CA PPM vs. Microsoft Project Server vs. HPE PPM

New Project Portfolio Management Reviews 2017: CA PPM vs. Microsoft Project Server vs. HPE PPM
What do users think about their PPM tools?

Which project portfolio management tool has been leading the way in 2017?

Between CA PPM, Microsoft Project Server, and HPE PPM, which do users prefer, and why? 

In this PPM reviews face-off, IT Project Leaders and Solutions Architects share what their favorite features are in their PPM tool of choice, as well as where they see room for future improvement.


Valuable Features

One Single Source for IT Project Information

“The best thing is one single source to capture all our IT project information. We are a very big company all over the world. We have all the data in one spot. The product is easy to access, easy to compile and pull up reports, with everybody working to the same tool.” 

-- Mariana Liberato Canales, Senior Project IT Leader -- Project Management at Honeywell Aerospace.

Room for Improvement

Timesheet Management

“In the current PPM solution, while they handle the reporting of time to the individual task and your project plans really nicely, breaking it down to the individual activity level such as requirements, design, different support activities, the tool doesn't necessarily play in that space really nicely.” 

-- Ted Shue, Solutions Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees.

Microsoft Project Server

Valuable Features

Identification of Performance KPIs and Project Indicators

“We can now define our own project indicators and performance KPI’s, according to our project process. During the last 4 years, we have used Project Server to save more than 400 baselines.” 

-- Luis Urrego, PMO Professional at an energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees.

Room for Improvement

Risk Management

“Risk and issues are stored in the project SharePoint, but there is no real auto communication of assignments (unless the end user sets it up); there is no mechanism for automatic escalation (much needed).”

-- Nikol Zrenner, Project Management Analyst at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees.


Valuable Features

Flexible Infrastructure

Demand, project, and time management parts are most valuable. We can manage our demands very easily with PPM flexible infrastructure. Staffing profile and work plan structures are very useful for capacity management and are also user-friendly.”

-- Sevil Ertuk, Project Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

Room for Improvement

Support and License Management

Support and license management are two hurdles for us. Every time we purchase new licenses, it has taken us half a year to implement those. 

We've had to use HPE technical support to get the right licenses. We needed a cumulative license file and that took HPE forever to get right. We go through this every time. If you want to grow, there are no technical issues with stability, but the license bit is a pain.”

-- Christoffer Ahlfors, Resource Manager


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1 Comment
author avatarUser at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees

Important Planview. In Gartner is leader...nice including in the benchmark