Changepoint’s Business Execution Management™ (BEM) Awarded ‘Best New Product of the Year – Enterprise’ By Best in Biz

BEM Enterprise Platform Recognized for Power to Significantly Improve Business Performance

By: Changepoint

We have great news to announce to round out our busy year of product innovation here at Changepoint. This week, our Business Execution Management™ (BEM) platform was awarded the bronze ‘Best New Product of the Year – Enterprise’ award by Best in Biz, the only independent business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts. BEM was selected for its ability to unite strategy and execution to significantly improve strategic business performance. To see how we stacked up for yourself check out the full list of this year’s winners at: http://www.bestinbizawards.com/2015-winners.

Over the last year, we’ve drastically expanded our traditional on-premise and hosted professional services automation (PSA) and project portfolio management (PPM) solutions through a series of acquisitions in order to create this first of its kind BEM Platform. BEM gives businesses like yours the power to unite strategy and execution for improved performance by seamlessly fusing together traditionally unconnected features and benefits of PSA, PPM, enterprise portfolio management (EPM), new product development (NPD), and application portfolio management (APM) software. BEM dispatches information in a way that’s relevant to each audience by managing “work layers” across portfolios, rather than independently within silos and spreadsheets. With it you’ll gain:

  • Visibility into business portfolios for effective decision-making and prioritization
  • The ability to monitor the impact of these decisions on the business as a whole
  • More efficient work planning and increased communication throughout the entire organization

To find out more about the Business Execution Management™ (BEM) Platform and how it can directly support your organizational priorities, visit the BEM overview page or contact us atchangepointsales@changepoint.com to request a demo. This Best in Biz award only further inspires us to keep innovating to provide you with the tools and resources you need to be competitive so pleaseFollow/Connect with us to share your ideas on what else we can create to help you be successful.

Changepoint and Customer Keste Head to TSW 2015 Service Transformations

The Changepoint team is heading back to Las Vegas to attend Technology Services World (TSW) 2015 Service Transformations from October 19-21.

This year, we’re excited to have one of our customers in the booth with us sharing some trade secrets. Ken Judd, the CFO of Keste, will provide insightful advice in a special session entitled, CFO Confidential: Insider-Only Tips to Grow Your Customers, Your Company, and Your Career.

Ken, an award-winning CFO with years of strategic sales and marketing experience, will present the methods he uses to gain necessary information from a PSA solution to support and drive customer and business growth. Ken joined Keste in 2008, and since then he’s played a large role in drastically increasing the company’s revenue and workforce. Ken will share proven tips, tricks, and tactics for success, as well as a behind-the-scenes look into what drives a CFO and how attendees can learn to build a strong relationship with theirs.

If you’re planning to attend TSW 2015 Service Transformations be sure to check out Ken’s presentation:

Who: Ken Judd, CFO at Keste
What: CFO Confidential: Insider-Only Tips to Grow Your Customers, Your Company, and Your Career
When: Tuesday, October 20, 9:45 to 10:45am
Where: ARIA Resort & Casino in Bristlecone 7

Afterward, Ken and the Changepoint team will be available at booth #17 on the exhibit floor to answer any questions. Stop by our booth! Say hello, and find out about Changepoint’s PSA solution, and how it ties into our recently launched Business Execution Management (BEM) Platform, which is helping organizations unite business silos, increase transparency, and connect planning and execution decisions.

You can find more details on Ken Judd’s presentation here. Also, keep an eye out for live updates and prize information throughout the conference on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

 

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

 

Daptiv Is Now Changepoint!

ChangepointToday I am very excited to announce that Daptiv will be joining Changepoint to bring unmatched project portfolio management (PPM) and professional services automation (PSA) solutions to the market. Changepoint has acquired Daptiv as a very strategic step in building a strong future for the new combined
company that will truly benefit the customers, employees, and partners of both organizations.

For those unfamiliar with Changepoint, it is a Toronto-based based company that provides on-premise and hosted PSA and PPM solutions to businesses around the world. Like Daptiv, Changepoint is a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader, but the solutions serve different markets within the space and together create a highly robust, complementary and non-competitive portfolio of world-class PSA and PPM solutions.

