Micro Focus PPM Review

The data provided by MF PPM is trusted and is available almost immediately; without trusted data there is very less scope of any tool to be successful.


What is most valuable?

I have seen PPM evolve a lot over the period of time i.e. since v7.5 days.

PPM has come a long way, since 9.X on-wards it has shown massive improvements both at user end as well as functional end. We are currently on 9.40 and are soon going to upgrade to 9.41 as well.

Most valuable features of PPM are:-

- The data provided by PPM is trusted and is available almost immediately; without trusted data there is very less scope of any tool to be successful.

- It provides real-time visibility into all the projects, programs and portfolios; it provides critical information at the right time and helps in taking the right decision at right time; decisions such as finances, resources etc can be taken on the go.

- The what-if analysis (Portfolio management) gives the organisations a futuristic view of how well the organisations are going to fare in achieving their business objectives.

- 9.40 has a massive improvements in the Program Management module, gives more comprehensive view of the programs running in the organisation. The timeline feature of the program show real-time status of all the projects.

- Seamless integrations into the Jira, Agile manager, MSP makes it more powerful - 9.41 on-wards it has been more easier than ever.

- Dynamic out of the box portlets and reports are other excellent features. e.g. the ability to view the capacity, demand of resources across the organisation via Analyze Assignment load portlet makes it more substantial.

- Compare to work plan feature is another excellent one that can be harnessed for decision making.

- The ability to track down every single dollar spent in the organisation makes it more powerful i.e. you can track down which project spent how much on which resources doing exactly what. The costs can be further classified either capex (capital) or Opex (Operating).

- Web Services, integrations to other third party tool like SVN (subversion) makes it more skillful. This helps in automating a lot of things if needed.


How has it helped my organization?

Certainly we have had good impact in our organisation.

We have explored all the features of the tool.. we mainly use it for managing programs, resources, projects and time. We do explore some features of portfolio management.

Our organisation has been able to do effective forecasting, project delivery, resource management and time tracking with the help of PPM.

- The financial forecasts comes out from PPM.

- The projects are managed in the PPM

- Resources are managed via PPM.

- Actual time tracking is done via PPM.

- We have developed many reports and integrations that has helped the organisation to save time and money, thereby automating a lot of things.

What needs improvement?

There is quite a few areas of improvement

- Reporting; need to be able to provide fancy reporting out of PPM, way it is done in OBIEE etc..

- A lot of pain points in resource management area, that needs to be addressed. Currently we have to follow standard set of instructions to make sure the end results are effective.

- Time capturing should be more dynamic, ie. changing the approvers based on different use-cases.. We have over-ride rules, but that feature is again very limited.

- There are issues with some of the background services running; if stressed, it takes too much time to finish.

For how long have I used the solution?

Over 5 years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Nothing major as such ... When it was first installed it was on the Unix platform and there was lack of technical expertise to manage the tool.. we had to then move it over to windows system and since then it looks perfectly fine.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Yes, when it was hosted on a Unix platform; but since it has been moved to Windows it looks all good. Not sure what was the issue with the unix platform.. could be the internal environment.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Nope, absolutely none, we have the right infrastructure.

How is customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Pretty responsive and good

Technical Support:

Good.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Nope, all PPM.

How was the initial setup?

It was pretty straightforward; no major complications as such.

What about the implementation team?

Vendor team, excellent

What was our ROI?

At the top of my mind, I can't really tell, but functionality wise and time and effort wise it has done miracles here.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

NA

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

None, PPM as always.

What other advice do I have?

Nope, all covered.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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