Educause 2012 Takeaways

The Educause annual conference is the nation’s largest gathering for higher education IT professionals and Daptiv was present for the well attended 2012 conference in Denver.  Issues that attendees were concerned about were diverse but several interesting themes emerged over the course of attending sessions and having one-on-one conversations with end users and CIOs.  One particularly well attended discussion on Project Management was intriguing, many pain points seemed common across education IT departments and Project Management Offices. Here are some of our takeaways from the conference:

Increasing Demand Placed on IT: Demands placed on IT departments are becoming large and disparate with multiple university departments demanding conflicting projects from an increasingly resource strained IT staff.  With this increased pressure, CIOs and managers are looking for a way to streamline and manage their suite of projects.

Prioritization: Many attendees were seeking best practices and methodologies for prioritizing their portfolio of projects.  Several attendees shared their successes and failures but several threads were common though all successful processes:  easy to communicate and simple to deploy.  Many attendees sought visualizations and reporting that would allow them to quickly judge the size of a project vs. its projected benefit.  The easier it is to demonstrate relative importance and prioritize one project over another, the easier it is to communicate with and receive buy in from competing university departments.

Communication: Ensuring everyone is in the loop on project decisions is critical.  Lacking a single source of truth for project management, implementing an effective communication plan can be difficult.  Project Managers and IT needs to communicate early and often with stakeholders.  Schools and universities which emphasized their success in communication reiterated this point.  Every stakeholder needs to feel that they are part of the dialogue.

Flexibility vs. Standards: Project Management Offices, once built to solve the above issues often face their own hurdles.  Being flexible enough to maintain engagement with stakeholders while ensuring accountability with standards is itself a challenge.  Flexibility needs to be built into the DNA of the PMO and IT Department early and must be matched in any tool used to manage their projects.  It should be up to the department to develop the processes, not have an outside process thrust upon them.  In the words of one attendee, “The tool used should be process agnostic”.

Daptiv Demonstrates Latest SaaS-based PPM Innovations at the Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit

 Daptiv will be demonstrating the latest advancements to its PMO and IT Governance Solutions at the Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit.

Daptiv is also sponsoring the three-day event, which brings together hundreds of the top program and portfolio management executives. This year’s Summit theme is on “Balancing Resources, Demand & Benefits in the Age of Volatility.”

Read more about Daptiv’s presence at the Gartner PPM Summit in today’s press release.


Daptiv to Present on Portfolio Management Best Practices at Project Management Institute’s PMO Symposium

Daptiv, the on-demand leader in project portfolio management software, today announced that Dave Blumhorst, vice president of professional services at Daptiv, will be presenting at the upcoming PMO Symposium, hosted by the Project Management Institute in Orlando. Daptiv will also be hosting product demonstrations and showcasing its innovative PPM solutions at trade booth 7 on the symposium showroom floor.

Blumhorst’s session, “Portfolio Management: Why Theory is Rarely Put into Practice,” takes place on Monday, Nov. 7 at 10:15 a.m. He will review common PPM practices, drawing on his personal experience as a CIO and PMO director to explore which practices are most beneficial for the different types of PMOs. These include portfolio planning and organization based on strategic goals, investment classes, and business units. Blumhorst’s presentation will also evaluate how project performance is monitored and aggregated into portfolio performance, and examine the often difficult topic of measuring tangible benefits at both the project and portfolio levels.

The PMO Symposium is an educational forum that brings together PMO practitioners, portfolio and program managers, organizational leaders, and others with an interest in establishing or growing the value of organizational project management and the PMO. The symposium is the premier conference for enterprise project management leaders, and will discuss 2011′s hottest topics for the PMO, including PMO agility and resource and demand management.

Daptiv and Dell Services to Present in Educational Session During North American PMI Congress

Daptiv, the on-demand leader in project portfolio management software, today announced that it will be participating in the PMI Global Congress 2011 North America, taking place in Dallas/Fort Worth on October 22-25. The company will be exhibiting the latest innovations for its PPM software at the event in booth #904.

Claire Schwartz, senior business process consultant at Daptiv, will present an educational session titled “Powerful Project Financials” on October 24. Ms. Schwartz will discuss the correlation between projects and customers’ budgets that fund them, and share an Earned Value Management (EVM) approach that promotes financial transparency and relevancy between organizations.

Sean Wilson, PMO director for the Tenet Healthcare account within Dell Services (a Daptiv customer), will present with Claire Schwartz about how Dell Services adopted the EVM approach with Tenet Healthcare and share insights and best practices. Dell Services utilizes Daptiv PPM as a central information source that can be utilized by all parties to view budget, actual spend and variances. Daptiv PPM enables organizations to reallocate budgets across multiple projects in real-time by allowing project managers and PMO directors to share forecasts.

The PMI Global Congress attracts project management professionals from all industries to the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Dallas/Fort Worth. The event focuses on helping project management professionals gather the know-how and inspiration they need to succeed with more than 150 educational sessions and networking opportunities.

Daptiv Showcases Project Portfolio Management Offerings at IPMA World Congress

Today we announced that we will be participating in the International Project Management Association’s World Congress, taking place in Queensland, Australia, on October 9-13. Daptiv will be demonstrating its innovative PPM solutions at trade booth 5 and is also sponsoring a keynote address by Australian business futurist Morris Miselowski on October 11.

The IPMA World Congress is one of the largest gatherings of project management authorities and leaders. The conference attracts project management professionals from across the world to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland, Australia. Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the IPMA is the world’s first global project management professional organization.

Miselowski’s keynote address is entitled, “Futurevation: The Tomorrow and Beyond of Business.” As a speaker, strategist, consultant and mentor, he provides counsels CEOs and decision-makers at organizations around Australia and the world. His clients have included small businesses and associations as well as blue-chip companies like nab, Mercedes Benz, HBA, UBS, Toll, RMIT, Ernst & Young, Danone, Phillips, Toshiba and IGA.