Now that the acquisition has been announced, I want to assure you that none of the Daptiv products and services you’ve come to know will skip a beat. It will be business as usual and all services will be supported throughout and beyond this acquisition. This acquisition creates a broader portfolio of world-class solutions, making Changepoint the only company to have recognized market leading solutions in both PSA and PPM with complete customer delivery flexibility, including on-premise, hosted, and pure SaaS. 

This is great news for Daptiv customers…

  • Changepoint’s acquisition of Daptiv is focused on investing in and growing the business to continue to provide customer value.  This new organization will be stronger and better positioned to innovate and lead in the industry.
  • Our customers are critically important to us. We greatly value your business and will work hard to make sure the transition is seamless and the acquisition creates added customer value.
  • We will continue to fully support, maintain and invest in both the Changepoint and Daptiv solutions.  We know many of you are currently deploying and/or expanding Daptiv and we will work hard to ensure your businesses see positive near and long-term benefits from this acquisition.
  • Finally, we will keep the lines of communication open and make every effort to answer all of your questions. We will make sure your account managers and our executives are available for you to answer any questions you might have.

We look forward to working with our now vastly expanded customer community to find new ways to encourage communication and sharing of ideas, best practices and product direction. The quality and breadth of services you’ll have access to will only expand with this acquisition.

You can follow us through this acquisition on Twitter to learn more about additional benefits in the coming days (@Daptiv, and @_Changepoint). For more information please view the official press release here and a letter from Jim Byrnes, president and CEO of Changepoint here.

Daptiv to Host Webinar for PPM Professionals on How to Transform from Accidental Change Managers to Intentional Change Leaders

Daptiv, today announced the upcoming live webinar “Transforming Accidental Change Management to Intentional Change Leadership in Project Portfolio Management,” scheduled for August 13, 2014 at 11 a.m. PT.

If you are a Project Portfolio Management (PPM) professional then you are both a steward and champion of change, you have to be out of necessity; the types of projects you manage are instruments of change by their very nature in that their completion delivers something new. However, studies show as many as a third of projects derail because businesses are unprepared to make the fundamental changes necessary for their success, such as a new technology deployment [1]. Therefore, whether PPM professionals realize it or not they fall into either the intentional or accidental change manager category. Accidental change managers do not actively see themselves in the light of a change steward, whereas intentional change managers consider change management to be a responsibility and requirement of their role. Regardless of category, all PPM professionals can benefit from additional training in successful change management tactics.

When Prosci recently asked PPM professionals what they would do differently on their next project, the second most popular answer was securing sufficient organizational change management (OCM) resources, combined with an emphasis on preparation and planning. The same report also found projects that actively incorporate formal change management programs were an astonishing six times more likely to meet or exceed their stated goals [2].

During this webinar Mark Mullaly, president at Interthink Consulting, Inc., AJ Holley, director of change management and learning at Daptiv and Jesse Jacoby, founder of Emergent a leader in business transformation and strategic change management, will prepare PPM professionals, who are “accidental change managers,” to transform into “intentional change leaders” while providing new and valuable tools to PPM professionals who have already implemented formal change management principles and practices to heighten project success rates.

By attending you will gain a better understanding of the importance, principles, and execution of effective OCM. You will also learn the habits of highly effective change leaders and how to thoughtfully incorporate company-wide OCM approaches for project and program success. 

Webinar Details

What: Transforming Accidental Change Management into Intentional Change Leadership in Project Portfolio Management

When: August 13, 2014, 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET

Who: Mark Mullaly, president at Interthink Consulting Inc.
            AJ Holley, director of change management and learning at Daptiv
            Jesse Jacoby, managing principal at Emergent

Where: To register for this webinar, please visit:
http://www.projectmanagement.com/survey/survey.cfm?ID=1043&refID=daptiv

 

[1] The Standish Group [2] Prosci 2014 Best Practices in Change Management Report