What is our primary use case?
We are a solution provider and we are the Italian distributor for Project Objects.
It is a portfolio management solution that can be used in different industries including insurance or oil and gas. Our customers use it for capital projects and to compare different scenarios.
It also has modules for resource management and team space collaboration.
How has it helped my organization?
We have a good relationship with the vendor and are participating in the development of the next version of this product. Especially, in features related to artificial intelligence.
What is most valuable?
There are a lot of features.
The most valuable feature is the ability to implement different scenarios. For example, a big company can implement its next three-year strategy along the two or three main pillars of the approach. Each pillar is composed of several portfolios, and each of those is composed of different projects. When you define the strategy for the next three-year budget, you can analyze the impact of each option. Based on this, you can decide things like assigning more or fewer resources to a project.
You can allocate generic resources, like a project manager. Then in the second stage, you can assign names such as who specifically will be in charge of a project. You can do the same thing with all of the human resources that are involved.
It provides the capability of integrating with the Agile Scrum component module. There is also integration with third-parties like Oracle, Microsoft, SAP, Check Point, Jira, ServiceNow!, and others.
There is the separation between execution from a technical point of view where the staff can work in a classical workflow, Agile, or a hybrid Agile.
The project manager and program manager will receive the high-level information needed to keep strict control over the project.
You are able to do whatever is needed from the customer's point of view, without coding. Configuring the platform does not require the writing of any code. This is something that is very important.
As soon as a new informational structure is created, it will be immediately available for the business intelligence module. This means that you can perform analytics on it. The BI module is very helpful. There is no comparison between it and other BI tools that are available right now.
The network uptime is greater than 99%.
What needs improvement?
A lot of companies are investing heavily in artificial intelligence, so more such features would benefit this product. Project Objects have a good idea about what it is that they have to implement and we expect that they will have AI features in several of the modules in the next release. That said, this is a trend that they will need to continue.
For how long have I used the solution?
We started using Project Objects within the past year. More generally, we have at least 10 years of experience with PPM solutions.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
Project Objects is absolutely a very stable product. They have three data centers and they use Microsoft Azure for the cloud-based deployment.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
One of our customers using this solution has more than 10,000 users, worldwide.
How are customer service and technical support?
Technical support is precise and very quick. They are also quick to respond.
During our evaluation, the customer asked for a specific implementation and they were able to deploy a new release in two weeks.
Quick support is essential in business.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
We used different PPM solutions over a ten year period until last year when we were involved in tender that included eight different solutions. Ultimately, after more than six months of comparison and competition, Project Objects was the one chosen by the client.
How was the initial setup?
The initial setup is very simple. For an environment with 300 users, for example, the deployment will take between two and four weeks.
After the implementation is complete, the onboarding of hundreds of people is very quick. When you are onboarding people, if you have to implement different departments, such as top management, then it may need a specific report that will take longer. Apart from that, it is very quick.
Each customer has their own way of managing projects and how it is that they access information. Depending on the approach, it may take longer to implement the proper workflow. Also, if there are a large number of projects to implement then it will take a longer time.
What other advice do I have?
This is a very powerful product and I absolutely recommend it.
I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.
Which deployment model are you using for this solution?