 Magic Quadrant (MQ) for Cloud-Based IT Project and Portfolio Management Services, Worldwide for the fourth consecutive year. At the same time, our Changepoint PPM solution was positioned the furthest for completeness of vision in the Challengers Quadrant of Gartner’s new MQ for IT Project and Portfolio Management Software Applications, Worldwide.

We see our exclusive inclusion in both quadrants as reaffirming the unique breadth and depth our solution offers customers, especially when compared to other vendors. In our view, these reports display how we’re exceeding our competitors in providing unique multi-domain capabilities that meet a variety of customer needs and deliver unparalleled visibility into project, program, and portfolio execution, as well as the ability to measure progress against key business priorities.

Gartner is a leading technology research and analyst firm, whose Magic Quadrant reports set the world-renowned standard in IT and business communities for their objective and thorough analyses and evaluations of technology products and services. Each year, Gartner analysts determine which companies are placed in their Magic Quadrant reports by evaluating business viability criteria and standards. The vendors that make it into these prestigious reports are then assessed based on market, product, customer, and financial performance. This process results in an industry specific Magic Quadrant that places qualifying vendors based on each company’s completeness of vision and ability to execute. These reports breakout each vendor’s strengths and cautions as well as other relevant conclusions related to market trends and the considerations of companies evaluating a purchase in the product category.

We recognize right now organizations are evolving their approaches to strategic planning and actively seeking more holistic visibility across all their portfolios. During Changepoint’s expansion over the last year, including the acquisitions of both Daptiv and barometerIT, we’ve demonstrated a relentless commitment to building a solution platform that incorporates innovative answers to these latest shifts in the PPM industry in order to meet the broadest set of customer demands. In the coming months you can expect us to further this momentum by continuing to grow our cutting-edge solutions in relevant ways that provide unparalleled visibility into business processes and enable customers to improve outcomes and performance.

To see for yourself how Changepoint stacked up against the competition, you can download both full Gartner reports for free online:
Magic Quadrant for IT Project and Portfolio Management Software Applications, Worldwidex

Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Based IT Project and Portfolio Management Services, Worldwide


Just in Time for Memorial Day Gartner Releases Both IT PPM Magic Quadrants

We’re proud to announce that Changepoint is the only vendor that placed in both the Gartner Magic Quadrant for IT Project and Portfolio Management Software Applications, and the Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Based IT Project and Portfolio Management Services, Worldwide – and the timing couldn’t be better!

Just in case you needed a bit of reading material for your family barbeque or that beach chair while soaking up the sun, you’ll have full access to the Gartner MQ reports right here all weekend to keep you busy. If Gartner report reading isn’t in the cards for you this weekend, and you can hold out till Tuesday, we’ll have even more information for you then.  We Salute our Troops and hope you have a great weekend!

Weekend Reading Materials:

Magic Quadrant for IT Project and Portfolio Management Software Applications, Worldwide

Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Based IT Project and Portfolio Management Services, Worldwide

Top Five Characteristics of World Champion Project Managers

The 2014 FIFA soccer World Cup was incredibly popular around the world; FIFA claimed that a record breaking 1 billion people tuned in to watch the final between Germany and Argentina. While host nation Brazil was humbled by its 7-1 semi-final defeat at the hands of Germany, it was actually off the field where many people expected the host country to fall short – Before the tournament, media became focused on increasing concerns that the infrastructure needed to host the event would not be completed in time. Thankfully teams at the Brazilian World Cup didn’t have to play in half-finished stadiums (as many feared they would), however the country is still reeling from the overall cost of the event.

When a bidding country is successful, costs instantly begin adding up. A strong focus is often placed on the marketing front and funds are plunged into ensuring the event will provide a lasting legacy, offering a symbol of the host country’s strength. For example, the London Olympics logo alone cost $620,000. Yet preparing for the event itself can sometimes appear to have been something of an afterthought. As Brazil’s logistical problems showed last summer, before hosts get caught up in branding and marketing they should focus on making sure the infrastructure is in place to support the event.

To do this it is important to plan far ahead, which is when process project managers play one of the most important roles. For example, concerns are already being voiced about a shortage of PMs in Qatar as the country looks forward to hosting the World Cup in 2022. The fact that people are already worried about the event, with more than seven years to plan, shows just how important PMs are to ensuring the success of big events. Without them, it’s hard to imagine many super-projects being finished on time or on budget.

So what skills should organizations look for if they are going to secure a brilliant project manager? Here are our top five characteristics of world champion project managers:

1)    A good listener (who asks the right questions to stakeholders)
It’s important to avoid ‘yes men’ when you need a PM who will be able to ask questions that will move projects in the right direction. At the same time, they must be able to keep everyone on-side and respond in the right manner to feedback they receive.

2)    A quick thinker
It’s important to know what needs to be acted upon, and what can be de-prioritized. There’s almost always too much data, so learning what needs to be pushed to one side can make or break a project.

3)    A constant communicator
In the early part of a project this is the only deliverable people have, so it’s especially critical when things first get underway.

4)    An expert in a particular, relevant field
Generic skills are great, but it’s deep knowledge of the industry in which the project takes part that will really win the day. In addition to the ability to make better decisions, the PM should also bring valuable contacts who can help with getting work done and providing updates on developments in areas that might affect the project.

5)    An optimistic, but authoritative figure
These PMs have a natural command of authority, without needing the help of others. This combines well with an optimistic mind-set, which keeps people involved in the process, engaged and enthusiastic, leading to a much greater chance of project success.

How do you tell if someone is world champion project manager? Feel free to share the top characteristics you look for! You can reach us on LinkedInFacebook or Twitter.

The Five Things I Learned about Building a Great Team at the PSVillage Executive Breakfast

By Christa L. Stanula, Southeast US, Account Executive for Changepoint

Since working at Changepoint I’ve been able to attend two PSVillage Professional Services Executive Breakfasts, most recently in Atlanta, GA. Since there are typically no more than 20 people at these invitation-only events the intimate size makes it a natural networking environment where you can share best practices and professional experiences with peers in your local area.

These events also include a presentation on topics related to growing and managing a technology services business. As someone who manages a group of people, hearing these types of presentations is incredibly beneficial. I especially enjoyed listening to Bill Nussey, the CEO of Silverpop, present tips to build a great team by learning how to recognize, recruit, reward, and retain Very Talented People (VTP).

Here are my top five takeaways from Bill’s presentation:

  • In a professional services company people are the product, which makes Very Talented People the most important business asset.
  • You can recognize a VTP through a set of characteristics including intelligence, energy, self-sufficiency, and most importantly the awareness to self-correct and maintain a positive attitude.
  • If you’re trying to build a team made of VTPs one of the best ways to recruit is through another VTP.
  • Monetary incentives are not the most effective way to recruit and retain VTPs as they are typically most motivated by personal and career growth.
  • In this industry we are better together than we are alone which means fostering team alignment and cohesiveness is key to accomplishing goals.

If you’re interested in attending a PSVillage Professional Services Executive Breakfast you can check out the list of locations for upcoming events here:


Christa Stanula is the Sales Director of Southeast USA for Changepoint. She is an industry expert in Professional Services Automation and Project Portfolio Management, and has been selling B2B software solutions for more than 20 years.